International football as it happened

Live text commentary as Northern Ireland draw a World Cup qualifier after England lose in Sweden and Scotland defeat Luxembourg in friendlies.

14 November 2012 Last updated at 22:46 GMT

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  1. 2230: 

    The moral of tonight's story is, if you're planning a big celebration, don't invite Zlatan.

    Tonight was all about Steven Gerrard winning his 100th cap, but instead we all go to bed talking about Zlatan and his collection of wonder goals.

    Thanks for your company tonight - make sure you join Chris Bevan and I on Saturday for more live text gold. Top of the bill is tasty north London derby.

    See you there...

  2. 2229: 

    Chris in Bolton (and others) on text: "Re 22:22 - next week he'll score four hat-tricks!"

  3. 2224: 

    You can't fault John O'Shea for optimism. Speaking after the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 defeat at home to Greece he said: "It's a step forward...We would have liked to pick up a win tonight to give everyone a bit of a boost but I think performance-wise it was much better than the Germany game."

  4. 2222: 

    Drew Crawford on Twitter: "You have to feel for Joe Hart conceeding some of the best ever goals - Rooney, Crouch and now Zlatan."

    Nurul Alum on Twitter: "Last week Zlatan had 4 assists in the CL for PSG, tonight 4 goals for Sweden what will we get next week?"

  5. 2218: 

    France were the big winners in the clash of the European heavyweights tonight. Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis's second-half winner handed Les Bleus a 2-1 win against Italy in Parma. But nothing could separate bitter rivals Netherlands and Germany, who played out a goalless stalemate.

    Goals from Barcelona pair Pedro and David Villa are helping Spain beat hosts Panama 2-0 in a later kick-off. Elsewhere, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez netted Uruguay's third as they won 3-1 in Poland, while Argentina drew 0-0 in Saudi Arabia and Portugal were held 2-2 by hosts Gabon.

  6. 2214:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Steven Gerrard:

    "I thought we did well considering the team we put out and the squad we brought here. Sometimes, you have to put your hands up to individual performances.

    "I have been playing football a long time but Zlatan's fourth goal is probably the best goal I have seen live. I cannot pay a bigger tribute than that.

    "I am looking forward to Brazil in February, taking every cap as it comes. I am not targeting any number of caps, I am targeting taking this country to the World Cup."

  7. 2211: 
    FA CUP

    In amongst the international action, two late goals helped Leyton Orient dump out non-league hosts Gloucester City and progress to round two of the FA Cup.

    David Mooney headed the League One side's opener from Dean Cox's cross, before Cox secured victory less than 60 seconds later with a 20-yard drive. Orient will play Blue Square Premier side Alfreton in the next round.

  8. 2211: 

    Robert Griffin on Twitter: Sat in a bar in Sweden when that #Zlatan volley went in, the room exploded with noise, even I was clapping #Sverige"

    Daniel Taylor on Twitter: "Can't wait to play football with my mates again... We're all queueing up to do a Zlatan! #whatagoal"

    Janniky on Twitter: "Zlatan surely must jump ahead of England in the Fifa rankings?"

  9. 2204:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    England captain Steven Gerrard on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is mixed emotions for me, I am disappointed with the result, but there were a lot of positives in this game. We controlled it for 75 minutes but collapsed a bit at the end.

    "A lot of young players were out there tonight, and I thought they were terrific.

    "I thought Raheem Sterling did really well, he always looks dangerous. When I was 17, I was an apprentice at Liverpool cleaning boots, but look how far he has come.

    "Leon Osman is a different age at 31 but he played well. They will never forget their first game."

  10. 2202:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveNorthern Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan

    Former Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was very frustrating and there were six chances they should have scored from. It has cost them very dearly.

    "There were so many chances created. In the first half, Northern Ireland allowed Azerbaijan to dictate the game, but in the second half we got in their faces and disrupted them.

    "It was always a big ask to get through, but now our chances are very, very slim, if not nothing at all."

  11. 2202: 

    Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been on about his charge Zlatan's ridiculous goal tonight...

    "Sometimes, when he's doing these things, in training or in matches, you don't think it's possible," he said.

    "Sometimes, you think you're watching a video game. Because it's not possible to do that -- the fourth goal, for example."

  12. 2159:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Here's more from England manager Roy Hodgson on BBC Radio 5 live: "The free-kick was from a very, very long way out, and was a free-kick that on many occasions Joe Hart would stop.

    "I wasn't expecting Sweden to score at any minute. Their opportunities were, really, quite limited.

    "I thought the debutants were good, all of them did fine and I am certainly a wiser man than before this game going into 2013.

    "We were undone by some individual brilliance and maybe a bit of inexperience."

  13. 2158: 

    "If you carry on the way you're going, by the time you're 17 you'll either be in prison or playing for England."

    We all heard that message at school at one time or another, I'm sure - but that is what Raheem Sterling's teacher Chris Beschi told the youngster a few years ago.

    He had a very promising debut tonight, did Raheem. Read the full interview with his former teacher here.

  14. 2152:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Pat Nevin on Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "When he is on his form, and when he can be bothered, he is fantastic. His technique for that fourth goal was off the scale.

    "The second goal was fantastic, and for the third goal, Joe Hart was at fault, but the power he got from 33/34 yards was spectacular. He is a hard, hard player to play against.

    "In that form, it is hard to see anyone much better than him. His fourth goal was beyond perfection, it was magical."

  15. 2152: 

    Former England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Zlatan just silenced any doubters he had... Ruthless tonight."

  16. 2149:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLuxembourg 1-2 Scotland

    Scotland's temporary manager Billy Stark on BBC Radio 5 live: "We have to accept we were not great in the second half. We dug in and saw the result out.

    "They had some big boys and we had to defend some free-klicks we thought were a bit harsh. We had one or two nice exchanges of play, but we would want a lot more attempts on goal.

    "I wasn't thinking about the permanent job. We could have done better, but taking the game in isolation, it was important to get a victory.

    "It is difficult to win international games."

  17. 2147:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    England manager Roy Hodgson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I thought it was a good performance. Obviously, it was disappointing to concede three goals in the last 15 minutes when we were looking so good at 2-1. It was a good performance to get us into that position.

    "I took the risk to give debutants a chance, obviously that will open things up, and I was hoping we'd hold out.

    "Ibrahimovic scored a wonder goal to put the icing on cake, but for large periods of the game I can be more than satisfied. Many players who got a chance came out with great credit.

    "For long periods we were quite dominant and in control. I thought our passing and movement was good and when we took the 2-1 lead it was a correct assessment of what we had seen on the field.

    "Ibrahimovic being kept on cost us a result."

  18. 2146: 

    Jon in Manchester on text: "The Ibra lovers are pouring forward. Lovely goal, but I will only be convinced if he turns up consistently in the games that mean something. Let's see if he's knocking them in once we get into the quarters of the CL. I bet he won't".

    Sam in Oxford on text: "We occasionally describe great moments in football as being like something out of a computer game. You couldn't even get close to what Zlatan did in any game."

    Dan on text: "Unreal strike by Ibrahimovic... almost as good as the one Trevor Sinclair scored for QPR."

  19. 2145: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on ITV: "No doubt Ibrahimovic's fourth goal was extraordinary. That put the tin lid on the game. But it was the second and third goals which killed us.

    "For 60/70 minutes we played very well and deserved to be leading. I was anxious to look at a few players and the changes probably disrupted us. But there are a lot of positives to take from the game."

