From the Back Pages, June 14: Wayne Rooney urges Louis van Gaal to launch £40million Harry Kane bid

From the back pages
From the back pages

Wayne Rooney has been urging Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to make Harry Kane his No.1 target. (The Mirror)

Wayne Rooney is confident Raheem Sterling will bounce back from a dip in form as Roy Hodgson called on his team to rediscover their killer instinct in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in Ljubljana tomorrow. (The Times)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has reportedly “been offered” to Real Madrid by the Premier League champions just a year after moving to the Premier League. (The Independent)

City line up second bid for Raheem Sterling. City are increasingly confident they will have an unchallenged run for the 20-year-old, with Real Madrid and Manchester United unlikely to swoop. (The Telegraph)

Scotland took a small but significant half-step on the road to qualification for France 2016 as a second-half own goal deflected in off John O’Shea secured a combative, entertainingly messy 1-1 draw with the Republic Ireland in Dublin. With Poland winning 4-0 at home to Georgia and Germany flexing their muscles against Gibraltar later in the evening this result brings the first hint of a three-team breakaway from the peloton in Group D, leaving Ireland two points back in fourth and facing a tricky autumn run-in. (The Guardian)

Cristiano Ronaldo completed his third straight hat-trick in as many games for club and country as Portugal came from behind to defeat Armenia in the Euro 2016 Group I qualifier in Yerevan. Armenia took the lead when Brazilian-born Marcos Pizzelli unleashed an unstoppable free-kick from 35 yards which flew past Rui Patricio and in off the underside of the crossbar after 14 minutes. The hosts’ lead lasted less than quarter of an hour as Ronaldo calmly sent goalkeeper Roman Berezovski the wrong way after Joao Moutinho had been brought down inside the box by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (Daily Mail)

MANCHESTER CITY will be joined in the chase to sign Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling this week by Real Madrid and Arsenal. (The Express)

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