England v Germany, David Haye, Ashes, rugby league

International friendlies team news, David Haye latest, Ashes build-up, and Rugby League World Cup.

18 November 2013 Last updated at 08:10 GMT

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    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live.

    We have a busy day ahead looking forward to Tuesday's international friendlies with England and Scotland holding news conferences later today, plus all the reaction to the weekend's matches and all the latest breaking news.

    But first, we will start with the latest top stories.

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    BOXING
    Haye and Fury

    Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised to retire after major shoulder surgery.

    The 33-year-old Briton had a five-hour reconstruction operation on his right shoulder in Germany on Thursday.

    "The boxing gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough," said Haye, who has cancelled his 8 February bout with Tyson Fury.

    "It's a crushing blow for me. This wasn't how I wanted to end 2013. Perhaps it just wasn't meant to be."

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    CRICKET

    England will give Matt Prior as long as possible to prove his fitness for the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane, starting on Thursday.

    The wicketkeeper has played 57 Tests in a row but is struggling to be fit for the game because of a torn calf muscle.

    Prior, 32, underwent an intense fitness session at the Gabba on Monday as well as spending time in the nets and gave a thumbs up to cameras as he left.

    He will be assessed over the next two days before a final decision is made.

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    FOOTBALL

    England striker Daniel Sturridge is fit and "raring to go" ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Germany at Wembley.

    The 24-year-old Liverpool forward missed the 2-0 defeat by Chile on Friday because of a foot injury.

    But England defender Phil Jones will miss the game because of a groin problem.

    Germany will be without Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Bayern Munich pair Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer, who are all rested.

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    What did you make of England's performance in their 2-0 defeat against Chile on Friday? What positives, if any, could Roy Hodgson take?

    Scotland also drew 0-0 with USA, Wales drew 1-1 at home to Finland, Northern Ireland were beaten 1-0 in Turkey and Martin O'Neill got off to a winning start as Republic of Ireland manager as his side defeated Latvia 3-0.

    Let us know your thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of your national side? Are you optimistic for the future?

    We want your views, so contact us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE
    Wigan Warriors

    Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors will host League Leaders Shield holders Huddersfield Giants in the opening game of the 19th Super League season, which starts on Friday, 7 February.

    The fixtures, which came out early this morning, sees the Warriors start their season a week ahead of the other sides in order to give them a week off before the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters.

    Grand Final runners-up Warrington start at home to rivals St Helens on Thursday, 13 February.

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    FORMULA 1

    Sebastian Vettel says he is "proud" of becoming the first driver to win eight consecutive races in a single season.

    The Red Bull driver broke a record held by Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari with victory in the US GP.

    "Numbers do not make me jump in the car but we realised we had done it and it makes you very proud," said Vettel. "You realise what it means to look back at those names. People look back and talk about certain drivers. One day people might talk about our time."

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    FOOTBALL
    Diego Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is looking at signing his teenage son, Diego, from Charlton Athletic, the Northern Echo reports. Poyet Jnr is yet to start a senior game for the Addicks, but the 18-year-old has made a string of appearances for the club's development team and is regarded as an extremely promising attacking midfielder.

    The report adds: "Despite being eligible to play for Uruguay, he has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level, and been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in recent months. He is expected to leave the Valley in either January or the summer."

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    CRICKET

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been answering questions posted on his Twitter account ahead of the first Ashes Test, which begins in Brisbane on Thursday.

    Pietersen said his knee was "absolutely fine" and said the best thing about the current England team was the fact there was "loads of experience and an incredibly high work ethic".

    If, as expected, Pietersen plays on Thursday, it will be his 100th Test match. Do not miss our feature on Pietersen, written by our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

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    Oliver Viney: England's weaknesses - predictable, slow, poor technically. Strengths - players like Sturridge and Townsend can change that.

    Alexander Wood: I was there on Friday [at Wembley] and it didn't look like a single player really wanted to be there against a potential World Cup opponent.

    Tunde Akere: The Nigeria team has the ability to go far in brazil, we won the Nations Cup and we are the first to qualify for the World Cup from Africa. Our strength is in our GK and midfield, but we can improve in our striking position ahead of the World Cup.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United are close to agreeing a January loan signing for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Northern Echo. Manager Alan Pardew is hoping to release a number of his fringe players on temporary deals in the next fortnight that will pave the way for Zaha's arrival.

    Zaha, 21, has yet to make a Premier League appearance for United since joining from Crystal Palace for £15m. His only two outings for the club have been in the Community Shield against Wigan and the Capital One Cup against Norwich.

    The report claims: "Alan Pardew is a long-standing admirer of the winger, and while Mike Ashley had previously been reluctant to spend money on loan deals, the success of Loic Remy's switch from QPR has helped persuade the Newcastle owner that temporary transfers can represent good value for money."

  12. 0915: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Here are some stories for your from our Gossip page

    Newcastle and Aston Villa are among the teams interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur's unsettled former Fulham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 26.

    Full story: Daily Express

    Liverpool have beaten Arsenal to the signing of Derby midfielder Will Hughes and will sign the 18-year-old in a £12m deal during the January transfer window.

    Full story: Sun (subscription required)

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, has bizarrely tipped himself for a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid when the transfer window reopens in January.

    Full story: Metro

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    As well as your thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of your national football sides, we want your views on Kevin Pietersen as the England batsman prepares to make his 100th Test appearance.

    Is Pietersen underappreciated or do you think he is overrated? How important is he to the England side?

    Let us know what you think. You know the drill by now, get in touch on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or leave us a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL
    Jurgen Klinsmann

    World Cup and Euro 1996 winner Jurgen Klinsmann says future England success depends on a "change of culture". Roy Hodgson's England end the 2013 calendar year with a friendly against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.

    England have qualified for the 2014 World Cup but their success at major tournaments remains poor. "I'm a strong believer that if things don't work, then you've got to go a different way and take the risk," 49-year-old Klinsmann, now coach of the United States, tells Football Focus.

