After England’s defeat to Chile at Wembley last night, the national papers have begun dissecting the performance of the Three Lions ahead of their second friendly fixture against Germany.
A number of them – most notably the Daily Star – have focused on Leighton Baines. The Blues left-back was at fault for the first of Chile’s goals, allowing Alexis Sanchez room to nod past Fraser Forster.
However, as the Star argues, he has still earned the chance to right that wrong against the Germans.
His defensive colleague Phil Jagielka is said to have done his own chances at becoming a regular starter no harm by steering well clear of the defeat to the Chileans. The Everton skipper was of course left on the bench.
A couple of papers also claim Ross Barkley made a difference when he replaced debutant Adam Lallana, and could enjoy a more prominent outing on Tuesday. Speaking of the talented Everton youngster, he is mentioned in the Independent as an example of the pathway from Under-21s to the seniors at international level.
Away from England, Tim Howard took the plaudits after a stupendous save from Robert Snodgrass helped the USMNT to a 0-0 draw with Scotland, while Seamus Coleman helped assist Shane Long for Republic of Ireland’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Latvia.
Elsewhere, aside from the Daily Mirror claiming Man United will finally land Baines in the transfer window, there are slim pickings. Gareth Barry is mentioned as potentially becoming only the second man to appear in the Birmingham, Manchester and Merseyside derbies should he play against Liverpool.
Switching to the locals, the Echo is gearing up for the derby and carries a piece on Roberto Martinez refusing to compromise his passing style for any opposition. Elsewhere, Barry Horne believes Leighton Baines may just have won his duel with Ashley Cole for England’s left-back berth, and there is a feature with ex-Toffee Billy Bingham.