Sportsday - Tuesday, 5 February as it happened

England's greatest footballer debate, Ashley Cole to win 100th cap against Brazil, Rebecca Adlington retires, plus more

5 February 2013 Last updated at 18:44 GMT

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  1. 0801: 

    England are in control in Mumbai, having dismissed the West Indies for just 101. You can listen to live commentary on BBC radio 5 live sports extra, and follow the text commentary on the BBC website.

  2. 0801: 

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday.

    As ever, we start with a selection from the Football Gossip column.

    Manchester City could enter the fray to sign Real Madrid's French youngster Raphael Varane. The 19-year-old, who can play as either a defender or midfielder, has become a regular this season.

    Full story: Daily Express

    Dutch teenager Adam Maher says he will leave AZ Alkmaar in the summer - but insists he won't be joining Arsenal. The 19-year-old midfielder had been tipped to join the London club by club boss Gertjan Verbeek.

    Full story: talkSPORT

    Stuart Pearce is facing an uncertain future as the England Under-21 manager after preliminary talks about whether the Football Association wants him to stay in the job were put off until the summer.

    Full story: The Guardian

  3. 0802: 

    Rio Ferdinand says he would "pack his bags and go straight there" if he was recalled to the England squad.

    The 34-year-old centre-back has not played for his country since June 2011 and was left out of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad.

  4. 0805: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sport have a special programme from 21:30 GMT on Tuesday. 'A Tribute to Bobby Moore', 20 years on from his death, the programme will ask was England's greatest football captain given enough credit for what he achieved and what is his legacy to English football?

    So, today we are asking who do you think England's greatest-ever player was? Join the debate on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  5. 0808: 

    Some facts on Bobby Moore:

    He was was the youngest man ever captain of England when he took the armband at the age of 22 in 1962.

    Moore wiped his hands clean of mud and sweat on the velvet tablecloth before shaking the hand of the Queen as she presented him with the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966.

    He was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1966, the first and only footballer to earn the honour until Paul Gascoigne in 1990.

    Was he England's greatest player? Let us know on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  6. 0811: 

    Wycombe goalkeeper Jordan Archer was attacked by a fan in the closing stages of his side's 1-0 win at Gillingham last night.

    Kent Police confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident.

    The supporter jumped on top of the 19-year-old, who is on loan from Tottenham, in injury time.

  7. 0816: 

    The question of who is England's greatest-ever footballer has already got you talking on Twitter, using the hashtag #englandsgreatest

    Jumpin Jack Flash on Twitter: "It has to be Moore - there's no two ways about it"

    Vladimir Pazdinov on Twitter: "England's greatest has to be Peter Shilton. End of."

  8. 0819: 

    Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.

    "It's been my life for the last 10 years, apart from a six month sabbatical at Sheffield United, of course, and there's no other place I'd rather be playing my football," Britton has told the Swans' official website.

  9. 0823: 

    Today is the first day of pre-season testing in Jerez ahead of the new F1 season, and our live text commentary service is already up and running.

    The BBC's Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson says: "Effectively, the 2013 Formula 1 season starts right here. After months of preparation and painstaking design and construction work, 10 of the 11 Formula 1 teams are putting brand new cars through their paces for the first time in Jerez in southern Spain this week.

    "Excitement and optimism are always high at this stage. By the end of these four days, all the teams will have a fair understanding of whether they were justified."

  10. 0830: 

    Rebecca Adlington is to make a "major announcement" at around 10:00 GMT today, the day after her long-time coach Bill Furniss was appointed as British Swimming's head coach.

  11. 0836: 

    With a tribute programme to the great Bobby Moore on BBC Radio 5 live tonight, today we're asking who you think is England's greatest-ever player. Join the debate on Twitter #englandsgreatest.

    Sam Kinnaird on Twitter: "For sheer talent it has to be Gazza but for heart and talent there is only Sir Bobby Moore"

    James Emmott on Twitter: "Bobby Moore, no need for a debate."

    Dave Hadfield on Twitter: "Maybe not the greatest while playing for England, but Paul Scholes is the best English player.

  12. 0841: 

    Here's another name to consider in today's debate on England's greatest-ever player:

    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Caps: 54 Goals: 11

    His international career was interrupted by the Second World War but Matthews played on until the age of 42 where he starred in a side that won 4-1 against a Brazil side that won win the World Cup two years later.

    How does Sir Stanley compare to the greats of the modern era? let us know on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  13. 0844: 

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce believes Ashley Cole is "the best left-back that's ever played for England".

    Cole is expected to win his 100th cap on Wednesday when England play Brazil in a friendly match at Wembley.

    If selected, the 32-year-old Chelsea player will become only the seventh Englishman to reach a century of appearances.

    "In my mind, he's the best left-back that's ever played for England. "That's a fact, in my eyes." said Pearce.

  14. 0852: 

    Jed Riddard on Twitter: "Many will say Bobby Charlton. He says Duncan Edwards is the greatest. I'll take Bobby's word."

    Ian Broughall on Twitter: "Bobby Moore is the ONLY Englishman to lift the WORLD CUP - Greatness is judged upon a single and unique achievement"

    Arif Patel on Twitter: "No love for Stevie G? Has to be up there with #englandsgreatest. Top role model and a true leader."

    Who do you think is England's greatest-ever footballer? Let us know on Twitter at #englandsgreatest.

  15. 0855: 
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraWOMEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP

    England are 83-4 after 31 overs as they chase down 102 against the West Indies in Mumbai.

    Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and keep-up-to-date with our live text commentary.

  16. 0903: 

    England have beaten the West Indies by six wickets in Mumbai, chasing down the West Indies' small total of just 101 with few alarms top qualify for the Super Sixes.

