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Summary

  1. Lineker urges Hodgson and Rodgers to stop 'sniping'
  2. Neymar scores four in crushing Brazil win
  3. Build up to Scotland's trip to Poland
  4. Republic of Ireland in Germany to face world champions
  5. Get involved: What would you like to see banned from sport? #notjusthats

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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It's time to make way for our live football text commentary team as kick-off approaches in Croatia in the Euro 2015 play-off. Can Gareth Southgate's England Under-21s qualify for the Czech Republic tournament? That is followed by the Euro 2016 qualifiers featuring Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Don't forget to join us here on Wednesday where Sportsday Live will bring you rolling updates, debate, discussion and reaction to BBC Sport's biggest annual

Price of Football. It's going to be huge.

Until then.

Knives out for Hiddink

Football

Gus Hddink
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We mentioned earlier that Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink is already feeling the heat just three games into his reign.

Here's the proof.

After last night's 2-0 defeat in Iceland - which leaves the Dutch with three points from a possible nine in their Euro 2016 qualifier group - former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer said: "I think Guus doesn't have really a game plan, With all due respect for Hiddink, he's 67 years old.''

Top-selling national daily De Telegraaf says the team is ``in a state of decay.''

And immediately after last night's defeat, star winger Arjen Robben told reporters: "(We were) rubbish. Not worthy of the Netherlands team."

Who'd be a football manager.

Birthdays

Clarke Carlisle (35, soccer) - Former Burnley and QPR defender, and ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.

Brendan Powell (55, racing) - Won Grand National on Rhyme 'n' Reason in 1988.

Steve Cram
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Steve Cram (54, athletics) - Former world 1,500 metres champion, now a commentator.

Matthew Le Tissier (45, soccer) - Former Southampton and England forward, now a television pundit.

Gautam Gambhir (33, cricket) - India batsman, born 1981.

Michael Duberry (39, soccer) - Former Chelsea and Leeds defender, born 1975.

Bradford action on fighting fans

Football

Bradford City have promised to crack down hard on anyone involved in the fighting that followed Sunday's defeat at Barnsley.

Police are investigating the ugly scenes which broke out among a group of travelling fans after the final whistle at Oakwell.

City director of operations, David Baldwin, has warned that any perpetrators will be punished and told the

Telegraph & Argus: "We pride ourselves on eradicating any bad behaviour."

Villa teen signs new deal

Football

Aston Villa's attacking midfielder Jack Grealish signs a new four-year contract at the club. The 19-year-old

says: "I've had a season ticket at Villa since I was four-years-old and came to every game, so this is a big thing for me and my family."

Ajmal in line for a return?

Cricket

Saeed Ajmal
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Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes Saeed Ajmal has rectified his bowling action and is ready to undergo a test to return to cricket.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had hired Mushtaq to help Ajmal, who was barred from bowling in international cricket in August for an illegal action.

"Once he clears the informal test we will than ask the ICC to test out Ajmal so that he can be cleared before the World Cup," PBC chairman Shaharyar Khan said.

Countdown to kick-off

Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

Gareth Southgate makes one change to the England side that started the first leg against Croatia. In comes Tottenham defender Eric Dier for Michael Keane.

England: Butland, Dier, Shaw, Hughes, Gibson, Moore, Berahino, Forster-Caskey, Kane, Carroll, Redmond. Subs: Garbutt, Bond, Lascelles, Ince, Woodrow, Pritchard, Baker.

One hour to kick-off

Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

Croatia Under21s v England Under21s
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BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball

in Vinkovci: Interesting commentary positions we have in England U21s in Croatia. View slightly restricted.

Coverage: Live updates on BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

Countdown to kick-off

Germany v Republic of Ireland

Germany midfielder Julian Draxler says the world champions see it as their 'duty' to beat the Republic of Ireland tonight and get their Euro 2016 qualification campaign back on track.

Just three months after lifting their fourth World Cup title, Germany host the Irish desperate for a win after Saturday's shock 2-0 defeat to Poland in Warsaw.

Martin O'Neill's Ireland are chasing their first win over Germany in 20 years, but Draxler said: "The defeat in Poland hurt. We see it as our duty to get the rudder back on course.

