Paper Round: Allardyce 'told to win Euro 2020'
Sam Allardyce must lead England to Euro 2020 glory, Yaya Toure has regrets, and Arsene Wenger is worried about Aaron Ramsey. It's Thursday's Paper Round.
Allardyce told to win Euro 2020
The Daily Star reports that the FA have informed Sam Allardyce that they expect his England team to be in the final of the next European Championship - to be held at Wembley. Chief executive Martin Glenn has been very clear - they expect to be there or thereabouts at every tournament from now onwards.
Paper Round's view: Good luck with that. England have to concentrate on their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign now - which got under way with a slender single-goal win over Slovakia.
Yaya Toure set for showdown...with agent
Yaya Toure's agent has been engaging in a war of words with Pep Guardiola - and the Star now report that his client isn't entirely happy. Toure thinks Dimitri Seluk went too far in his criticism of the new Manchester City manager - and even though he knows his days at the Etihad are numbered, he never wanted to leave on bad terms.
Paper Round's view: Well, Toure might as well start up a feud with his agent for a bit, just to mix things up. Impressive development of some rudimentary diplomacy skills from him, though, finally realising that perhaps not every thought needs to be shared via the media.
Wenger worried for Ramsey
Arsene Wenger is concerned about Aaron Ramsey's slow recovery from a hamstring injury, reports the Mirror. The midfielder limped out of the first match of the season and has not played since.
Vaughan had it in for me, claims Trott
Jonathan Trott has a new book out - and he thinks former England captain Michael Vaughan slated him in the media for nefarious reasons. At the time that Trott withdrew from the national side with a stress-induced illness, Vaughan was working for a sports management agency as well as in the media. Trott suggests that constituted a conflict of interests on Vaughan's part.
Paper Round's view: The way that players, coaches and media pundits overlap is bewildering these days. It's strange to hear Clare Connor commentate on the England women's matches - she's the head of England women's cricket; commentators across sports have reported on players they represent through a management agency, or ones they have coached, or ones they have played alongside. So Vaughan is certainly not the only one who wears a lot of hats simultaneously - but you can certainly see why Trott might feel aggrieved.