  17. 0908: 

    BBC Radio 5 live will broadcast a tribute to the late Bobby Moore at 21:30 GMT tonight, 20 years after the World Cup-winning captain passed away. We're asking who you think England's greatest-ever footballer is, and here's another name from the past for you to consider:

    Billy Wright (1946-1959)

    Caps: 105 Goals: 3

    Wright was the first player in the world to reach 100 caps, captained England 90 times - a record shared with Bobby Moore, and was married to a celebrity WAG - Joy from the Beverley Sisters.

    Join the debate on Twitter at #englandsgreatest.

  18. 0916: 

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "Difficult to say when you haven't witnessed the different players. Stevie G and JT up there for leadership and quality."

    Sam Trewin on Twitter: "David Beckham, if he was in a different era he would still be the best player. Even in the 66 squad"

    Paul Holden on Twitter: "England's greatest ever player? No competition, it has to be Bobby Moore."

  19. 0919: 

    Daniel Sturridge thinks that a fourth-place finish in the Premier League is not beyond Liverpool.

    "We are nine points off the top four so it's not a massive gap to try and recoup so hopefully we'll be able to do that - we believe we can," the striker has told Liverpool's official website.

  20. 0923: 

    Wladimir Klitschko is still looking for an opponent for his voluntary title defence on 6 April after a bout against Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis fell through, German boxing website Boxing Heute reports.

    "The issue is off the table," said Solis promoter Ahmet Oner,

    "We have negotiated, were we even really agree on all points, but then the Klitschko side decided against it at the last moment." The world governing body had given the WBA champion the right to an interim fight before 31 July when Klitschko must compete against Russian Alexander Povetkin.

  21. 0927: 

    South Africa coach Gordon Igesund will remain in his job despite falling short of his mandate the reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

    South Africa FA president Kirsten Nematandani says "I believe Igesund remains the best man in the country for the position of Bafana coach." South Africa lost their quarter-final on penalties to Mali.

  22. 0933: 

    Charlie on Twitter: "No one has said Geoff Hurst yet? He won us our only World Cup!"

    Dev Thaker on Twitter: "It's tough to choose one but Bryan Robson has to be up there. On natural talent maybe Scholes otherwise Sir Stan"

    Rob Peters on Twitter: "In my life time the greatest player in an England shirt is Gerrard. Bobby Moore overall must be though."

    Who do you think England's greatest footballer is? Join the debate on Twitter using the #englandsgreatest hashtag.

  23. 0942: 

    Former world champion Ricky Hatton is being lined up to train Anthony Ogogo, reports the Box Nation website.

    Ogogo turned professional after winning an Olympic bronze medal at middleweight at London 2012.

  24. 0947: 

    Another name for you to ponder as we ask who England's greatest-ever footballer is. Join the debate on Twitter at #englandsgreatest.

    Sir Bobby Charlton (1958-70)

    Caps: 106 goals: 49

    Made his debut two months after surviving the tragic Munich air crash, he went on to become England's record goalscorer and was an instrumental member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

  25. 0950: 

    Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has dismissed criticism of his tactics following the defeat against Ireland.

    Former Wales second row Gareth Llewellyn questioned the effectiveness of Wales' "blitz" defence during the 22-30 loss in Cardiff on Saturday .

    "I was happy with the blitz defence, but I wasn't happy when we didn't blitz," Edwards said. "You notice from the scrum try we didn't blitz, you know people are saying the blitz defence is not working. The blitz defence works. We just need to do it at the right time."

  26. 0957: 

    In the wake of Monday's revelations regarding match-fixing in European football matches, journalist Declan Hill has penned an assessment of the subject on the BBC website.

    "It is an utterly modern phenomenon and if we do not fight it properly, it will destroy many sports as we know them. This new form of corruption will, like a tsunami, sweep aside all other issues and leave some sports dead and destroyed," says Hill.

  27. 1001: 

    Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

    "I hate the word retire. I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.

    "I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old."

  28. 1010: 

    BBC Radio 5 live will broadcast a tribute to the late Bobby Moore at 21:30 GMT tonight, 20 years after the World Cup-winning captain passed away. We're asking who you think England's greatest footballer is on Twitter at #englandsgreatest.

    Euan Gregor on Twitter: "A shout for a goalie has to be Gordon Banks. Gazza must be close although he didn't play too many times."

    Richard Pentney on Twitter: "England top 5 is Charlton, Lineker, Shilton, Beckham and Greaves in that order"

    Daniel Murch on Twitter: "Sir Bobby Charlton is a legend. 106 caps, 49 goals.... And he did it from midfield"

  29. 1019: 

    Here's another name for you to consider in the debate over England's greatest-ever footballer.

    Sir Geoff Hurst (1966-1972)

    Caps: 49 Goals: 24

    Quite simply the architect of England's finest moment when he became the only player to ever score a hat-trick in a World Cup final when his three goals helped earn the Jules Rimet Trophy against West Germany in 1966.

    Geoff Hurst

    What do you think? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  30. 1020: 

    Liverpool say they have not been contacted by Europol concerning the European Union police agency's match-fixing investigation.

    Reports suggest Liverpool's 1-0 home win over Debrecen in the Champions League group stage in 2009 is one of the 680 games under suspicion. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the Anfield club.

    "We've not had any contact from Europol and no other agency has been in touch with Liverpool," said a Reds spokesman.

  31. 1026: 

    Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says he expects to be sold this summer following the signing of England international Jack Butland.

    "I read in the papers that I said no to City and yes to United, but the truth is, I haven't decided on anything," he is quoted as saying on Sky

    "I didn't say yes or no to anybody. I haven't signed anything - no contract, no pre-contract. But I believe that Stoke didn't buy Butland to be a reserve so I think I'm going to be sold in the summer.