"Being world champions doesn't mean being unbeatable."

Blackpool chairman slams Rooney Rule

Football

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says introducing the Rooney Rule into English football would be an "insult to people" in the sport.

The rule requires NFL American football franchises to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate for senior coaching jobs.

Oyston tells the

Blackpool Gazette: "To think skin colour is a consideration is ridiculous. Appointments have to be on merit."

Cavendish announces return to track

Track Cycling

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish announces his return to the track next month to ride in the Ghent Six Day races. The 29-year-old Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider is bidding to recover peak condition after requiring shoulder surgery following a crash on

stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate in July.

Swedish defender dies after illness

Football

Swedish defender Pontus Segerstrom has

died at the age of 33, two months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The IF Brommapojkarna captain made 14 appearances in the Allsvenskan, Sweden's top-flight, before he was diagnosed after suffering a headache.

His final outing was a Europa League qualifier against Torino on 31 July.

Get involved

After new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players from wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

Richie Macca: How about banning post match interviews? Seldom informative, and feature more clichés and platitudes than a politician's speech.

Edd Scicluna: I would ban inappropriate squad numbers for players of certain positions. Used to drive me mad when William Gallas wore 10.

Alistair Smalley: Making the praying sign to the ref.

Rob Fysh: Cars. Make them walk, cycle or take the bus.

We're here until 4.30pm today, so you've got another hour to get your suggestions in, Tweet #notjusthats or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Wolves keeper out after back surgery

Football

Aaron McCarey
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Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey faces a lengthy spell out of action following an

operation on his back.

"It's quite serious," said head coach Kenny Jackett. "I would estimate two to three months. Aaron has a disc in his back that's basically bulging and needed correction through surgery."

McCarey's injury leaves 20-year-old Jon Flatt as the only cover for Wolves' first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme.

Look who's back in the gym

Athletics

Jess Ennis
Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill has posted this picture of herself on her

Facebook page next to a message that reads: "Back in the gym...building back into training! Exciting and slightly scary! My journey to Rio starts now."

The 27-year-old Olympic heptathlon champion missed the Commonwealth Game in Glasgow in the summer because she was pregnant. Ennis-Hill, from Sheffield,

gave birth to Reggie on 17 July. She plans to defend her Olympic title at the 2016 Rio Games.

Scotland face tough task

Football

Gordon Strachan
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Scotland have a huge game in Poland tonight, when Gordon Strachan's side will be aiming to follow up

victory over Georgia with another positive result.

But Poland are brimming with confidence after

beating world champions Germany and their boss Adam Nawalka says they won't get complacent against the Scots.

Nawalka said: "As soon as the Germany game ended we were thinking about Scotland.

"We have to be prepared mentally and physically and we need a good game plan like we had against Germany."

On this day

1878: Two local teams took part in the first football match under floodlights at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

1996: Mark Bosnich, then of Aston Villa, was charged with misconduct by the Football Association after his Basil Fawlty impersonation at Tottenham, which had angered Spurs' Jewish following. The Australian claimed he had not realised his Nazi-style salute had been offensive.

2000: Jim McLean resigned as chairman and managing director of Dundee United following the fall-out from a violent altercation with a television reporter during a live interview.

Shane Warne
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2004: Australia spinner Shane Warne equalled the record for most wickets in Test cricket by claiming his 532nd scalp in the second Test against India. He ended his Test career with 708 wickets.

2007: South Africa beat Argentina 37-13 to set up a rematch with England in the rugby union World Cup final. The Springboks went on to beat Brian Ashton's side to claim the global crown.

Suarez remains upset over racism claim

Football

Luis Suarez patrice evra
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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he remains 'upset' about being accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra, then a Manchester United player, in 2011.

In an interview with

Barcelona's official website, Suarez said: "When I say I'm sorry it's because I regret something. Being sorry implies regret. But they have also sometimes judged me on things that aren't true, such as the racism thing.

"I was accused without evidence and that's what grieved me the most. The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me."