  20. 2145: 
    FULL-TIME- Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece

    The Republic dominate possession for the last 20 minutes without creating a single clear-cut chance with the Greeks content to sit back and hold onto their lead.

    After a promising start, it's turned into a disappointing night for the Republic and the result will lead to more pressure on manager Trapattoni.

  21. 2143:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "You cannot drop your concentration for a second when Zlatan is about. There were a lot of misunderstandings between Joe Hart and his centre-backs, and you cannot afford that in any game, never mind international games.

    "Ibrahimovic scores exceptional goals. This last goal, his fourth goal, was an exceptionally gifted, talented goal.

    "We need to see it again."

    You can hear reaction from tonight's international games on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  22. 2143: 

    Hats off to David Healy. To score 36 goals for Northern Ireland is frankly remarkable. It's still not a good result, but better than a defeat. Northern Ireland now nine points behind leaders Russia, who they play next.

  23. 2141:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Wouldn't overly worry about the England defeat. There's a semblance of a team developing. Young players who can beat people and keep possession."

  24. 2141: 
    FULL-TIME- Northern Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan
  25. 2140: 
    GOAL- Northern Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan - David Healy (90 mins)

    I spoke too soon! His place in Northern Irish folklore was already confirmed long ago but David Healy pulls off some more magic, firing in a low free-kick under the wall and in for his 36th national goal. He's very much the Zlatan of Belfast.

  26. 2138: 

    It looks like a defeat for Northern Ireland then as we enter the sixth and final minute of added time.

  27. 2137: 

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic was booked for taking his shirt off after that goal by the way. Just a crazy rule.

  28. 2136:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "What better way for Zlatan to combat a terrible pitch by simply taking the ball acrobatically in mid-air & measuring the finish perfectly?"

  29. 2135: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard, who won his 100th cap, on ITV: "Ibrahimovic's performance was certainly world-class. Credit to him, he scored one of the best goals I've ever seen live. It was his night.

    "From our point of view, there were a lot of young lads making their debuts and they did well. We will take a lot from this game. We collapsed a little bit near the end, but there were plenty of positives."

  30. 2134: 

    There are six minutes of added time in Belfast. Still a chance for Northern Ireland to nick a point.

  31. 2133: 

    It's been all Northern Ireland in this last 10 minutes but they can't find a way through a well-drilled defence.

  32. 2133: 

    Scott McMenemy on Twitter: "Doubting whether the officials at this Northern Ireland game understand the rules of football. Disgraceful."

    Marc O'Leary on Twitter: "One the one hand, it's a shame the goal didn't mean much in a friendly, but, on the other hand, wow. Just… Wow."

    Supaabzz on Twitter: "Whoever you support you can't hate Ibrahimovic. Pure class. Too classy for England."

  33. 2131:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "In that quiet fashion, Osman had a very good game. With his age and experience it will be interesting to see if Roy stays with him. I suspect he will as he has not let anyone down.

    "I like Gerrard in that holding role as well."

    You can hear reaction from tonight's international games on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  34. 2131: 

    We are into the last five minutes at Windsor Park...

  35. 2130: 

    Adam in Watford via text on 81111: "Can safely say that tomorrow, kids will be trying to do a Zlatan at school. Wow."

    Mark in Nottingham on text: "Watching football for 30 years. That goal was right up there with the very best. Ludicrously good!"

    Mick in Cheltenham: "Joe Hart has to be one of the most overrated keepers around. Give Fraser Forster a game, far superior as demonstrated by his flawless performances against Barcelona. Hart's form has been suspect for some time now."

    Andy in Manchester: "Shinned it."

  36. 2128: 

    Nick Stapleton on Twitter: "Ibrahimovic? Never seen him play well. Doesn't turn up for the big games - how you like him now doubters?! Unbelievable."

  37. 2127: 

    Northern Ireland will remain 10 points behind group leaders Russia if this game stays the same - but they would fall behind Azerbaijan.

  38. 2126: 

    How Northern Ireland wish they had a player like Zlatan - they are into the last 10 minutes against Azerbaijan and they still trail 1-0 in the World Cup qualifier.

  39. 2125: 

    Have you seen a better goal than that? Let us know on text and Twitter.

  40. 2125:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "Zlatan's fourth goal - don't try that at home folks. How special was that?"

  41. 2123: 

    I can only apologise at not having the vocabulary to do that fourth Zlatan goal justice.

  42. 2123: 
    FULL-TIME- Sweden 4-2 England
  43. 2122: 

    We are deep into stoppage time now. I have to agree with Graham Taylor - one of the best goals I've ever seen. To even attempt that was frankly ridiculous.

  44. 2122:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "The goal is so good that it is not about Joe Hart and the two centre-backs. He had no right to score from there, no right to take a shot.

    "That is one of the best goals I have ever seen. What a fantastic goal, it has made this game one we will never forget."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  45. 2119: 
    GOAL- Sweden 4-2 England - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90 mins)

    Good grief! A goal which brings the BBC Sport office to their feet! Again, Joe Hart does not cover himself in much glory, coming out of his area to head the ball clear but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, running away from the goal, launches himself into an overhead kick from fully 35 yards which loops high and into the net as Ryan Shawcross tries to get back. Stunning, stunning goal.

  46. 2118: 

    Stephen Ward wastes a Republic chance in the 69th minute as he fails to get full purchase on a close-range volley.

    The Republic are bossing possession but despite a lot of huff and puff are not putting the Greeks under major pressure.

  47. 2118: 

    Ben Burrows on Twitter: "Zlat-trick."

    Steven Kaye on Twitter: "Very unimpressed by Hart's performances this season bar Dortmund, a blunder against Spurs and should have saved the third goal."

    The Gasman on Twitter: "You should not change your CB's with 17 minutes to go, you play them from the start!"

  48. 2116: 

    We are into the last two minutes in Stockholm. By the way, Zlatan's treble is the first hat-trick England have conceded since Marco van Basten tortured them in Euro 1988.

  49. 2115:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "It was Joe Hart's side that the shot came from, the wall had been lined up to cover the other side.

    "Yes, the ball had pace on, yes, it was on the ground, but it was on the goalkeeper's side.

    "I have mentioned a few times this evening that Joe Hart was concerning me, this is one of the poorer games I have seen him have. You have to look at your keeper if he is beaten from that distance."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  50. 2115: 

    In the aftermath of that goal, Wilfried Zaha is on for Raheem Sterling. He's the sixth debutant of the night.

  51. 2112: 
    GOAL- Sweden 3-2 England - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (84 mins)

    Trust Zlatan Ibrahimovic to steal the headlines. He was probably annoyed that they didn't name this stadium after him, but he has anointed it with a hat-trick in the opening game. Zlatan lines up a free-kick from a good 30-odd yards, he drives it in low, it swerves and bounces and beats Joe Hart before nestling in the bottom corner. Again - Joe Hart may have done better.

  52. 2111: 

    It looks like Wilf Zaha is warming up for England as Zlatan Ibrahimovic lines up a long-range free-kick...

  53. 2111: 

    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "That goal by Ibra was a "welcome to international football" message."

    Dan Chapman on Twitter: "Where are all those Shawcross fans? That's why he's not ahead of Caulker in the pecking order."

    Michael Mabbitt on Twitter: "Ibrahimovic: He can head, has a trick, he can't half strike a ball and he's got a couple of bob... At least he isnt handsome."

