From the Back Pages, March 27: Theo Walcott takes to Twitter to deny any bust-up with Arsene Wenger - but admits contract talks have not begun

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has taken to Twitter to deny that he has had any bust-up with manager Arsene Wenger, but did admit that he has yet to enter talks with the club over a contract extension. (The Independent)

Premier League’s £1 billion giveaway to aid grass roots. Richard Scudamore met with 20 clubs in central London to discuss how much they wanted to help initiatives outside their elite world. (The Telegraph)

José Mourinho insisted last night that Chelsea have not awarded John Terry, their captain, a one-year extension to his contract merely to say “thank you very much” for his service at Stamford Bridge. (The Times)

Brazil came from behind to see off France in a friendly at the Stade de France, with goals from Chelsea midfielder Oscar, Barcelona forward Neymar, and Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luis Gustavo. France had taken the lead through a Raphael Varane header, and looked to be in total control before Oscar’s well-worked equaliser, but the visitors fought back strongly in the second half, and could have scored more as the game wore on. Neymar who already had 42 goals for his country before this game, made it 43, firing past Steve Mandanda from an which will have disappointed the French keeper, before Luis Gustavo was given the run of the penalty area to head home from a corner. (Daily Mail)

MICHAEL CLARKE is confident Australia will not fail against New Zealand for a second time in the tournament when they square up in the World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday. (The Express)

The England manager, Roy Hodgson, has backed the man-of-the-moment Harry Kane to succeed in international football but stopped short of revealing whether he would make his debut against Lithuania. (The Guardian)

Martin Skrtel has followed up his ‘clowns’ jibe insisting the FA got it wrong over his three game ban for stamping. (The Mirror)