    "If you keep on doing what you did before, you will never have the success that you wish to have. It needs a lot of strength from the people in charge to say 'it's going to be different'. That's the question for England: are they ready for a change, in terms of approaching things right from the very early age groups? It basically needs a change of culture, because if you don't change the culture then you will never know the end result."

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    Some early thoughts on Kevin Pietersen's international career.

    Andrew Darkseid Edmonds: He hasn't quite fulfilled his potential, he could have been up there with the likes of Ponting, Clarke etc and he started his career too late at the age of 25.

    Simon Griffiths: Overrated, a distraction and lacks the focus of a test player. Yes he can pull an innings out of the bag now and again but not often enough. I cannot deny that when he clicks then it's a great sight but so is Halley's Comet and that comes along with the same frequency as one of his great innings.

    Do you agree? How important is Pietersen to England's hopes of retaining the Ashes? Keep sending in your thoughts and we will post the best messages throughout the day on this page. Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, or via BBC Sport Facebook page is the way to contact us.

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    FOOTBALL
    The famous rock of Gibraltar

    Heard about the tiny British Overseas Territory that is five times smaller than Blackpool and about to make their historic debut as European football's newest member?

    Gibraltar, who have 600 players to choose from, face Slovakia in a friendly on Tuesday.

    National manager Allen Bula tells BBC Sport: "Now we are Uefa members, we are in qualifying for Euro 2016 and that is the aim. People might say it is not realistic and it's crazy, but I want Gibraltar to be respected. Liechtenstein are minnows and they are respected. That is my target."

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    Sussex sign all-rounder Ashar Zaidi on a two-year contract.

    Zaidi, 32, played on a non-contract basis for Sussex at the end of the season and did enough to earn a full-time deal.

    "It is an honour to sign for Sussex," said Zaidi. "This is a really big achievement for me, especially after a few years' break from the professional game. I'm really grateful for the chance they have given me."

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    CRICKET

    Scotland win the toss and elect to field in their latest match in the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament against Nepal in the United Arab Emirates.

    The Scottish side have lost their opening two qualifying matches - against Bermuda and Afghanistan - as they look to claim one of the six qualifying places available for the main World Twenty20 competition, which is due to be staged in Bangladesh in March.

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    FOOTBALL
    England win the 1966 World Cup

    England World Cup winner Gordon Banks says Tuesday friendly against Germany at Wembley will be anything but a friendly. Banks, who kept goal when England defeated Germany to be crowned world champions in 1966, says: "Germany is always a good test for our team and mark my words it is never a friendly against Germany.

    "Germany has always been a big rival of ours and that dates back to the beginning of the last century. On Tuesday it is important that we put on a decent performance and get the right result - which will help further build confidence ahead of next year's World Cup,"

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    Some interesting views on the importance of Kevin Pietersen to the England team.

    Jonathan Brook: KP is what makes the game interesting, invigorating, innovative and frustrating, where else can you get all that from one player?

    El Colorado: While not up there with Sachin, Kallis etc, KP has been massive in helping England get to number one and win four Ashes series.

    Andy Baron: Under-appreciated. A class act consistently scoring a lot of runs but always looks like he doesn't quite do himself justice.

    Remember, we are asking if Kevin Pietersen is under-appreciated or over-rated. We are also asking for the strengths and weaknesses of your international football teams and your reaction to the weekend's international matches. Leave a message on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and you could see your name on this page.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Ireland centre Luke Marshall says he will learn from his mistake which led to Quade Cooper scoring Australia's third try in Saturday's international.

    Marshall accepted the blame for missing a tackle on the Wallabies fly-half, gifting the visitors the try.

    However, the 22-year-old said he had received the backing of coach Joe Schmidt after the 32-15 Dublin defeat. "When you make mistakes, you've just got to put your hand up and get on with it - and learn from it," says Marshall.

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    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER
    Czech Republic

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Czech Republic became the fifth team since 1980 to retain the Davis Cup, who are the other four teams?

    The answers will be revealed later today.

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    More thoughts on England's strengths and weaknesses.

    Tanzim: Chile showed England what you can achieve by having total faith in a formation and style of play which is creative.

    Max Reading: Main issue with England is not many fast and skilful players, Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only one who has skill as well as pace.

    Fqiren: The biggest positive we can take is that it can't possibly get any worse! The only way is up now.

    Get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    England's Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad have been involved in lively discussions with a couple of Australian journalists on Twitter ahead of the first Ashes Test, which begins in Brisbane on Thursday.

    Pietersen was responding to a front page article that claimed "he's so arrogant not even his own team likes him", while Broad was unhappy at reports he asked two spectators to be ejected from the members bar at the Sydney Cricket Ground after they were heckling him.

    To see these stories, plus much more, visit our Ashes Gossip page.

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    FOOTBALL
    Italy

    Fulham's Craven Cottage hosts the international friendly between Italy and Nigeria, who qualified for the 2014 World Cup at the weekend, later today (1945 GMT), and Cesare Prandelli, the Italy manager, is expecting a stern test from the current African champions.

    Prandelli says: "They have in recent years improved a lot tactically on an individual level. Not a lot collectively, but individually. They have great physical strength. Extraordinary amounts that no one else has. Therefore they are ready to get good results playing football."

    Nigeria beat Ethiopia 4-1 on aggregate to book their place at the World Cup.

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    GOLF

    Following Henrik Stenson's six-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai at the weekend, BBC Sport's Iain Carter profiles the Swede, who has been described by Ian Poulter as "playing the best golf on the planet right now."

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    Kevin Pietersen continues to divide our readers on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some more views on the England batsman, who is due to play in his 100th Test match on Thursday.

    Craig Goodsir: Good player and commands a spot in the England top six but he is not as good as he himself thinks he is.

    Robert Allen: By any standards KP has had an outstanding career. Was involved in four Ashes winning sides, (could soon be five), 100 caps, over 20 centuries. He might not be remembered as a great in the way Ponting, Kallis, Dravid etc will be, but he's achieved more than most and has given us plenty of great memories.