  54. 2110:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windsor Park: "Northern Ireland are playing much better here. But, they had Roy Carroll to thank as he stopped a one-on-one before Baird then missed an absolute sitter.

    "They are desperate for the win here."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  55. 2108: 

    Ryan Shawcross was shrugged aside by Zlatan as he nailed in that goal. Quite a step up in quality facing a striker like that. Leon Osman then turns sharply and gets in another shot which is well saved.

  56. 2108:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Shawcross has to look at himself there. He was sucked in and lost Ibrahimovic.

    "He was taken to the cleaners. I would say a 2-2 draw represents the game fairly."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  57. 2106: 
    FULL-TIME- Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland

    Two early goals from Jordan Rhodes were enough to secure Scotland a much-needed victory - for their own confidence more than anything - in Luxembourg. But the part-timers ranked 144th in the world gave the side managed for the first time by interim boss Billy Stark some nervous moments after Lars Gerson's reply just after the break. Leigh Griffiths, Andrew Shinnie, Murray Davidson and Liam Kelly all made their international debuts for Scotland. However, for Under-21 manager Stark, there was little to suggest that this will be anything more than his one and only match in charge.

  58. 2105: 
    GOAL- Sweden 2-2 England - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (77 mins)

    Boom - what a finish this is! Anders Svensson looks up and lofts a lovely through-ball over the top, Zlatan Ibrahimovic tames it on his chest with one touch before smashing a shot right through Joe Hart from 15 yards. If you were being extremely critical you may expect Hart to get more on that, but Zlatan hit it with ferocious power. He is now level with Henrik Larsson in the goalscoring charts, ranked third with 37 goals.

  59. 2105: 

    Ross in Prestwick via text on 81111: "A lot of Scotland fans already wanting Stark as manager, but I think we have to look at the opposition, no offence to Luxembourg but its not much of a challenge. I still think Strachan is the man for the job."

  60. 2104: 

    Northern Ireland should be level. Shane Ferguson puts in another great cross from the left flank, Chris Baird wins the header but steers it wide. Bairdinho must do better there.

  61. 2104: 

    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba doubles Ivory Coast's advantage against hosts Austria as they lead 2-0. Argentina fielded Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in their trip to Saudi Arabia - but the South Americans were still unable to break down their hosts in a goalless stalemate. Perhaps Messi was going easy on Saudi boss Frank Rijkaard - the man who gave him his break in the Barcelona first team.

  62. 2102: 

    With 17 minutes to go, Roy Hodgson makes three more changes. Ryan Shawcross, Carl Jenkinson and Tom Huddlestone come on, with Steven Caulker, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson coming off.

    Gerrard gets a warm reception from the Swedish fans as he marks his 100th cap with a bright performance. Debuts for Jenkinson and Shawcross.

  63. 2102:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Encouraging to see England having greater fluidity to their play, with the shackles of the absurdly dated, bog-standard 4-4-2 removed."

  64. 2100: 

    Rob Watson on Twitter: "Welbeck, Sterling, Young, Cleverley, Wilshere sounds so much better then Carrick, Milner, Barry etc."

    Dry Mariner on Twitter: "Safari will have the lion's share of the play."

    Anthony McGuane on Twitter: "It will be a bit of a disappointment if Zaha doesn't make it on at some point tonight."

  65. 2100: 

    Chance for Republic of Ireland. After a quick corner, James McCarthy has a 20-yard shot beaten away by keeper Karnezis, with Kevin Doyle's angled follow-up then cleared.

  66. 2059: 

    England are back in charge of this game. As Graham Taylor says, Leon Osman has been very industrious in the midfield, linking up play nicely.

  67. 2058:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Roddy Forsyth at the Stade Josy Barthel: "We are eight minutes away from full-time, and it has been Luxembourg who have almost entirely been in control of the ball in the last few minutes."

    You can follow updates of Scotland's friendly against Luxembourg on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  68. 2058:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Gerrard has had a number of shots, and I see a role for him there playing a bit deeper. Wilshere is not a holding midfielder, you should let this boy go and play further up the field.

    "I see them as a good combination, but only Roy knows who will be the third midfielder. Osman has certainly impressed here."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  69. 2057: 

    Jordan Rhodes is denied his hat-trick in Luxembourg, an offside flag cutting short his celebrations after heading into the far corner with seven minutes remaining.

  70. 2057: 

    Romania have turned around a 1-0 deficit against visitors Belgium, who opened the scoring through Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, to lead 2-1. Florin Maxim equalised before Gabriel Torje converted a second-half penalty. Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner, currently on loan at Juventus, puts Denmark ahead from the spot in Turkey. But their hosts level for 1-1 within four minutes through Mevlut Erdinc. Still goalless between Netherlands and Germany, while Italy and France are locked at 1-1.

  71. 2055: 

    Steven Gerrard wants a goal tonight. His latest effort is a tricky volley on the run from 25 yards after a Glen Johnson cross is half cleared, but the skipper cannot steer it on target. He's had a good game tonight.

  72. 2054: 

    Janniky on Twitter: "Osman demonstrating he should have played for England a long time ago, exactly what our midfield needs."

    Andy Griffiths on Twitter: "Chance for Wilshire to get crocked on this bumpy pitch."

    Felix Haigh on Twitter: "After a nervous, misguided first half, Leon Osman has had a second half to be proud of so far..."

  73. 2054: 

    Northern Ireland should be level by now, they really should. A minute into the second half, Craig Cathcart meets Kyle Lafferty's knockdown from Steven Davis's cross-field free-kick, but the Blackpool defender scoops his shot over the bar from inside the six-yard box. Awful effort.

  74. 2052: 

    Sweden are having a good spell now - with Zlatan Ibrahimovic rolling away from Steven Caulker superbly well before firing over, and then chancing his arm from 35 yards but blasting wildly over.

  75. 2051: 

    Former England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Good start to second half, retaining the ball better, debutants have been very good, playing with no fear."

  76. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF- Northern Ireland 0-1 Azerbaijan

    Second half is go. And we have play in Dublin as well, where Wes Hoolahan is on for the Republic.

  77. 2050: 

    Here come the subs. Kim Kallstrom comes off for Sweden, to be replaced by the evergreen Anders Svensson. That's the 138th cap for the former Southampton man.

    England replace Ashley Young with Daniel Sturridge, while Tom Cleverley is switched for Jack Wilshere.

  78. 2048: 

    Robin in Prestwick via text on 81111: "Scotland winning away with two goals from Rhodes who is "not quite ready for a starting place in international football" and Berti Vogts's Azerbaijan winning at Northern Ireland! Football can make you scratch your head, that is why we love it!"

  79. 2047: 

    It's been all England so far since the restart, but Sweden have a sighter after another mishap from Joe Hart. The England keeper spills a cross, it runs out to Seb Larsson but he can't get his knee over the ball and smashes it over.

  80. 2046: 

    Dale Benton on Twitter: "Welbeck is quite the prospect for England, if there's one downside to Hernandez's resurgence at united it's Welbeck missing out."

    Dan Gibbs on Twitter: "Leon Osman is miles better than Carrick. Let's let him retire from Internationals again, we wont miss him."

    Jack O'Neill on Twitter: "It pains me to say it, but we have to replace Trapattoni if we lose this match..."

  81. 2044: 

    Bang - Steven Gerrard smashes in a piledriver from at least 30 yards, it's a clean hit but Andreas Isaksson tracks it through the air and turns it away.

