From the Back Pages, June 17: Luis Suarez says he is ‘100 per cent’ fit, and is targeting ‘deficiencies’ in England defence

Luis Suarez has declared himself “100 per cent” fit to face England on Thursday, adding that he could exploit what he said were the defensive weaknesses of Roy Hodgson’s team. (The Independent)

Tuesday, 17th June 2014, 7:11 am
From the back pages

Wayne Rooney was subjected to additional, intensive training yesterday as speculation increased that he could struggle to keep his place in England’s starting line-up to face Uruguay in the World Cup on Thursday. (The Times)

World Cup: England’s Daniel Sturridge ‘’prepared to do anything. And I’m talking anything’’ to beat Uruguay. (The Mirror)

THOMAS MULLER scored a hat-trick as Germany turned on the style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener last night. (The Express)

Revenge has rarely tasted any sweeter. The USA, eliminated by Ghana at each of the past two World Cups, looked to have suffered another cruel blow at the hands of their tormentors, giving up an 82nd-minute equaliser in a match which they had led from the 31st second. But Jürgen Klinsmann’s team refused to be cowed. John Brooks, a second-half substitute and central defender playing in his first official match for his country, rose to power home a header that sent the vast American contingent in Natal into raptures. (The Guardian)

Arsenal have intensified their interest in AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. The Italy international features highly on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list as the manager looks to sign a new central striker. (Daily Mail)

England began their new era with a draw but what a thriller it turned out to be, with Sri Lanka’s batsmen hanging on at Lord’s by whatever means possible, none of them pretty, to save the match with nine wickets down. (The Telegraph)