Argentina cruise to victory

Hong Kong 0-7 Argentina

It is all over in Hong Kong where Argentina have thrashed the hosts 7-0 in a friendly, substitute Lionel Messi scoring two during his 30 minutes on the pitch. Gonzalo Higuain and Nicolas Gaitan also scored two, while Ever Banega got the other.

Countdown to kick-off

Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

Croatia v England Under-21s
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BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball

on Twitter: Heading to this stadium shortly to see if England U21s can qualify for Euro 2015. England lead 2-1 from the first leg and are trying to qualify for an unprecedented fifth successive Euros. Updates from the second leg v Croatia on BBC Radio 5 live.

Poland v Scotland

Twitter
Barry Bannan Twitter

Looks like the weather in Warsaw is a bit like it is here in Salford - distinctly murky. But it's not stopping Scotland's Barry Bannan getting excited about tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, the midfielder

tweeting: "The stadium in the distance, can't wait to get to the game now".

Pistorius: Sentencing update

The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius case has scrutinised his charity work, as it tries to show he deserves jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On the

second day of the athlete's sentencing hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the main motive of the work was to further his career.

Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp last month - but was cleared of murder.

The defence is trying to show prison would be an inappropriate punishment.

The sentencing hearing is expected to last several days, with lawyers for Pistorius hoping they can prevent a jail sentence.

Countdown to kick-off

Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

Saido Berahino
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Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 side is just a couple of hours away from the second leg of their Euro 2015 qualifier against Croatia.

Goals from Tottenham's Harry Kane and West Brom striker Saido Berahino in Friday's first game at Wolves' Molineux stadium ensured England

have a 2-1 advantage heading into the encounter in Vinkovci, close to the Serbian border.

Berahino. who has scored nine goals in nine games at this level - putting him within four of the age-grade record shared by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers - said: "We expect Croatia to give their all, they won't give an inch at their place and it will be

a time for cool heads."

The 2015 European Under-21 Championships - an eight-team tournament - will take place in the Czech Republic next June.

Messi night in Hong Kong

Hong Kong 0-6 Argentina

Lionel Messi has scored just moments after coming on as a substitute for Argentina in a friendly away to Hong Kong. The score is 6-0 with 15 minutes remaining, Nicolas Gaitan and Gonzalo Higuain netting two each.

Armitage deal - latest

Rugby Union

Steffon Armitage
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Bath say a deal to sign the Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage is now unlikely.

The club had been close to finalising an agreement with Armitage and the Top 14 club, but Bath head coach Mike Ford says they haven't been able to finalise terms.

Ford says if Armitage plays for Toulon in the European Rugby Cup this weekend then there is no chance he will move to the Rec this season.

Dean agrees new Widnes contract

Rugby League

Widnes Vikings centre Chris Dean signs a new three-year contract. The 26-year-old scored eight tries in 27 appearances last season. "He's still only young and we feel we are only just scratching the surface with him," says head coach Denis Betts.

Get involved

After new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players from wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

Lee Foster: Diving. Dish out three game bans which can be retrospective after review post match.

Chris Wiseman: Gloves any earlier in the year than December!

Simon Paul Reeves: I would ban people on the pitch, you know the type of people who think it's all over.

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Button: Not worried about future

Formula 1

Jenson Button
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Jenson Button feels he can do no more to convince Ron Dennis he is worthy of a new deal for next season.

Out of contract at the end of the campaign, Button currently finds himself in limbo with McLaren Group CEO Dennis yet to make up his mind as to his driver line-up for 2015 and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso likely to be available.

"I am just enjoying racing," said Button. "I am not doing this for any reason to stay in F1. I am doing it for me.

"I am not thinking if I do a good job I'll get a drive. I have been in this sport too long.

"I'm not worried or scared with regard to whatever direction I go in in the future."

Ainslie aims for lasting legacy

Sailing

Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie says he hopes basing his America's Cup team in Portsmouth will

create a lasting legacy on the south coast.

Ainslie, 37, won the race with Oracle Team USA last year and he is spearheading Britain's bid to win the 35th America's Cup, captaining a team for the next event in 2017.

"Through this team we really have an opportunity to raise the profile of sailing and the marine industry in the south coast," Ainslie told BBC South.

