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From the back pages, February 7: Not good enough for Chelsea, but too good for Brazil... Lampard scores belter as Rooney, Hart and Wilshere outshine mighty Brazil

Wayne Rooney scored the first against Brazil

Wayne Rooney scored the first against Brazil

Frank Lampard’s glorious second-half winner handed England a confidence-boosting victory over the Samba stars of Brazil at Wembley. The victory was a fine way to celebrate the FA’s 150th anniversary, with England notching a memorable triumph over the five-time World Cup winners. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have been offered renewed hope of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer after Hans-Joachim Watzke, the German club’s chief executive, reacted angrily to reports striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join arch-rivals Bayern Munich next season. (The Telegraph)

Shamed Goran Popov has made a grovelling apology to West Brom after his spitting spat. The Baggies defender was sent off against Tottenham on Sunday for launching his saliva at Kyle Walker. (The Sun)

Lewis Hamilton shrugged off his 160mph Mercedes crash disaster on Wednesday as if it were a minor car park ding. But the 28-year-old ex-champion revealed his £5m racer will have a fundamental re-design after the rear brakes failed within minutes of his debut for the German car giants. “I am pretty relaxed about it,” said Hamilton. (The Mirror)

Manchester City are plotting a move to sign Alvaro Negredo. The Sevilla marksman was on both Spurs’ and Everton’s radars, although the latter came closest to landing him in the January transfer window. (The Express)

British racer Mark Cavendish today claimed back-to-back stage wins and the overall lead at the Tour of Qatar. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider won the 160km route from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche, which is the longest of the race. (The Independent)

Swimmers and coaches have spoken of their sadness and shock at the death of a 16-year-old swimmer who was aiming for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Chloe Waddell, who had competed in the Olympic trials against Rebecca Adlington, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday morning. She was found unconscious by her parents, who tried to revive her at their home in Timperley, Greater Manchester, but was later pronounced dead in hospital. (The Guardian)

Blackburn Rovers are starting to resemble a model of stability compared with Nottingham Forest after Alex McLeish left his job at the City Ground yesterday, having been in charge for just 40 days. (The Times)

 

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