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  1. Everton and England defender Stones out injured "for up to 14 weeks"
  2. Wales: Bale tipped to break record. Coleman: 'We can create history'
  3. Build-up to England-San Marino, kick-off 19:45 BST
  4. F1 news conference. Bianchi crash unacceptable, says Perez
  5. Andy Murray loses to David Ferrer in Shanghai
  6. Get involved: Why should England come to your ground? #myenglandpitch

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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There will be a live text commentary featuring all of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifiers going live on the BBC Sport website shortly.

So we will leave it there for today's Sportsday Live and say goodbye, thank you and see you again nice and early at 08:00 BST on Friday.

It's all about the performance - Hodgson

England v San Marino (19:45 BST)

England manager Roy Hodgson says performance is more important than scoring lots of goals in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino.

The Three Lions, who won 2-0 in Switzerland in their Group E opener, have not scored fewer than five goals in four previous meetings with the joint-lowest ranked team in the world.

"It's about performance," Hodgson said. "At no time in my talks with the players have we mentioned the number of goals scored."

Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 live.

Colsaerts narrowly misses record


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Nicolas Colsaerts narrowly failed to record the European Tour's first round of 59 as he made a stunning start at the Portugal Masters.

The Belgian almost earned a place in the history books as a long-range putt on the 18th green at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura shaved the edge of the hole.

That meant Colsaerts, who hit a European Tour record 447-yard drive last month, had to settle for a first-round 60 but it was still nevertheless a superb opening that put him in charge on 11 under.

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We asked what you hoped to see from England from their home game against San Marino tonight. Here are some of your answers.

Adam: A good, entertaining performance and ultimately a win. No disrespect to San Marino, but this isn't much to ask for.

Scott: Break the 10-man defence inside first ten minutes and score a few. Rooney hat-trick so nobody gets on his back.

Mick Ellis: What would we like from England tonight, 10-0 and a good performance. What can we expect, a stumbling mess with no structure.



'I was told I would never play football again'


Before tonight's game at Wembley, let's point you in the direction of an

excellent piece on the BBC Sport website focusing on San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini, who also works as a part-time accountant.

San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini comes out to try to punch away across against Germany
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Aged 19, Simoncini suffered horrific injuries in a terrible car accident. His pelvis and left elbow were shattered, and he spent four months in hospital. "My life was in danger," he remembers. "I was told I might not be able to play football ever again."

Simoncini recovered and was able to return to playing nearly two years later. His first game back was a Euro 2008 qualifier against three-time world champions Germany. San Marino lost 13-0.

"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."

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England entertain San Marino, one of the worst national teams in the world.

Everyone expects an England win at Wembley, but what do you want and expect to see from Roy Hodgson's side tonight. What constitutes a good result? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

Tonight's fixtures


Euro 2016 fixtures

So it is a big night of international football with three matches in Group C, Group E and Group G.

Westwood unhappy at USA's Ryder Cup comments


Lee Westwood has voiced his unease at the United States Ryder Cup team airing their

"dirty laundry in public" after their defeat at Gleneagles last month.

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Phil Mickelson criticised captain Tom Watson - within his earshot - after Europe's 16½-11½ win in Perthshire. Europe's Westwood, 41, believes such a reaction was distasteful.

"I don't like to see people's great reputations being brought down by something that shouldn't really happen in public," the Englishman said.

Headbutt charge not proven


Kris Boyd has been spared a two-match ban after the headbutting charge laid against the Rangers striker was ruled not proven.

The striker was issued with a notice of complaint by new Scottish Football Association compliance officer Tony McGlennan after clashing with Hibernian defender Jordon Forster last month.

But Boyd has now been cleared to play after the judicial panel decided there was not enough evidence to suspend the 31-year-old.

Eusebio leaves Cheltenham


Portuguese forward Eusebio Bancessi, 19, has

joined Cheltenham Town on a month-long loan from Wolves, but Robins striker Terry Gornell has asked to be placed on the transfer list by the League Two club.

