What The Papers Say - 9 October

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton. 

Ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier in Cardiff tonight, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has reiterated that Seamus Coleman is as big a loss for his side as Gareth Bale is for Wales. 

The two nations go head-to-head in the Welsh capital each looking to secure a top-two finish in Group D at the expense of the other. 

Coleman is still recovering from the broken leg he sustained in the first qualifier between the Republic and Wales in Dublin in March, while Real Madrid forward Bale has been ruled out with a calf problem.

In the Daily Mail, former Blues skipper Kevin Ratcliffe gives his thoughts on Everton’s difficult start to the season, while the Liverpool Echo suggest Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has ruled out a January switch to Goodison Park. 

Finally, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson writes a column in the Daily Mail and says Three Lions fans should have “more love” for record goalscorer Wayne Rooney. 

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