    "To whom? I can't move to a smaller club and I also know that some top clubs are interested in me. They are also the only ones who can afford the fee."

  32. 1031: 

    Today's meeting at Sedgefield has been abandoned because of snow.

  33. 1036: 

    Sheffield United are to hold a 13:00 GMT pitch inspection ahead of tonight's game against Crawley in League One.

    The inspection has been called after snow in the south Yorkshire area.

  34. 1041: 

    Jon Winstone on Twitter: "#englandsgreatest maybe the most natural goal scorer of all time... Jimmy Greaves! True class... #Chelsea Legend!"

    James Walsh on Twitter: "Gordon Banks, simply the best goalkeeper to ever live. Plus a World Cup winner."

    Michael Rogers on Twitter: "William Ambrose 'Billy' Wright, 1st player in the world to earn 100 caps, never cautioned or sent off in his entire career"

    Join the debate on England's greatest footballer on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  35. 1051: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been praising former manager Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Man United in the Champions League next week.

    "I still have an excellent relationship with him and it will be nice to see him again.

    "He taught me the basis of football. I arrived in Manchester when I was only 18. He managed my career in the best possible way and for me he is one of the most important people in football."

  36. 1055: 

    Tranmere forward Adam McGurk is poised to win a first Northern Ireland cap against Malta on Wednesday three years after quitting football in despair.

    McGurk initially called time on his career in early 2010 after being released by Aston Villa after an injury-plagued spell at the club.

    "It was my family who got me back into it," says McGurk. "I didn't really have any interest myself being honest, but I didn't want to disappoint them."

  37. 1059: 

    Here's today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official

    With F1 testing underway, who are the 8 drivers that finished on the podium 3 or more times in 2012?

    We'll have the answer on here and on Twitter at 13:30 GMT.

  38. 1102: 

    Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent after just seven games in charge at the City Ground.

    The Scot, who was in charge of Aston Villa last season, took charge at Forest on 27 December.

    McLeish said: "I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period but even so it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.

    "Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith, however, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company."

  39. 1104: 

    Here's another name to consider in today's debate on England's greatest-ever player:

    Peter Shilton (1970-1990)

    Caps: 125 Goals: 0

    Has played more games for England than any other player, has featured at three World Cups - 1982, 1986 and 1990 - despite not making his debut in the competition until the age of 32.

    England goalkeeper Peter Shilton

    What do you think? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  40. 1115: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is named Czech Player of the Year for a record sixth time.

    The 30-year-old also won the award in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and beat Werder Bremen defender Theodor Gebre Selassie and Hamburg midfielder Petr Jiracek to this year's accolade.

  41. 1121: 

    Joe Hart believes Manchester City are capable of closing the nine-point gap between themselves and Manchester United, as they look to retain the Premier League title.

    "We need to go on a run now and get that points gap down but I'm confident because we've got world-class players — two in every position," Hart told London Evening Standard.

    "I don't know if winning the League this season would top last year. I have not had a feeling like that before but I just know I want to feel it again."

  42. 1125: 

    Wales captain Jess Fishlock confirms she is leaving Bristol Academy to join Seattle Reign.

    The midfielder had agreed a deal with the Vixens for the 2013 Women's Super League season but opted instead to take up a contract in America.

    Seattle play in the National Women's Soccer League - a new eight-team league that will begin in the spring.

    The 26-year-old, who has 66 caps for her country, spent three seasons with Bristol Academy.

  43. 1128: 

    N. O. Paloff on Twitter: "King Kevin Keegan - made it at home and abroad. Ballon d'Or x 2."

    Andy Cooper on Twitter: "Moore, Gazza, Beckham? Moore edges it because he won the World Cup."

    John Duncan on Twitter: "Not English but has anyone mentioned Sir Stanley Matthews as #englandsgreatest?"

    Who do you think is England's greatest ever player? There is some excellent debate - feel free to join using the hashtag #englandsgreatest on Twitter.

  44. 1140: 

    Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi on the departure of Alex McLeish: "I'm bitterly disappointed - as is Alex - that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the Club and wish him every success in the future."

  45. 1142: 

    British Paralympian Jody Cundy criticises a lack of track para-cycling events, likening his discipline to a "long lost brother".

    There are no major international track para-cycling competitions scheduled for 2013 and the date of 2014's world championships has yet to be confirmed.

    "Unfortunately track cycling is very far from being healthy," said five-time world champion Cundy.

    "Being a track cyclist sucks at the moment," he told BBC East Sport.

  46. 1147: 

    Ross McCormack withdraws from the Scotland squad for the friendly match against Estonia.

    The 26-year-old Leeds United forward, who has won eight caps, is suffering from a respiratory illness.

    Gary Caldwell missed the first two days of training while Scott Brown attended Tuesday's session without taking part.

    The match in Aberdeen is Gordon Strachan's first match since taking over as Scotland manager.

  47. 1153: 

    Vince Siu on Twitter: "Steven Gerrard. Best ever at #LFC without playing in a world class team. Same goes for England. Inspiration and phenomenon."

    Chris Bucknall on Twitter: "Billy Wright, captain 90 times, 105 caps which was incredible as fewer games were played each year, a gent, never booked!"

    Dannny on Twitter: "Surely Bobby Charlton? But he says Duncan Edwards... The greatest English player to grace the game."

    BBC Radio 5 live sport have a special programme from 21:30 GMT on Tuesday. 'A Tribute to Bobby Moore', 20 years on from his death - but who was the greatest ever England player?

    Join the debate on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  48. 1202: 

    Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he will not take any risks with Chelsea defender David Luiz, who is a doubt for Wednesday's friendly against England with a calf injury.

