From the Back Pages, October 8: Andrea Pirlo and Tottenham in contact over potential transfer next season

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo could be set for a move to Tottenham next summer, reckons Gianluca Vialli. (The Mirror)

Harry Redknapp blasts FA, saying that they have not got a clue after he was overlooked for England job. (The Independent)

Manchester City suffered a blow to their Premier League title hopes after captain Vincent Kompany was ruled out for up to four weeks. (Daily Mail)

Daniel Sturridge’s emergence at Liverpool makes him crucial to England’s World Cup hopes. (The Telegraph)

WAYNE ROONEY has branded England’s next two World Cup qualifiers as “crunch time” and said: “We’re going to do it.” (The Express)

Ashley Cole will miss Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley, the Football Association has confirmed. (The Guardian)

He has been asked to hoist Sunderland from the foot of the table, where they sit with a single point from seven games. He has been asked to heal a multilingual dressing-room fractured by the brief and baffling reign of Paolo Di Canio, to get the best out of 14 new players and work within the confines of a new club structure. If Gus Poyet had miracles at his disposal, he would be asked for them too. (The Times)