Thursday media watch [10.10.13 AM]: Stars target World Cup boost
Birmingham Mail: Leandro Bacuna is taking his lead from fellow Premier League rookie Antonio Luna as the wing-back duo look to continue Villa's defensive improvement. Bacuna and Luna - nicknamed Tony Moon by Villa fans - both featured in the claret and blues' clean sheets at Norwich and Hull and are currently preferred to Matt Lowton and Joe Bennett.
Birmingham Mail: When Villa reassemble next week there is sure to be a whole variety of emotions blowing around Bodymoor Heath. The exact feelings will be determined tomorrow and in the coming days when Villa's international posse find out their World Cup fate.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has written to season ticket holders thanking them for the "tight, robust relationship" between fans and his newlook Aston Villa squad. Lambert admits his claret and blues experienced "growing pains" last season, but believes the Villa Park faithful have helped them start this term well.
The Sun: Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, 37, insists his old protege Joe Hart, will come back stronger from his nightmare start this term. The Manchester City keeper has been blamed for conceding soft goals against Cardiff, Aston Villa and Bayern Munich.
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Guardian: Wayne Rooney has spoken publicly for the first time about his reasons for wanting to leave Manchester United and blamed his disillusionment on Sir Alex Ferguson playing him out of position after the signing of Robin van Persie.
Daily Mail: Jack Wilshere came under fire from Kevin Pietersen last night for declaring that 'only English people' should play for England.
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