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  1. Hodgson and Rooney England news conference
  2. Rooney set to win 100th cap against Slovenia
  3. Fifa's Eckert 'surprised' by criticism of World Cup report

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By Michael Emons, Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Good evening one and all

Another Sportsday comes to an end (sob), but fret ye not for there is plenty more sporting coverage throughout the evening on the BBC Sport website (hoorah!)

There's live text commentary of

Scotland v Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland's trip to Romania, while there is also live coverage of the ATP Tour World Final showdown between Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka.

We spoil you, we really do.

Enjoy your weekend, we'll see you for Sportsday on Monday at 08:00 sharp.

Don't be late.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane hopes familiarity will help him find the net when he returns to Celtic Park for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

The striker scored 16 times in 19 games during a loan spell with Celtic from Tottenham Hotspur in 2010.

"In the past, I have been very, very lucky that I have scored a few on certain grounds I have been at before," said the 34-year-old. "I am certainly hoping that would be the case tomorrow."

Xavi grew up watching Gazza


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Xavi is one of the most successful players of all time, having won 22 trophies in his career. Not bad going.

The Barcelona midfielder has spoken to

MOTD Kickabout and says he grew up watching English stars John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne and Matt Le Tissier and cites current players Jack Wilshire and Raheem Sterling as having a great future ahead of them.

It's a

great interview and you can see more of it on Football Focus on Saturday, 15 November, at 12:10 GMT on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany: "I know what I'll be watching tonight!"

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United duo leave England


And back to England, with the FA announcing that Manchester United duo Tony Strudwick and Rod Thornley will be leaving the England set-up after next week's Scotland friendly.

Sports therapist Thornley has been working with England for 13 years, while fitness coach Strudwick came on board just prior to this summer's World Cup.

'No approach for anyone' - Wigan


Let's nip away from Wayne and Roy to bring you the news that despite newspaper speculation linking the club with a move for former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, Wigan say they have yet to make contact with any individual over the vacant manager's position.

I can categorically deny that any one candidate is ahead of any other as regards being appointed as the next manager of Wigan Athletic," said the club's chief executive Jonathan Jackson.

The Championship club

sacked Uwe Rosler on Thursday, with the club 22nd in the table with three wins in 17 league games.

England news conference


Wayne Rooney, on records and the future: "I think I can achieve plenty more. I think I have many years ahead of me and if selected I will always join up with the squad and be available to play. I love doing it.

"Once you get closer to records you do look at them but if they come they come.

"It is just about trying to do what I can to help get the team the pints on the day. If records come as well, then great. I hope I can do it but it is not something that is on my mind at the moment."

England news conference


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Wayne Rooney on the crowd reception he expects to receive at Wembley: "It will be incredible.

"Obviously as a young boy it was always a dream to go out and play at Wembley.

"It will be an incredibly special moment to receive the cap from Sir Bobby Charlton."

England news conference


Wayne Rooney on his England career: "There have been some good and bad moments. It is something I have really enjoyed. It is always a great honour to play for England and something I want to continue doing for many more years.

"The goal is to win trophies but to join the group of players who have won 100 caps is something I'm very proud of.

"My debut was a proud moment and the tournament in 2004 are the moments that stand out for me."

England news conference


Wayne Rooney is now answering questions from the media ahead of his 100th cap tomorrow.

England news conference


Roy Hodgson on what the state of the Wembley pitch may be after last weekend's NFL game: "I have to have concerns with all that's been written and the reports which have been mainly negative.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm waiting to see.

"We're ready for the game on whatever surface we play it and whatever discussion on what it will be like can wait until after the game."

England news conference


Roy Hodgson on Wayne Rooney, set to win his 100th cap against Slovenia tomorrow: "I congratulate him, just like I had the pleasure of congratulating Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. It's quite incredible that under my watch four players have done the same.

"It is very difficult to summarise in just a few words what makes someone such a great England player that they can amass 100 caps.

"It is ability but also mental strength and the ability to pick yourself up sometimes when you come under scrutiny, and secondly an enormous passion to play for your country. They take the criticism and the scrutiny, they show the mental strength to come back stronger than ever.

"Any player that has played 100 times for England deserve the label great."

England news conference


Saido Berahino

On whether Saido Berahino (pictured) or Nathaniel Clyne may make their debuts against Slovenia: "I'm not prepared to name the team, but the two of them are there to play.

"I have selected the team, but when it comes to qualifiers I don't think it's necessary for me to name the team ahead of the match.

"But, I reckon they'll be a few educated guesses out there."

England news conference


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Roy Hodgson on the bad run of injuries England players have had of late: "We've had two injuries like this in training.

"(Daniel) Sturridge was the first and now Leighton.

