England v Germany, Norway v Scotland, World Cup play-offs

England v Germany build-up, Scotland latest, World Cup play-offs, plus breaking sports news.

19 November 2013 Last updated at 08:03 GMT

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    Germany manager Joachim Low

    Germany manager Joachim Low takes a ride on the London Underground with his players ahead of the friendly with England at Wembley later. But will it be 'taxi' for the 53-year-old or will the Three Lions be put to the sword by their rivals like they were at the at 2010 World Cup?

    Sportsday Live will bring you all the latest build-up on the game along with the latest from the Scotland camp ahead of their friendly against Norway in Molde. The first Ashes Test is less than 48 hours away and we will have all the latest from both England and Australia ahead of the game in Brisbane.

    As usual, we will have all the latest from the Rugby League World Cup, while in rugby union Wales announce their team for Friday's Autumn international with Tonga.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    England manager Roy Hodgson insists the fact that he is playing Ashley Cole against Germany must not be read as Chelsea's left-back winning the battle for that position with Everton defender Leighton Baines.

    He is also still weighing up the respective merits of Liverpool defender Glen Johnson and Tottenham's Kyle Walker at right-back.

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    England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he wants to play for his country until at least the 2015-16 tour of South Africa.

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    Kevin Pietersen will play his 100th Test in the first Ashes contest against Australia, starting on Thursday, but the 33-year-old says he wants play for his country until at least the 2015-16 tour of South Africa.

    A recurring knee injury had prompted speculation that he might retire at the end of the series, but he has set his sights on the 2015 World Cup, another home Ashes series, and beyond.

    Pietersen tells BBC Sport: "As long as the body goes well, I'm good for it."

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    England batsman Kevin Pietersen

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen: Have been reading all your lovely tweets and messages of support about my 100th Test on Thursday and I genuinely can't thank you all enough. Every time I put on an England shirt I'm incredibly proud and thankful, and I'm so grateful for all your support and the support of my amazing team-mates.

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Captain Steven Gerrard says England are ready to show Germany the scale of their improvement under manager Roy Hodgson when they meet at Wembley later.

    The Three Lions face Germany for the first time since Joachim Low's side won 4-1 in Bloemfontein in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, 33, says: "I'd say we are better. If we were to meet Germany tomorrow in a World Cup situation I don't think we'd leave the pitch having lost 4-1. I do feel as if we're a lot stronger. There is a good mix of youth and experienced players in the squad at the moment who are all moving forward and improving all the time."

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    OptaJoe: The Three Lions have won just three of their last 11 games against Germany since 1987 (including West Germany), drawing twice and losing six. All the wins came away from Wembley.


    So is Steven Gerrard right? Have England improved since they last met Germany three years ago? What are your favourite memories of the Three Lions against Germany? Are Germany still too strong for England?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Germany coach Joachim Low is wary of the threat England striker Daniel Sturridge could pose his side on the counter-attack.

    Low says: "If you look at Arsenal and Dortmund, both of these teams are shaped in a very special way, not necessarily by English or German players, but by foreign players. And I don't think that you should compare club and national teams, they are two different cups of tea.

    "But at the same time I think England are very good at that. If you look at (Wayne) Rooney dropping deep, (Theo) Walcott and Sturridge, they are very good on the counter-attack. So yes it would suit England to play on the counter-attack, why not?"

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    FOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has once again stressed the importance of collective hard graft as his team prepare for the friendly in Norway.

    The Scots travel to Molde on the back of wins over Macedonia and Croatia and Friday's 0-0 draw with the USA.

    Strachan says: "Some teams can spend a lot of time without the ball if they have a real match-winner. We don't have that at the moment. Everything we do, we have to work together for it."

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    FOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)

    BBC Sport Scotland's Thomas McGuigan: "It's a game we should be looking to win," says former Scotland defender Willie Miller on tonight's friendly in Norway. Miller also believes recalled striker Kris Boyd should feature for the Scots in Molde.

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    More from England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who says he wants to play for his country until at least the 2015-16 tour of South Africa.

    Pietersen, 33, tells BBC Sport: "I had coffee with [England one-day coach] Ashley Giles and said to him - I want to be with you in 2015.

    "I've been so lucky to have done everything with this great side. We won the Twenty20 World Cup, have beaten Australia home and away and beaten India in India. The only thing that hasn't been ticked is beating everybody in a World Cup 50-over tournament.

    "I would love to be given that opportunity and I'm committed to Ashley and the England side to get there. Also, I haven't got home and away hundreds against every side - South Africa is the one I haven't got away from home - that is in 2015-16 so as long as the body goes well I'm good for it."

    England v Germany

    Jack Cummins: Even though we lost, the semi final of Euro 96 is my favourite England v Germany game. Full of drama.

    Mike Davies: Apart from the age of players I don't see any major change between England in 2010 and now. Meanwhile, Germany have evolved.

    Oliver Viney: Not sure that England are any better to watch now than 3 years ago.

    What is your favourite England v Germany memory? Have England improved since they last played Germany in 2010? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    England manager Roy Hodgson on his team selection: "Glen Johnson and Ashley played all the time in the Euros and recently it has been Kyle Walker and Leighton Baines.

    "I deliberately mixed them up because at the moment I'm not prepared to say who I think the right-back should be and who I think the left-back should be when we start the [World Cup] tournament in Brazil.

    "I'm looking at all the options and I'm grateful that these two games give me a chance to give Leighton a full game and Ashley a full game because I want to give them that opportunity. It is the same with Walker and Johnson to continue this competition and give me that massive headache going forward.

