From the Back Pages, June 5: Ecuador 2 - England 2: Three Lions fail to sparkle in Miami heat

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ENGLAND stuttered to a 2-2 draw against Ecuador ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil. (The Express)

Wayne Rooney remains England’s best chance of winning the World Cup in Brazil. Hodgson’s decision to play the Manchester United striker on the left against Ecuador is open to interpretation but Rooney remains the safest bet for the England manager. (The Telegraph)

Frank Lampard eyes MLS move after revealing Chelsea exit. (The Independent)

Tottenham have hijacked Liverpool’s move for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno by tabling a £14million offer plus Roberto Soldado on loan and including midfielder Etienne Capoue. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have placed a bid of £9.75million for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, triggering the release cause in his contract. (The Mirror)

Chelsea’s keenly awaited £32 million signing of Diego Costa is imminent after the Atlético Madrid striker passed a medical while on World Cup duty in Spain. (The Times)

Andy Murray, forced to continue a fight in the dark he should have finished with a knockout in the sunlight, drew on his considerable reserves of perversity to bagel a rampant Gaël Monfils in 21 crazy minutes for a five-set victory that was as unexpected as it was dramatic. (The Guardian)