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Summary

  1. Raheem Sterling asked for rest, says Roy Hodgson
  2. Wales v Cyprus tonight, kick-off 19:45 BST in Cardiff
  3. Scotland and Northern Ireland news conferences
  4. Wigan prop Flower faces minimum eight-match ban
  5. Police look into Flower's double punch on St Helens' Hohaia
  6. Get involved: Was England's Raheem Sterling right to ask not to play? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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And we will end Monday's Sportsday with that rallying cry. Find out how the Welsh fare against Cyprus by following our live text commentary which kicks off very shortly (I'm sure Robbie will be).

Then, Sportsday will be back on your screens from 08:00 BST tomorrow to bring you all the reaction, and the build-up to the tasty qualifiers involving Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Ciao for now!

Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

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Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage: Huge game for Wales tonight, three points are needed if we are going to qualify a draw will not be enough! Come on Walessss.

Ozil tweets thanks

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Thanks for your support following my injury. I'll come back on the pitch soon as I can to help Arsenal, now and in the future.

The Germany midfielder has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury and today

has been linked with a £30m move to Bayern Munich.

Fifa: 'Change of culture' needed

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Fifa's chief independent ethics investigator has called for a "change of culture" at the organisation, reiterating the need for "greater transparency".

In a thinly-veiled attack on president Sepp Blatter's leadership, Michael Garcia says: "The investigation and adjudication process operates in most parts unseen and unheard.

"That's a kind of system which might be appropriate for an intelligence agency but not for an ethics compliance process in an international sports institution that serves the public and is the subject of intense public scrutiny."

Garcia concluded his lengthy investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process last month and handed his report to Fifa's ethics adjudicator Hans Joachim Eckert.

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Another injury concern for Scotland boss Gordon Strachan ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifying trip to Poland. Watford winger Ikechi Anya will miss tonight's training session, although Strachan says he is not ruling him out of the match yet.

Portugal coach handed a reprieve

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Portugal receive a boost ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier in Denmark after new boss Fernando Santos was cleared to take his place on the touchline, despite an eight-match ban.

Santos, appointed Portugal coach last month following the sacking of Paulo Bento, was banned for eight matches by FIFA after being 'sent off' in his last match in charge of Greece - the last 16 defeat by Costa Rica at the World Cup finals.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport today said the 59-year-old had been handed a 'stay of execution' pending the outcome of his appeal.

Lennon joining 'great club'

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New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon believes he has joined "a great club with a great history and tradition" after saying he left another in Scottish champions Celtic.

"I know Bolton as a club from my time in the Premier League, I know a lot of players who have played here and I spoke to (former Wanderers boss) Owen Coyle, who said what a great club it is. He only had good things to say about the club."

Berahino's England rallying cry

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In-form striker Saido Berahino is confident he and his England Under-21 team-mates can complete their European Championship qualification mission in Croatia.

England are on course for a place at the Euro 2015 finals in the Czech Republic after taking a 2-1 lead in their play-off against Croatia with victory at Molineux last Friday.

A tricky second leg in Vinkovci still lies ahead on Tuesday but West Brom forward Berahino says: "It is going to be different out there but we are professional enough and have been in those situations before, so we're going to do a job and make sure we qualify."

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Raheem Sterling's request to "sit out" England's 1-0 win over Estonia on Sunday has caused plenty of debate today. Here are a few more of your thoughts...

Paul Carter: Hodgson gets blame for Sterling feeling tired? Who has he played most minutes for this year? Over to you Brendan!

Mark Greenhalgh: Too tired to play. Did he get his win bonus? If he did spend it on a proper fitness coach. Bobby Moore a proper Three Lions legend.

Aashish: Can't blame Raheem caught in club v country dilemma, who pays the wages? But Hodgson scores OG in weak man/media management

Marussia to regroup after Bianchi accident

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Marussia's sporting director Graeme Lowdon believes the mini-break ahead of the next grand prix will allow the whole team to regroup.

The past week has been difficult for the Marussia team following the accident in the Japanese Grand Prix that has left Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.

Lowdon feels the next two weeks - a slightly longer gap than normal at this time of year in between races - affords the team the opportunity to take stock before heading to the United States.