Savage laughs off phone faux-pas


Speaking of Roy Keane and answer-machine messages, you may well have seen quotes from Keane earlier this week saying he changed his mind on signing Robbie Savage for Sunderland after being less than impressed with Savage's voicemail message.

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Keane said: "I got Robbie's mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail, "Hi it's Robbie - whazzup!" like the Budweiser ad (from the early 2000s). I never called him back. I thought: "I can't be signing that."

Well Savage,

speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, has set the record straight on the answer machine greeting that might have cost him a move from Blackburn to Sunderland.

Brady keen on Roy


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Hull City's Robbie Brady says it is an honour to be part of the same Republic of Ireland set-up as Roy Keane.

Ahead of the Republic's qualifiers against Gibraltar on Saturday and in Germany next Tuesday, Brady told the

Hull City website: "It's brilliant because you always looked up to him as a kid. As your coach, you want to do well for him.

"You want to do well for yourself but it's great to have such a big personality in the set up and someone who has done it all."

Brady, one would assume, has made sure he has a sensible answer-machine message on his mobile phone.

Newcastle loan Streete to Vale


Port Vale sign teenage

Newcastle United defender Remi Streete on loan.

The 19-year-old centre-half becomes the third defensive signing made by interim manager Rob Page inside a fortnight.

Streete, who has signed for an initial month, has been watched by Page and chairman Norman Smurthwaite several times in recent weeks for Newcastle's under-21s.

This time next year, we'll be millionaires...


Only Fools and Horses

Well, not quite, but Gloucester City manager Tim Harris says he

felt like he was in a scene from Only Fools and Horses when councillors approved the Conference North club's plans to rebuild their stadium earlier this week.

The Tigers have

played away from their Meadow Park home since it was submerged by flood water in 2007.

"The first councillor got up and spoke and it was in favour so we were one-up," Harris told BBC Sport. "Then the second councillor, and so on.

"It got to a majority and it was like a scene from Only Fools and Horses, when they won all that money. It meant everything to me."

Only Fools and Horses

There's a grey cloud over us - Sutil

Formula 1

Adrian Sutil has added his voice to the F1 drivers talking about their stricken colleague Jules Bianchi, who remains in a 'critical but stable' condition following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

F1 drivers

Sauber driver Sutil, who had slid off the track at the same corner on the previous lap, said: "It is hard to say in words and a shocking moment for everyone, and for myself.

"We just have to pray now - and to hope, that is all we can do."

Referring to this weekend's race in Sochi, Sutil (pictured back row, middle) added: "Here in Russia, there is a grey cloud over us. We will try to be professional enough to focus on a race weekend again, but it still affects everyone."

Ross County sign Woods


Former Barnsley midfielder Martin Woods has signed for Ross County.

Woods has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, Championship and League One in England, having begun his career at Leeds before going on to spells with Sunderland, Rotherham and Doncaster.

The 28-year-old has signed until the end of January with a view to a longer stay.

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Some more of your responses to our question of the ingredients needed for the perfect footballer. We sense some of you might not be taking this seriously...

Chad Ravage: The tackling of Vinnie Jones, the temperament of Joey Barton & the athleticism of Jan Molby.

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Aquelious: Rosenthal's finishing, Rooney's hair, Scholes' tackling and Ali Dia's overall game.

For those who don't remember

Ali Dia, he was the man who famously turned up at Southampton pretending to be the cousin of former World Footballer of the Year George Weah.

Then manager Graeme Souness fell for it and played him in a Premier League game against Leeds. Dia's performance was so diabolical that Souness had to substitute the substitute after just 53 painful minutes.

Keep your choices coming on Twitter to #bbcsportsday

PFA criticise artificial pitch plan


The Professional Footballers' Association criticises Football League plans to introduce artificial pitches.

Chairman from the bottom two divisions indicated at a meeting in September that they are in favour of 3G surfaces being used from 2015-16 and the proposal could be approved at a further meeting in November.

"The PFA are surprised and disappointed by the recent decision," the PFA's Simon Barker

told BBC Sport.

Whitlock proud of silver medal


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Gymnast Max Whitlock, who won a

World Championship all-around silver medal in Nanning, China, says: "It's been such a rollercoaster of a week and I can't quite believe this (silver), I'm so proud.