    "I've obviously got to choose what I think is my best team. I want to get my best eleven on the pitch in Brazil. I have to make a choice and I have to disappoint two of those four."

    England's starting line-up against Germany: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole, Gerrard (capt), Cleverley, Townsend, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge.

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)
    England v Germany March 1975

    OptaJoe: Since England's last Wembley win over Germany in March 1975, the Three Lions have lost four of the last five encounters there. England did beat East Germany 1-0 in 1984.

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    Liverpool's principle owner John W Henry organises a private jet to enable Luis Suarez to make a swift return from Uruguay for Saturday's [1245 GMT] Merseyside derby, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Suarez will play in the second leg of his country's World Cup play-off against Jordan late on Wednesday, a formality as Uruguay protect a 5-0 lead.

    The report adds: "Henry, recognising the importance of Suarez in such a high-profile fixture, is so determined to ensure the striker's return journey is not too gruelling he will send his own transport. That would enable Suarez to be back in England on Thursday rather than Friday afternoon."

  17. 0929: 

    Viktoria Plzen manager Pavel Vrba will take over the Czech Republic national team from 1 January after they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, the Czech football federation announces.

    Vrba, 49, who guided unfancied Plzen into the Champions League in two of the past three seasons, replaces Michal Bilek who stepped down after a string of poor results.

    Germany v England 2001

    Some more of your favourite memories from previous England v Germany matches and also some reaction to Steven Gerrard's claim that England are better than in 2010, when they last played Germany.

    Riz Mirza: It is also a good time to remember our 5-1 win [in 2001] when we had loads of pace with Michael Owen in a more important game.

    Tunde Akere: I don't agree with Gerrard. England 2010 team is far better. Where are the Lampard and Gerrard of old, plus Terry and Ferdinand?

    Paul Thompson: How can we be better than 2010 after Friday's result against Chile? Poor squad depth, no expectancy and mediocre performances.

    Send your thoughts and memories to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  19. 0936:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    In the space of nine seconds at England's London Colney training headquarters, Joe Hart gave manager Roy Hodgson exactly what he wanted to see.

    Under the guidance of his coach Dave Watson, Manchester City's deposed goalkeeper demonstrated the athleticism, agility and reactions that still make him Hodgson's undisputed first choice for England's opening World Cup game in Brazil next summer.

    Three swift saves, two high to his left and one down low, concluded with applause from Watson and fellow England keeper John Ruddy as they admired a demonstration of the qualities Hart's admirers know he has at his command.

    This, however, was the behind-closed-doors test. The real examination comes in front of a crowd touching 90,000 against Joachim Low's Germany, a team rich in talent and depth and already being touted among the serious contenders for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

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    League One Leyton Orient announce they are close to signing Millwall midfielder Josh Wright, 24, on an emergency loan until 2 January.

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    OptaJoe: England have lost three of their previous four clashes with Germany at Wembley, scoring just twice. Both of England's goals came in the opening ten minutes.

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    Scotland are about to play their fourth match in their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign against Kenya in the United Arab Emirates.

    Six out of the 16 nations competing will advance to the main tournament, which is due to be staged in Bangladesh in March, but Scotland have had a mixed start, losing two and winning one of their opening three games.

    Kenya, who like Scotland have already lost two matches, have won the toss and will bat first.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    For Manchester United's Tom Cleverley, this has to be the time to make his mark against quality opposition or the doubts about his ability at the highest level - for club and country - will continue to be questioned.

    Cleverley needs to produce something better than he has been if he is to be a serious contender for Brazil. A Wembley occasion against Germany is the ideal stage - not exactly make or break, but a fair measure of whether he deserves the glowing reputation many within the game give him.

    Has he yet produced the evidence to suggest he can be a significant figure for United and England in years to come? No.

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    Argentina v Bosnia-Hercegovina

    Just under 10 hours to kick-off at Wembley, but the day's international fixture programme is already under way.

    Former Everton and Millwall forward Tim Cahill has just given Australia a 69th-minute lead against Costa Rica, while two goals by Manchester City's Sergio Aguero earlier earned Argentina a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Hercegovina in a friendly played in the United States.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Southampton's Adam Lallana gets a second chance after a fine debut, hoping to join Roy Hodgson's list of midfield options.

    But it is elsewhere where the pressure is on. It is on men like Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole and Tom Cleverley. And they are up against opponents who are masters of playing on those pressure points.


    More of your great moments from England v Germany matches and also, are England better now than they were three years ago? Steven Gerrard thinks so, but do you agree?

    Alan Shearer

    Tanzim: Has to be Alan Shearer's stooping header to beat the old enemy 1-0 at Euro 2000.

    Joe Scott: England played some lovely football against Brazil. Expecting more of the same.

    DeathApeDisco: No comparison, England have more game-changing attacking players with verve and talent than they did three years ago.

    Keep your messages coming in and you could see your name on this page later today. Contact us on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday, or on our Facebook page.

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    A man who was missing six stickers from a 1990s football album has tracked down the players in question so he could complete his collection. Adam Carroll-Smith, a 29-year-old Portsmouth fan who lives in the city, found the 1996 Merlin Premier League album in his attic.

    It took him six months to trace the missing players, visit them and take their photos for his album. Mr Carroll-Smith says: "They were all fantastic, really accommodating guys."

    The six players tracked down were: Gary Penrice [QPR], Lars Bohinen [Blackburn Rovers], Keith Curle [Manchester City], Philippe Albert [Newcastle], Scott Minto [Chelsea] and Stuart Ripley [Blackburn Rovers].

