From the Back Pages, February 7: England storm back to beat Wales in stirring Six Nations opener

From the back pages
From the back pages

Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Friday night lights this was as tense and breathless an occasion as any in recent memory, a classic example of why the Six Nations retains its allure. If it is an indicator of what lies in store for the rest of the tournament it is going to be some ride. (The Guardian)

Jose Mourinho broke his self-imposed media ban to suggest the football world already knows why he is unhappy. (The Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed leading scorer Alexis Sanchez feels he can defy the doctors and tackle Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but will not risk further injury to his star man. (The Independent)

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has suggested Luis Suarez is struggling to score goals for Barcelona because he is not the main man at the club. (Daily Mail)

THE agent of Paul Pogba claims that there are six teams interested in signing the Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City target, and that his client’s transfer will shatter Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million move to Real Madrid in 2013. (The Express)

Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool: Sort Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson futures now. (The Telegraph)

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), has defended his decision to allow an early return to cricket for Mohammad Amir, the convicted spot-fixer. (The Times)