    Chris Byrne: On his day he can be considered one of the greatest players in the world so in that sense he is not over-rated, however it doesn't happen often enough. Still a top player but makes too many silly decisions.

    Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter (#bbcsportsday) or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Six Australia players are banned for one game with a further nine men receiving warnings about their conduct after "consuming inappropriate levels of alcohol" three days before their match against Ireland.

    "Everyone in our squad is required to comply with and adhere to high standards of ethical conduct both on and off the field," says Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

    "Those standards were compromised in the lead-up to Saturday's victory over Ireland with a group of players making the decision to stay out late and consume inappropriate levels of alcohol during the early hours of Wednesday morning."

    Australia beat Ireland 32-15 on Saturday and play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, 23 November.

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    FOOTBALL
    Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne

    Belgium and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard advises national and club team-mate Kevin De Bruyne to leave Stamford Bridge in order to get enough match practice before next year's World Cup, Belgian public broadcaster VRT reports.

    De Bruyne, 22, has made just two Premier League starts this season under Jose Mourinho, and Hazard says: "For sure, playing at a World Cup without having been in action for a year, I think that's very difficult.

    "I think for him that leaving and playing, that would be good. If we want to get the best out of Kevin, I think that it's best if he leaves."

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    FOOTBALL

    Los Angeles Galaxy and United States Under-18 forward Jack McBean, 18, is training at League One Wolves, according to the Express & Star newspaper.

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    FOOTBALL

    A clip of West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison scoring an incredible backheel volley in training for England Under-21s at St George's Park on Sunday is now available to view on the BBC Sport website.

    Morrison scored his first goals for the Under-21 team in the 5-0 Euro 2015 qualifying win over Lithuania on 15 October. England's next fixture is against San Marino on Tuesday.

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    TENNIS
    Elena Baltacha

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha announces her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect.

    Baltacha, 30, broke into the world's top 50 in 2010 and she enjoyed wins over top ten players including Li Na and Francesca Schiavone.

    She reached the third round of the Australian Open twice (in 2005 and 2010) and the third round of Wimbledon (in 2002). She also won 11 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, most recently the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham in June this year.

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    TENNIS

    Elena Baltacha explains her decision to retire from professional tennis. She says: "It just feels it's the right time. My body has taken such a bruising over the last 16 years and that's finally taken its toll.

    "I have had some amazing experiences through playing tennis - some incredible highs and some very low lows - and I wouldn't change any of them but now my mind and my body are telling me it's time to move on to a new phase of my life.

    "I still absolutely love tennis and I want to take that passion and put it into learning to be the best coach I can be so I can help develop the next generation of British tennis players."

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    More of your thoughts on Kevin Pietersen, who is expected to be playing in his 100th Test for England on Thursday.

    Stuart Purvis: Match winner. The Aussies fear him more than any other batsmen. We under-appreciate his talent, all other nations don't.

    Sidharth Nair: I am an Indian and trust me whenever we play England, KP is one guy who scares us a lot. He is a match-winner. Very similar to our Virat Kohli. Big fan of KP and he is the best batsman in the world at the moment, tied with Kohli.

    Peter Carr: 7887 Test runs including 23 hundreds at an average of 48. I think that speaks for itself.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL

    Leeds striker Ross McCormack pulls out of the Scotland squad to face Norway in a friendly on Tuesday. McCormack, 27, has tweeted he is receiving treatment for a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is a doubt with an undisclosed injury.

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    Nepal score 137-7 off their 20 overs in their World Twenty20 qualifying match against Scotland in the United Arab Emirates.

    Safyaan Sharif

    Scotland, who have lost their opening two qualifiers, won the toss and elected to field with Safyaan Sharif claiming 3-19, while Gordon Goudie took 3-29 off his four overs.

    Six of the 16 nations playing in the qualifying tournament will advance to the main competition, which is due to take place in Bangladesh in March.

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    FOOTBALL

    Scotland forward Ross McCormack: Heading back to Leeds having had to pull out the Scotland squad. Typical. Just need another 24 hours for this to settle. I'll be fit for 'Boro 100%. And can't wait for it.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Glasgow Warriors centre Mark Bennett signs a new three-year contract with the club.

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    FOOTBALL
    England national football team in training

    Liverpool defender Glen Johnson in training with his England team-mates ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Germany at Wembley. Johnson, who made his senior international debut 10 years ago, will win his 50th cap if he features in the game.

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    FOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: England in training: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole; Townsend, Gerrard, Cleverley, Lallana; Rooney; Sturridge.

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    FOOTBALL

    A customer is offered a refund after 45 factual inaccuracies were discovered in former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, the Independent claims.

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    HORSE RACING

    Trainer Gerard Butler is attending an inquiry after nine horses tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid in February. Butler has admitted injecting horses with the Sungate product for injured joints, but said vets assured him the substance did not breach rules.

    He faces seven charges brought by the British Horseracing Authority including conduct prejudicial to horse racing. The Newmarket trainer was present as the hearing, which is listed for three days, started at about 1000 GMT.

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    FOOTBALL

    Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace: Daniel Sturridge has just walked off the England training pitch and gone inside. Didn't look happy. Said yesterday thigh injury not yet clear. Ross Barkley has taken Sturridge's place in training alongside Wayne Rooney.

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    More of your thoughts on Kevin Pietersen, who is expected to be playing in his 100th Test for England on Thursday.

    Nick Hayward: He is the only guy in the England team that can empty a bar as soon as he comes to the wicket. Enough said.

    Martin Slane: Most exciting, but sometimes does not see the bigger picture when England need to grind out a result. His average is not too dissimilar to Cook, who I believe is a better team player.

    Richard Able: Under appreciated? Possibly. Overrated? Perhaps. Under achieving? Definitely. When he is in the mood, he is astonishingly good, but too often he underachieves. A player of his talent and, we are led to believe, dedication, should be averaging well into the 50s.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Scarlets prop Rob Evans is called up to train with the Wales squad ahead of Friday night's Millennium Stadium fixture against Tonga. The 21-year-old is uncapped at senior level but has won Wales Under-20 honours.