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)
    Frank Lampard celebrates scoring against Germany in 2007

    OptaJoe: Frank Lampard scored England's opener the last time the sides met at Wembley, though Germany won 2-1.

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    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: When Germany beat England 4-1 in 2010, which four players started for Germany whose surnames end in R?

    The answer will be revealed later today.

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    Substitute Tim Cahill's goal earns Australia, who have qualified for the 2014 World Cup, a 1-0 friendly win over Costa Rica, who will also be appearing in Brazil next summer, in Sydney.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Of all the selection dilemmas Roy Hodgson expected to be wrestling with ahead of Brazil, goalkeeper was not one of them. England's stock is hardly bare but it is still clear that Joe Hart, at his best, is comfortably the preferable option.

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster was blameless in England's defeat by Chile but did not show the command to scream out that he was a perfect replacement for Hart. Norwich City's John Ruddy will be frustrated to have missed out on pressing his claims over these last two games.

    West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster, admired by Hodgson after their time together at The Hawthorns, is a good bet to become Hart's eventual understudy while the emerging youngster Jack Butland has been frustrated by lack of top-flight game time since his move to Stoke City.

    England v West Germany 1966 World Cup final

    More memories of great England v Germany encounters, your thoughts on the game tonight and England's squad strength.

    Steven Giddings: It's never JUST a friendly, it's England v Germany. #ENGvGER #History #1966. Come on England.

    David King: If England win tonight then they have peaked eight months too soon.

    Rian Hoskins: There are less world class players but our squad depth is greater. Compare choosing Cole and Baines to Cole and [Stephen] Warnock.

    Send us a tweet, using #bbcsportsday, or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page with your suggestions.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Former East Germany international Uwe Rosler, now in charge of Brentford, on the pressures facing Germany manager Joachim Low: "Germany normally does very well in big tournaments, they've had a lot of praise for how they have played in the last few years and everyone in Germany is ready for a title.

    "I think the pressure is on for the 2014 World Cup, even more than the previous ones because Germany have come very close, but haven't won anything since 1996 [European Championship]."

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    Australia batsman David Warner is confident his side will regain the Ashes.

    England won 3-0 in the summer, but with the return series beginning in Brisbane on Thursday, Warner expects a different result this time around.

    The 27-year-old tells BBC Sport: "We lost the key moments in England, now we need to identify them and take them. We need to back ourselves a lot more on our home turf."

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    OptaJim: Since losing to West Indies in 1988, Australia are unbeaten in 24 Tests at Brisbane [17 wins and seven draws].

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    Former Liverpool player Gary Ablett

    Liverpool FC: Today we remember Gary Ablett on what would have been his 48th birthday. A Merseyside legend and a true gent. YNWA

    The former Liverpool and Everton defender, who had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, died on 1 January 2012.

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    Carl Froch (left) and George Groves

    George Groves says he should be the favourite when he challenges fellow Briton Carl Froch for his WBA and IBF world titles in Manchester on Saturday.

    Unbeaten Groves, 25, tells BBC Sport: "In the emotional and mental battles I have annihilated him. I think I should be favourite."

    But Froch, 36, who has only has lost twice in 33 bouts, dismissed Groves as "disrespectful, very arrogant and downright rude".

    "He has developed a whopping ego and he seems to have turned into a bit of a bad lad," adds Froch. "It is uncalled for and I don't like that. I am going to take great pleasure in knocking him out."

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    More from former Manchester City and East Germany striker Uwe Rosler, who tells BBC Radio 5 live that goalkeeper Joe Hart needs to step up: "Manchester City should be very privileged to have England's number one. I can't see anyone really challenging him.

    "Joey has to understand he is accountable and his performance level has to step up, but he will do that, there is no question about it. Joe Hart is undoubtedly the best goal keeper in England and he has shown that in the past.

    "He has enough time now to get his form sorted before the World Cup and I think it is a great opportunity for him tonight because he will be tested."

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    OptaJoe: The Three Lions have failed to score on just two occasions [1991 and 2000] in their 12 games at Wembley against Germany [incl West and East].

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    England women's football captain Casey Stoney hopes a Great Britain team will be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    Stoney, a member of the GB squad eliminated by Canada at the quarter-final stage in London 2012, feels if Team GB did qualify, they should be allowed to take their place in Rio.

    She adds: "Last year showed what having the platform of the Olympics can do for our sport. "We don't get that global coverage any other time and it changed perceptions in this country.

    "The men don't need it. The Premier League is one of the biggest global sports, but women's football needs a team in Rio. It is massively important that we have one."

  41. 1132: 
    FOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)

    Ex-Swindon, Middlesbrough and Norway forward Jan Aage Fjortoft: Hello Scotland! This is Norway calling. It's snowing in Molde before the game tonight. Mr Strachan. Please bring your skis.

    The friendly is available to watch on BBC Two Scotland and the BBC Sport website and you can also listen to commentary from BBC Radio Scotland.

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    England Under-21 players at Shrewsbury Town

    It is not quite Wembley, but England's Under-21 players will be roared on by a sell-out crowd of around 10,000 at Shrewsbury when they face San Marino in a European Championship qualifier later.

    Manager Gareth Southgate and his players took a walk on the pitch this morning ahead of the match which kicks-off at 1800 GMT. England top their qualifying group after four wins from the first five qualifiers, while San Marino have lost six out of seven games.


    More of your thoughts on the current England squad and tonight's match against Germany.

    Fahad Khan: England don't have the resilient nature like Brazil and Germany. Once they go a goal down, they tend to crumble spectacularly.

    Stephen Warner: Current team is probably no better than the 2010 one, but I reckon England will do far better in Brazil than they did in South Africa.

