From the back pages, August 9: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert named in Roy Hodgson’s squad

Rickie Lambert, the uncapped 31-year-old, is the surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad to face Scotland at Wembley next week. (The Telegraph)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Luis Suárez’s attempt to force a transfer to Arsenal has backfired spectacularly, with Brendan Rodgers banishing the forward to train alone and Gordon Taylor warning him that Liverpool’s interpretation of his contentious contract clause appears to be watertight. (The Times)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted that Real Madrid will not be tempted to pay the over the odds for Gareth Bale. (The Sun)

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has pleaded with the club not to sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea. (The Express)

Chelsea are privately insistent that they will not sell David Luiz, despite the current interest in the defender from Barcelona and a potential £40m bid in the next few days. (The Independent)

Malmo 0 Swansea 0 (Agg: 0-4): Laudrup’s men continue European march after solid performance in Sweden. (Daily Mail)

Alastair Cook has ramped up the rhetoric in England’s row with the Australian broadcaster Channel 9 which is now set to rumble into the return Ashes series this winter. Cook gave his full support to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s demand for an explanation and apology from the network for the report that led National 9 News on Wednesday night to claim that Kevin Pietersen’s dismissal in the third Test at Old Trafford was at the centre of an International Cricket Council investigation, and centred on the use of silicone tape on bats to avoid detection by Hot Spot. (The Guardian)