From the Back Pages, October 12: Three Lions take a giant step towards World Cup 2014

From the back pages
From the back pages

Roy Hodgson’s side have recorded the victory they so desperately needed, scoring four second-half goals to see off a spirited Montenegro side. While the Three Lions were a little toothless in the opening period, they put the game to bed ruthlessly after the break. (Mirror)

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium reached their first World Cup finals since 2002. The on-loan striker put away two excellent individual goals in the first half to earn a 2-1 victory in Croatia. (The Guardian)

Former England striker Gary Lineker has criticised the majority of the Football Association commission members after labelling them “utterly pointless” and a poor selection of which he expected better by FA chairman Greg Dyke. (The Independent)

LIVERPOOL are set to rival Chelsea and Real Madrid for the signing of Benfica’s Nemanja Matic. (The Express)

Iago Aspas has admitted he is finding it difficult at new club Liverpool. The Spanish striker, 26, arrived at Anfield for £7.5million from Celta Vigo in the summer but has found himself behind Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in the pecking order, and is yet to find the net in the six matches he has played. (Daily Mail)

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has been added to Arsène Wenger’s list of January targets after his good early season form (The Telegraph)

Tributes poured in from Formula One today after Maria de Villota, who lost an eye testing a Marussia car in Britain last year, was found dead in a Spanish hotel room. (The Times)