    Charlie Benson: It's funny how worked up we get about playing Germany. Compared to playing the Dutch they couldn't care less.

    Remember, we are also asking for your good and bad memories of previous England v Germany matches. Contact us on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday and also on our Facebook page.

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    Scotland face a battle to win their latest World Twenty20 qualifying match against Kenya in the United Arab Emirates.

    Kenya won the toss, elected to bat and posted a challenging total of 183-7 off their 20 overs.

    The Scottish side, who have lost two of their opening three matches, looked in a good position when they reduced their opponents to 81-5 but number eight batsman Ragheb Aga then scored a rapid 52 off 25 balls.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Former East Germany and Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler on England v Germany: "I think England are better than their reputation at the moment.

    "England have always had some very good players and Roy [Hodgson] has added some younger players, some enthusiasm and some energy in the squad.

    "I think both national coaches should use the opportunity to test even more players, prepare for the World Cup and not take it too seriously."

  46. 1155: 
    Tim Cahill

    Ex-Everton midfielder Tim Cahill: Great performance by the team and very proud to equal the record for most goals scored for Australia #29goals.

    Cahill, who now plays his club football for New York Red Bulls, scored the only goal of the game as Australia beat Costa Rica 1-0 in an international friendly earlier today.

  47. 1159: 

    British Cycling confirms the 16 riders who will represent Great Britain at the second round of the 2013-14 UCI Track World Cup series, which takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico from 5-7 December.

    Great Britain won eight medals including four golds at the opening round of the World Cup series in Manchester earlier this month and are currently leading the series based on points ranking.

    Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes

    Women's sprint: Becky James, Jess Varnish

    Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison

    Women's endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott

  48. 1206: 

    England Women's head coach Gary Street names a 27-woman training squad ahead of next year Women's Rugby World Cup.

    Street, who will expand his squad to 30 in the new year following several players' return from injury, will have access to increased training time with the squad from January onwards, before the World Cup in France in August.

    Alice Richardson and Joanne Watmore have not been recalled to the squad after they were dropped for discipline reasons earlier this year

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    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    A flavour of what the newspapers in Germany are saying ahead of the England game at Wembley:

    Germany manager Joachim Low's team selection has drawn criticism from some at Borussia Dortmund, who accuse him of resting a number of senior Bayern Munich players before the German rivals meet in the Bundesliga this weekend. However the coach has rubbished any claims that he favours the Bavarians, saying "One thing is clear, that as coach of the national team, I see the game as an important test. Dortmund against Bayern is sometimes not my subject. My subject is England and Chile [in March] next year."

    Der Spiegel says that the Wembley goal is one of "greatest ills in the history of German football," - an affliction dating back to the 1966 World Cup final - but will provide Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller with the "greatest possible happiness" as he makes his international debut at the age of 33.

    And Die Welt carries an article headlined "England envies German football" in which it notes that the "big problem" with England's national team is the failure to nurture home-grown playing and managerial talent.

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    Frank Lampard's disallowed goal

    More thoughts on your best and worst memories from England v Germany matches and your assessment of both sides' squads.

    Joradoz De Don Pravoiz: I still remember that disallowed goal for Frank Lampard and, yes, I think Germany are always strong against England. My prediction is that Germany will win.

    Daniel Skinner: Germany are much too strong for England, but we will get a draw because it's a friendly, and they are experimenting.

    Henry Nelson-Lucas: Germany have some promising players (Draxler, Gotze) but so do England (Townsend, Clyne, Shaw). At the moment I would say Germany are stronger because they play football as a team and England play as individuals. Give it some time and England will beat them 5-1 again.

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  51. 1229: 

    Leaders Barcelona, already without injured forward Lionel Messi, could be without Xavi for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Granada. The Spain playmaker is receiving treatment for a muscle problem in his left leg.

  52. 1244: 

    Egypt entertain Ghana at 1600 GMT in a World Cup qualifying play-off, the hosts trailing 6-1 from the first leg.

    Egypt's Ahram newspaper has tried to spur the team on by listing telling the story of five great footballing comebacks, including QPR's loss to Partizan Belgrade in the 1984-85 Uefa Cup.

    Meanwhile, Ghanaian midfielder Edwin Gyimah says Egypt will need "a miracle" to overturn the 6-1 deficit in Cairo. "With due respect, it will be impossible for Egypt to reverse the score. We did the job at home in the first leg and now our mission is to go and complete the task in Cairo," he says.

  53. 1246: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    OptaJoe: England have not lost successive home internationals since the 1977 Home Nations tournament, when Don Revie's side lost to Wales and Scotland within a week.

  54. 1253: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- France v Ukraine (2000 GMT)
    France forward Franck Ribery

    France, the 1998 world champions, will have to defy the odds - and the expectations of their own supporters - to book a ticket to next summer's tournament in Brazil.

    Les Bleus go into the second leg of their qualifier against Ukraine trailing 2-0 after a dismal showing in Kiev last week, a performance which persuaded 60% of respondents to say France were unlikely to qualify according to a poll conducted by sports daily L'Equipe.

    Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi told the French Football Federation's official website: "For most of us, it is the most important game in our careers. We all want to show something different to what we did on Friday. We have to be stronger in the battles and improve our technical quality.

    "We have to play with heart, with guts, but with the head as well. We have to score but we cannot afford to let in a goal. We know we have the talent to do it but we have to show pride and passion."

  55. 1300: 
    Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen

    Australia's Shane Watson describes England's Kevin Pietersen as "one of the best batsmen in the world".

    Ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which starts on Thursday, 32-year-old Watson tells BBC Sport: "I played with Kevin at Hampshire and I've always found him to be a nice guy.

