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Summary

  1. Roy Hodgson & Wayne Rooney news conference from 16:30 BST
  2. Mesut Ozil sidelined for up to 12 weeks
  3. Premier League again considers overseas matches
  4. Andy Murray marches on at Shanghai Masters
  5. ECB deny leaked document is a Kevin Pietersen dossier
  6. Get involved: Your thoughts on #the38thgame

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By Aimee Lewis and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Roy Hodgson
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And just after Hodgson and Rooney disappear into the bowels of the England team hotel, it is also time for Sportsday to wave goodbye.

We will be back from 08:00 BST tomorrow for all the build-up, team news and statistics ahead of the Wembley match. Plus we will have the latest ahead of Wales v Bosnia on Friday, and Scotland v Georgia and Northern Ireland v the Faroe Islands on Saturday.

Catch you then!

Follow England v San Marino on the BBC

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That's your lot from the Roy and Rooney show. Remember that you can follow Thursday's match against San Marino right here on the BBC Sport website with our live text commentary. And there will also be live audio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. You won't miss a goal - no matter how many there are....

England news conference

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Roy Hodgson on a potential selection dilemma of picking between Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck: "There's no point crossing bridges and thinking ahead to what will happen when they're all fit.

"We aren't blessed with an enormous amount of competition for front places and I think there's now competition with three very good strikers (Welbeck, Sturridge and Rooney) and that's as healthy a situation we've had for a long time.

"There's no pressure on me. If all three are playing well and all three are available well there's nothing stopping all three of them playing because they're complimentary players."

England news conference

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Wayne Rooney believes England fans can get used to seeing more of ex-Manchester United team-mate Welbeck's match-winning performance for his country against Switzerland.

"He's a fantastic footballer, I think sometimes he doesn't get enough praise for his footballing ability. The more he plays for Arsenal, he'll prove what a good footballer he is, and for England. For me, he's a top, top player."

England news conference

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Striker Danny Welbeck's early scoring form for Arsenal is great news for Roy Hodgson, particularly as he's missing Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge for this week's qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

"I'm pleased for him, "says Hodgson. "He's been in my plans throughout the two years, he was with us in 2012.

"He's someone I follow very, very closely. He hasn't got an enormous amount of game time, and he's had to spend a lot of time waiting for his chance.

"Now it's great he's got his move and to be one of the first names on the team sheet."

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Hodgson on the Premier League

considering playing a game overseas: "I don't think it necessarily should be a problem for me at all because the international break will always be the international break and I will have to live with that.

"This one is particularly short because we only met on Monday lunchtime. It will be up to the Premier League to sort their calendar out accordingly."

Rooney: "Footballers nowadays do a lot of travelling but this decision isn't with the players, it's with the Premier League, as a player you have to wait and see what happens."

England news conference

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Hodgson plays down the idea that Thursday's game will be simply a case of "how many" goals England score against San Marino.

"We've played other teams like San Marino before and as the years go by they do get better and better in terms of getting some sort of results, in terms of not losing heavily.

"At no time in my talks with the players, not once have we mentioned goals and the number of goals scored. For us it's about performance and building on what's good.

"We're not trying to play anything down, but I must also say we're not trying to suggest this is going to be a goal feast."

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Hodgson and Rooney laugh off suggestions that the England coach

made disparaging comments about his Liverpool-born captain's accent.

"I have to be careful talking about accents. It took me years to realise that I have a speech defect so I'm the last person to discuss accents," jokes Hodgson.

"I'm disappointed with the headlines but fortunately I've got a guy alongside me who knows it was not about him or anyone from Liverpool. I have apologised to him for the headline but he was so gracious he did not want the apology."

England news conference

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Skipper Wayne Rooney on overtaking Jimmy Greaves in the England goalscoring charts: "I haven't specifically gone out of my way to look at the record, but it's there and if I can overtake him this week, or in the coming weeks or months that would be great. I'm not going into the game thinking I've got to beat Jimmy Greaves' record."

Rooney is England's fourth all-time highest goalscorer having scored 41 times for his country. Greaves is three ahead of the Manchester United player, just behind Bobby Charlton (49) and Gary Lineker (48).

England news conference

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Roy Hodgson says he is not unconcerned about England's football players falling out in the dressing room like their cricketing counterparts.

"I've been very lucky in the two years or so I've had the privilege of leading the team, I've never noticed any problems like that (dressing room discontent). These things do happen, dressing rooms can be difficult places. I remember when I went back to Inter it was a difficult dressing room so I have had experience of that.

"We're working very had not to have that problem, and we're working very hard that we're singing from the hymn sheet. We're getting now into a situation where the squad can come back to us and analyse the game alongside us and come, hopefully, the same conclusion that we come to."

England news conference

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Hodgson is confident that his team can maintain the level of performance they produced against Switzerland last month.

"So far, certainly if I judge from what I've seen in training, I don't think we will have any fears that we won't live up to those standards (set in Basel). I'm confident that the players will go out and give a good performance tomorrow."