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    FOOTBALL
    England more Roy Hodgson

    More from England's training session, where Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has walked off the training pitch with a suspected injury. The 24-year-old trained for about 45 minutes before he left the training field with physio Steve Kemp.

    Sturridge has been carrying a thigh injury but said on Sunday that he was fit and "raring to go" against the Germany in Tuesday's friendly at Wembley.

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    FOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: At Colney for England training. Joe Hart has just pulled off four unbelievable saves in quick succession. Three tipped over, one pushed low round post. Ross Barkley just dribbled past three, body-checked by Phil Jagielka on edge of box. No free-kick. Jagielka laughed.

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    FOOTBALL

    Press Association Sport report that captain Steven Gerrard, striker Rickie Lambert and defender Kyle Walker all trained with England despite missing last Friday's defeat to Chile through injury.

    Midfielder Jack Wilshere was also present despite suffering a calf problem against Chile. Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has been on the substitutes bench for the last four Manchester City games, looked keen to impress, taking to the field 30 minutes early along with fellow goalkeepers Fraser Forster and John Ruddy.

    England manager Roy Hodgson is due to hold a news conference from 1330 GMT, where he is expected to confirm whether Daniel Sturridge will feature or not after walking off the training pitch with what appeared to be an injury.

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    FOOTBALL

    Times Merseyside football writer Tony Barrett: If anything, Sturridge has put country before club by risking a thigh injury for a friendly just days before the Merseyside derby.

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    FOOTBALL
    England training

    More from England training ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Germany at Wembley.

    After 30 minutes of aerobic work, Roy Hodgson's squad split into two teams for a practice match. The line-ups gave a hint as to who may start, with Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Cole featuring in front of goalkeeper Joe Hart in what looked to be the first-choice XI.

    The midfield consisted of Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend. Wayne Rooney sat just behind Daniel Sturridge up front. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley replaced Sturridge when he went off, with Rooney pushing forward into the main striker's position.

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    FOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: England have a duty of care to clubs. If Sturridge has felt thigh niggle again, then England have to send him back to Liverpool (nb Merseyside Derby).

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    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    The sight of Daniel Sturridge leaving England's open training session early will trouble Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers even more than national manager Roy Hodgson.

    Sturridge admitted he has been troubled by a lingering thigh injury so this will be worrying news for Rodgers with a Merseyside derby at Everton on Saturday.

    Coincidentally, this may mean an opportunity for Everton teenager Ross Barkley to play just behind Wayne Rooney against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, will be anxious about the striker who has established such a fruitful partnership with Luis Suarez.

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    FOOTBALL
    Scotland forward Kris Boyd

    Kilmarnock forward Kris Boyd on being back in the Scotland squad for the first time in three years: "As the years and months go by, doubts do start to creep in [as to whether I will be called up again].

    "For the last two or three years I have been in and out of teams. In the summer I put in a lot of hard work and got myself in shape. I have worked with Gordon [Strachan] before and I know the way he wants to play. I feel I can fit into that."

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    CRICKET

    Former England bowler Steve Harmison says Kevin Pietersen is much more popular in the team dressing-room than people think.

    The Brisbane Courier-Mail featured a picture of Pietersen on their front page on Monday with the headline "he's so arrogant not even his own team likes him".

    But Harmison tells BBC Radio 5 live: "KP has a lot of friends in that dressing-room, more than people think. He is South African - he has a different background but he is a valued member of our team who goes that extra yard to win a cricket match. Three months on an Ashes tour with nobody liking you - that would be a very difficult place."

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    Kevin Pietersen

    Some more of your opinions after we asked about Kevin Pietersen's importance to the England team and whether he is under-valued or overrated.

    Stuart Mitchell: On his day, he's capable of producing world-class performances, just nowhere near consistent enough to justify being one of the best.

    Jeremy Askew: Neither. A great batsman and a pretty poor team-mate. Won't ever be a true great of English cricket in my book. Cricket is about much more than just the stats to me. Something KP has never truly taken on board I don't think.

    Keep your comments coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on forward Kris Boyd, who is in the national squad for the first time in three years: "I thought it would be a good idea to bring Kris in.

    "Kris has had a good month and looks good. I worked with him for a short time at Middlesbrough and he has showed the same enthusiasm in training and football. He has added to the squad and is good with people around him.

    "We have been together eight days now and he has come in and given us a boost."

  57. 1314: 
    COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    Glasgow hotels are urged not to "fleece" visitors seeking accommodation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and risk losing its "friendly city" tag.

    The BBC looked at 10 hotels, picked at random, and compared their prices during Games time against their prices outside of the 11-day event.

    It discovered the average price increase on a daily rate for a standard double room during the Games was 410%.

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    FOOTBALL

    Times football correspondent Rory Smith at Germany's news conference v England: "Germany down to the bare bones - fringe players like Schmelzer, Reus, Sven Bender and Per Mertesacker all start tomorrow. Joachim Low offers fulsome praise of Roy Hodgson as a 'man of the world' and a 'perfect gentleman'."

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    Chris McLaughlin, Commonwealth Games reporter, BBC SportCOMMONWEALTH GAMES

    The security firm G4S is named as one of 19 firms that will be involved in providing security and stewarding during next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The company was heavily criticised for failing to provide enough stewarding at last year's London Olympics. The BBC revealed last month that G4S would be bidding for contracts and that news led to MP Keith Vaz describing them as "shameless".

    Police Scotland will be in overall control of security at the games and G4S will be involved with stewarding only.

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    CRICKET
    Calum McLeod

    Calum MacLeod's 82 not out guides Scotland to an eight-wicket victory over Nepal in their latest World Twenty20 qualifying match in the United Arab Emirates.

    Nepal made 137-3 off their 20 overs but MacLeod helped Scotland to 138-2 with four balls remaining.

    The victory for Scotland is their first in the qualifying competition after two defeats as they look to secure one of six available places in the main World Twenty20 event in Bangladesh in March.