    Scolari decided to keep the 25-year-old in his squad for the game at Wembley despite the injury, but he will not play unless he passes a fitness test,

  49. 1204: 

    Defending champions England have made eight changes, including one positional, for their second Six Nations match away to Ireland on Saturday.

    Rochelle Clark, Victoria Fleetwood and Sophie Hemming form an all-new but experienced front row, while Rowena Burnfield comes in at lock.

    Francesca Matthews and Sally Tuson come onto the wings, Kay Wilson switches to full-back and La Toya Mason starts at scrum-half.

    England got the defence of their title off to a perfect start with a thumping 76-0 win over Scotland on Saturday.

  50. 1207: 

    To continue the debate surrounding England's greatest-ever player, here is another to consider:

    Alan Shearer (1992-2000)

    Caps: 63 Goals: 30

    The BBC pundit struck up a memorable partnership with Teddy Sheringham at Euro 96, scoring five goals before their elimination to Germany in a penalty shootout.

    England striker Alan Shearer

    Is Shearer the greatest? What do you think? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  51. 1214: 

    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is surprised by Victor Valdes' decision to leave Barcelona at the end of his contract but has downplayed suggestions he is a candidate to replace his Spain team-mate at Camp Nou.

    "I was surprised because Victor is with the best team in the world," Reina told MoviStar.

    "When I sign a contract I fulfil it and I have signed with Liverpool until 2016," he said, before adding: "Barcelona is the best club in the world.

  52. 1220: 

    Scotland draft in Glasgow flanker Rob Harley for their Six Nations match against Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. He'll play on the blindside in place of the injured Alastair Strokosch, while Ross Ford replaces Dougie Hall at hooker.

    Scotland team to face Italy: Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland; Sean Lamont; Matt Scott; Tim Visser; Ruaridh Jackson; Greig Laidlaw; Ryan Grant; Ross Ford; Euan Murray; Richie Gray; Jim Hamilton; Robert Harley; Kelly Brown; Johnnie Beattie.

  53. 1226: 

    Paris St-Germain head coach Carlo Ancelotti claims David Beckham's age is no barrier to success.

    Ancelotti told French TV programme beIN Sport: "I remember a certain player who won the Champions League at 39 and his name is [Paolo] Maldini.

    "He's 37 but still has the motivation and the physical condition - Beckham's not had many injuries in his career.

    "He's one of the most serious and professional players I've ever known."

  54. 1231: 

    Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts expects St Helens to be a different side from the opening weekend when the teams go head-to-head in Super League action on Sunday.

    The Vikings won their season-opener following a 28-14 over the London Broncos, but the Saints were surprisingly beaten 40-4 at home by Huddersfield on Saturday.

    "I'm not reading much into that," Betts told the Liverpool Echo.

    "I can't ever remember watching St Helens play that badly in the last 10 years in Super League.

    "I think they'll be a completely different side next week. That anomaly that threw itself up was just one of those things.

  55. 1238: 

    Greg Hunt on Twitter: "Alan Ball has a good shout. Despite Hurst's hat-trick, he is often said to be the man of the match of the 66 final."

    Daniel Jones on Twitter: "Massive Beckham fan but in big moments he got sent off in 98 and missed a penalty in 04. Not #EnglandsGreatest. Bobby Moore for me."

    Mugabi Turya on Twitter: "Bobby Charlton won Ballon D'Or, WC66, EC68 and more. Highest ever England goalscorer and all this was post Munich."

    Who do you believe to be England's greatest-ever player? Get involved on Twitter with the hashtag #englandsgreatest

  56. 1241: 

    Skipper Stephen Wild believes Salford City Reds can finally begin to fulfil their potential under their new owner.

    Dr Marwan Koukash completed his takeover on 31 January, 24 hours before the Reds were beaten 42-0 by Wigan in their opening Super League fixture.

    "There's a real buzz around Salford," Wild told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "All I can ask if for the fans to stick by us for the next few weeks and months until we do gel as a team and do get some players to build our squad."

  57. 1250: 

    Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari says it hurt to turn down the opportunity to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager in 2006.

    Scolari, who eventually managed in England with Chelsea, told the press conference ahead of his side's friendly with England: "When I was invited to be national coach of England, when we sat together at that time, I still had a contract with the Portugal national team [and] I wasn't willing to break that contract. It was my duty to fulfil that contract.

    "Of course it hurts, it hurts a lot because I would have loved to have been manager of the England national team. Who wouldn't?"

  58. 1254: 

    Andy Carroll admits he has been frustrated with the injuries that have hampered him since joining West Ham.

    "Coming into a new team and getting injured in my first game to put me out for six weeks was frustrating. Then I was back for a couple of games and was out for eight weeks," the on-loan Liverpool striker told West Ham's club website.

    "I've kept my head up as much as possible and worked hard with the physios and fitness coaches to get back and I showed on Saturday that I am fit."

  59. 1256: 

    Mark Cavendish wins stage three of the Tour of Qatar, his second win of the season following his move to Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

  60. 1300: 

    Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari, speaking ahead of Brazil's friendly with England: "I assume England is going to qualify. I hope they are going to qualify because the World Cup we want in Brazil is with an English team and a Portuguese team."

  61. 1302: 

    BBC Sport's Stephan Shemlit in Mumbai: "Could India about to be kicked out of their own party? They are chasing 283 to beat Sri Lanka in Mumbai, but if they don't reach at least 251 they will be out of the Women's World Cup."

  62. 1304: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sport have a special programme from 2130 GMT on Tuesday. 'A Tribute to Bobby Moore', 20 years on from his death. The programme will ask was England's greatest football captain given enough credit for what he achieved, and what was his legacy to English football?