"When you've had a serious incident, whether somebody is hurt or not, it's a major challenge," said Lowdon. "It's helpful that there is time to regroup."

Deja vu for Rooney

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Practice makes perfect they say. And so it proved for England skipper Wayne Rooney. Hours before curling in a 20-yard free-kick for the winner against Estonia, the forward

converts from a similar position in a training session.

"Do that tomorrow lad," yells beaten keeper Joe Hart. And he did...

The time has come to galvanise

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New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says it is his job to "galvanise" both the fans and players at the Championship strugglers.

"The two most important facets in football are the supporters and the players," he tells the media in his first news conference as Trotters boss. "I need to get them both on side as quickly as possible.

"Bolton is a hotbed of football and if I get them onside there will be a tidal wave of support. They all need a lift and it's my job to do that."

Maicon earns new Roma deal

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Brazilian veteran Maicon has extended his contract with AS Roma to June 2016, with an extra year's option.

The 33-year-old wing-back, who won the treble of Champions League, Serie A title and Italian Cup when he was with Inter Milan, joined Roma in 2013 after making just 10 appearances for Manchester City.

Fans raise cash for Cunningham film

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More than £1.6m has been raised to make a film about the former West Brom and Real Madrid winger Laurie Cunningham.

Producers of the film issued a crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.4 million and investors have helped them surpass that figure, reports the

Birmingham Mail.

Cunningham became the first British player to join Real when he signed from the Baggies in 1979 and was a member of the famous Baggies' Three Degrees alongside team-mates Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis

Producers say the film, called Black Flash, will be "about a tragic hero who was adored but misunderstood".

Perhaps ex-Wolves striker Nathan Blake could play the Baggies hero (see 16:49)...

Suarez on the scoresheet...again

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Luis Suarez's goal means Uruguay are winning 1-0 against Oman. Oh, scrap that....he's only gone and made it 2-0! Typically assured finish from the ex-Liverpool striker, who dinks over the Oman keeper.

Suarez on the scoresheet

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Think what you like about Luis Suarez as a character but one thing is not in doubt - the boy is a lethal goalscorer.

The Barcelona striker is playing in his second Uruguay friendly since being banned from competitive matches for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, finding the net with a second-half strike.

Granted Oman aren't the strongest opposition in the world but still...

Blatter condemns referee attack

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has condemned a "cowardly"

pipe bomb attack on the Cyprus Referee Association's clubhouse.

The explosive caused damage to the outside the Nicosia offices of the association at about 3.30am (0030 GMT) today, a police spokesman said.

A fire bomb was recently thrown at the home of an assistant referee in the coastal town of Limassol, while earlier in the year a bomb damaged the car of a prominent international referee.

Blatter offered full support to the Cyprus Football Association's efforts to protect match officials.

Swapping tactics for scripts

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Vinnie Jones has carved himself a niche in Hollywood as a British-accented hardman. Eric Cantona knows how to play himself in a film - and how to advertise French beer. But have either won any acting awards? Probably not.

So step forward former Wales striker Nathan Blake. The ex-Cardiff, Blackburn, and Sheffield United man

has been honoured by a Welsh film festival for his acting work.

The 42-year-old took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in short film The Homing Bird, in which he plays a football coach.

Blake was honoured, along with others, at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for Film Fest Cymru 2014.

Dallaglio on England

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Lawrence Dallaglio says England must topple two of the southern hemisphere giants this autumn to prove they are good enough to win next year's World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster's men host New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia in next month's QBE Series in a critical phase of their build-up to the 2015 World Cup.

Former England captain Dallaglio said: "To win a World Cup you probably have to play and beat two of the southern hemisphere sides.

"If England came away with two out of three southern hemisphere victories, that would show they are genuine World Cup contenders."

Scunthorpe announce new number two

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Scunthorpe have named Ned Kelly as assistant to new boss Mark Robins.

The 48-year-old enjoyed a long playing career at clubs including West Ham United, Newcastle and Wolves before moving into coaching. His most recent job was as Billy Davies' number two at Nottingham Forest.

Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles

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Robbie Keane v Mats Hummels

Keane wrote himself into football's history books when his hat-trick against the Gibraltarians took him to 21 European Championship qualifying goals and 65 for his country in total.

