Papers: Wayne's in shape
Wayne Rooney is a lean, mean scoring machine
Wayne Rooney will return to action as a lean, mean scoring machine. The Manchester United striker lost almost half a stone during his American boot camp visit. Rooney, 25, arrived back in Britain at the weekend after a week's rehabilitation on his ankle injury at Nike's Portland headquarters. And he looked a far trimmer version of the hitman who terrorised defences last season after a five-day programme devised by his club's fitness experts. A United source said: "It's the talk of the place how hard Wayne was worked out there. He was far from being overweight but he is now nicely tuned up again after the extended lay-off and injury problems. The gaffer and his staff knew exactly what they were doing and now they are expecting it to pay rich rewards."Phil Thomas, The Sun
Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand's advice to young players, given at yesterday's England press conference, is quoted in a number of papers, including The Mirror
. Rio says: "Responsibility is a big thing. As a young player, it took me a while to understand the responsibilities of a footballer. The sooner you learn that as a young player, the fewer mistakes you’ll make over your career. There are so many different factors that determine whether you become a top player, but going out drinking will definitely be to your detriment and will hold you back from being a top, top player."