From the Back Pages, October 17: England set to miss out on place among top eight World Cup seeds despite leaping into FIFA top 10

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Roy Hodgson’s World Cup delight was tempered this morning as it emerged England are set to miss out on a place among the top eight seeds. (Mirror)

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he will use England’s remaining friendlies this season to give his younger players a chance to stake their claims for a place in his World Cup finals squad. (The Times)

England will push forward plans to stage international friendlies against Germany and Argentina as part of their World Cup preparations after securing their place at the showcase tournament in Brazil next summer. (The Independent)

England emerged from the tension at an expectant national stadium to secure their passage to the World Cup finals, and Roy Hodgson said the chance to lead his side to the tournament in Brazil represented the pinnacle of his 37-year managerial career. (The Guardian)

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa says Japan form is suffering due to lack of chances at Old Trafford. (The Telegraph)

Liverpool chief Ian Ayre was on Wednesday dragged into allegations of an Anfield conspiracy and claims that a senior club employee sold tickets on the black market. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL have been given a triple boost ahead of their Premier League game against Norwich at the weekend. Mesut Ozil was considered a major doubt after being pulled off during Germany’s 5-3 win over Sweden after taking a knock to the knee. (The Express)