    Today we are asking who do you think England's greatest-ever player was. Join the debate on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  63. 1309: 

    To continue the debate surrounding England's greatest-ever player, here is another that could be in the running:

    Gary Lineker (1984-1992)

    Caps: 80 Goals: 48

    The Match of the Day presenter is England's second all-time goalscorer and the only Englishman to win a World Cup golden boot when he top-scored with six goals at Mexico 86.

    England striker Gary Lineker

    Is Lineker the greatest-ever England player? If not, who is? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  64. 1316: 

    Steven Pogson on Twitter: "Duncan Edwards, people who saw him play say he was the best...not a bad legacy to leave at the tender age of 21."

    Simon Wesson on Twitter: "As a Gooner, I'll have to admit best English player I've seen from videos & old footage is Greaves. 44 goals in 57 games too."

    Emile Murray on Twitter: "Has to be Gary Lineker! 48 goals in 80 games! Quality player, great goalscorer and he loves crisps! Enough said."

    Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  65. 1317: 

    Tonight's League One fixture between Sheffield United and Crawley is postponed after failing its 1300 BST pitch inspection due to snow.

  66. 1318: 

    Barcelona announce Lionel Messi will sign a new contract that will run until 2018 when he returns from international duty on Thursday.

    It was announced in December that the 25-year-old had agreed a new deal with the Catalan club.

  67. 1324: 

    Chelsea striker Demba Ba withdraws from international duty through injury and could be a doubt for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan.

    The Senegal international suffered a broken nose in last Saturday's loss at his former club Newcastle.

    His withdrawal follows that of Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, who could also miss the game with Wigan with a finger injury.

  68. 1330: 

    Marouane Fellaini is an injury doubt for Everton's trip to Manchester United on Sunday after suffering a hip problem against Aston Villa, reports the Guardian.

    He reported for international duty for Belgium's friendly against Slovakia on Wednesday but has been unable to train and is doubtful for the game in Bruges.

  69. 1333: 

    Fifa reject appeals by Hungary and Bulgaria against sanctions for racist behaviour by fans, which will will see the two countries play their next World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors.

    Hungary were punished after fans chanted anti-Semitic slogans and displayed offensive symbols during a friendly against Israel last year.

    Bulgaria received the same sanction after fans racially abused Denmark's defender Patrick Mtiliga every time he touched the ball in a World Cup qualifier in October.

  70. 1343: 

    Craig Hadley on Twitter: "#englandsgreatest footballer has to be Paul Gascoigne. His skill surpasses anything England have and possibly will ever see."

    Trevor Arnold on Twitter: "I don't know about the rest but in my opinion the football player that most deserve to be called #englandsgreatest is Steven Gerrard."

    Jack Warren on Twitter: "Surely it has to be Stuart Pearce? So much passion and pride, how it should be."

    Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  71. 1346: 

    Ian Harte brands Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni a clown after claiming the Italian doesn't even know he qualifies to play for the team.

    The Reading defender wrote on Twitter: "To all the people asking if I have retired from international football no I haven't trap didn't even know I was Irish #whataclown"

    Harte, 35, won the last of his 63 caps in 2007.

  72. 1353: 

    Turkey's football federation chief vows to work with Fifa after European police started an investigation into the rigging hundreds of matches, including qualifying games for the World Cup and the European Championships.

    "We are told of 79 fixed matches monitored in Turkey by European authorities - whatever it is, we will work and solve it together with Interpol and Fifa," Yildirim Demiroren said.

  73. 1358: 

    Earlier this morning, we posed this #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official

    With F1 testing underway, who are the 8 drivers that finished on the podium 3 or more times in 2012?

    The 8 drivers are Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

  74. 1404: 

    Tottenham did agree a deal to sign Leandro Damiao on transfer deadline day, but it collapsed when Internacional changed the terms of his move at the last minute.

    The deal ran into difficulties on the afternoon of 31 January when Internacional included a fresh demand for Damiao to remain with them for a further 6 months.

    Tottenham are unlikely to resurrect the move in the summer.

  75. 1410: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, here is another that could come into contention:

    Bryan Robson (1980-1991)

    Caps: 90 Goals: 26

    Earned the nickname 'Captain Marvel' for his inspirational performances and scored the fastest goal in England history with his 27-second strike against France in 1982. But injuries meant his next two World Cup appearances were cut short.

    Bryan Robson

    Is Robbo the greatest-ever England player, or do his injury problems preclude him from making the list? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  76. 1415: 

    Mercedes abandon their first day of pre-season testing after just 14 laps at Jerez, when Nico Rosberg's new F1 W04 car suffers an electrical problem in the morning session.

    "After identifying the cause of the problem we will not be running again today whilst parts are modified ready for tomorrow," the team said.

  77. 1420: 

    Warren Holmes on Twitter: "You can only really judge on players in your own lifetime, and wearing the England shirt Beckham and Shearer always performed."

    Spencer Preece on Twitter: "Frank Lampard. Scored the winner against the world champions, unbelievable goalscoring ability from midfield.

    Dan Boorman on Twitter: "Ashley Cole has been the most consistent on a world-class level but Moore, Hurst and Charlton are immortal."

  78. 1425: 

    Liam Brady, 57, says he will consider taking on another position at Arsenal when he departs as head of their youth development in May next year.

    "I'm not going to retire as such, I'm retiring from my role," the RTE website quotes him as saying.

    "I want to take things a bit easier, it's a very demanding job and I want to do something else and the club have said there may be another role for me."

  79. 1430: 

    Lindsey Vonn of the United States suffers a serious crash in the women's super-G on the opening day of the alpine skiing world championships.

    The four-times overall World Cup champion is being airlifted to hospital by air ambulance.

  80. 1436: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sport have a special programme from 2130 GMT on Tuesday. 'A Tribute to Bobby Moore', 20 years on from his death. The programme will ask was England's greatest football captain given enough credit for what he achieved, and what was his legacy to English football?