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Wayne Rooney
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England captain Wayne Rooney on the senior players being appointed 'unit leaders': "It is just basically the players have a bit more impact in terms of how we are approaching the game alongside the coaches.

"We are analysing the game as well and trying to find the right solutions which work well for the players. All the players have embraced it.

"It has certainly been a good idea to do and has been a positive step for us."

England news conference

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Hodgson says he's looking for continuity in England's line-up for Thursday's game, following the impressive win in Switzerland in September.

"There won't be wholesale changes. A lot of players are knocking on the door to play. I've got to weigh the two things up carefully.

"But it would be nice over the two games to see someone else play."

England news conference

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Hodgson says he is not interested in the amount of goals that England score against San Marino. The minnows conceded 54 goals in their 10 qualification matches for the 2014 World Cup.

"I don't want to suggest it will be easy to score lots of goals. But I'm not going to bring out that old cliche that we need to score one more goal than the opposition.

"I don't think the qualification this time around is going to hang on goal difference anyway so the important thing for me is how we perform."

England news conference

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Hodgson says he is "tempted" to continue the diamond formation which he implemented against Switzerland last month.

"But I'm also tempted to do other things after watching the incredible performances in training. The players have looked very sharp, very focused. We haven't trained for a long period of time, but the training has been good.

"When I announce the team, there will be a lot of disappointed faces because everyone's been working so hard in training."

England news conference

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England boss Roy Hodgson says he has not yet told his players what the starting XI against San Marino will be.

"We've been lucky with injuries. Fabian Delph, we spared from yesterday's training because he took a knock at the weekend but he trained fully today. It's important, we're taking the game very seriously, the training has been excellent. There's been no difference I've seen with regard for the preparation for this game as opposed to the last one. I've not told the team what my plans are yet."

England news conference

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Better late than never. Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney have taken their seats in front of the waiting media. Game on....

Get involved #the38thgame

dean: we should take a look at making #the38thgame a whole weekend event, similar to the magic weekend in Rugby League.

David B: A game abroad is a great idea! Why should PL football only be accessible for local fans when there are fans all over the world?

Ben Jones: cannot think of a single good reason to play a league fixture away from the home teams' ground. Local firms? Public transport?

Keep your thoughts coming on the idea of Premier League teams playing competitive matches aborad. . Tweet #the38thgame, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

Wales' Chester out to impress

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Rookie Wales defender James Chester hopes he has won the respect of his new colleagues as he prepares to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday.

The 25-year-old Hull centre-back, who has won two caps, made his international debut in June and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff will be his first Wales appearance on home soil.

"Each camp I've been to I've looked forward to it more and more, especially this one with games on Friday and Monday and both at Cardiff," he says.

"I think it's taken a few games to earn the boys' respect. You have to do that at club or international level, you have to prove you're good enough to be here."

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: The @premierleague have contacted me to say 'stories are premature and there's no plan currently for international games.' Great news!

Arsenal to assess injured Ozil

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Arsenal say it is "too early to say" how long Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil will be sidelined with a knee injury.

Earlier today, a statement from the World Cup winners said the 25-year-old would be out

for "10-12 weeks" after a MRI scan showed damage to the joint of his left knee.

He picked up the injury during Sunday's game at Premier League rivals Chelsea.

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says midfielder Shinji Kagawa "gave up hope a bit" after David Moyes spent £37.1m on Juan Mata.

The Japanese forward returned to Borussia Dortmund in the summer, just two years after Ferguson had brought him to England.

"Every manager has his own philosophy. When Moyes signed the Spanish superstar Mata, Kagawa felt that he no longer was the first choice, and gave up a hope a bit,"

he told German daily Bild.

Shinji Kagawa
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Stat attack

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England have not lost a qualifier since a 1-0 defeat in Ukraine in 2009, winning 13 and drawing seven of their 20 games since then.

That run surely can't be ended by San Marino. Can it?

The tiny republic, which has a population of just 30,000, is ranked 208th in the world. And they have lost their last 59 (fifty-nine) matches, stretching back to April 2004 when they beat Liechtenstein 1-0.

England news conference - coming up

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We are expecting to hear from England boss Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney very shortly. The pair are talking ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against minnows San Marino at Wembley - a match which sees England protecting a proud record...

St Helens great flies in for Grand Final

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St Helens great Tom Van Vollenhoven has flown over from his home in South Africa to be the special guest of his old club at Saturday's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Van Vollenhoven, who scored 392 tries in 408 appearances for Saints in 11 seasons from 1957, will present the players with their Grand Final shirt at a private ceremony on Friday.

From cheating death to facing Rooney

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San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini comes out to try to punch away across against Germany
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How do you keep perspective when you're San Marino's goalkeeper?

In 39 appearances for the national team, Aldo Simoncini has conceded 171 goals, while his team-mates have scored just six at the other end.

