From the Back Pages, September 7: Ángel di María claims Real Madrid asked him to miss World Cup final

From the back pages
From the back pages

Ángel di María has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the La Liga club. (The Guardian)

RAHEEM STERLING has drawn plaudits from fellow Liverpool youngster Suso after the England international’s man-of-the-match performance against Norway in midweek. (The Express)

Switzerland vs England: Jack Wilshere hits back at Jamie Redknapp over injury record. (The Independent)

Luke Shaw may be Britain’s most expensive defender, but he isn’t au fait with one of the country’s most iconic centre-halves. According to Shaw’s former England international team-mate Frank Lampard, the £27million Manchester United defender came unstuck when quizzed about Arsenal and England legend Tony Adams. (Daily Mail)

Kei Nishikori stunned Novak Djokovic to claim a historic US Open semi-final win at Flushing Meadows. (The Mirror)

Lewis Hamilton stopped the rot of a season threatening to end in a war of words with an impressive pole position for the Italian Grand Prix. (The Times)

A new season, but the same drama at headquarters. It was only a few short months ago that Saracens suffered agony here at the hands of the Television Match Official at the end of the Aviva Premiership final against Northampton. (The Telegraph)