Chances are likely to be in far shorter supply in Germany, but the LA Galaxy frontman will need no second invitation if provided with an opening.

Hummels and his defensive colleagues were unusually porous against the Poles and manager Joachim Low will be looking for a big improvement as the Germans attempt to get their campaign back on track.

Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles

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Aiden McGeady v Erik Durm

McGeady was Ireland's hero in the opening qualifier in Georgia, where he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory, the second at the death.

His direct approach will give Martin O'Neill's men an outlet on a night when they will be forced to defend for long periods.

Full-back Durm may have something to prove after being levered off the ball by Robert Lewandowski during the build-up to the Sebastian Mila strike which sealed Poland's famous win.

Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles

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The Republic of Ireland take their 100 per cent Group D record to Germany tomorrow, where the hosts will be desperate to bounce back from their shock 2-0 defeat by Poland.

Here is where the game might be won or lost:

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David Forde v Thomas Muller

Concentration was the only issue for Ireland keeper Forde during the 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar on Saturday with only one save of note to make, although he knows he is likely to be far busier in Gelsenkirchen.

Muller, playing as a lone striker, passed up a series of opportunities to find the back of the net against the Poles as he and his team-mates piled on the pressure without success, and the Republic are unlikely to be able to rely upon a repeat of that wastefulness.

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The Raheem Sterling debate continues to bubble along nicely. Here are a few more of your thoughts:

Sam Robson: I don't see the problem, I would much rather play a fit and raring to go Lallana than a below 100% Sterling. Fair play to him.

Alex Davies: I get that Sterling might be tired, but why cant he miss Liverpool games so he is fit to perform for England when needed?

Aashis: Can't blame Raheem. He is caught in the Club v Country dilemma. Who pays the wages? But Hodgson scores an own goal in weak man/media management.

Paul Johnson: Handled very badly by Hodgson. Should be more concerned about protecting Raheem Sterling rather than passing the buck.

Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

Tuilagi 'lifts Leicester spirits'

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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill says the presence of fit-again England centre Manu Tuilagi was enough to lift the Tigers in

Friday's 22-16 win over Harlequins.

The 23-year-old had missed three matches with a groin injury,

during which time Leicester failed to win a match.

"You put Manu on the teamsheet and it hurts the opposition and lifts the morale of the team and the confidence of the side," Cockerill told BBC Sport.

"Manu is world class, he hadn't played for a few weeks and he looked good, looked fit - he came back in good nick."

Giroud making rapid progress

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud is

"ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a broken leg.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton and underwent surgery at the end of August.

It was initially thought the French striker would be out for four months.

But Wenger told beIN Sports: "Olivier Giroud is recovering very well. The operation went perfectly. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation."

Lennon imagines bright Bolton future

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Neil Lennon says he is looking forward to helping Bolton climb up the Championship table and has no regrets about leaving Celtic.

"I'm happy with what I've got. It's a clean slate for everyone. I know the players well and tried to sign some for Celtic," he says.

"This is a huge challenge and that is what I was looking for. Things went really well at Celtic but it was time for a change."

Bolton right for me - Lennon

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New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says he had no doubts about taking charge of the Championship's bottom club.

The Northern Irishman, 43, had been without a job since leaving Scottish champions Celtic in the summer.

"Once I had spoken to chairman Phil Gartside on Wednesday then my mind was made up. It was just a case of persuading them I was the right man," he says.

Scotland-Poland key battles

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Kamil Glik v Steven Fletcher

Torino captain Glik is a no-nonsense centre-back who carries a threat at set-pieces. His aerial ability will help against Sunderland striker Fletcher, who is renowned for his headed goals.

Scotland will need Fletcher to hold the ball up well, as he did against Georgia on Saturday, if their counter-attacking game is to work in Warsaw.

Scotland-Poland key battles

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Robert Lewandowski v Russell Martin

Norwich defender Martin and central defensive partner Gordon Greer helped Scotland keep a clean sheet in their friendly win in Warsaw in March but Lewandowski was missing through injury.

The Bayern Munich striker took his international tally to 23 with four goals against Gibraltar last month and set up Poland's second against Germany on Saturday thanks to his strength, skill and awareness.