  82. 2042:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Perhaps words have been said in the dressing room at half-time to say to the players that they have to play the ball quicker despite the poor pitch. They have been doing that and look much the better side for it.

    "Wilshere and Zaha are warming up down in the corner, some substitutions could be coming quite early in this second half."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  83. 2042: 

    Leon Osman almost has a debut goal. Steven Gerrard takes a quick free-kick to the Everton man who is alive to it, he drills in a shot at the near post but Andreas Isaksson gets down sharply to beat it clear.

  84. 2040: 

    Former England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Baines puts some tantalising balls into the box... A dream for a poacher! We look lively on the break.... Pacey."

  85. 2040:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Roy has had problems at centre-back throughout his time in charge.

    "What has interested me tonight is that previously it has not mattered who has played in front of Hart, but his confidence looks a little disturbed with Cahill and Caulker, and that is not a good sign."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  86. 2039: 

    I'm surprised that Roy Hodgson made no changes at the break but his side have started well in this second period. Some neat link-up play between Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson and Leon Osman leads to a shooting chance for Steven Gerrard, but his effort is blocked.

  87. 2037:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windsor Park: "You certainly get the impression that the more direct Northern Ireland are, the more chances they will get.

    "There were boos upon the half-time whistle. There World Cup qualification hopes are hanging by a thread, and they will need a big second half."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  88. 2036: 

    Fabulous cross from England left-back Leighton Baines almost dishes up a debut goal for his Everton team-mate Leon Osman. Baines bends in a beauty from the left, Danny Welbeck can't quite meet it and Osman steers it into the side-netting on the stretch. Wonderful ball in.

  89. 2036: 
    HALF-TIME- Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece

    Robbie Brady tests Greek keeper Orestis Karnezis with a shot from the edge of the box after cutting infield in first-half injury-time but the Greeks go in one-up at the interval.

  90. 2035: 

    Frustration is beginning to set into the Republic's display and Ciaran Clark is fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after a dreadful scything challenge on goalscorer Jose Holebas in the 43rd minute. There's another scuffle on the stroke of half-time as Alexandros Tziolis and James McClean square up after a penalty appeal falls on deaf ears.

  91. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Northern Ireland 0-1 Azerbaijan
  92. 2034: 
    KICK-OFF- Sweden 1-2 England

    Back in play in Stockholm.

  93. 2033: 

    Behrang Safari comes on for Martin Olsson at the break, but England make no changes at the break...

  94. 2033: 

    Chance for Northern Ireland right on half time, as Shane Ferguson crosses in and Daniel Lafferty heads over the top.

  95. 2032: 

    Julian in Framlingham via text on 81111: "What is the point in international football friendlies in mid-week? Yes, it is all great that Gerrard's got his 100th cap but let's face it, what every fan is looking forward to is this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures."

  96. 2031: 

    Highly-rated AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawi, who has scored eight Serie A goals this term, transfers his impressive form to the world stage with Italy's opener against France. But the Azzurri's lead in Parma lasts barely two minutes before Mathieu Valbuena responds for the French. No goals to report from the other heavyweight clash between Netherlands and Germany, which has just reached half-time. Elsewhere, prolific Napoli striker Edinson Cavani nets for Uruguay as they lead 2-0 in Poland, while Norway and Ivory Coast are both 1-0 ahead in their respective trips to Hungary and Austria.

  97. 2030: 

    Jared Stone on Twitter: "Sterling looks like he is made for that shirt, hope he progresses better than a lot of our 'young talent' have in the past."

    Alex Batt on Twitter: "Gerrard showing why he has earned 100 England caps! Fantastic ball for Caulker to tap home! 100 caps assists debut cap!"

    Martin McCleary on Twitter: "Point in Portugal will count for nothing if Northern Ireland don't turn this around."

  98. 2028: 

    Marcus in Torquay via text on 81111: "Caulker, Richards, Bertrand, Ramsey, Giggs, Allen, Bellamy, Cleverley, Sturridge... How on earth did that GB team not get an Olympic medal?"

    Mike in Eastbourne via text on 81111: "A brand new national stadium with a dodgy pitch...sound familiar anyone?!?"

    Matt via text on 81111: "I went to school with Caulker, he was in the year below. Starting to wish I'd made an effort to become better mates with him now!"

  99. 2026: 

    So how many changes do we reckon from England at half-time? Three? Four?

  100. 2026:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windsor Park:"Northern Ireland are continuing to create chances. First, Lafferty was in the clear but his second touch lacked the necessary control and the opportunity was gone.

    "A couple of moments after that, Cathcart's header just about grazed the post. One or two spaces are appearing, but Northern Ireland are still behind in this crucial game."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan onBBC Radio 5 live right now.

  101. 2024: 

    Glenn Whelan is forced off by injury with his regular midfield partner Keith Andrews introduced. Not sign of Wes Hoolahan yet.

  102. 2024:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Roddy Forsyth at the Stade Josy Barthel: "Kilmarnock's Liam Kelly came on at half-time for his international debut for Scotland and his first touch was of a Luxembourg player rather than the ball. Gerson stepped up from 20 yards and swept in the free-kick to make it 2-1."

    You can follow updates of Scotland's friendly against Luxembourg on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  103. 2022: 

    Chris Boor on Twitter: "Aside from a couple of blinders in the Champions League, Hart's form has really dipped this season. Let's see a change at HT."

  104. 2021: 
    GOAL- Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland - Lars Gerson (47 mins)

    That is Lars Gerson's second international goal, having scored previously against Romania. He is one of only two full-time footballers in the Luxembourg line-up, playing for Norrkoping in Sweden. Not a good start to his debut for Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly, who gave away the free-kick moments after coming on at half-time for Charlie Mulgrew. That's Luxembourg's first goal against Scotland in four meetings.

  105. 2020: 
    KICK-OFF- Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland

    The second half is back under way for Scotland.

  106. 2018: 
    HALF-TIME- Sweden 1-2 England

    Ibrahimovic strikes early to put England on the ropes, but Roy Hodgson's men respond brilliant to light up an otherwise drab 45 minutes. Some blame must be placed on the pitch.

  107. 2018:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "What a moment for Tottenham's Caulker. 2-1 England."

  108. 2017: 

    Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side are putting the pressure on Azerbaijan now. Shane Ferguson plays a knock back into the path of Niall McGinn, whose left-footed strike is weak and easily gathered by the goalkeeper. Minutes later, Steven Davis's superb pass is unable to be cleanly gathered by Kyle Lafferty and Salahat Aghayev is able to smother.

  109. 2017: 
    GOAL- Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece - Jose Holebas (29 mins)

    The Greeks take the lead with Jose Holebas scoring his first international goal after playing a one-two with Georgios Samaras on the edge of the Irish box.

    Holebas and Samaras were given far too much room by the Irish defence but it's still a fine strike by the Olympiacos player in his 10th international.

  110. 2016: 

    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: "Why is Welbeck in the England team?!?! Fourth choice at United"... Blah blah blah... You were all saying???"

    Jack Willows on Twitter: "Steven Caulker - What a moment for the lad. What a future he has ahead of him."

    James Bedford on Twitter: "England actually keeping the ball well."

  111. 2015: 

    As the Greeks begin to show a little more ambition, Sotiris Ninis forces Republic of Ireland keeper David Forde to turn a long-range shot out for a corner after the Parma player easily turns Stephen Ward.