"I didn't put any pressure on myself and wasn't looking at any of the other scores as we went around."

Barkley on verge of a return


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Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley is set to return to full training.

The 20-year-old has not played this season

because of a knee injury but Roberto Martinez told the
club's website: "On Monday we expect Ross, with the green light from the medical department, to join the group.

"Now it's a matter of getting him match fitness and getting him up to speed. Ross has been working really, really well and I don't expect any setbacks. I expect Ross, from now on, to have a real clear path to get his match fitness back."

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Vote results

The results from our earlier vote are in. We asked where England should play their home matches in future and the majority of you are in favour of some matches being held outside of Wembley.

The results are

1. Big games at Wembley, smaller games at domestic grounds - 51.6%

2. Tour the domestic grounds - 32.9%

3. Stay at Wembley - 15.4%

Thanks for everyone who voted.

Federer eases through


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Well that didn't take long.

Roger Federer has brushed aside world number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-4 to reach the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The Swiss was in terrific form throughout, which must be worrying for Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who plays Federer next.

Koscielny worry for Arsenal


A day after

Mesut Ozil returned from Germany duty with a long-term knee injury, another worry for Arsenal - central defender Laurent Koscielny has been
released from international duty with France.

Koscielny is understood to have a minor Achilles problem, according to the Press Association.

However, fans of the Gunners should not fret too much with the club confident he will be fit for the Premier League clash at home to Hull a week on Saturday.

Chelsea right over Courtois


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Chelsea observed correct procedures when they allowed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to continue playing after he sustained a head injury, according to Fifa's chief medical officer Michel D'Hooghe.

Courtois hurt his head in a collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez during

Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League win on Sunday but played on after being assessed, only to be forced off 14 minutes later.


came in for criticism for leaving Courtois on, but D'Hooghe told journalists at the Leaders Sport Business Summit in London: "I think sincerely that, first of all, the team doctor did a correct examination,"

"She came to the conclusion that he could go on, but she kept an eye on him and from the moment he didn't feel well - which can happen in concussions - they took the right decision to take him off."

Whitlock's historic day


Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has

equalled the best-ever finish for a British gymnast in a World Championship all-around final with silver in Nanning, China.

It matches the achievement of team mate Dan Keatings, who finishing second at the 2009 Worlds in London.

Whitlock initially missed out on a place in the all-around final, and only learned he would compete on Wednesday after team-mate Nile Wilson withdrew through injury.

Dripping in silverware


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It was on this day 40 years ago that Liverpool signed a young full-back from Northampton Town called Phil Neal.

It is far to say he didn't do too badly, going on to become the club's most decorated player of all time.

Just for the record, Neal won - deep breath - eight First Division title, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, four European Cups, one Uefa Cup and a Uefa Super Cup during his 11 years at Anfield.

There's a tribute today on

Liverpool's website.

Federer on song


Roger Federer is looking at his imperious best in his third round match at the Shanghai Masters.

He eased through the opening set against world number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 and has already broken in the second set to lead 3-1. Just like the old days.

Martinez on Stones injury


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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been talking about the news that young defender John Stones is likely to be out for the remainder of the year with an ankle injury.

"It's a little bit of a setback because you don't want to lose any players, but in John's case we were very worried in the moment that it happened because those injuries can become a little bit difficult to treat," said the Toffees boss.

"But this one is going to be straightforward and we are already counting down the days for him to come back.

"We'll make sure he comes back stronger and ready for the final and most important part of the season."

Stones will be sidelined for 10 to 14 weeks, a blow for Everton who are already without the injured Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas.

O'Neill criticises Watford's action


Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has described Watford's treatment of his former assistant Billy McKinlay as "very poor".

McKinlay left his post as O'Neill's deputy to become the Hornets' new head coach at the end of last month, but was out of a job within eight days as the club's owners decided to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic as their fourth boss of the season.

"I'm very disappointed for him, and really I think Watford have to look at themselves,"

O'Neill said.

"Billy's not done anything untoward - he went in in difficult circumstances, got a win and a draw and suddenly finds himself out of work again."