    Today we are asking who do you think England's greatest-ever player was. Join the debate on Twitter using #englandsgreatest.

  81. 1440: 

    Gordon D'Arcy and Keith Earls are Ireland's biggest injury concerns for Sunday's Six Nations clash with England at Aviva Stadium.

    D'Arcy suffered a dead leg and Earls incurred a shoulder problem during Saturday's 30-22 victory over Wales.

    "Gordon's prognosis is still guarded but we are more hopeful than we were yesterday. He will do modified training today and tomorrow. Keith took a blow to his left shoulder that was quite sore. The prognosis is guarded," team manager Mick Kearney said.

  82. 1445: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan names Celtic's Scott Brown as captain for Wednesday's friendly against Estonia at Pittodrie.

    "He already knows what it's like to be a captain with pressure and that made him favourite," Strachan told a press conference in Aberdeen.

    Gary Caldwell and Kenny Miller have previously deputised as captain in the absence of Darren Fletcher, who is battling a chronic bowel condition.

  83. 1452: 

    Hungarian side Debrecen say that Uefa have already dealt with the allegations of match-fixing made against the club.

    Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet report that Debrecen's 2009 Champions League group match against Liverpool was among 680 suspicious games being investigated by European anti-crime agency Europol.

    Debrecen insist the allegations have already been dealt with by European soccer's governing body, when the club's Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was given a two-year ban in 2010 for failing to report approaches from alleged fixers ahead of matches against Liverpool and Serie A side Fiorentina in Hungary.

  84. 1457: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan confirms that Wigan Athletic defender Gary Caldwell is one of several players who have withdrawn from the squad to play Estonia in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

    "He's left. Grant (Hanley) has left too, they did well to come up, they'd really been struggling. Ross McCormack has left, he's got some sort of bug but he made it up here which was terrific," he said.

    "Young James (Forrest) went back because I felt it might be too much to play two games back to back for him. So he's away to Celtic and they'll look after him there."

  85. 1503: 

    Chris Flanagan on Twitter: "It has to be the legend Nat Lofthouse - what a great scoring record!!"

    Ian McDonough on Twitter: "Easy peasy, Bobby Moore. If you're in any doubt watch the 66 World Cup final back or ask Pele. Either him or Carlton Palmer!"

    Paul Scott on Twitter: "Looks like Emile Heskey is solidly beating Carlton Palmer into second place for the #englandsgreatest comedy answer."

  86. 1509: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, here is another name that has been mentioned:

    Stuart Pearce (1987-1999)

    Caps: 78 Goals: 5

    Stuart Pearce

    A former non-league player, 'Psycho' was reduced to tears when he missed from the spot in England's World Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat to West Germany at Italia 90. But he showed true bravery six years later when he stepped up in two shootouts against Spain and Germany at Euro 96.

    Is Pearce the greatest-ever England player? The man himself thinks that Ashley Cole is a better player. Do you agree? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  87. 1514: 

    England skills coach Mike Catt says Manu Tuilagi must impress in training if he is to force his way into the England team for Sunday's Six Nations game against Ireland at Aviva Stadium.

    Tuilagi has recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of England's 38-18 win against Scotland and is now competing with Brad Barritt and Billy Twelvetrees for a starting place in Dublin.

    "Manu has been out of the game for three or four weeks. We will see how they all train and we will go accordingly from there," Catt said.

  88. 1519: 

    Derby County's Conor Sammon, Bristol City's Greg Cunningham and Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark will start for the Republic of Ireland in the international friendly against Poland on Wednesday night at Aviva Stadium.

    Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has made three changes to the side which started the November friendly against Greece.

    Republic of Ireland team to play Poland: Forde, McShane, O'Shea, Clark, Cunningham, Brady, McCarthy, Whelan, McClean, Long, Sammon.

  89. 1525: 

    Flanker Robert Harley makes his first start for Scotland in the Six Nations match against Italy at Murrayfield this weekend.

    Harley, who scored the match-winning try against Samoa on debut as a substitute last June, replaces Alasdair Strokosch, who damaged an eye socket in the 38-18 loss to England last Saturday.

    Coach Scott Johnson has named Ross Ford in place of Dougie Hall, who hurt his knee in the match.

  90. 1530: 

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha hopes to return to competitive action in April after ankle surgery.

    "It's my third week on court and I'm hitting really well, working on my condition. My ankle seems to be fine, I just need to maintain it. Hopefully I will be back in April," Baltacha, 29, said.

  91. 1535: 

    Scotland team to face Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday, 9 February (14:30 GMT):

    Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw; Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (captain), Robert Harley, Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray, Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Ryan Grant.

    Reserves: Dougie Hall or Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans.

  92. 1540: 

    Newly-appointed Scotland captain Scott Brown says he is excited by the prospect of captaining his country for the first time in Wednesday's international friendly against Estonia at Pittodrie.

    "It's a huge honour, a thing you dream of when you're younger, captaining Scotland. I've been lucky enough to do it for Celtic for the last couple of seasons and now to get the chance for this game for Scotland is a great honour," Brown, 27, said.

  93. 1545: 

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says he is happy to face former team Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Wednesday.

    Keshi managed Mali for two years before being fired after failing to get the team beyond the group phase of the 2010 tournament in Angola.

    "It's a good feeling because I had two wonderful years in Mali. The Mali people were so nice and I enjoyed my relationship with the players, some of whom have kept in touch," he said.

  94. 1551: 

    Jamie Lowndes on Twitter: "Strictly speaking to my generation, I'd say Beckham. Best passer of a ball we've maybe ever had. All time, Gordon Banks."

    Tom Campbell on Twitter: "Accolade wise; Either Sir Bobby Charlton or Bobby Moore. Skill wise; Paul Scholes HANDS DOWN."

