From the Back Pages, May 30:

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Brendan Rodgers is trying to pull off a shock £4m deal for England striker Rickie Lambert. (The Mirror)

ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has talked up the striking partnership of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney ahead of the World Cup. (The Express)

Roy Keane could be on the verge of a dramatic return to management with Celtic, after it was confirmed that the former Manchester United captain has been in talks over the post vacated last week by Neil Lennon. (The Guardian)

England boss Roy Hodgson has no injury concerns ahead of Friday’s friendly clash with Peru, although full-back Luke Shaw is a doubt due to a cold. (The Independent)

Steven Gerrard and Roy Hodgson - World Cup 2014: England captain Steven Gerrard is ‘not concerned’ whether Luis Suarez is fit for Uruguay. (The Telegraph)

The only maddening element of Andy Murray’s progress into the third round of the French Open was that he dropped serve for the first time as he stood on the cusp of victory. Still, that would be nit-picking of the severest kind. (The Times)

Carl Froch and George Groves are both convinced they will emerge victorious from their eagerly anticipated re-match at Wembley on Saturday. The pair were in confident mood at the final pre-fight press conference on Thursday, with Groves predicting exactly how he will knock out Froch in front of almost 80,000 fans at Wembley. (Daily Mail)