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    FOOTBALL

    Germany coach Joachim Low dismisses suggestions he is being "disrespectful" to England by playing a number of fringe players at Wembley on Tuesday.

    Low tells a news conference: "We want to try out new players in new positions and what better way than to play with 80,000 fans cheering the home team on. We need to experiment. In 2008 we hosted them without Rooney and Gerrard and lost, so there is no disrespect."

  62. 1338: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    The Football Association: England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard will be speaking to the press at the team hotel shortly.

  63. 1347: 
    WOMEN'S RUGBY

    One of England head coach Stuart Lancaster's former assistants is to become the new coach of the England Women's Sevens team.

    Simon Middleton, who worked alongside Lancaster at Leeds, will take up his role in the New Year ahead of the next round of the IRB Sevens World Series in Atlanta in February.

    Middleton, 47, has already worked with the England women's set-up during this summer's Nations Cup and the 2010 World Cup.

  64. 1355: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE
    England news conference

    It is standing room only in the England hotel where manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard are running late. The news conference was due to begin at 1330 GMT. Still no sign of the pair.

  65. 1357:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Sport at the High CourtFORMULA 1

    Bernie Ecclestone would be fired as chief executive of Formula 1 if found to have done anything criminally wrong it was claimed in the High Court today.

    That was the opinion of Donald Mackenzie, the chairman of CVC Partners, the company who bought the disputed holding in the sport in 2006.

    A German media firm, Constantin Medien, are seeking £90m in damages from Ecclestone and his co-defendents claiming that a "corrupt bargain" was struck by undervaluing the company, something which enabled Ecclestone to remain in charge of F1.

    Ecclestone's lawyers deny the merits of the claim and the case continues.

  66. 1400: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson names his starting line-up to face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole; Gerrard (capt), Cleverley, Townsend, Rooney, Lallana and Sturridge.

  67. 1401: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is fit to face Germany on Tuesday, says England manager Roy Hodgson, despite walking off from training.

  68. 1402: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "For the 150-year anniversary of the Football Association it is great to be playing against such top-class opponents and such worthy opponents as well.

    "It is a game that features so strongly in our history so it is a very fitting end to 150 years. I think for both teams it is very much going to be a part of our preparations moving ahead.

    "We hope to learn as much as possible about our players ahead of picking a squad that goes to Brazil and I think we will see a very entertaining game of football."

  69. 1403: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Joe Hart: "I am sure he will respond very well. He is a proud man and very pleased to be playing for England. We have had no cause to doubt him in the qualifying games and also the Euros.

    Joe Hart

    "We are unbeaten in 14 games and I think he is entitled to feel confident that when he puts on the England jersey we are all behind him and expect him to play well tomorrow night."

  70. 1407: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "Daniel Sturridge is fine. Last week he couldn't take part in training much as he was having treatment.

    "But his injury has been improving and the only reason he came off in the training game was to give Rickie Lambert a chance at centre-forward because there is a good chance I want to see him."

  71. 1408: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "There are more and more positions where competition for places is hotting up and that's how it should be. There is always a challenge which is going to be to have the right squad of players in Brazil and get the right balance.

    "I'm very pleased we have a group of players constantly satisfying me with their work and attitude."

  72. 1409: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    Hodgson on reports he could have become Germany manager in 1998: "It was a nice approach and a very flattering approach but it was a long time ago. They have certainly got on pretty well without me."

  73. 1410: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England captain Steven Gerrard on being about to equal Bobby Moore's 108 caps: "I'm very proud. We are talking about a World Cup winner and an iconic figure. He was a hero to everyone in the country and to equal his record is a fantastic achievement."

    On facing Germany: "Every time you play them you want to win the game. I don't think it is about revenge or putting right what went wrong. We want to try and build on recent performances."

  74. 1413: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE
    England manager Roy Hodgson with captain Steven Gerrard

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I think Adam Lallana is one who hasn't had the chance to work with us as much as the others so it is important he gets a chance. He is playing in position where we are short at the moment with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured. I'm looking forward to seeing him play but I am more than satisfied with how he played the other night."

  75. 1414: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "We talk quite a lot about going forward and being positive. Basically, what we are doing is what 99 out of 100 teams are doing. There are no secrets. Germany over the last few years have succeeded."

    On Germany boss Joachim Low: "It is enormously praiseworthy to reach 100 international matches in charge of a top international team. I take my hat off to him, I think he has done a fantastic job. I can only congratulate him on everything he has done."

  76. 1418: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE
    Daniel Sturridge

    Steven Gerrard, via the Football Association's Twitter feed: The stage is set for Daniel Sturridge to prove he is a top player. He certainly has the talent to do it. It's a completely different game. Whatever happened in 2001 and 2010 won't have an effect on tomorrow's game."

  77. 1419: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    Hodgson on Germany: "All the words in the world won't make us better, it is what we do when we cross that white line and get on the pitch. There is a lot of experienced players in our team, we have it all to do.

    "They [Germany] have a lot to do as well. They are the favourites with Spain to win the World Cup, there is pressure on them in a different way. Our pressure is to prove we can be as good as them."

  78. 1421: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England midfielder Steven Gerrard on Germany: "They have got a group of exciting, attacking players who people like watching. Their second [choice] players are all top-drawer Champions League players. They have two great players in every position."

  79. 1423: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "It is two great nations playing each other which is why 85,000 fans will turn up at Wembley. I'm pretty sure they will get good entertainment from both teams.

    "The pressure is off in that it is not a World Cup qualifier and the players will be trying to show how good they are."

  80. 1424: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE
    England goalkeepers

    England manager Roy Hodgson wraps up his news conference answering a question about goalkeeper Joe Hart: "I wouldn't dream of putting a player in or dropping him based on one game. I can't deny - and Joe wouldn't deny - that this is another chance for him to show that he is a top class goalkeeper because he will be playing against a very good team."

