From the Back Pages, November 18: Wayne Rooney steels England for test of nerve

Wayne Rooney has warned his England team-mates to prepare for an intimidating atmosphere in tonight’s friendly international against Scotland. (The Times)

From the back pages
From the back pages

STEWART DOWNING is set to make his first international appearance in more than two years tonight when England collide with Scotland. (The Express)

Manuel Neuer has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that the Real Madrid star will win the Ballon d’Or as much for his image as his skills. (Daily Mail)

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Rafa Benitez has hinted strongly he will leave Napoli at the end of the season to rejoin his family on Merseyside. (The Mirror)

The national gambling regulator has warned the Football Association about the dangers of sponsorship deals between Premier League clubs and unlicensed overseas gambling firms, in a move that could cost the league as much as £90m a year in sponsorship revenue. (The Independent)

England are set to throw Owen Farrell the No12 jersey against Samoa as they seek to extricate themselves from the autumn quicksands into which they have stumbled over the past fortnight. (The Guardian)

Roger Federer has attempted to downplay his row with Stanilas Wawrinka by posting a picture of himself with his fellow Swiss on his Twitter account. (The Telegeraph)