    "I respect him as a cricketer and all the stuff in and around the game just brings a bit more interest to what's going on the field.

    "There is no doubt he is one of the best batsmen in the world. He has scored runs in all conditions against everyone. The way he takes on the game is something you enjoy watching - although not particularly when you are bowling or when he is playing against Australia."

  56. 1301: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith: Congrats on 100th Test Kevin Pietersen. All the best.

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    Scotland suffer a heavy 92-run defeat in their latest World Twenty20 qualifier against Kenya in the United Arab Emirates.

    Kenya made 183-7 off their 20 overs, but Scotland, who have now lost three of their four qualifying matches, were bowled out for 91 in 13.2 overs.

    Scotland wicketkeeper David Murphy top scored for his side with 20, while Kenyan bowler Steve Tikolo took four wickets for two runs off only eight balls.

  58. 1305: 
    Hallam Amos

    Wales coach Warren Gatland makes 11 changes to his side for this Friday's match with Tonga in Cardiff.

    Newport-Gwent Dragons wing Hallam Amos will make his debut - he is alongside Leigh Halfpenny and George North in the back three - with James Hook at fly-half and Ryan Jones captaining the side from number eight.

    Lions Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate are on the bench, but Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau, Mike Phillips and Alun Wyn Jones are among those being rested.

  59. 1315: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- France v Ukraine (2000 GMT)
    Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in action against France

    Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov says he is more interested in sealing a place at next summer's World Cup than setting records for his country.

    The team recorded an eighth straight clean sheet in the 2-0 first leg play off win over France, a lead Pyatov is determined to defend later in Paris.

    Shakhtar Donetsk keeper Pyatov tells the Football Federation of Ukraine's website: "The guys have been great. This sequence was possible due to their efforts. When the goalkeeper is not beaten, the team has a better chance of winning. For me the main thing is the result of the team. It is more important to go to Brazil than to set records."

  60. 1332: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: "One member of Hodgson's party definitely not going to Rio is the FA's head of security, Ray Whitworth, who attends his 195th England game this evening before heading off to take up a similar role at the MLS.

    "A passionate Blackpool fan and former policeman, Whitworth has been an integral part of the England camp since Euro 96.

    "He is most notable publicly for his job of throwing the TV cameras out of training after every 15 minutes and also, hilariously, failing to stop a man dressed as a 10-foot sausage, and resplendent in Union Flag underpants, from gate-crashing training at Bisham Abbey before France 98 [it was an advertising stunt by Peperami]. The sausage had a kickabout with Paul Scholes before Whitworth finally intervened."

    England v Germany 1996

    More of your best and worst memories from England v Germany matches and the strengths of the respective sides.

    Andrew Priestley: When I think of England v Germany I see Paul Gascoigne being inches away from scoring a golden goal in extra-time in Euro 96.

    Paul Finnigan: All this chat about how England are better than 2010 is ludicrous. We won't compete again until they stop relying on "the old guard".

    Charlie Smith: Odds of Cleverley impressing/being praised for his performance tonight are about the same as me being called up for Brazil.

    Keep your thought and memories coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or on our Facebook page.

  62. 1339: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: "Glenn Hoddle has joined me, @DTguardian & no doubt others in proposing Cole-Baines partnership on left. Roy not convinced. Worth a look though?

    "Counter-argument is that Baines couldn't do on wing what he does when coming from deeper. See Sven's Cole/Bridge one-off experiment, but most of those proposed to play on the left wing for England [Welbeck, Milner, Townsend, Oxlade-Chamberlain] aren't "natural" there either."

  63. 1341: 

    Three senior members of Harlequins' rugby management commit their immediate future to the club.

    Director of rugby Conor O'Shea, head coach John Kingston and skills coach Collin Osborne have extended their contracts with the club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

    This group of coaches has overseen the most successful period in the club's history, winning four trophies in the past three seasons including the Premiership title in 2012.

  64. 1349: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Daily Mail's Neil Ashton on England captain Steven Gerrard ahead of the Liverpool midfielder's 108th cap: "Gerrard is a warrior and a worrier, a strange blend, who carries the hopes of the nation when he pulls on the England shirt for these massive clashes.

    "He didn't like what he saw from the sidelines as England lost to Chile on Friday at Wembley and went as far as to threaten to put the South Americans in their place should the teams meet at next summer's World Cup.

    "Gerrard is not the type to be intimidated by the names on the Germany shirts or the stars stitched above the DFB badge celebrating their three World Cup wins. Everyone can see they are a decent team."

  65. 1355: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Croatia v Iceland (1915 GMT)
    Iceland supporters

    Iceland travel to Zagreb with their improbable World Cup dream still just about alive after a desperate draw in the goalless first leg in Reykjavik.

    That match saw them fight a constant rearguard action against relentless waves of Croatian attacks after being reduced to 10 men for the last 40 minutes after defender Olafur Skulason was sent off.

    Yet they still have everything left to play for and should they achieve the unthinkable and win in Zagreb they would become the first nation with a population of under a million ever to reach the final stages of the competition.

  66. 1401: 
    Chris Jones, BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION
    Wales media conference

    Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde and captain Ryan Jones have been speaking at a media conference ahead of their match against Tonga on Friday.

    "It's a great opportunity for Hallam Amos, playing alongside George North and Leigh Halfpenny," says McBryde.

    "He will be tested but that's international rugby. No doubt he's got the potential, it's about delivering on Friday night."