  81.  
    GET INVOLVED

    England manager Roy Hodgson has taken the unusual step of naming his starting line-up to face Germany in Tuesday's friendly at Wembley. Are you happy with the side Hodgson has named [see 1400 entry]?

    Let us know your thoughts. Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  82. 1438: 
    FOOTBALL
    England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate

    England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate is pictured talking to the media ahead of the European Under-21 Championship qualifier with San Marino at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

  83. 1442: 
    BOXING

    After Tyson Fury's bout against David Haye was cancelled because Haye needed shoulder surgery, boxing promoter Frank Warren has suggested Fury fights Dereck Chisora again. The heavyweight pair fought in July 2011, with Fury winning on a points decision.

    Warren tweeted: @Tyson_Fury absolutely gutted for you. Would be great to see you face @dellboychisora in a rematch for his European title. Huge fight for the UK.

  84. 1452: 
    ENGLAND NEWS CONFERENCE

    BBC Sport's Natalie Pirks at Roy Hodgson's England news conference: "Mood very much one of 'moving on' from the Germany game at the World Cup. Steven Gerrard 'never watches defeats' but Hodgson was quick to praise Germany for how they've improved over a relatively short amount of time.

    "He also took time out after the press conference to chat to a little boy who will be mascot with Wayne Rooney at tomorrow's game, talking to him about his plans for the day and how excited he is."

  85. 1457: 
    GET INVOLVED- Facebook

    Some more of your views on Kevin Pietersen's international career.

    Sean Teddy Thomas: Over-rated - not consistent enough. People only remember his big innings and forget he might've had an average of nine runs from the last five innings.

    Marcus Mabberley: On song he mauls attacks with no mercy: an invaluable batting asset that any Test team in the world would be delighted to have in their line-up. Mavericks like Pietersen are always controversial, but so were Botham and Flintoff - there's never much discussion of whether they under-performed, because they didn't, so why is there so much chat about whether Pietersen is over-rated. An average close to 50 over 99 Tests says it all: pure class.

    Send us a Tweet, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  86. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL
    Germany manager Joachim Low

    England remain a "big" footballing nation, according to Germany manager Joachim Low.

    Speaking ahead of his team's friendly with England on Tuesday, Low adds: "Looking in from the outside, [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard and [Wayne] Rooney are players of elite calibre with a wealth of experience behind them.

    "Andros Townsend is very quick and dynamic, and they have impressive wide players. So England have nothing to fear in that department. England have been and always will be one of the big footballing nations, if you ask me."

  87. 1513: 
    CYCLING

    Lance Armstrong claims the ex-president of cycling's world governing body knew he was doping and helped cover it up.

    The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year before admitting he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

    Armstrong told the Daily Mail that Hein Verbruggen helped him avoid a ban in 1999 by agreeing to blame a positive test on a backdated prescription for a steroid cream to treat saddle sores.

    Verbruggen has denied any wrongdoing.

  88. 1518: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Football Association announce that Saturday's abandoned FA Trophy tie between Colwyn Bay and Altrincham will be replayed in full on Tuesday. The tie was 83 minutes old when referee Mark Ackerman suffered an injury, with Altrincham leading 2-0.

  89. 1523: 
    TENNIS
    Judy Murray and Elena Baltacha

    Britain's Fed Cup captain Judy Murray: Elena Baltacha. Superstar on and off the court. Great professional. Great role model. Great girl. Missing you already xx.

    Baltacha announced her retirement from professional tennis earlier today.

  90. 1529: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Roy Hodgson has named his starting line-up for the friendly against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday. Joe Hart and Ashley Cole are among the starters. Are you happy with the team? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Mitch: Happy with most other than Tom Cleverley, doesn't do a thing when coming on and just a waste of a team place.

    Dara Sheahan: Cleverley must be amazing on the training ground because he's been awful on the pitch. But he keeps getting his game.

    Jason McKinney: Great to see players outside the big six teams like Lallana given another run. Hope he and Lambert make it to Brazil.

  91. 1533: 
    FOOTBALL

    Derby County sign midfielder Kalifa Cisse on a two-month contract, report BBC Radio Derby.

    The 29-year-old joined on trial in October and earned a non-contract deal after impressing on his debut in the 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

    First-team coach Paul Simpson said: "He did an excellent job. We were short on numbers and Kalifa had improved over the period he was training with us. He got an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. This is a reward."

  92. 1537: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Tommy Seymour

    Scotland's Tommy Seymour and Moray Low are doubts for the match against Australia on Saturday after sustaining injuries in the 28-0 defeat to South Africa at the weekend.

    Wing Seymour and prop Low suffered calf and shoulder problems respectively.

    Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw also needed stitches in a cut on his knee with centre Nick De Luca requiring further treatment on a shoulder injury.

  93. 1545: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ghana coach Kewsi Appiah says he has told his side to attack in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off against Egypt, despite holding a five-goal advantage.

    Appiah's Ghana side won the first leg 6-1 last month and will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil unless they suffer a heavy defeat in Cairo on Tuesday.

    "I've told the players they have to go on to the Egyptian pitch with a mindset that they are one or two goals down and they have to redeem those goals," said Appiah.

    "Egypt are a very good team and we know we will not have an easy game. The best way for us to defend is to attack and that is why we will not sit back, we will go all out for the win."

  94. 1552: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier today in our #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official, we asked: Czech Republic became the fifth team since 1980 to retain the Davis Cup, who are the other four teams?

    The answers are: Germany, Spain, Sweden and USA.

    We will pose another question for you tomorrow.

  95. 1557: 
    GET INVOLVED- Facebook

    Roy Hodgson has named his England side for tomorrow's match against Germany. Here are some more comments on what you think about the selection.

    Emma Faux: Good to see Lallana starting again. Thoroughly deserved after Friday.

    Joe Jenkins: Am undecided on the line-up. Nice to see more attacking players involved but is Germany the team to do this against? Fear we may struggle to win the midfield battle.

    James Spink: Both going to be experimental line-ups. But our love of beating Germans won't be a match for their standard of play, they will breeze through us, 3-1 Germany.