But when he was 19 the 28-year-old cheated death and, against the odds, was able to return to playing nearly two years later.

"Even though I had to pick the ball out of the net 13 times, it was one of the happiest moments of my life,"

Simoncini says. "I put behind me 18 months of agony. After being told I might not play again, to be part of such a game was simply unforgettable."

England news conference - coming up

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The clock might be ticking towards the end of your working day, but the Sportsday fun is nowhere near over. Oh no.

That's because we are going to hear from England boss Roy Hodgson and his captain Wayne Rooney at about 16:30 BST.

They will be talking about tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino and, more than likely, be asked about the Premier League's plan to take a match overseas. Consider this to be your 30-minute warning...

Indian Super League set to explode - Garcia

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Former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia says the

Indian Super League is set to "explode". The 36-year-old has joined Atletico Kolkata in the newly-formed Indian Super League.

The league, which starts on 12 October, features David James, Robert Pires, Alessandro Del Piero, Freddie Ljungberg, Nicolas Anelka and David Trezeguet.

Luis Garcia (right)
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Nick Jackson: I'd have no issue with Aston Villa playing a game overseas, especially if it was a home game, as our recent record at home is awful.

Gregory P: It seems only people who aren't living in England like it. All the local fans of course think it is a ludicrous idea.

David Forbes: Other ways to promote English football without #the38thgame - FA Cup might be more practical and needs it more. USA prefers knockout games.

Bassong joins Watford

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Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong has joined Watford on a 93-day loan.

City boss Neil Adams said: "It's important for Seb to get some first-team football and keep himself fit and involved, so this is a good short-term loan move for all parties involved."

Sebastien Bassong
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World Club Series

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The six teams who will contest

the newly-expanded World Club Series next year have been confirmed.

Super League grand finalists St Helens and Wigan Warriors, who meet in the showpiece on Saturday, will be joined by Warrington Wolves to play three matches against NRL champions South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra.

The fixtures will be played in the UK across the weekend of 20-22 February.

Words of wisdom from a tireless Bolt

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Usain Bolt was troubled by injury last season but the six-time Olympic champion is back in training and is already putting in the heavy-duty work ahead of next year's World Championships. The Jamaican wrote on

Instagram: "The secret to getting ahead is getting started".

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Gary Lineker

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Reemergence of plans to play PL games overseas is a rotten one. Need to make game more affordable for fans not less. Disrespectful avarice!

Adam Jones wants Wales jersey back

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Adam Jones says he is

determined to win back his Wales place after being left out of the 31-30 second Test defeat in South Africa last June.

The British and Irish Lions tight-head, 33, was subbed in the first half of the first Test by Wales coach Warren Gatland and assistant Robin McBryde.

"I want to prove them both wrong but I understand why they did it," he said. "I'm working hard to do this, obviously Samson Lee is the number one now but I'd like my jersey back."

Adam Jones had to watch from the bench during Wales' 2014 tour to South Africa
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Adam Jones had to watch from the bench during Wales' 2014 tour to South Africa

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Steve Howes: Ozil out, big deal. If only Arsene could buy as well as he sells. Big names move out, big money spent out. Arsenal fans lose!

James Pascoe: Ozil out for 10-12 weeks - blessing in disguise for Arsenal, give the Ox a run in the side. Plus Walcott to return soon.

RightJudgeIam: Ozil won't be missed much, has been shockingly bad given the fee paid, should be sold.

Ozil out for 10-12 weeks

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Mesut Ozil
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3 December: Southampton (H) - Premier League

6 December: Stoke (A) - Premier League

9 December: Galatasaray (A) - Champions League

13 December: Newcastle (H) - Premier League

21 December: Liverpool (A) - Premier League

26 December: QPR (H) - Premier League

28 December: West Ham (A) - Premier League

Ozil out for 10-12 weeks

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18 October: Hull (H) - Premier League

22 October: Anderlecht (A) - Champions League

25 October: Sunderland (A) - Premier League

1 November: Burnley (H) - Premier League

4 November: Anderlecht (H) - Champions League

9 November: Swansea (A) - Premier League

22 November: Man Utd (H) - Premier League

26 November: Borussia Dortmund (H) - Champions League

29 November: West Brom (A) - Premier League

Ozil out for 10-12 weeks

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Arsenal will hoping Mesut Ozil returns before the end of the year with Germany's initial estimate indicating the 25-year-old will be missing until at least mid-December.

That looks set to rule him out of several important fixtures and the rest of their Champions League group stage ties. Here are Arsenal's upcoming fixtures...

Get involved #the38thgame

David Forbes: Other ways to promote English football without #the38thgame - FA Cup might be more practical & needs it more. USA prefers knockout games

Opoku-Appiah Manu: British people need to know that without the rest of the world the PL wouldn't be such a success. #the38thgame bring it on!

ewan gillies: USA/S.E.Asia are going to want only top teams. Would Utd play Liverpool at a neutral overseas venue? NO

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