"We really wanted to be here in Portsmouth, because not only is it a fantastic sailing venue to race and train, but we also wanted to integrate in the local community and we are extremely grateful for their support in hosting us."

Raining goals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong 0-3 Argentina

Argentina have Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria on the substitutes bench but they have already established a 3-0 interval lead in a friendly away to Hong Kong. Sevilla's Ever Banega opened the scoring before Gonzalo Higuain added the second. Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan scored the third.

Get involved

As new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

Paul Lanney: Ban substitutions in the last five minutes of matches, will help stop time-wasting by teams making unnecessary changes!

Adrian Bell: Yellow cards for taking shirts off, gloves, cycle shorts under normal shorts and coloured boots.

Raphael Olawale Lambert: I'd ban coaches from shaking hands and heading to the tunnel while the game is still on.

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Scotland fans confident

Poland v Scotland (19:45 BST)

Poland v Scotland
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BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin

in Warsaw: "I'm with some pretty confident Scotland fans in Poland who say this is a must-win game."

Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & online. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website.

Brazil 4-0 Japan

All over in Singapore and Neymar finishes with all four goals as Brazil ease to a 4-0 victory over Japan. Fair to say it's been a good day at the office for the 22-year-old.

Beaumont leaves St Helens

Rugby League

Former Hull KR forward Richard Beaumont leaves St Helens without playing a game for them. The 26-year-old prop joined Saints on a two-year contract 12 months ago but struggled to shake off a groin injury and is expected to retire from the game.

"The club and Richard Beaumont have agreed to part ways,"

said a St Helens spokesman. "He leaves with our best wishes and good health for the rest of his career."

Brilliant Neymar

Football

Neymar
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Not one, not two, not three, but four. Brazil lead Japan 4-0 in a friendly international in Singapore with Neymar scoring all four goals. The Barcelona forward has netted three goals in the space of 33 second-half minutes to add to the one he netted before the interval. They're still playing. Can he make it five?

Burnell defends London Welsh's Premiership place

Rugby Union

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell

has defended his side's place in the Premiership.

Welsh, who are bottom of the table, lost their sixth successive game on Saturday and have conceded 272 points.

The Oxford-based side earned promotion to the Premiership after beating Championship table-toppers Bristol in a two-legged play-off.

"The rules were whoever wins the play-off goes into the Premiership," Burnell told BBC Radio 5 live. "We earned the right to play in this competition and that is what we will be doing."

Mertesacker's set-piece plea

Football

Per Mertesacker
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Centre back Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal need to improve their defending and attacking at set-pieces.

Picking up on a topic his manager Arsene Wenger has already spoken about, Mertesacker said: "We have to go through the set-pieces and say what went wrong because last year we had quite a good record. We need to improve on it this season because we've conceded from them already.

"Attacking corners is a part we have to improve as well. The deliveries, the timing, there's a lot of detailed things we have to improve. We have to make sure that we are ready and concentrating on every set play."

Carroll: I haven't let West Ham down

Football

Andy Carroll
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West Ham United striker Andy Carroll insists he has not let the club down despite not featuring this season due to a damaged ankle. The 25-year-old has started just 12 Premier League matches since joining in a

club record £15m move from Liverpool in June 2013.

"I know I've had problems with injuries and I'm not hiding away from that," Carroll tells Tuesday's

London Evening Standard. "Hopefully this is the last one and I can get it out of the way.

"The club have put a lot of faith in me, paying so much money, but I don't feel like I've let them down. It's an injury that I couldn't help."

US launch Ryder Cup task force

Golf

Tiger Woods
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The PGA of America has created an 11-member task force to look into every aspect of the Ryder Cup.

The task force includes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the best two players of their generation who have spent most of their careers on the losing end at the Ryder Cup.

But it doesn't include Paul Azinger and Ben Crenshaw - the only winning United States captains in the last 20 years.

German star out of Ireland game

Football

Chelsea forward Andre Schuerrle has been ruled out of Germany's European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland tonight with flu.

Schuerrle's absence further reduces coach Joachim Low's options, with Christoph Kramer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Marco Reus, among others, already missing.