From the Back Pages, November 8: Stevie will quit England after World Cup to prolong his Liverpool career, says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers expects England captain Steven Gerrard to bring the curtain down on his international career after next summer’s World Cup finals. (Daily Mail)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Erik Lamela finally showed he was worth the fuss, yet Jermain Defoe claimed star billing last night to remind everyone that he has no intention of ­living in the shadows. Defoe had an encouraging conversation with Martin Chivers during half-time and returned to break the former Tottenham Hotspur forward’s record of 22 European goals for the club. (The Times)

The dramatic blooming of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey shows up the savage haste in which young players are judged and discarded by impatient fans and critical columnists. (The Telegraph)

SWANSEA looked set for another memorable Europa League victory last night – before conceding a late goal for the second time against Kuban Krasnodar in a 1-1 draw in Russia. (The Express)

Having kept the racing world waiting for days, Tony McCoy achieved his 4,000th winner with an astonishing ride here on Thursday, rallying a horse who was plainly destined for defeat to take the lead yards from the line. High on anticipation, the crowd responded with a thundering cheer which may have no precedent in rural Northamptonshire and the stands emptied as racegoers ran to the winner’s enclosure to welcome back a jump jockey who has left the sport’s previous records in smithereens. (Guardian)

England are in for some serious sledging after sending an 82-PAGE menu to each Test ground ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, writes Dean Wilson in Hobart. (The Mirror)

Confidence and belief can be used to explain too much in sport, but the case of Aaron Ramsey does make you think. Rarely has one footballer been transformed so much, so quickly, seemingly just through a change in mind-set. (The Independent)