From the Back Pages, March 15: Kevin Pietersen: I would play for England under Peter Moores

From the back pages
From the back pages

Kevin Pietersen announced he is ready to play under England’s head coach Peter Moores while, in almost the same breath, offering a trenchant criticism of Moores’s methods during the World Cup, which ended for England in failing to qualify for the quarter-finals. (The Telegraph)

It is a measure of Arsenal’s progress that fixtures like these no longer end in boos and angry recrimination. As the final whistle approached, the crowd at The Emirates were unusually vocal, anticipating trips to Wembley and singing praise of their team. (Daily Mail)

Burnley 1 Manchester City 0: For a club that has won its last three championships on the final day of the season, this was an abject way to give up the fight. Chelsea are now five points clear with two matches in hand and, if they win the first of those against Southampton on Sunday afternoon, not even Manuel Pellegrini, a man who came to detest Jose Mourinho during their time managing in Spain, would deny that he will be leading them to another Premier League title. (The Independent)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is clinging to his job after his side were humiliated by fellow strugglers Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light. (The Mirror)

THAT pulsating win against Manchester United must seem an awfully long time ago for Leicester City. (The Express)

The title looks like being decided by points difference for the third successive year as Ireland’s quest for the grand slam ended at a ground where they had lost only twice in 32 years. (The Guardian)

England 25 Scotland 13: England’s victory over Scotland earned them a chance to win the RBS Six Nations Championship when they host France at Twickenham next Saturday evening - but they missed a golden opportunity to claim the box seat in the title race. (The Times)