From the Back Pages, November 17: Rooney ‘wouldn’t get in the Germany team’: Schurrle and Low crank up mind games

From the back pages
From the back pages

Wayne Rooney, the striker on whom England’s World Cup hopes rest, would not even get into the Germany team, claimed Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new contract the Emirates. The length of the deal has yet to be officially disclosed, but the Poland international expressed his happiness at committing his “long-term future” to the Gunners. (Mirror)

With the troublesome business of World Cup qualification completed last month; all that is left for Roy Hodgson’s team to do now is prove that they can mix it with the best international sides in the world. One game in and tonight Chile, a skilful, shrewd bunch, but only the fourth best team in South America, showed them just how tough the second part of the plan will be. (The Independent)

New Zealand withstood a stirring England comeback to avenge last year’s record 38-21 defeat at Twickenham with two tries from Julian Savea and another from Kieran Read. England were crestfallen at the end but can take immense pride in their performance. (The Times)

England cruised into a World Cup semi-final showdown with New Zealand, but they will need to improve markedly if they are to dispose of the holders at Wembley on Saturday. (The Guardian)

There was no hiding place in the aftermath of this heavy defeat to an Australia side that Ireland had intended to dominate up front to squeeze out a second successive victory for new coach Joe Schmidt. (The Telegraph)

CHRIS Coleman has slammed moaning Welsh supporters and warned Craig Bellamy he is not ready to manage his country. (The Express)