Evening Report: October 8

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Wayne Rooney has declared his confidence that England will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Roy Hodgson's side have tricky forthcoming ties against Montenegro and Poland, and must win both if they are to be guaranteed a place, but the Red Devils striker is assured that England will be on the plane to Rio.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has admitted that he would benefit from being able to ask his predecessor Tito Villanova for a little help. Martino said he would would be keen to ask Villanova several things, but was unwilling to disturb him during his recovery from serious illness.

Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has said that the club had no choice but to sell Mesut Ozil because of their financial issues. Valdano attributed the sale to Arsenal to Madrid's debts, which he said were around £456million.

Hugo Lloris has insisted that Tottenham will bounce back positively from their 3-0 hammering at the hands of London rivals West Ham. The Spurs No.1 admitted they hadn't been good enough on the day, but said he was confident they would get back on track following the international break.

Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech is keen to use the Blues' 3-1 victory over Norwich as a blueprint for how hard his side must work in order to achieve success. The Czech international praised the hard work of the team and called upon his team-mates to draw upon the same sort of spirit when they faced difficulty in the future.

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