From the Back Pages, October 18: Furious Brendan Rodgers insists Sterling never said he didn’t want to play for England

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has angrily attacked claims that the club put pressure on Roy Hodgson to leave Raheem Sterling out of the England starting line-up for their European Championship qualifying game in Estonia on Sunday. (The Independent)

Louis van Gaal believes he is doing “great” as Manchester United manager and his players understand his philosophy but he still says they must perform better. (The Guardian)

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho admits five key players could be out for the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday. (The Express)

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out for two months after dislocating his right shoulder in training. (Daily Mail)

Ander Herrera is set to play wearing a corset to protect a fractured rib when he makes his Manchester United return. (The Mirror)

Louis van Gaal claims his Manchester United players have now fully embraced his philosophy at Old Trafford, but the Dutch manager insists that the time has come for them to make it work. (The Telegraph)

Discord between cricketers and administrators is not unusual in the modern game, but the confusing events that overshadowed the one-day international between India and West Indies in Dharamsala yesterday seemed particularly bizarre. (The Times)