From the Back Pages, August 28: Uncapped duo Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley called up to England squad

From the back pages
From the back pages

Roy Hodgson has named uncapped duo Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley in his squad for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. (The Independent)

MANCHESTER UNITED appear to be confident of keeping Wayne Rooney out of Chelsea’s clutches with the striker opting not to hand in a transfer request according to reports. (The Express)

Mission one accomplished. The brief for mission two is simple: spend, spend, spend. Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stages last night, easily overcoming Fenerbahce. (Daily Mail)

Roy Hodgson has given under-fire keeper Joe Hart a glowing endorsement after naming his squad for England’s crucial World Cup double header next month. (The Mirror)

Bale fails to turn up for Tottenham training. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Sunday he expected Bale to be back in London on Tuesday after having a weekend off. (The Telegraph)

Chris Jordan of Sussex and Jamie Overton of Somerset became the beneficiaries of the ECB’s rotation policy as a host of Ashes winners were left out of two one-day international (ODI) squads announced this morning. (The Times)

England’s decision to omit five key players from their squad for the upcoming one-day international series against Australia should result in a ticket refund for spectators, according to the former captain Michael Vaughan. (The Guardian)