"Michael Carrick felt he could get through his problem initially, but then pulled out. It certainly wasn't something he picked up in any of our training sessions.

"I think Leighton Baines's injury might be the accumulation of Everton playing a lot of games recently."

England news conference


Leighton Baines

Roy Hodgson begins the news conference by explaining the injury to Leighton Baines: "It was a relatively short training session.

"We'd had the warm-up and we were about to go into a game situation when he felt his hamstring.

"He obviously felt something wasn't right, but we'll have to wait until the experts do their analysis to see how bad the damage is."

'Dad would have been proud' - Javier


More from Javier Ballesteros, who spoke movingly about his late father after announcing his decision to turn pro.

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"My father had a long and difficult start in golf; mine is a bit easier, although I have a disadvantage in the sense that everyone will always compare us and will expect from me, not what my dad achieved but half of it……. which is already a lot," said Javier.

"Today, my dad comes specially to my mind. He taught me everything or almost everything I know about golf, and I would have loved him see me turning pro. I am sure he would be very proud and happy".

Here, here.


We're moments away from hearing from England manager Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Stay tuned here for the main lines.

Ballesteros jnr turns pro


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The name Ballesteros conjures images of the late, great Seve carving up golf courses and winning tournaments galore.

But now there is another Ballesteros on the block. Seve's eldest son, Javier, has taken the decision to turn professional.

The 24-year-old said: "This is something I have always wanted. Whether I will succeed or not, time will tell; however, I do not want to regret not having tried my best, and must give it a go."

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Jonny Harper: If Northern Ireland win tonight they move five points clear at the top of their group. Daring to dream...

Andrew Watson: Scotland to win 3-1, first goal scorer Naismith/Fletcher @ 100/1 for both goalscorers - worth a go.

Ged Lynam: Big Jon Walters to fire Ireland top tonight.

Mersh: The atmosphere will be immense tonight, it's my birthday so hoping for a win. Fancy it as well. 2-1 Scotland.

King Eric speaks out


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Former France and Man United striker Eric Cantona has added his voice to the growing wave of criticism of FIFA's vote to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

A day after world football's governing body was thrown into turmoil when its own chief investigator Michael Garcia criticised a report exonerating Qatar and Russia of any wrongdoing in their World Cup bids, Cantona said: Qatar is just "a very wealthy country which has bought itself a World Cup".

"When you award the World Cup to a country, it is to develop football there," Cantona explained. "But what is there that can be done in Qatar? How many people live in Qatar?"

McCoist's shock after four detained


Rangers manager Ally McCoist has spoken of his shock after four men were detained by police investigating the Ibrox takeover in May 2011.

David Whitehouse, Paul Clark and David Grier, who all work for former Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps, are understood to have been detained earlier today, along with lawyer Gary Withey, who was Rangers company secretary after the takeover.

McCoist said: "Obviously I can't pre-judge what is going to happen. I would have to say I'm shocked.

"What's happened to us in the last two-and-a-half, three years has been very tough, particularly on the staff and supporters. We just want to continue with our attempts to get the club back to where we feel we belong."

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


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Scotland keeper David Marshall has been reminiscing about his time as a Celtic player and how he played under both Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan.

He also told the BBC: "There's a lot of desperation out there from Scotland fans to qualify and you can completely understand that. We all share it.

"We've started reasonably well, but we've got to win home games now. There won't be a lot in it."

The full interview is


Compton to Middlesex?


Somerset announced earlier today that former England Test batsman Nick Compton had left Taunton by mutual agreement, and we have an update with regards to where he could end up.

The 31-year-old began his career with Middlesex and BBC London 94.9 understands

the Lord's side are favourites to sign him.

Middlesex need an opener to replace Chris Rogers, who is set to be away on international duty with Australia for much of 2015, but the club have yet to comment on speculation linking Compton with a return to north London.

Hodgson and Rooney press conference


A heads up for you to stay with us for England boss Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney are due to face the media at 6.30pm to give their thoughts on Saturday's European Championship qualifier against Slovenia.

So if you were tempted to nip off and make a spag bol for tea, don't - we'll bring you live coverage of the press conference as it happens.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


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Just under two hours to go now until kick off in the Scotland-Republic of Ireland game and ahead of the big match Ireland international Aiden McGeady has been telling the BBC how he expects to get "loads of stick".

McGeady was born in Scotland and joke: "I hope there will be a lot of Irish fans in the Scotland end."

Watch the full interview with the Everton player


Question of Sport

We set you a little teaser earlier, asking: Wayne Rooney's England debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia in 2003, but who were the four goalscorers?

Tricky one and full marks if you got it right.

The answers... Francis Jeffers for England, and Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell and Tony Popovic for the Aussies.

