What the back pages say: October 9, 2011
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney may be spared the worst over his latestEngland red card, according to the referee who sent him off in the 2-2 draw against Montenegro. Euro hope for Rooney after referee backs England striker in red card rumpus Also: Martin Johnson will fly back to Heathrow tomorrow for what will surely be a painful inquest. Johnno to fly back into RFU inquest as top brass demand answers Dismissed: Wayne Rooney is sent off by Wolfgang Stark THE OBSERVER: England manager Martin Johnson to consider quitting after England crash out of Rugby World Cup with 19-12 defeat to France. Also: Leeds took the low road to a fourth Grand Final victory over St Helens in five years, with the tiny scrum-half Rob Burrow providing the decisive contribution in this land of the giants. THE INDEPENDENT: England will trail home from New Zealand on a night flight to Heathrow tomorrow a beaten World Cup quarter-finalists and with only qualified support for the three-year managerial stint of Martin Johnson to continue. Also: An exasperated Fabio Capello can`t control Wayne Rooney. SUNDAY MIRROR: The FA will issue a plea for leniency in the latest case of Wayne Rooney`s red card shame. Also: Super sub Rob Burrow masterminded Leeds Rhinos` fourth Super League title triumph in five years. THE PEOPLE: Roberto Mancini will introduce a tough new code of conduct at Manchester City in the wake of the Carlos Tevez affair. Also: England were last night ready to thank German ref Wolfgang Stark - for saving Wayne Rooney from more red-card misery with UEFA. DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Ref Wolfgang Start yesterday gave Wayne Rooney hope that he will escape a two-match Euro 2012 ban. Also: England`s disastrous World Cup campaign predictably ended in tears when they were crushed by the French. SUNDAY EXPRESS: England boss Fabio Capello has confessed that the last thing he needed after qualification for the European Championships is a friendly against world champions Spain. Also: Steve Bruce is set to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Martin Johnson was today considering his future as England manager. Also: Kevin Sinfield took a swipe at Leeds` critics as the Rhinos rewrote the record books. THE SUNDAY TIMES: England`s under-fire manager Martin Johnson refused to say whether he will stay in the job. Also: England manager Fabio Capello says selecting hot-head Wayne Rooney is worth the risk.
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