THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield FC, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

Ollie Banks in action against Cheltenham Town by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield
Ollie Banks in action against Cheltenham Town by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield

Are Chesterfield ready for Ackrington Stanley? plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Tendayi Darikwa was happy to take the positives out of Chesterfield’s stalemate with Portsmouth. Full story: DT

Saturday’s visit of leaders Chesterfield won’t be easy, but it will be a good measure of how far we’ve come in our development, before the re-match with Morecambe on Tuesday night. Full story: LancashireTelegraph

Joe Mattock has become the latest Wednesday player to face a long lay-off. Full story: TheStar

Oguchi Onyewu and Caolan Lavery both played full games for their countries in 2-0 defeats last night. Full story: TheStar

Confidence and self-belief have been the catalysts for Chris Porter’s improved form, Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed. Full story: TheStar

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, insists his team have nothing to be afraid of as they prepare for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic. Full story: TheStar

STEVE McClaren has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship manager of the month award for the second time in three months. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

IT’S my view that Steve McClaren and his team have simply taken Derby County to the next level following Nigel Clough’s lengthy – by modern day standards – tenure. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: Roy Hodgson praised the contribution of his younger players as England secured a late victory over Denmark, the manager drawing encouragement from a laboured occasion, but it was left to his opposite number, Morten Olsen, to sum up the general mood at the national stadium. “I wish you good luck in the World Cup,” offered the Dane. “You need it.” Roy Hodgson hinted that he may be ready to trust a new generation of talent for this summer’s World Cup after the England manager watched a side brimming with bright young things overcome a resilient Denmark side at Wembley last night. JOSE MOURINHO has laid bare the money-chasing culture of modern day footballers and revealed that some of his Real Madrid stars queued up in front of the mirror before a match. Poland 0-1 Scotland: Brown hits stunning strike as Fletcher makes long-awaited return. Joe Root pressed all the right buttons of English nostalgia when his maiden one-day hundred, made with a suspected fractured thumb, helped England win the deciding game in the one-day series against the West Indies. England struck a defiant tone ahead of their make-or-break clash with Wales by insisting: No Lions, no problem.