    Laurence Thompson on Twitter: "Can't see an argument for anyone other than WC winner, European Cup winner and all-time top scorer Bobby Charlton."

  95. 1557: 

    Oldham Athletic's League One match with Yeovil Town scheduled for this evening has been postponed because of heavy snowfall.

  96. 1603: 

    Nico Rosberg is confident the new F1 W04 will make Mercedes more competitive this season.

    Rosberg set the early pace at the Circuito de Jerez on the first day of pre-season training before the W04 briefly burst into flames and forced him off track.

    "We need to feed back to the factory the main things that are still holding us back, the main things they need to keep working on. That's what it's about, but it's going in the right direction. I feel very good, very positive," he said.

  97. 1608: 

    Former Fifa world footballer of the year Ronaldinho believes fellow Brazil international Neymar, 21, can go on to become one of the best players in the world.

    "Everything happens very quickly and nowadays there is Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo," Ronaldinho, 32, said.

    "Neymar is still a very young player but we all have a lot of confidence that pretty soon he is going to be the best in the world."

  98. 1615: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, who could forget this man?

    Paul Gascoigne (1988-1998)

    Caps: 57 Goals: 10

    'Gazza' was finally given free-reign at Italia 90 and rewarded manager Sir Bobby Robson with a series of sparkling performances but his World Cup memorably ended in tears when he was booked meaning he would miss a potential final. Came back to form at Euro 96 scoring a brilliant individual goal against Scotland and was within inches of sending England through to the final.

    Paul Gascoigne

    Is Gascoigne the greatest-ever England player? Or was he held back from being a true great by what former England manager Graham Taylor called "refuelling" problems? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  99. 1621: 

    The legal team for Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif are "reasonably optimistic" his five-year ban for spot-fixing will be overturned at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing this week.

    The International Cricket Council suspended Asif and Pakistan team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif from all forms of cricket in February 2011 after they were found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls as part of an illegal betting network during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

    "I will approach the court with an argument that their [the ICC's] procedure was flawed. I am reasonably optimistic of a favourable outcome in this appeal," London-based barrister Ravi Sukul told the Press Association.

  100. 1626: 

    A majority of leading clubs want to see the Europa League winners or finalists qualify for the Champions League.

    A survey carried out by the European Clubs Association [ECA], which represents 207 of the top clubs in Europe, showed most were satisfied with the current structure of the tournaments but 61% would welcome the extra incentive for the Europa League.

  101. 1634: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson confirms Ashley Cole will start against Brazil in the international friendly at Wembley and win his 100th cap, but will not captain the side.

    "Ashley Cole will start tomorrow and win his 100th cap..[but].. I don't think he has ever pushed himself forward during his 100 appearances as a potential captain. He is happy to be a key player in the team. I am pretty certain he won't be trying to rip the captain's armband off Steven tomorrow!"

  102. 1638: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard on Jack Wilshere: "If Jack Wilshere stays fit he has the capacity to be a top player for England and for Arsenal. The manager, myself and all the other players in the dressing room are excited to have him back.

    "He has had a very disappointing time with injuries, and I felt for him because I have been there myself. Fingers crossed that he can avoid injuries in future, and can get a run of games"

  103. 1643: 

    Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal accepts that England will target their front row in Sunday's Six Nations clash at Aviva Stadium.

    England thrashed the Irish 30-9 at Twickenham last year after losing the forwards battle when tighthead Mike Ross sustained a neck injury, but Smal says Ross, Rory Best and Cian Healy have improved since.

    "It's quite obvious they will target us in that area but we showed against Argentina in the autumn and last Saturday against Wales that we can scrum" Smal said.

  104. 1648: 

    United States' skier Lindsey Vonn, 28, ruptured the cruciate ligaments in her right knee during the opening super-G race on the opening day of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Austria.

  105. 1658: 

    Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona denies tax evasion and disputes a claim that he owes Italian tax authorities millions of euros in a video put out by his lawyer on Tuesday.

    "I am not a tax fraudster. I played football and other people signed for me. The people who are really responsible are free and can walk around calmly in Naples and I can't. That's not fair," he said.

  106. 1703: 

    Anthony Brophy on Twitter: "If I understand the question it is achievement with England? So all club bias aside, it's the 2 Bobbys."

    James Mee on Twitter: "Of all time: Bobby Charlton. Post millennium: Gerrard. Best goal in my lifetime: Owen vs Argentina 98. Most iconic: Becks."

    Sean Worrall on Twitter: "The most consistent and solid player in my lifetime has to be Ashley Cole, ignore what he does off the field."

  107. 1708: 

    Wales assistant coach Mark Jones describes the reigning RBS Six Nations champions as a "wounded animal" as they build towards Saturday's appointment with France in Paris. Wales' hopes of retaining the Six Nations title were diminished by last weekend's 30-22 home defeat against Ireland.

    "A lot has been made this week of France losing to Italy (last Sunday) as the worst possible result for us," attack specialist Jones said. "I would like to think the worst result was us, the defending champions of the Six Nations, losing at home to Ireland.

    "When we get our game right, we are very formidable. We are the wounded animal this weekend and are looking to really kick on from our second-half performance against Ireland."

  108. 1715: 

    Wigan have dismissed renewed speculation linking England full-back Sam Tomkins with a move to Australia.

    The 23-year-old Super League Man of Steel was reported in Australia to have made contact with NRL clubs over a move Down Under in 2014.

    "As far as I'm concerned he's here for this year and he's here for next year," Wigan coach Shaun Wane told reporters.

  109. 1724:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveHORSE RACING

    Life as a jump jockey will be in the spotlight during a special two-hour programme on BBC Radio 5 live from 1930 GMT. Presenter Mark Pougatch says: "I spoke to a range of jockeys to hear about travel, diet, sacrifice, money, camaraderie, hopes and dreams; and, of course, injury."

