From the back pages, August 14: Stewart Downing joins West Ham from Liverpool on four-year deal

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West Ham have completed the signing of Stewart Downing from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal. (The Mirror)

Maybe England does have talent. After a calamitous summer when they subjected to fierce criticism, the Young Lions responded in the most emphatic fashion. In putting Scotland to the sword with a brutal 6-0 victory at Bramall Lane, England’s Under 21s proved they had not suffered a hangover from the chastening experience to which they were subjected at Euro 2013. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have taken the top-level decision that Wayne Rooney will not be sold to Chelsea no matter how much money is offered or whatever the potential risks of keeping an unhappy player. Their stance is irreversible and will represent a significant setback for José Mourinho, who had been under the impression a deal to take him to Stamford Bridge was only a matter of time. (The Guardian)

Gareth Bale has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a world-record move to Real Madrid this summer. (The Telegraph)

TOTTENHAM star Gareth Bale kept quiet over speculation regarding his future when questioned whilst on international duty with Wales. Bale will not play in Wales’ friendly against the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night due to a foot injury. (The Express)

Steven Gerrard last night predicted that Jack Wilshere will succeed him as England captain. The Liverpool midfielder has “no doubt” that he will pass the armband on to Wilshere at the end of his international career, which he conceded could come after next summer’s World Cup. (The Times)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson battled to a gutsy fifth place in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Moscow. (The Independent)