    Keep your messages coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  96. 1605: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hundreds of people line the streets of St Helens to pay tribute to former rugby player Steve Prescott.

    Prescott, who played for St Helens, Hull and Wakefield and for England and Ireland, had a rare form of stomach cancer and died on 9 November, aged 39.

    His funeral at St Mary's Lowe House Roman Catholic Church in St Helens was followed by a private cremation.

    Fellow Saints player Paul Sculthorpe said: "You would struggle to meet a nicer bloke. He was the best."

  97. 1609: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence: Caley Thistle captain Richie Foran has signed a new three-year deal with the Inverness club.

  98. 1613: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Dan Carter

    Fly-half Dan Carter and prop Tony Woodcock are ruled out of New Zealand's Test against Ireland on Sunday after picking up injuries in the 30-22 win over England.

    Carter's 100th Test appearance was cut short when he limped off with an Achilles injury in the first half of Saturday's game at Twickenham.

    Fellow centurion Woodcock did not emerge for the second half after hurting his hamstring before the break. Coach Steve Hansen said the pair would return to New Zealand.

  99. 1619: 
    GOLF

    Australian golfer Jason Day will compete in the World Cup in Melbourne this week, despite losing eight relatives in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

    The 26-year-old's mother, Dening, migrated to Australia from the Philippines 30 years ago.

    Day's grandmother was one of those who died in the typhoon, which has claimed more than 3,500 lives.

    "We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy," Day said in a statement.

  100. 1626: 
    FOOTBALL

    Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is recovering in Barcelona after an operation on his left knee.

    The 27-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing against Derby County on 2 November, and QPR's head of medical services Dr Peter Florida says: "He really appreciates all the messages he has received from the fans and his team-mates. It has really helped to lift him. He was obviously very upset immediately afterwards but his spirits are much better now.

    "His knee is obviously still a bit sore but he is doing well. He will be staying out there [Spain] for a few weeks."

  101. 1632: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY

    As BBC Sport celebrates 60 years of Sports Personality of the Year, we visit the archives to remember the achievements of all the previous winners.

    Fatima Whitbread

    In 1987, athlete Fatima Whitbread was named Sports Personality of the Year after winning a gold medal at the Rome World Championships.

    At the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, she won the silver medal behind rival Petra Felke, who had broken the world record to win.

    BBC Sports Personality of the Year will celebrate its 60th show when the 2013 event is broadcast live from Leeds on Sunday 15 December from 19:00 GMT, BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live.

  102. 1636: 
    FOOTBALL
    Germany midfielder Sami Khedira

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not planning to buy a replacement for injured Germany midfielder Sami Khedira in the January transfer window.

    Khedira had surgery on Saturday after tearing knee ligaments in Germany's friendly against Italy and has been ruled out for around six months, putting in doubt his participation in the World Cup in Brazil in June.

    Ancelotti says: "Khedira is very important for us. We have to find another solution and I am sure we will cope with this significant absence. We are not thinking about buying anyone in the winter transfer market."

  103. 1641: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sebastian Larsson claims Sweden will be able to give Cristiano Ronaldo a rough ride in Tuesday's World Cup play-off second leg in Stockholm because English referee Howard Webb will not fall for his "tricks", the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Portugal go into the match leading 1-0 from the first leg - Ronaldo scored the only goal with a diving header - but Larsson believes the appointment of an English referee could be crucial to Sweden's hopes of making the finals in Brazil next summer.

    The Sunderland player, 28, says: "Howard Webb is used to refereeing where the game is a little more physical. We have an English referee now so we can probably go in a bit harder. I do not think he is going to fall for the same tricks so easily."

  104. 1645: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England loose forward Sean O'Loughlin believes playing at Wembley gives his team an advantage in their World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

    Steve McNamara's side are aiming to reach the final for the first time since 1995 by beating the defending champions in London on Saturday.

    "We know we can get a lot better and I think playing at Wembley will get a lot more out of everyone," said O'Loughlin. "There are a lot of players in the squad who have been there - the Wigan, Warrington and Leeds lads have all played there [in Challenge Cup finals].

  105. 1654: 
    FOOTBALL

    Robert Madley, the match official at the centre of a penalty controversy in the 3-3 draw between Swansea and Stoke, has not been given a Premier League game to referee this weekend.

    Madley decided Wayne Routledge had handled in the penalty area during stoppage time and Stoke equalised from the spot. Afterwards Swansea manager Michael Laudrup claimed Madley owed him and his players an apology.

    However, referee Andre Marriner, who was criticised by West Brom for awarding Chelsea a late penalty in the last round of top-flight action, has been put in charge of a game - Fulham v Swansea on Saturday.

  106. 1658: 
    BOXING

    Tyson Fury ‏could face American heavyweight Deontay Wilder in his next fight.

    Fury, 25, was due to fight on February 8 against David Haye, but that has now been cancelled because Haye needed a shoulder operation. Since then Fury and 28-year-old Wilder, who are both undefeated, have exchanged messages on Twitter today.

    Fury tweeted: @BronzeBomber you and me is the biggest and most exciting fight in world boxing.

    Wilder responded by tweeting: Step one has been done. We are the top dogs among the heavyweights. Let's give the fans what they want. #ImReady. The energy is so massive already. Let's come to agreements and finally make it happen.

  107. 1705: 
    FOOTBALL

    England forward Wayne Rooney on Tuesday's friendly with Germany: "It's great when you beat the big teams - when we beat Brazil it gave us a big lift, and getting the draw away to Brazil was also a big result for us.

    "So it's important that we try and win the game, but it's also important we deliver what the manager wants from us. Next week we have to put it [the World Cup] to the back of our minds and concentrate on your club football. If that's going well and you're still playing well and doing the right things that'll hopefully transfer into the international scene.

    "Obviously it's never going to go away, it's always going to be talked about, especially when you get closer to the tournament. There's two game before the summer comes. I think Tuesday night is going to be really important and we have to try and make sure we stay fit and prepare ourselves in the right manner."

