From the back pages, June 9: England draw first blood after pacemen shackle weakened Australia

From the back pages
From the back pages

England, all smooth, unspectacular efficiency, thrashed the Australians by 48 runs in their first encounter of the summer with the tourists. They must hope that it will be just as easy in the countless fixtures coming up between the two sides; they must know that it won’t be. (The Guardian)

The Lions overcame the daunting hurdle of a Quade Cooper-inspired Queensland Reds in Brisbane to maintain their unbeaten start to the tour of Australia. (The Times)

Chelsea would be prepared to take on any attempt by Arsenal to sign Wayne Rooney should Manchester United and their new manager David Moyes decide that the player can be sold this summer. (The Independent)

RETURNING Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is preparing a staggering £90million transfer splash on top strikers Edinson Cavani and Hulk. (Express)

Over and out. England’s dreams of success at Euro 2013 ended in Petah Tikva last night and with that, in all probability, went Stuart Pearce’s hopes of a new contract extension. (Daily Mail)

Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of Manchester City this week and will ask Etihad chiefs to sanction a move for £30million Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, write the Sunday People’s Tom Hopkinson and Steve Bates. (Mirror)

NEW Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Marouane Fellaini is going nowhere. The Belgian midfielder is wanted by Arsenal, who are keen to trigger his £22million release clause, and has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. (The Sun)