Wall of colour

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England will have about 80,000 fans cheering them on against South Africa on Saturday - and they will also see the backing of thousands more when they line up in the Twickenham tunnel.

Fly-half Owen Farrell admires the artwork, which is a collage of photographs from Red Rose supporters.

And I'm presuming it is the light in the tunnel which is making his head look red and not some suspect hair dye...

Kramer admits a Real interest


Germany international Christoph Kramer has not ruled out a move to Real Madrid, saying it is a "enormous honour" to be linked with the Spanish club.

The 23-year-old is in the second of a two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach and is due to return to parent club Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Leverkusen expect him back but Kramer admits he is attracted by a move abroad.

Beale back in favour

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Kurtley Beale will join the Australia squad on Sunday ahead of next week's Test match against Ireland.

The controversial full-back was found guilty last month of sending a lewd text message to former Wallabies team manager Di Patston.

He was fined almost #25,000, but found not guilty of sending a second more offensive message.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


Scotland and Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur, ruled out of tonight's game with a calf injury: Gutted not fit for but hope the boys can get a massive win. Looking forward to seeing it with the atmosphere.

How to beat the All Blacks ... possibly

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"How do you beat the All Blacks? And the first response is probably with difficulty."

So says former Scotland scrum half Mike Blair ahead of the Scots showdown with world champions New Zealand at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"If Scotland can play to the very best of their abilities,"

Blair tells the BBC, "be clinical when opportunities arise and be able to weather the inevitable onslaught of power, precision and skill, then this might not be as one-sided an affair as we have witnessed over the past decade or so."

The match kicks off at 17.30 GMT and is live on BBC Two, Radio 5 live sports extra, and the BBC Sport website.

Leave skipper alone - Bell


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A spot of cricket for you amongst all this footie, with Ian Bell insisting England skipper Alastair Cook has all the weapons required to succeed in one-day cricket.

Ahead of next year's World Cup, when Cook will lead the side, Bell also believes criticism directed at his team-mate has been "over the top".

Cook's one-day place has come under scrutiny following a poor run of form that includes just one half-century in his last eight ODI matches.

"He can adjust his game for one-day cricket, absolutely, he has proven that already," Bell said. "It is a little bit over the top, all of the criticism. He is the leading run scorer, certainly in terms of scoring hundreds for England, so he can play at this level."

Inter thanks Mazzarri


Inter Milan president Erick Thohir says it was a "difficult decision" to sack Walter Mazzarri as head coach and replace him with Roberto Mancini.

"It was a difficult decision because he has been continuously supportive of the direction that we have wanted to take the club," says Thohir.

"He has worked tirelessly and selflessly for Inter, with both belief and passion. I would like to thank him sincerely for his efforts."

Mancini can take us to the top - Inter


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Inter Milan president Erick Thohir believes the return of Roberto Mancini can catapult the Italian giants back to the top of European football.

"Our goal is to regain our rightful position as one of the very top clubs in Europe and that's why I am so happy to welcome back Roberto Mancini," he says.

"His track record both at Inter and elsewhere speaks for itself, and his international experience and hunger for success will I know drive the team to the next level."

Mancini appointed Inter Milan boss


The Premier League's favourite Italian is back in football management. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, as expected, is announced as Inter Milan's new head coach for the second time.

The 49-year-old, who led Inter to three successive Serie A titles between 2006 and 2008, replaces Walter Mazzarri.

Ex-Napoli boss Mazzarri was shown the door at the San Siro earlier today, with Inter languishing in ninth place in Serie A.

'We've the worst pitch in the league' - Pressley


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It does not sound like Steven Pressley is having the best of weeks.

After watching his Coventry side get dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league Worcester City last weekend, then threatening to ship his his players out if they don't improve, Pressley has now launched a withering attack on the state of the club's pitch.

Ahead of his team's League One clash with Notts County, Pressley told the

club's website: At this moment in time, the Ricoh Arena pitch is probably the worst in the entire Football League.

"It is so poor. When you're a manager who wants to play the game in a certain way, it makes life difficult."

Boro striker off on loan


York City have signed Middlesbrough midfielder Bradley Halliday on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old, who is yet to make his competitive debut for the Championship side, is Russ Wilcox's fourth signing since taking over last month.

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Mersh: The atmosphere will be immense tonight, it's my birthday so hoping for a win. Fancy it as well. 2-1 Scotland.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)


Former Republic of Ireland left-back Ian Harte: Good luck to the Republic of Ireland tonight. Hope you can get the win against Scotland. Keano and Shane Long to score.

Blades sign Adams


Sheffield United have

signed forward Che Adams from non-league Ilkeston for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.

The 18-year-old has scored eight goals for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club this season.