  112. 2014: 
    Northern Ireland 0-1 Azerbaijan

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windsor Park: "There has been a slight response from Northern Ireland. Lafferty has had a low shot from 25 yards and McGinn had a shot on the turn that was saved well by the Azerbaijan goalkeeper."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  113. 2014: 

    Sweden straight back up the other end to cause problems, but that man Steven Caulker is alert to block Zlatan Ibrahimovic's close-range volley. Joe Hart then flaps alarmingly at a cross - he's not looked his usual solid self this evening so far.

  114. 2012:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Caulker would have been a little unhappy with the goal England conceded but he has more than made up for that there.

    "You will always cause problems with free-kicks from that position and Caulker has found some space at the back post."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  115. 2012: 

    Steven Caulker scored against Manchester City for Tottenham at the weekend. Quite a few days for the young man.

  116. 2010: 
    GOAL- Sweden 1-2 England - Steven Caulker (38 mins)

    It's Sweden's centre-halves who need a look at this one as Steven Caulker nets on his international debut. Steven Gerrard whips in a free-kick from deep on the right, and Caulker gets in between Andreas Granqvist and Mikael Lustig to volley in from a few yards out.

  117. 2009: 

    Guy on Twitter: "Not liking the two centre-back performances so far... Shawcross has to get a run out, surely?"

  118. 2009:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "That was some excellent movement from Welbeck. He got himself completely free there, and that was a very good finish.

    "All three forwards were involved, and that is very positive. From Welbeck's point of view, you will always get chances at the back post and he put that goal away so efficiently."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  119. 2007: 
    GOAL- Sweden 1-1 England - Danny Welbeck (35 mins)

    A goal made at Old Trafford. Terrific wing play from Ashley Young, who beats his man easily on the left flank before putting in a gem of a cross into the corridor of uncertainty. Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson can only watch as the ball is met on the volley by Danny Welbeck, who buries it.

  120. 2007: 
    HALF-TIME- Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland

    The half-time whistle goes in Luxembourg with Scotland well in control thanks to two goals from Jordan Rhodes. The man Craig Levein described not long before his sacking as not quite ready for a starting place in international football has been clinical so far. Interim boss Billy Stark has been rewarded for his attacking 4-4-2 line-up, with Steven Naismith and debutant Andrew Shinnie, both of whom can themselves play up front, on the wings. However, defensively, the Scots have work to do and the home side's part-timers have tested goalkeeper Matt Gilks on a couple of occasions.

  121. 2005: 

    Northern Ireland have their first sight of goal - and it's Kyle Lafferty in the mix. The former Rangers man takes aim from 30 yards out, his shot bounces in front of the keeper who handles it well.

  122. 2005:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "Cahill and Hart have just had another mix up there. They are very fortunate that Sweden have not scored, that was really poor play between the centre-back and goalkeeper.

    "I think Celtic's Fraser Forster should be given an opportunity here in this friendly in the second half."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  123. 2004:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windsor Park: "They need a comeback here Northern Ireland, as Azerbaijan have scored with their only realistic chance. Northern Ireland are dominating, but they have not tested the Azerbaiajan goalkeeper, really."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan onBBC Radio 5 live right now.

  124. 2004: 

    Sweden should be 2-0 up. Calamitous stuff from Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, who collide as they debate who is claiming a routine cross. The loose ball falls for Mathias Ranegie, but he shoots over on the bounce. Major communication issues in the backline there.

  125. 2001: 

    Simon Cox heads a great Republic chance wide in the 10th minute after Seamus Coleman delivers a perfect cross following his neat exchange of passes with Shane Long. The home side are on top in Dublin.

  126. 2000: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored in eight of his last 11 appearances for Sweden. Expected."

  127. 2000: 

    Chance at the other end now in Stockholm, Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson puts in a dangerous cross from the right, Mathias Ranegie gets in front of Gary Cahill but can't quite turn it in.

  128. 1958: 

    Tom Cleverley should equalise after a decent break from England. Danny Welbeck lays it back to Glen Johnson on the edge of the area, the full-back fizzes in a low shot which Cleverley diverts inches wide at full stretch. Much better from England though.

  129. 1958: 

    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Not liking the camera position in the England game. Too high - feels like I'm watching from the back row of the stand."

    Michael is used to watching games from bench level of course.

  130. 1957: 

    There were strong calls for a foul on Raheem Sterling in the build-up to that Sweden goal, but the challenge looked fair enough to me. No doubting the quailty of Zlatan's finish.

  131. 1956: 

    Jack Bloomfield on Twitter: "Sterling loses it, waits for the foul, doesn't get it, jogs back while Olsson sprints and gets the assist for Zlatan, not good."

    Aboyami Adeyemi on Twitter: "If England were Italy, Kevin Nolan would be playing. He's England Marchisio. And why is Grant Holt not in the squad?"

    Ian Lamerton on Twitter: "Really hope Wilshere doesn't get on tonight. This pitch is a serious injury waiting to happen."

  132. 1955: 

    Terrible start for Northern Ireland then - and remember that one is a qualifier. Just before that goal though, Northern Ireland should really have gone ahead as Niall McGinn sent in a superb cross from the right which was met by the head of towering striker Kyle Lafferty, but the Sion man headed over from inside the six-yard box.

  133. 1955: 

    Fair to say it has been a pretty quiet start elsewhere across the world. However, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is one of the few players to have bagged - putting Belgium 1-0 ahead in Romania.

  134. 1952: 
    GOAL- Northern Ireland 0-1 Azerbaijan - Rauf Aliyev (5 mins)

    Wow, that is some strike from Rauf Aliyev. The young forward picks the ball up around 30 yards away from goal, before hitting a rasping left-footed drive into the top corner of Roy Carroll's net. His fifth goal in his last 12 internationals, and what a beauty it is.

  135. 1951: 
    GOAL- Sweden 1-0 England - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (20 mins)

    He has been in predatory form since joining PSG, and there is a sense of inevitably about Zlatan Ibrahimovic opening the scoring in Stockholm. Martin Olsson crosses in from the left, Steven Caulker blocks Zlatan's first shot but the striker reacts well to toe-poke a powerful shot into the roof of the net.

  136. 1949: 

    Oooh, Republic of Ireland should have a penalty. A cross from the left is misjudged by Greek left-back Kostas Stafylidis, he goes to head it but it bounces up and strikes him on the hand with no more than 50 seconds gone. That should be a spot-kick but the play is waved on.

  137. 1948: 

    The first hint of Swedish danger, as midfielder Kim Källström rolls the ball on to his left foot and curls a shot which has Joe Hart worried but drifts just wide. England still on top possession wise though.

  138. 1947: 

    The games concerning Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have both now kicked off.

  139. 1947: 

    Adam Duckett on Twitter: "Gerrard's got his 100th cap now, so sub him off so we can learn about a prospective talent. Experimental not sentimental."

  140. 1946: 

    Danny Welbeck is finding himself isolated up front at times here for England, but he is putting himself about and wins a free-kick on the left.

    Steven Gerrard takes it, Gary Cahill makes a run across his marker and is inches away from connecting. Best chance of the game so far.

  141. 1945: 
    Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland

    BBC Radio 5 live's Roddy Forsyth at the Stade Josy Barthel: "There was long downfield ball and Andrew Shinnie might have had a shot himself, but he passed to Rhodes and it was simple enough for him.

    "Scotland have had a couple of hairy moments due to defensive deficiencies since the first goal, but that is also to do with the way the game is being played. Not meaningless, but certainly not full-blooded."