O'Neill is preparing Northern Ireland for Saturday's home match against the Faroe Islands and a trip to Greece three days later.

Scotland to go on the attack


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Striker Steven Naismith says Scotland will go straight for Georgia's jugular at Ibrox on Saturday.

The Scots performed heroically as they went down 2-1 to world champions Germany in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Everton frontman Naismith believes Gordon Strachan will send his team out with a cavalier attitude in an attempt to kick-start their qualifying bid.

"I think we will be more positive," Naismith said. "We will be more attacking than we were in Germany. We will need to be.

"Being at home you want to get the crowd behind you, dictate the tempo and play an advanced game that creates chances. So that has to be our main aim from the kick-off."

Fifa: 'Racism is in front of your face'



head of Fifa's anti-racism task force says racism in English football is "right in front of your face".

Jeffrey Webb said discrimination was overt and highlighted the lack of black and ethnic minority people in boardrooms and dugouts. Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has described racism as a "hidden problem".

But Webb said: "It's not hidden. It's hidden from a discussion standpoint. No-one wants to deal with it."

Djokovic had to work for victory


Top seed Novak Djokovic has to battle to victory in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. The Serbian claimed a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

"He pushed me to the last point," admits defending champion Djokovic. "He deserves credit for how he played. Some shots were incredible. I've never played him so it was difficult for me to get into the match. He was making winners from all over the place. I had to back off.

"This is something that definitely gives me more confidence. It was definitely the toughest match I've had so far in China. I'm really glad I managed to stay mentally tough."

Whitlock in contention for a World medal


Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter in Nanning, China

Max Whitlock

"Despite looking out-of-sorts for much of the week, gymnast Max Whitlock is currently on-course to win Britain's first-ever World all-around medal.

"The three-time Commonwealth champion from Glasgow 2014 only made it into the final after team-mate Nile Wilson withdrew injured yesterday, but Whitlock has been incredible today and is in second place at the halfway stage behind Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan."

Season over for Crofts


Brighton's Andrew Crofts and Charlton's Jordan Cousins

Brighton and Wales midfielder Andrew Crofts

is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a second serious knee injury in the space of 10 months.

The 30-year-old suffered a partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday.

Crofts ruptured the same ACL in January, forcing him to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.

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With the possibility of England playing their home games away from Wembley from 2018, we asked where they should play and why? Here are some more of your replies.

Kevin Marillie: Why not let the England players decide? Maybe they will perform better at a stadium of their choosing.

Suhayl Kassam: Vicarage Road because we actually have four stands now.

William Nicolle: Come to Home Park as we never see any decent football down in Plymouth.

Gregory P: Bring the matches to Derby. Middle of the country so easy for everyone to get to.

Matt Morris: Stevenage, for the cheesy chips!

Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter, using the hashtag #myenglandpitch

Gerrard signs new Widnes deal

Rugby League

Alex Gerrard

Widnes prop Alex Gerrard

has signed a new contract, keeping him at the Vikings until 2017.

The 22-year-old made 17 appearances this season as he helped Widnes make the Super League play-offs for the first time.

York sign Blades youngster on loan


York City have signed Sheffield United forward

Diego de Girolamo on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old Italy Under-19 international featured for the Blades in their 2-1 win over Hartlepool in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday, and could make his debut for York against Newport on Saturday.

Counago hits back at 'coward' Keane


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Former Ipswich striker Pablo Counago has described Roy Keane as a "mess as a football manager" and

a "coward".

Counago was responding to Keane's claim in his new book that the Spaniard was "dead lazy" during their time together at Portman Road.

Keane said 35-year-old Counago was "a player I didn't particularly like or get on with" and added "I nearly physically attacked him".

In a statement given to independent

Ipswich Town website TWTD, Counago said: "It seems like he needs to criticise players, managers and directors etc to keep selling books as he is not able to do anything else in football."

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Choice for Murray


BBC Sport's

Piers Newbery on Twitter: Murray confirms he will play Valencia (Berdych, Cilic, Ferrer, Nishikori) or Basel (Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, Raonic) the week after next.