Tuesday media watch [17.06.14 AM]: Lambert search backed
Birmingham Mail: Former Villa favourite Thomas Hitzlsperger agrees the time is right for Paul Lambert to overhaul Villa's transfer policy with experienced recruits. In a departure from the "young and hungry" approach, which characterised Lambert's first two seasons in charge, the Villa boss is now targeting proven Premier League players. New signings Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole have been in and around the English top-flight for over a decade and Hitzlsperger admits their know-how is important for the claret and blues.
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BBC Sport: England coach Gary Neville has backed Wayne Rooney to cope with the "drama" surrounding his role at the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Rooney's position in Roy Hodgson's team has been the subject of intense debate, which heightened after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Italy.
Sky Sports: Luis Suarez is fit and ready to face England when they meet in Sao Paulo on Thursday, according to reports from Uruguay. Suarez had targeted Thursday's World Cup Group G clash as a realistic recovery date and now looks set to meet it after watching his compatriots throw away a first-half lead to lose 3-1 to Costa Rica on Saturday.
BBC Sport: Sunderland have signed former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on a four-year contract. The Romanian international, 27, played 18 games for the Premier League champions last season but was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
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