    You can follow updates of Scotland's friendly against Luxembourg onBBC Radio 5 live right now.

  142. 1943: 

    Raheem Sterling has been lively so far on his England debut, whipping in a lovely first-time cross here whuch is just beyond the run of Danny Welbeck. There are some huge divots appearing on the pitch now.

  143. 1943: 
    LINE-UPS- Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)

    Northern Ireland: Carroll, Danny Lafferty, Cathcart, Hughes, Ferguson, Davis, Baird, McAuley, McGinn, Shiels, Kyle Lafferty. Subs: Healy, Brunt, Mannus, Evans, McCourt, Norwood, Grigg, McGovern.

    Azerbaijan: Salahat Agayev, Levin, Abusov, Ramaldanov, Medvedev, Gokdemir, Huseynov, Amirquliev, Nadirov, Aliyev, Ozkara. Subs: Popovich, Guseynov, Naziri, Sadygov, Javadov, Chertoganov, Subasic, Ahmadov, Mammadov, Pamuk, Nazirov.

    Referee: Victor Shvetsov (Ukraine)

  144. 1941: 
    LINE-UPS- Republic of Ireland v Greece (19:45 GMT)

    Rep of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Ward, Brady, McCarthy, Whelan, McClean, Cox, Long. Subs: Randolph, O'Dea, Kelly, Andrews, Clifford, Meyler, Keogh, Hoolahan, Doyle.

    Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Stafylidis, Tziolis, Tachtsidis, Ninis, Mitroglou, Samaras. Subs: Peristeridis, Maniatis, Spyropoulos, Kone, Christodoulopoulos, Vyntra, Salpingidis, Dimoutsos, Siovas, Fortounis, Athanasiadis.

    Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (Israel)

  145. 1941: 
    GOAL- Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland - Jordan Rhodes (24 mins)

    That man Jordan Rhodes doubles the lead for Scotland, collecting a pass from Andrew Shinnie to slot home.

  146. 1940:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "A huge divot has come up from the pitch already. If it is cutting up like that now at this early stage, it is going to be a problem from an injury point of view for the players.

    "The game has not taken off yet. Neither side has settled into this."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  147. 1939: 

    Here's the first sight of Leon Osman in an England shirt - and he plays a neat one-two with Danny Welbeck before getting off a left-footed shot which is easily held by Andreas Isaksson in the Sweden goal.

  148. 1937: 

    Kieran Jones on Twitter: "Gerrard says Scholes is the best he played with? What would have happened had it been Gerrard/Scholes and not Gerrard/Lampard?"

  149. 1937: 

    Steady start from England who have looked decent in the opening minutes. This pitch is a bit of a shocker though.

  150. 1936: 

    Everton captain and former England international Phil Neville is not impressed with the Friends Arena pitch on Twitter: "Spend millions on a fantastic stadium - and forgot about the most important bit; the pitch!!!"

  151. 1935: 

    Raheem Sterling is up and running now. He is starting wide on the right, with Danny Welbeck through the middle.

  152. 1934:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit and former England manager Graham Taylor at the Friends Arena:

    "When the two teams warmed up, the pitch already began to cut up. It is not ideal, the pitch has only been laid for three days.

    "Interestingly, Osman and Gerrard are in the central positions and Cleverley is on the left hand side. Gerrard, while not being the holding midfielder, is certainly keeping an eye on Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

    You can hear commentary of Sweden v England on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  153. 1933: 

    It hasn't taken Raheem Sterling long to get a whack - he slips as he receives possession and gets a kick from Martin Olsson in the ribs.

  154. 1932: 
    KICK-OFF- Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    Bit of a delay in Stockholm, but we are now under way.

  155. 1931: 

    Karl Mallin on Twitter: "Even though Paul Scholes doesnt play every game for Manchester United is he still Englands best midfielder?"

    Laksh on Twitter: "Gerrard makes his 100th cap. Sterling makes his 1st. A great day for LFC - which as an LFC fan are few and far between."

    Joe Higginson on Twitter: "Disappointed not to see Shawcross get a start. Stoke have the best defence so far this season in terms of goals conceded!"

  156. 1929: 

    Former England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Congratulations to Steven Gerrard on 100 caps, great achievement."

  157. 1928: 
    GOAL- Luxembourg 0-1 Scotland - Jordan Rhodes (11 mins)

    This lad knows where the goal is. A cross from the left is met at the front post by Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. His first effort comes back off the post but he is able to bundle the rebound in at the second attempt.

  158. 1926:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveNorthern Ireland v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher at Windosor Park: "Northern Ireland have got to make the most of these four successive games at Windsor Park. It is 15 months since they beat the Faroe Islands, and that is a long time for a team to wait for success in the green shirts of Northern Ireland.

    "A win here could ignite their campaign. Shane Ferguson and Niall McGinn will hope to feed Kyle Lafferty.

    "It really is make or break for Northern Ireland tonight."

    You can hear updates of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  159. 1925: 

    Sweden have gone for the second verse of God Save The Queen here - nobody knows the words to that. Even Roy Hodgson looks stumped.

    A cracking following in the away end as ever. You England fans get about.

  160. 1924: 

    England skipper Steven Gerrard, preparing to win his 100th cap tonight, on ITV: "Best match? Germany 5-1 away. Best player played alongside? Paul Scholes. Best player played against? Zinedine Zidane. Marks out of 10 for my England career? 7/10. Hopefully I can better that."

  161. 1924:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLuxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live's Roddy Forsyth at the Stade Josy Barthel: "Not many people have turned up tonight. The ground is at most a quarter full, with most of the spectators coming from the Tartan Army.

    "For one or two players it will be an opportunity, such as Andrew Shinnie.

    "Is it a meaningless friendly? If Scotland lose, it will be consigned to oblivion, if they win, it could be the start of something new."

    You can follow updates of Scotland's friendly against Luxembourg on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  162. 1923: 

    Extraordinary goings on in Sweden, where some fully-decked out medieval knights are lapping the pitch on horseback. What a way to welcome the teams onto the pitch.

  163. 1920: 

    England skipper Steven Gerrard, preparing to win his 100th cap, on ITV: "When I made my debut, reaching 50 caps was my target. So to reach 100 is terrific."

  164. 1920: 
    Republic of Ireland v Greece (19:45 GMT)

    Keiren Westwood's late withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland team means Giovanni Trapattoni's side shows seven changes from last month's 4-1 World Cup qualifier win over the Faroe Islands.

    Injured Westwood is replaced in goal by Millwall's David Forde, who wins his fourth cap, while a youthful looking side also includes James McClean, Ciaran Clark, Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy and Shane Long.

    The Greeks are captained by Celtic's Georgios Samaras while the team also includes German-based defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, plus Roma midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

  165. 1917: 
    KICK-OFF- Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    We are away in Luxembourg.

  166. 1916: 
    FA CUP

    Sandwiched in-between a packed international programme, we must not forget Blue Square North strugglers Gloucester City host Leyton Orient of League One for a place in the FA Cup second round. Originally the match was set to be played on 4 November, but was washed out by a waterlogged pitch. The winners will travel to Blue Square Premier outfit Alfreton Town.

  167. 1913: 

    Greg Double on Twitter: "Tonight is a vital exercise in getting everyone's hopes up about new England talent before the inevitable disappointment."

  168. 1913: 
    LINE-UPS- Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Granqvist, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson, Larsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Kacaniklic, Ibrahimovic, Ranegie. Subs: Hansson, Svensson, Jansson, Sana, Wernbloom, Safari, Holmen, Berg, Hamad.