  67. 1410: 

    Tottenham Hotspur: After an MRI scan it's been determined that Christian Eriksen suffered a sprain of the lateral ankle ligaments playing for Denmark on Friday. Christian's scan showed no sign of ruptured ligaments which will result in a shorter period of recovery for the attacking midfielder.

  68. 1417:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    The battle for England's left-back position between Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and Everton's Leighton Baines has become one of the great pre-World Cup debating points.

    So would manager Roy Hodgson consider solving this problem by playing both, with perhaps Baines taking the advanced left-flank role? It would appear not.

    He said: "It is not a reality at the moment because we're England and we have a lot of other opportunities.

    "You'd be asking me to play someone in a position where he doesn't play for his club and although, theoretically, he might have the qualities to play there - and there might even come a game when you think that might be useful to you - I haven't considered leaving someone like Danny Welbeck or Ashley Young out of the team to play two left-backs."

  69. 1422: 

    Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko dreams of becoming the manager at the San Siro, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. "Now is a moment of transition, I am studying," Shevchenko is quoted as saying. "I'm preparing for the future, certainly coaching Milan or Ukraine's national team would be ideal for me."

    But the 2004 Ballon d'Or winner does not believe current AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri should be replaced. "The club will decide but I don't think it's the time for a change."

    GET INVOLVED- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Michael Griffin: Wembley bound from Nottingham, missing university classes so a repeat of the 5-1 onslaught would be nice, if unlikely.

    Patrick Greenberg: Just setting off for London. Time to get some revenge after our ghost goal in South Africa! Come on England.

    Andrew Dignum: I can still hear the noise the net made when Muller crashed in the winning penalty in the Euro 96 semi at Wembley.

  71. 1434: 

    Two video referees will be used for Saturday's World Cup semi-finals and the 30 November final, it has been decided. The decision, taken by the World Cup match officials appointments panel, mirrors the system in use in Australia's National Rugby League.

    Australian Ben Cummins will referee the first semi-final between England and New Zealand, with Ashley Klein [Australia] and Henry Perenara [New Zealand] the video officials. England's Richard Silverwood will be in charge of the second semi between Australia and Fiji, with Ben Thaler [England] and Perenara the video referees.

    Ticket sales for the Wembley double-header have reached 63,000. More than 280,000 fans have watched the 25 matches so far.

  72. 1437: 

    Trainer Gerard Butler must wait to learn his fate after an inquiry concluded into nine positive drugs tests at his stables in February. Butler has admitted injecting horses with the Sungate product, which contained a banned anabolic steroid, 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 case, which began on Monday, was listed for three days but a BHA panel finished hearing evidence on Tuesday, and have adjourned a decision to a later date.

  73. 1449: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Daily Mirror's chief football writer Martin Lipton: "History tells us that warm-up matches really do not have any significance when tournaments come around - although Glenn Hoddle's side did lose a penalty shoot-out against Belgium in Casablanca in 1998, previewing events in St Etienne.

    "The reality, as Roy Hodgson understands, is that the 85,000 fans in Wembley - the Germans have taken up barely 1,000 tickets - will focus on the result. He, though, has to take a wider view.

    "It means Hodgson will be looking closely at the partnership between Chris Smalling and Phil Jagielka, deciding whether Tom Cleverley cuts the mustard, determining if his initial instincts in giving Adam Lallana a second chance are justified."

  74. 1455:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    The selection of Manchester United's Tom Cleverley to partner Steven Gerrard in England's midfield against Germany at Wembley tonight has hardly been greeted with unanimous approval - but manager Roy Hodgson remains an admirer.

    Hodgson says: "Tom Cleverley drifted out of the picture through injury and luckily he's been back for a while now. If he drifted out it was through injury. We played him quite a lot before that.

    "I think he will complement Steven well in the middle of the field and that was a factor in our thinking and of course there are other players I want to bring on in the game because I want to use this game like the Chile game and air this squad."

  75. 1505: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Sweden v Portugal (1945 GMT)
    Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Portugal take a 1-0 lead to Stockholm to face Sweden in round two of the clash between two of the world's best forwards.

    Cristiano Ronaldo's diving header gave Portugal their slender lead, but Sweden have spent the week working on ways to get better service to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Sweden's Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 27, says: "We cannot go out all guns blazing but we must have a more attacking game with more ball higher up the pitch, then we will get Zlatan more in the game."

    Conditions could also favour Sweden with temperatures close to zero forecast and a less than optimum playing surface.

  76. 1518: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Sweden v Portugal (1945 GMT)
    Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo on Portugal's chances of securing a World Cup place at Sweden's expense: "Portugal have a small advantage, and we are expecting a very difficult game, but we are ready.

    "We will have to be fully focused. More than anything else, these players want to be in Brazil, so we will give our best to get there."

    Portugal start the play off second leg in Stockholm with a 1-0 lead thanks to Ronaldo's diving header.

  77. 1520:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)

    Live radio commentary of Norway v Scotland will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tonight from 1755 GMT.

    The game will also be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland and the BBC Sport website with commentary also available from BBC Radio Scotland.

  78. 1532: 

    Two thousand Grimsby Town fans are making the short journey to Scunthorpe United in the hope of witnessing an FA Cup surprise. Conference side Grimsby earned a first round replay after holding their League Two opponents to a goalless draw in front of 8,306 fans at Blundell Park.

    Grimsby boss Paul Hurst says: "For everyone connected with the club - not least the large travelling support that we'll be taking tonight - we want to do well and get the result." The winners will be at home to Northampton in the second round.

    GET INVOLVED- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    Keep your best and worst memories of England v Germany matches coming into us, as well as your thoughts on how the sides now compare.

