From the Back Pages, November 15: Roy Hodgson: I kept faith with Joe Hart because rivals weren’t at same level

From the back pages
From the back pages

Joe Hart has been told he has to stay at the top of his England game – because he now has genuine competition for the first time. (The Mirror)

For a nation of two million people, Slovenia is far better at football than it ever expected to be, reaching a European Championship and two World Cups since independence in 1992. (The Independent)

Gordon Strachan’s success as the Scotland manager, in breaking from what had become a dismal normality before his appointment, has been turning promise into tangible reward. That much was the case again on a tense and fraught evening as they secured a crucial win over the Republic of Ireland courtesy of Shaun Maloney’s fine second-half goal. (The Guardian)

Northern Ireland’s perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying came crashing down in Romania after Paul Papp ended their brave resistance with a second-half brace. (The Telegraph)

David de Gea will miss Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday after dislocating his right finger in training. (Daily Mail)

TRANSFER NEWS: £150m Bale Chelsea snub, Man Utd land Firmino, Liverpool want £25m Schurrle. (The Express)

After a sequence of four consecutive defeats, England intend to deliver a backlash when they play South Africa at Twickenham this afternoon. (The Times)