    England: Hart, Johnson, Caulker, Cahill, Baines, Cleverley, Gerrard, Osman, Young, Sterling, Welbeck. Subs: Ruddy, Jenkinson, Bertrand, Jagielka, Shawcross, Wilshere, Huddlestone, Zaha, Sturridge, Forster.

    Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

  169. 1912:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's reporters are across Europe, ready to bring you the latest news from tonight's internationals.

    Alan Green, Ian Dennis and Graham Taylor are your commentary team at the Friends Arena for England's game in Sweden, with updates from Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan coming from Darren Fletcher and Scotland's friendly against Luxembourg from Roddy Forsyth.

    You can hear them all on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  170. 1911: 
    Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill makes four changes from last month's draw in Portugal. Daniel Lafferty and Gareth McAuley come into the defence while Newcastle's Shane Ferguson starts on the left. Dean Shiels is restored to the line-up and the Rangers man will partner Kyle Lafferty in attack.

  171. 1909: 

    Sam, a Crystal Palace fan from Bromley, on text via 81111: "After all the needless media pressure he's been exposed to by The FA this week, I hope Zaha gets his chance to silence his last few doubters. Will be a very influential player for England in Brazil and beyond."

  172. 1909: 
    LINE-UPS- Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    Luxembourg: Joubert, Mutsch, Bukvic, Deville, Schnell, Janisch, Blaise, Krogh Gerson, Payal, Bettmer, Leweck. Subs: Oberweis, Malget, Hoffmann, Peters, Da Mota Alves, Bensi, Laterza, Philipps, Jans, Turpel.

    Scotland: Gilks, Whittaker, Dixon, Berra, Hanley, Mulgrew, Fletcher, Shinnie, Naismith, Rhodes, Miller. Subs: Samson, Webster, Barr, Davidson, Kelly, Griffiths, Bell.

    Referee: Cyrill Zimmermann (Switzerland)

  173. 1906: 

    Capital R on Twitter: "Lets hope with this mediocre England that we don't get another mediocre England performance tonight."

    Mirzo on Twitter: "Uzbekistan beat Iran! A historic day for Uzbek football." (Not a good day for former Manchester United assistant - and now Iran manager - Carlos Queiroz)

    Gary Cumming on Twitter: "What does Fraser Forster need to do to get a game for England? Incredible performances against Barca and Hart's form has dipped."

  174. 1906: 
    Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    Billy Stark takes charge of Scotland's senior side for the first time since the under-21 boss was made interim manager after the sacking of Craig Levein.

    Forwards Kenny Miller, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Naismith are all in the starting 11 at Stade Josy Barthel as Stark looks to boost his own chances of winning the national coach's job full-time.

  175. 1904:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamann on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Steven Gerrard is one of the outstanding players of his generation along with David Beckham and Paul Scholes, he is up there with the best.

    "Most players move on at some stage in this day and age and you have to really appreciate the fact he has played for just one club. He was close to leaving a few times, but his affinity with Liverpool is so big."

  176. 1903: 

    As expected, Montenegro have moved to the top of England's World Cup qualifying Group H with a comfortable 3-0 victory against minnows San Marino. Elsad Zverotic sealed the win with a second-half strike after Andrija Delibasic netted a brace before the break.

    Montenegro have moved on to 10 points from four games, with England on eight after four matches.

  177. 1856: 

    Angus McPhail on Twitter: "Even though it's only a friendly against Luxembourg, really like the fresh look of Scotland's side tonight."

    Chris Bishop on Twitter: "With Sterling and Jenkinson - England's right flank is sorted for years to come."

    Joe Watts on Twitter: "Can easily see England slipping up tonight, Sweden side looks very strong."

  178. 1855: 

    It will be interesting to see how Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha gets on - if he gets on. Ian Holloway was lost for words describing him on Football Focus last weekend - that is no mean feat in itself...

  179. 1854: 
    Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    England's friendly in Sweden sees Steven Gerrard reach a century of international appearances and boss Roy Hodgson says: 'I'm delighted I'm the manager when he gets that 100th cap.' Hodgson may hand a debut to Wilfried Zaha from the bench and Sweden coach Erik Hamren admits: 'I don't know about him. It's more the team England than particular players but I hope I will not have a bad surprise from this player.'

  180. 1852: 

    Mark Brown on Twitter: "Calling Welbeck fourth choice isn't fair when he's behind RVP, Rooney, and an in-form Hernandez. Would walk into many other teams."

    Richard Warwicker on Twitter: "Gerrard is one of the few players who always gives his all and always shows passion for club and country. Very deserved century."

    Niall McNeill on Twitter: "Gary Hooper is injured, but has scored 47 in 72 for Celtic - including six from 14 in Europe."

  181. 1851: 
    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis at the Friends Arena on Twitter:

    We have seen the England team, and the hosts have now announced their starting side:

    "Sweden: Isaksson; Lustig, Granqvist, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson; Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Kacaniklic; Ibrahimovic and Ranegie."

  182. 1849: 
    Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    Scotland fans rejoice - you can follow full text commentary on the game against Luxembourg with Stevie Miller right here on the BBC Sport website.

  183. 1847: 

    Who says friendlies are meaningless? Try telling that to the four European superpowers who are going head-to-head. Netherlands host bitter rivals Germany in a grudge match which predictably evokes memories of era-defining clashes at the 1974 World Cup, the 1988 European Championship and the 1990 World Cup. And another heavyweight clash sees Italy, with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli set to start for the Azzurri, play France in Parma.

  184. 1846: 

    Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has urged his manager Giovanni Trapattoni to move away from his usual rigid 4-4-2 formation.

    "I don't think I have played against another national team which has played 4-4-2," said the Stoke midfielder. "We have been over-powered.

    "We are playing three against two and we don't get the credit that we deserve, really.

    "We have taken a lot of stick, but what can we do? We are told by the manager to go out and play like this. It's not for me then to go, 'Hang on a minute, I'm not'.

    "He's the manager, he's the boss and you do what he says because if you don't, you are not going to get picked."

    Strong words Glenn. Strong words.

  185. 1842: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "100% - Danny Welbeck has scored with all four of his shots on target for England. Impressive."

  186. 1842: 
    Republic of Ireland v Greece (19:45 GMT)

    Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland side are back in action at the Aviva Stadium for the first time since their 6-1 humiliation by Germany in last month's World Cup qualifier.

    The Italian looked in severe danger of losing his job after that embarrassment but pulled off a 4-1 win in the Faroes four days later.

    Trapattoni has apparently promised his FAI bosses he will travel to Britain more to watch his players in action rather than viewing DVDs from the comfort of his own living-room - his approach up to now.

  187. 1838: 
    Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)

    Northern Ireland need to build on last month's heroic draw with Portugal by winning this Belfast encounter. Michael O'Neill's men are chasing a first victory in the group while the manager is aiming for a maiden win in his seventh game in charge.

    Northern Ireland are winless in 10 games - the same poor run was ended in 1995 thanks to a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan.

  188. 1838: 

    Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam on Twitter: "Good luck to Billy Stark and team tonight. Great feeling playing for my country, gutted not to be involved due to injury."

  189. 1837: 
    Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    Our first game tonight comes from Luxembourg City, where Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Andrew Shinnie will earn his first Scotland cap.

    Caretaker gaffer Billy Stark named his side last night - Jordan Rhodes starts up top.