    Gareth Southgate

    Diegwu: Gareth Southgate missing a penalty in the shoot-out at Euro 96. England deserved a better result.

    Sam Victory: England better than 2010? Hmm, we can't really say that. More depth than 2010? 100% yes.

    Alex Reilly: England will need to be German-like in their efficiency in front of goal to win. Have to improve on last week.

    Contact us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. 1549: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt v Ghana (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea's Michael Essien starts for Ghana in their World Cup play off decider in Cairo, where the hosts face a near-impossible task after losing the first leg 6-1.

  81. 1551: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)
    Gary Lineker scores for England against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final

    Former England captain Gary Lineker: Always found the Germans were good for a goal. Very accommodating lot.

  82. 1558: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Algeria v Burkina Faso (1815 GMT)

    There are two World Cup play-off matches today in the African section of qualifying and BBC World Service's John Bennett previews the Algeria v Burkina Faso match.

    "Algeria v Burkina Faso is possibly the most intriguing of the second legs and it is all about how Jonathan Pitroipa and co deal with the crazy atmosphere in Blida.

    "Despite holding a 3-2 lead, Burkina Faso will have to overcome huge odds to progress to the 2014 World Cup and Algeria haven't lost in Blida since 2002. I spoke to Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa ahead of the game and he is confident his team-mates can cope with the intimidating atmosphere in Algeria."

    Burkina Faso could qualify for the World Cup for the first time if they hold on to their advantage.

  83. 1604: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United 1990 FA Cup final

    Former Crystal Palace FA Cup final captain Geoff Thomas says he wants to manage the Premier League's bottom club. Palace are searching for a replacement after Ian Holloway left last month.

    The 49-year-old, who has battled leukaemia, tells the Croydon Advertiser: "I was seriously interested in staying in football until I was diagnosed with the illness and my priorities completely changed.

    "I would love the opportunity to get back into football but it's risky. There are a few people who have said they'd take them with me to Palace and I would jump at that but they haven't ended up getting the job.

    "There are a few jobs that I would take no questions asked and if Palace came knocking that would be it, my bags would be packed immediately."

  84. 1606: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 0-0 Ghana
    Egypt v Ghana

    BBC World Service's Matthew Kenyon is at the Egypt v Ghana World Cup play-off qualifier, with Ghana holding a 6-1 advantage from the first leg.

    Kenyon says: "There is plenty of security. The biggest cheer of the evening came for Egypt's Mohamed Aboutreka's name on the team-sheet and this could be his last international game.

    "You wouldn't think Egypt were effectively down and out and there is an exciting atmosphere.

    "Egypt show their intent in the first few seconds and that's exactly what they needed to do. There are lasers focusing on Ghana's Sulley Muntari as he takes a free-kick."

  85. 1613: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney sets his sights on beating Sir Bobby Charlton's goal record for England. Rooney heads in to the friendly with Germany having scored 38 times in 87 games for the Three Lions - 11 behind Charlton's record.

    Rooney is quoted in tonight's match programme as saying: "[The record] is there for me to see and I feel I have many years left to play for my country, so it's a realistic target for me to aim at.

    "Hopefully one day I can do it. But for now I'm just concentrating on playing and trying to do well in each game I play."

  86. 1618: 

    Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis reopens talks with Crystal Palace with a view to becoming their new manager before Saturday's game against Hull City, reports the Guardian.

    The report adds: "Discussions over his prospective contract resumed on Tuesday after Pulis returned from a brief break in Portugal and, while the basic salary would fall short of the wage he picked up at Stoke, the deal on offer is likely to include a significant bonus should he retain the club's Premier League status.

    "His salary for the second year would reflect whether Palace are in the top flight or Championship. [Ian] Holloway, who secured the team's promotion via the play-offs in May, had personally recommended Pulis upon leaving Selhurst Park last month following a difficult start to the current campaign."

  87. 1624: 
    Tim Hague, BBC Sport NewsBOXING
    Anthony Joshua

    Anthony Joshua is out of his next heavyweight fight against Argentina's Hector Alfredo Avila.

    Olympic gold medallist Joshua, 24, has won all three of his professional fights and was due to fight on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. George Groves this Saturday at the Manchester Arena, but has had to withdraw due to a bicep strain.

    His opponent, Avila, was knocked out earlier this year by Dereck Chisora.

  88. 1632: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 on agg)

    A tiny glimmer of hope for Egypt as they take a first-half lead in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off at home against Ghana.

    Egypt's goal comes through Amr Zaki, who heads home from a Mohamed Aboutrika free-kick, although Ghana still hold a 6-2 overall advantage after winning the first leg 6-1.

  89. 1635: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 on agg)

    BBC World Service's Matthew Kenyon in Cairo: Amr Zaki is the man and Egypt fans are hoping. But there's still a very, very long way to go though. Ghana need to stay calm and that's all.

    Fair play to Egypt - they are going for it. But that opens them up at the back. Ghana's players are being harassed by lasers constantly. The Pharaohs need a second before half-time if there's to be any hope. Despite excitement, four more goals is a long way away.

  90. 1638: 
    FOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)
    Norway v Scotland

    BBC Scotland senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Molde: Some of the Scots brave the cold to examine the pitch at the Aker Stadion.

  91. 1647: 

    Jonathan Sexton and Rob Kearney continue to fight fitness battles in a bid to be ready to face New Zealand in Sunday's Test at the Aviva Stadium.

    Racing Metro fly-half Sexton has not been ruled out despite limping off with hamstring trouble at half-time in last Saturday's 32-15 defeat by Australia.

    Kearney has a rib cartilage tear and his injury is still being assessed. Fergus McFadden will be out for a number of weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand against the Wallabies.