Scotland-Poland key battles

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Scotland take on Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tomorrow. So where might the game in Warsaw be won and lost we hear you cry?

Your luck's in, we know the answer. Here are the key battles:

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Lukasz Piszczek v Ikeche Anya

Anya's pace and direct running are among Scotland's best attacking weapons, especially away from home, as evidenced by the Watford winger's goal against Germany.

Poland right-back Piszczek missed Scotland's friendly win over Poland in March through injury but will know what to expect after Anya's goal at the home of his club, Borussia Dortmund.

Bale wants maximum haul

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Gareth Bale wants three points against Cyprus in Cardiff tonight. claiming Wales turned a corner with their draw against Bosnia-Hercegovina in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Wales fought out a goalless draw with Bosnia, maintaining their unbeaten start in Group B after an opening win in Andorra.

"We feel like we've turned a corner and the fans were absolutely amazing. It was great to have a full house almost and hopefully we've done them proud," Bale said.

There is commentary of Wales against Cyprus on 5 live sports extra tonight from 7:40pm, with Rob Phillips and Kevin Ratcliffe commentating.

Arsenal boost as duo return

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For once, some good news on the Arsenal injury front - wingers Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are back in training.

The Gunners

tweeted a photo of the pair going through their paces at the club's training ground.

England international Walcott hasn't featured for Arsenal since suffering an

anterior cruciate ligament injury during a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in January.

Gnabry has yet to play this season because of a knee problem.

BreakingTranmere manager sacked

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Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has had his contract terminated by the League Two club.

The club suffered a seventh defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten by Plymouth and are bottom of the division.

Chairman Mark Palios said: "Rob is a decent man who has worked very hard over the past few months for the Football Club.

"However, with the club currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 for the first time in 32 years it was decided this was the right time to make the break."

Edwards was appointed in May, following Tranmere's relegation from League One.

Nolan delight at early return

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West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan says he is delighted to be "back amongst it" after recovering from a

fractured shoulder quicker than expected.

Nolan has come on as a substitute in the Hammers last two games, despite initially being told that he wouldn't be able to return until mid-to-late October.

"When I first suffered the injury, the timeframe was six to eight weeks before I could get on the pitch and do anything, so I'm three or four weeks ahead of it," said Nolan on

West Ham's website.

"I've got a great team around me in the physios and coaching staff. That makes you want to be back as quickly as possible and I'm delighted to be back amongst it."

Sterling praised for bravery

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A sport psychologist has said Raheem Sterling

made a "brave" decision to sit out England's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia.

Sterling, 19, has played more than 3,000 minutes of football in 2014.

The Liverpool midfielder was used as a substitute in the Group E match after telling boss Roy Hodgson he was tired.

"To see this athlete acknowledge he would struggle to make an impact is a very brave move," Birmingham University's Dr Jennifer Cumming said.

On this day

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1894: Everton and Liverpool played the first Merseyside derby. Everton won 3-0 at Goodison Park.

2002: Britain's Paula Radcliffe won the Chicago Marathon, setting a new world record time of two hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

2010: British diver Tom Daley won gold in the 10-metre platform at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the day after he claimed gold with team-mate Max Brick in the synchronised 10m platform competition.

2011: Former world heavyweight champion David Haye announced his retirement ... though he later changed his mind and came back to fight Dereck Chisora after the pair had come to blows during a press conference.

Pistorius sentencing latest

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should not go to jail over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,

his sentencing hearing has been told today.

A probation officer appearing for the defence said Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel described the suggestion as "shockingly inappropriate".

I'm sorry, says Arsene

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for shoving Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho during the Gunners Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"Too much importance was given to this story but I should not have reacted like this. I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise for it," the Frenchman told French TV channel TF1.

Also speaking to TF1, Mourinho said: "I will not say more. I have no words to explain what everybody else saw in those images."

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Gareth Whalley: Look at Walcott. Burnt out by club and country at an early age and now suffers from many injuries. Have to side with player.

MRKB: Remember Michael Owen? All that glittering promise - most of it lived up to apart from the career longevity.

Mark: If Sterling had played, looked awful, then said he was tired people would give him stick for not saying anything before...