  190. 1835: 

    AJ Morley on Twitter: "Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble should be given a chance at very least. Been two of the main reasons West Ham are sixth."

    Ed Dunsdon on Twitter: "World beating team... Is Masterchef still on?"

    Andrew Davidson on Twitter: "Fresh squad choices from Billy Stark, good to see the deadwood and the underperforming dropped. Makes a change."

  191. 1834:  
    Mark Pougatch on BBC Radio 5 live

    reporting on yet another suspect pitch for England on Twitter: "Roof closed, pitch just three days old and doesn't look too great. Roy Hodgson inspected it a few minutes ago."

  192. 1833: 

    Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "Although of course Liverpool is a big club, I would like to see Steven at a big international club.

    "I would like to see that also for England because it is very exciting when someone goes abroad and shows who he is also in another competition.

    "For me, a fantastic player can make the difference in every country wherever he plays.

    "I'm pretty sure Steven would do that also. Now he is playing one of the best league leagues in the world, a fantastic player."

  193. 1832: 

    Ah Zlatan. The mercurial Swede divides opinion wherever he goes, but there is no denying his talent. He will certainly give Steven Caulker a test on his debut tonight.

    Zlatan has been having his say on Steven Gerrard as well...

  194. 1831: 
    Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    On the night Stockholm's new 50,000-seat Friends Arena properly opens for business, England will hope to spoil the party and improve a record of just one defeat from 11 games under Roy Hodgson. Revered for his time as a manager in Sweden, Hodgson's reputation will only be enhanced if he oversees a first England victory in the city since 1937. Will his experimental side secure a third straight win against the Swedes? Not if Zlatan Ibrahimovic has his way.

  195. 1828: 

    As Gareth on Twitter mentions, you have to ask: Where have all the strikers gone?

    This England squad have scored 34 international goals between them. Steven Gerrard has hit 19 of those.

    I know Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent are all missing from this squad, but England are not exactly blessed with striking options at the moment are they?

    If Wilfried Zaha hadn't answered his phone, you have to wonder who the next in line would have been. Grant Holt? Rickie Lambert? Kevin Phillips?..

  196. 1827: 

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "Always felt that Gerrard's England career was never a true reflection of his intensity and passion for the country. Top player."

    Gareth McCarter on Twitter: "That really is a mediocre England team! Spearheaded by a forward who is fourth choice at his club. Well done to Gerrard."

    Andrew V Watson on Twitter: "No doubt that Strachan is the man for the job. Has the backing of the fans which is the most important thing, apparently."

  197. 1826: 

    In an early kick-off, former England boss Fabio Capello watched his Russia side draw 2-2 against visitors USA in a friendly - extending his unbeaten run at the helm to six matches. Fedor Smolov and Roman Shirokov netted for the home side, but their strikes were cancelled out by American pair Michael Bradley and Mikkel Deskerud. Elsewhere, Australia defender Robert Cornthwaite, a late call-up after a series of injuries for the Socceroos, bagged an 87th-minute winner in a confidence-boosting 2-1 friendly win against South Korea.

  198. 1823: 

    Alex, a West Bromwich Albion fan, on text via 81111: "When you are more bothered about how Jonas Olsson plays than how England perform... Have international friendlies finished in most peoples eyes?"

    Dan in Aberdareon text via 81111: "£50 accumulator on England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. £860 return!!! Happy Christmas."

  199. 1822: 

    England's last international fell foul of some dodgy planning, even worse weather and a roof that could not be closed in the pouring rain in Poland.

    Roy Hodgson must have been cursing when he heard that tonight's match is the opening game in a stadium with a roof - but this one has already been closed. No drama on that front - we hope.

  200. 1821: 
    Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    Captain Steven Gerrard becomes only the sixth Englishman to win 100 caps for his country. Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling - at 17 years and 342 days - becomes the fifth-youngest player to represent England, while Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and Everton midfielder Leon Osman also make their debuts.

    Jack Wilshere is likely to make his first international appearance since 4 June 2011 from the bench, where there are also places for Arsenal team-mate Carl Jenkinson - who has received Fifa clearance - and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

  201. 1820: 

    While England are taking a break from their World Cup qualifying campaign, there is some action in Group H this evening. And Montenegro are set to leapfrog Roy Hodgson's men into top spot. Andrija Delibasic has scored twice to give his team a commanding 2-0 half-time lead against whipping boys San Marino.

  202. 1817: 

    Ben Shutt on Twitter: "People saying Gerrard isn't a great, but he's always put his heart into the team, a lot more than many of the other players."

    Rinu Koshy on Twitter: "It's good to know that England has a good future in football ahead of them."

    Mo on Twitter: "Hoping Hodgson actually turns this "pointless" friendly into something experimental and different, give the kids a run!"

  203. 1814: 

    Billy Stark is the man in temporary charge of Scotland for tonight's game against Luxembourg, after Craig Levein left the post earlier this month.

    Gordon Strachan has been widely touted for the role - is he the right man?

  204. 1813: 

    Roy Hodgson knows plenty about Sweden of course. He began his managerial career in 1976 at Halmstads, went on to manage Oddevold, Orebro and Malmo FF, and is credited with shaping the development of Swedish football.

    Check out the video above for some fine Hodgson hair.

    He also guided England to a 3-2 win over the Swedes at the Euros this summer. That seems a long, long time ago doesn't it?

  205. 1810: 

    Barny from Bolton on text via 81111: "England should start Wilfried Zaha - the best winger I have seen in years. Reminds me of Ricardo Gardner from 14 years ago!"

  206. 1808: 

    So what are we all expecting this evening then?

    Does Steven Gerrard deserve his place among the England greats? Will Raheem Sterling go on to rack up a ton of caps? Is Leon Osman's call up overdue? Can Northern Ireland get a win? Who is the right man for the Scotland job? So much to discuss.

    Get in touch. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), and Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Fire away.

  207. 1807: 

    Here are the other matches we will be keeping an eye on this evening. All friendlies:

    Luxembourg v Scotland (19:15 GMT)

    Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    Republic of Ireland v Greece (19:45 GMT)

  208. 1805: 

    But of course, England are not the only side in action this evening.

    Arguably first and foremost, Northern Ireland are in World Cup qualifying mode when they host Azerbaijan.

    Michael O'Neill's side got a draw in Portugal last month remember, but are looking for their first win in Group F tonight.

  209. 1804: 
    Sweden v England (19:30 GMT)

    We should have full confirmation on all tonight's teams with you shortly, but the England XI has been doing the rounds for the last 24 hours or so.

    Here is the team Roy Hodgson has named in Stockholm:

    England team: Joe Hart (Manchester City); Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Leighton Baines (Everton); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Leon Osman (Everton); Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

  210. 1804: 

    Steven Gerrard made his debut for England 12 long years ago, in a 2-0 win over Ukraine.

    Raheem Sterling was just five years old on that May night in 2000, but tonight the duo will join up in Roy Hodgson's XI.

    A passing of the baton?

  211. 1800: 

    Billy Wright. Bobby Charlton. Bobby Moore. Peter Shilton. David Beckham.

    Tonight, England's exclusive club of centurions will welcome another member as captain Steven Gerrard wins his 100th cap in Sweden.

    At the same time, his Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling will become the fifth-youngest man to represent England as he makes his debut. Landmarks at both ends of the scale in Stockholm tonight then, and somewhere in the middle there's Leon Osman.

    Join us for a busy night of international action...

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