  92. 1651: 

    It is goalless at half-time in the European Under-21 Championship Group Six qualifier between Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland in Podgorica.

  93. 1655: 

    England name their team to play against San Marino in their Under-21 European Championship qualifying match.

    Gareth Southgate's England side are top of Group One with 13 points from their five matches, while San Marino are bottom with one win from seven games.

    The England starting line-up is: Butland, Jenkinson, Robinson, Hughes, Stones, Keane, Ince, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Lingard and Sterling.

    Substitutes: 12 Shaw, 13 Bond, 14 Chalobah, 15 Dier, 16 Zaha, 17 Bamford, 18 Morrison.

  94. 1702: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 on agg)

    It is half-time in Cairo and Egypt lead 1-0 thanks to Amr Zaki's header in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana.

    Bob Bradley

    However, Bob Bradley's Egypt side need to produce a sensational second-half performance as they trail 6-2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 6-1.

    BBC World Service's Matthew Kenyon is in Cairo and says: "Mayhem. Cards, chances, waved down penalties - and Gedo on as a sub! Egypt v Ghana is very exciting, even if the overall result is clear."

  95. 1709: 
    FOOTBALL- England v Germany (2000 GMT)

    BBC Weather: Heading to Wembley this evening for the #EngVGer friendly? Dress for the cold - air temp will drop below freezing during the match.

  96. 1712: 
    Phil Cartwright, BBC North West SportFOOTBALL

    Fleetwood Town sign Huddersfield striker Daniel Carr on loan as cover for injured Jamille Matt and David Ball.

  97. 1723: 
    George Groves

    Ahead of the tasty fight on Saturday between Carl Froch and George Groves for the WBA and IBF world super middleweight titles in Manchester, Groves has been taking part in some unusual sparring.

    Groves was up against a giant gingerbread mascot to entertain his fans at a public work-out today at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush, but Groves hopes he will not be chewing over a defeat on Saturday.

    "This is the fight I have always wanted," said Groves. "I respect Carl Froch for achieving what he has in the sport, and I know he's a tough fighter, but I also believe he is beatable and that I have the style to cause him nightmares.

    "This is a risky, horrible match-up for him, and he realises there's every chance he gets taken to school and stopped for the first time in his career."

  98. 1728: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Romania v Greece (1900 GMT)

    Greece are strong favourites against Romania after winning 3-1 in Athens, but coach Fernando Santos will be taking nothing for granted ahead of their World Cup play-off second leg.

    "Although we are ahead in the tie we still need to go to Romania with a focused mindset as everything will be decided then," he said after the first leg. Nothing is over yet."

  99. 1735: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 on agg)

    Egypt need to score four times in the last 15 minutes against Ghana to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.

    Bob Bradley's Egypt side lead 1-0 in the second leg, but Ghana are closing in on a place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a 6-1 win in the home first leg.

  100. 1739: 
    Geoff Hurst

    More memories from previous England v Germany matches and your thoughts on the two sides.

    George Fisher: "They think it's all over, it is now!" Forget the 5-1 win, Geoff Hurst's hat-trick goal in 1966 is the greatest moment in English football.

    Dominic Chapman: Predicting a 3-3 tonight, always goals. Germans will rest a few, England will be up for it!

    Martyn Carlisle: The World Cup is an weaker tournament than the Euros, I think England have a chance of getting in to the last eight, at least.

    Contact us via #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

  101. 1740: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 on agg)

    BBC World Service's Matthew Kenyon โ€in Cairo: Just about 15 mins left. The belief, if it was ever there really, has departed. Even the fury with the ref is fading. Some fans are leaving.

  102. 1745: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 2-0 Ghana (3-6 on agg)

    Egypt pull another goal back but it is surely too late.

    Substitute Gedo collects a pass from Mohamed Salah and drills a low shot from 12 yards out past Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda.

    Egypt have five minutes plus injury time to score three more goals. It will be absolutely sensational if they can do it. Ghana lead 6-3 on aggregate.

    BBC World Service's Matthew Kenyon in Cairo on Twitter: So a second goal awarded despite a flare on the pitch. People have stopped leaving. Smoke across stadium.

  103. 1747: 

    Earlier today the #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official was: When Germany beat England 4-1 in 2010, which four players started for them whose surnames ended in R?

    The answers are: Mertesacker, Muller, Neuer & Schweinsteiger.

  104. 1750: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 2-1 Ghana (3-7 on agg)

    Ghana will be playing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Two players with Premier League experience combine to score as Asamoah Gyan, formerly of Sunderland, crosses from the right wing and his pass is swept into the net from six yards out by ex-Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

    Egypt lead 2-1 on the day, but Ghana are 7-3 ahead on aggregate.

  105. 1752: 
    FOOTBALL- Norway v Scotland (1800 GMT)

    Scotland's team to play Norway in an international friendly: Marshall, Hutton, Whittaker, Martin, Greer, Adam, Anya, Brown, Naismith, Snodgrass, Bryson.

  106. 1758: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS- Egypt 2-1 Ghana (3-7 on agg)
    Ghana fans

    Ghana complete a 7-3 victory on aggregate over Egypt to secure their place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Egypt won the second leg in Cairo 2-1, but Ghana's 6-1 victory in the opening leg proved the difference.

  107. 1803: 

    It is an early finish from Sportsday so I will point you in the direction of our live football text commentary, which will guide you and entertain you through tonight's football.

    Thank you for joining us and for your contributions, we hope you have enjoyed it and we will be back at 0800 GMT on Wednesday for all the day's breaking news and best Ashes build-up. Bye for now.

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