  108.  
    GET INVOLVED

    More of your thoughts on England manager Roy Hodgson's starting line-up to face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday. Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: Sturridge has been a revelation this year, fully deserves to be in Brazil. Imagine if Chelsea kept him and Lukaku.

    Max Reading: Why not give Gibbs a start? He deserves it after his consistency this season. Arguably the most rounded LB England have.

    Shane Lees: Very pleased with the attacking options in the team, however defensively we look very weak.

  109. 1719: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he will be back playing football "when the body tells me I'm fine" as he recovers from his latest hamstring injury that has left him "angry".

    The 26-year-old, who was ruled out of action for up to two months on 11 November, tells sports newspaper Diario Ole in his native Argentina: "I'm sad because I did not expect it and I'm also angry because it is an injury that happened to me right after another.

    "I'm not worried, really. This injury happened because it had to happen. There is nothing unusual or anything to look back at. A hit, a bad move and I was injured."

  110. 1728: 
    BOXING
    Carl Froch

    Carl Froch claims he could end the career of the "arrogant, cheeky, disrespectful, downright rude" George Groves on Saturday. Froch puts his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles on the line when he faces challenger and fellow Briton Groves, 25, in Manchester.

    Froch, 36, says: " "My motivation is my two world title belts, my legacy and the fact this kid is coming in arrogant, cheeky, disrespectful, downright rude - and I don't like that. With boxing I get the chance to set the record straight and make sure I put that right.

    "There is no better job, and no more satisfying job for me to do, other than giving George Groves a pasting. I am looking forward to doing that."

  111.  
    GET INVOLVED- Facebook

    Martin H Harrison: Germany will win by two or three goals. Too many average [England] players who aren't even international class.

    Neil Watson: Another potential taster of World Cup battles. Chile 2-0. Germany.....? But look at it this way: If Hodgson changes strategy like he did to qualify, he is wise enough and he is genuinely experimenting to know what to not do in Brazil. Let it ride until next summer.

    Kevin Smith: I'm a Manchester United fan and think Cleverley is too weak for United. Gets shoved off the ball too easily. Carrick is the man for this role when fit. Cleverley over-rated, Carrick under-rated.

  112. 1740: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury: "The current rules that state a player should be punished for revealing undergarments featuring a slogan or advertising could be under review at the next International Football Association Board (Ifab) annual meeting at the end of February 2014.

    "World football's governing body Fifa - a member of Ifab, a body that determines the laws of the game - says the matter has been raised over recent weeks.

    "Last week, England Under-21 player Saido Berhahino received a yellow card, and suspension, after he lifted up his shirt to reveal a tribute to his late father in celebrating scoring the first goal in the 3-0 win over Finland."

  113. 1745: 
    FOOTBALL

    England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate on the amazing backheel volley scored by Ravel Morrison in training: "It is not hype when it is a video of something he has done.

    "It is there for everyone to see what he is capable of. As a coach, I love the creativity of it because you could try a more straightforward finish and still not pull it off. It is not a case of being over-elaborate. That was a finish that is just as hard if you hit it with a side-foot volley or you do what he did.

    "He did what he did and it is an incredible goal. It is interesting the mindset of a couple of our players because they are creative thinkers, definitely."

    You can watch Morrison's goal on the BBC Sport website.

  114. 1753: 
    FOOTBALL

    Poland striker Robert Lewandowski pays tribute to Robbie Keane's international scoring record for the Republic of Ireland. Keane, 33, goes in search of his 63rd goal for Ireland in Tuesday's friendly against Poland in Poznan.

    Borussia Dortmund forward Lewandowski, 25, says: "I believe that the statistics are really impressive. Sixty two goals scored for the Irish squad is really an impressive figure. I know that Keane has played for the Irish squad for so many years and we know they are very strong."

  115. 1805: 
    FOOTBALL
    Former Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell

    Former Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell says the club "don't want to leave it too long" as they search for a new manager after parting company with Ian Holloway on 23 October.

    Palace are bottom of the Premier League table, six points from safety. Coppell, who has managed the club in four different spells, says: "They need a manager who can cope with the Premier League football and also have the energy, if they do go down, to drive the club back up again.

    "Also, they need the quality and commitment to take on that job. There are a lot of boxes that need to be ticked and perhaps there isn't one person who can tick all those boxes. I've got every confidence he [co-chairman Steve Parish] will come up with the right combination. But you don't want to leave it too long."

  116.  
    GET INVOLVED

    More of your thoughts on England manager Roy Hodgson's starting line-up against Germany:

    Rian Hoskins: Smalling is a risk at centre back considering he has rarely played there this season - despite it being his best position.

    Tony Ross: Would loved to have seen Ruddy given a chance. We know what Hart is all about. Barkley also would have got the nod from me.

    Sophie Gayter: That front four of Rooney, Sturridge, Townsend, and Lallana is a really nice mix of flair, pace, power, finesse, and stamina.

  117. 1824: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fulham's Norway full-back John Arne Riise says he may leave Craven Cottage during the January transfer window.

    The 33-year-old former Liverpool player tells Norway's TV 2: "The time may be ripe to move home in the new year. It would be fun to end my career in Lillestrom with my brother, but I have not taken any decision on what to do yet. I feel at least I can play for four or five years."

  118. 1840:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Former England defender Martin Keown will look ahead to Tuesday's internationals with Mark Chapman, Ian McGarry, Steve Claridge and David Pleat on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live between 1900-2100 GMT.

    Then between 2100-2200 GMT former England spinner Phil Tufnell previews the start of England's Ashes Test series in Australia with batsman Nick Compton.

  119. 1845: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham's France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on the task facing his country as they bid to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Ukraine in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying play-off: "We'll have to play intelligently and maturely and not go all out."

  120. 1849: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    And that's it for Monday's edition of Sportsday Live. Thanks for your company and don't forget to join us when we return at 0800 GMT on Tuesday for another day of breaking sports news. Until then take care.

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