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Paris attacks shock world, England vs France to be called off – Saturday’s back pages

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Football fans gather in the field as they wait for security clearance to leave the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, after the friendly football match France vs Germany on November 13, 2020 following shootings and explosions near the stadium and in the French capital 
The top stories making Saturday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Manchester United are confident that Cristiano Ronaldo would snub Chelsea to return to Old Trafford.

Also: David Beckham has told Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United are the only club worth leaving Real Madrid for.

And: Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years. But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he has created a pioneering company that could revolutionise the energy industry.

Daily Mirror: England’s friendly against France on Tuesday is set to be scrapped following the horrific events in Paris.

Also: Former France international Thierry Henry has said his thoughts are with the victims of the “shocking scenes” in Paris.

And: Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has taken to Twitter following the tragic events in Paris.

Daily Star: Premier League stars have taken to social media to express their dismay at attacks in Paris.

Also: Super Mario scored possibly the greatest goal ever seen in an international friendly to put Spain on their way to victory over England tonight.

And: Jesse Lingard wants to gatecrash the England squad for Euro 2016.

Plus: Manchester United and England star Michael Carrick was stretchered off in the 2-0 defeat to Spain with suspected ankle ligament damage.

Daily Mail: The Stade de France was at the heart of terror strikes during France’s win over Germany on Friday night.

Also: England’s match against France on Tuesday night is in major doubt after the shocking Paris attacks, with reports in France that the game has been cancelled.

Daily Express: Normal service has been resumed for Roy Hodgson. The England boss can point to the fact that it required a goal of outstanding quality to snap his side’s stubborn resistance, but then that is what Spain do.

Metro: Manchester United have made an initial approach for Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli, according to reports.

Daily Telegraph: England’s friendly match against France at Wembley next Tuesday is almost certain to be cancelled following the attacks in Paris.

Also: Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick left Alicante on crutches and in a protective boot on Friday night amid fears of ankle ligament damage and a lengthy absence.

The Times: England’s friendly international against France on Tuesday will be cancelled today after the atrocities in Paris last night. The Football Association will speak with its French counterparts this morning before confirming that the match will not go ahead.

Also: Joe Hart risked ridicule last night by blaming England’s defeat to Spain on the pitch at the José Rico Pérez stadium.

The Guardian: France defeated Germany 2-0 at the Stade de France on Friday evening but the game was overshadowed by several explosions outside the stadium which left the fans inside the arena concerned, although the action continued to its conclusion to an increasingly subdued backdrop.

Also: Migrant labourers in Qatar say they are being paid to fill empty seats at football matches featuring the Spanish star Xavi Hernández, who was signed to boost local interest in the game before the Gulf state hosts the 2022 World Cup.

Ian Horne
Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

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