    Pougatch spent a day with 17-times champion AP McCoy, met other riders and spoke to the family of Richard Davis, who died in a fall in 1996.

  110. 1728: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, who could forget this man?

    David Beckham (1996-2009)

    Caps: 115 Goals: 17

    Beckham is the most-capped outfield player in England history. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was lambasted for a red card against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup but became a hero when he scored a stunning last-minute free-kick against Greece to qualify four years later. The new Paris St-Germain signing also captained his country.

    David Beckham

    Is Beckham the greatest-ever England player? Or did that red card against Argentina tarnish his reputation? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest

  111. 1733: 

    A teenager has been charged after Wycombe goalkeeper Jordan Archer was attacked in the closing stages of his side's 1-0 League Two win over Gillingham.

    The 19-year-old keeper, on loan from Tottenham, was placing the ball prior to taking a goal kick when a supporter entered the field and leapt towards him at the Priestfield Stadium last night.

    Kent Police have said that a 17-year-old boy from Rochester has been charged with common assault and Section 4 of the Football Offences Act.

  112. 1738: 

    England international Gareth Hock has been given the all-clear to make his comeback from injury.

    The bustling back-row forward, who has joined Widnes on a season-long loan from Wigan, missed the start of the Super League campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in the wake of England's autumn internationals.


    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, here are some of your views. Let us know what you think via Twitter using #englandsgreatest

    Liam Page on Twitter: "Gordon banks, the best goalkeeper to grace football"

    Chris Mark on Twitter: "For what he's has done for the World of football, has to be Becks!"

    Christopher Moore on Twitter: "Bobby Moore, far and away the best player in the best team this country has ever produced"

  114. 1746: 

    Michael O'Neill is hoping Malta can provide another personal milestone as Northern Ireland prepare to take on the Mediterranean side in tomorrow's friendly at Ta'qali National Stadium.

    O'Neill is looking for his first win as manager at the eighth attempt, and the side as a whole are overdue a victory having not won a game since a 4-0 victory over the Faroe Islands in August 2011.

    He said: "It doesn't keep me awake at night, but the players want that as well. The players know we have to get back to winning games."

  115. 1754: 

    Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones and Brighton's first-team coach Charlie Oatway have been charged by the Football Association following a fiery Championship fixture between the two sides on Saturday.

    The charges, both for alleged improper conduct, are in relation to a second-half incident following Wednesday midfielder Danny Pugh's heavy challenge on Albion's Inigo Calderon.

  116. 1804: 

    Norwich have confirmed the loan signing of Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara after the Sierra Leone forward was granted a visa. The 28-year old's move from Major League Soccer to Carrow Road until 6 May was announced last week, subject to receiving immigration clearance, which has now been granted, the Canaries have announced.

  117. 1812: 

    Karim Benzema has not scored for France in eight months but coach Didier Deschamps is confident the striker can make a positive contribution in Wednesday's friendly against Germany.

    "He wants to be more efficient but he can do other things. Setting up goals can also be rewarding," Deschamps said.

  118. 1814: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, who could forget this man?

    Michael Owen (1998-2008)

    Caps: 89 Goals: 40

    Owen burst onto the international scene as a 17-year-old scoring a remarkable solo goal against Argentina at the World Cup in 1998 before going on to score 40 goals over the next decade despite being dogged by injuries.

    Michael Owen

    Is Owen the greatest-ever England player? Or was he held back by his consistent injury problems? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #englandsgreatest.

  119. 1819: 

    Owen Farrell has been backed to put his hand up for British and Irish Lions Test selection when he goes head-to-head with Ireland's Jonathan Sexton in Dublin on Sunday.

    "I guess a lot of people are going to look at it as a head-to-head thing from a Lions point of view," England's skills coach Mike Catt said.

    "Both played exceptionally well last weekend and it is another game for both to put their hands up and say: 'right, take me on the Lions tour'."

  120. 1826: 

    Continuing the debate on England's greatest-ever player, here are some of your views. Let us know what you think via Twitter on #englandsgreatest

    Jonny Wood on Twitter: "David Beckham. Free kick v Greece at Old Trafford - unforgettable! Shearer a close second, Gazza third"

    James Nicholls on Twitter: "Hard call, probably Bobby Charlton, won the World Cup and top goalscorer for England and won everything else for utd!"

    Liam Quinn on Twitter: "Mr B Charlton says the best he ever saw one Duncan Edwards ..... Who are we to argue!"

  121. 1830: 

    Coming up on the BBC News Channel now is Sportsday - all the latest stories from throughout the day including Roy Hodgson on Ashley Cole and England's friendly with Brazil. You can also refresh this page to view it.

  122. 1837: 

    Rob Kearney has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that will keep him at Leinster until 2015. The 26-year-old full-back's decision to stay in Dublin will have been welcomed by the IRFU after Jonathan Sexton revealed 11 days ago he would be joining an overseas club at the end of the season.

  123. 1841: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button set the fastest time of the first day's pre-season testing after an early failure.

    Button missed five hours' running with a fuel-pump problem before going nearly a second clear of his closest pursuer, Mark Webber's Red Bull.

    Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg managed 11 laps before suffering a wiring-loom problem, which needed to be modified overnight. Max Chilton crashed following suspension failure in his Marussia.

  124. 1842: 

    Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal has taken a full part in training 10 months after undergoing a liver transplant the club confirmed.

    The 33-year-old could now be included in assistant coach Jordi Roura's squad to face Getafe on Sunday.

  125. 1843: 

    That is it for Sportsday today. Thank you for all your feedback on England's greatest player. There have been plenty of opinions. Sportsday will be back tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.

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