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Summary

  1. Dyke demands full Fifa ethics report
  2. England should boycott next World Cup - Bernstein
  3. 'Everyone wants to play against England' - Gordon Strachan
  4. England announce 72-day cricket tour of South Africa
  5. GET INVOLVED: Would you support a World Cup boycott? #worldcupboycott

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from Sportsday for today. We'd just like to point you in the direction of the Monday Night Club on

BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT, when Mark Chapman will debate the big football issues with Bolton manager Neil Lennon, BBC commentator John Motson and Times journalist Rory Smith.

Stick with the BBC Sport website throughout the evening for all the latest sports news and in-depth analysis. We'll be back here with Sportsday from 08:00 GMT tomorrow. See you then.

Olympic champion King leaves hospital

Cycling

Dani King
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Olympic cycling champion Dani King has left hospital 11 days after a training accident.

King spent two days in intensive care at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil

after the crash, in which she broke five ribs and suffered a collapse lung.

Cardiff-based King, originally from Hampshire, crashed on a regular training route in south Wales after a member of her group hit a pothole.

In a statement, the 23-year-old says: "I'll always be grateful for the unbelievable care I've received here at Prince Charles Hospital and will never be able to thank the staff enough."

Ronaldo v Messi - not a sell-out

Argentina v Portugal

BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Despite boasting the two best players in the world, Tuesday's friendly between Argentina and Portugal at Old Trafford has struggled to spark interest.

"On Saturday, only 29,000 tickets had been sold. But in recent days, ticket sales have risen beyond 32,000. Organisers are hopeful they can sell more than 50,000 - despite many tickets costing £40."

Ronaldo almost perfect, says Carvalho

Argentina v Portugal

Ricardo Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo
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Portugal and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has described Cristiano Ronaldo as "almost perfect" as the Real Madrid winger prepares to face Lionel Messi tomorrow.

The two superstars will meet in England for the first time since 2008 when Argentina play Portugal in a friendly at Old Trafford tomorrow. Speaking ahead of the match, Carvalho said Ronaldo had surpassed Messi and should now be considered the world's best.

"When you see him, he is almost perfect," Carvalho said. "Strong, good in the air, fit always. It is difficult to say what he is missing. He wants always more and more, even in training.

"I am a little bit biased, but I think he is the best. All of us expect him to win the Ballon d'Or. We are so proud of him. He had done a great job during this past six or seven years."

Cardiff Blues bring in Tuculet

Rugby Union

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Cardiff Blues have signed Argentina international utility back Joaquin Tuculet.

Tuculet can play centre, wing or full back and has signed for the Welsh region until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old, who has had spells at Sale Sharks, Grenoble and Bordeaux Begles, joins compatriot Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino at the Arms Park.

Heaton resigns from Sheff Utd community role

Football

Former Housemartins and Beautiful South singer-songwriter Paul Heaton has resigned as patron of Sheffield United Community Foundation.

The club have allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with them following his release from prison.

Heaton says in a statement: "I firmly believe that Ched Evans has the right to rebuild his career in football - but rebuilding a career should not involve walking straight out of prison and into the shirt of the club he so badly let down.

"I believe he needs to move away and move on, and the club itself needs to lift its reputation out of the gutter."

Dyke demands full Fifa ethics report

Football

Greg Dyke
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BBC sports editor Dan Roan reports: "Football Association chairman Greg Dyke

has written to Fifa's top executives demanding a report into alleged World Cup corruption is published in full.

"A 42-page summary report was released last week but quickly criticised by Michael Garcia, who spent two years investigating the claims of wrongdoing.

"The report cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption over their 2018 and 2022 bids but said England broke rules.

"Dyke wants Garcia's findings published, writing: 'We cannot go on like this.'"

Scotland v England

Football

The England press conference has wrapped up, and we'll have a full report on the thoughts of Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney up on the site shortly.

Our report on Scotland manager Gordon Strachan's press conference earlier today is up now - and he admits he is juggling a desire to beat England with satisfying his squad's hopes of featuring in the game.

"I would love to give everybody the experience of playing the game, one way or another, but I've got to balance it with wanting to win it,"

Strachan said.

England press conference

Scotland v England

England captain Wayne Rooney, elaborating on his Celtic Park memories: "I'm friends with Alan Stubbs [the Hibernian head coach, and a former Everton team-mate of Rooney], who played up here for a while.

"He told me about the atmosphere before I played here. To play here was a completely different thing. The atmosphere before the start of the game is incredible. The fans are going to get right behind the Scotland players, and we have to be ready for it."

Asked to compare Celtic Park to Ibrox for atmosphere, Rooney managed a deft sidestep: "I couldn't compare the two."

England press conference

Scotland v England

Paul Gascoigne
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Wayne Rooney on his Scotland v England memories: "The biggest moment I can remember is Paul Gascoigne's goal. There are obviously other big moments in England v Scotland games but in my lifetime that is the most fresh in the memory."

Gascoigne struck a spectacular volley in a 2-0 England win over Scotland at Wembley during Euro 1996.

England press conference

Scotland v England

England boss Roy Hodgson, asking if there can be such a thing as a friendly against Scotland: "Why not? I don't really know why not? The game at Wembley last year was fantastic for us, we had to pull out all the stops. For me that's the type of friendly you want.

"Qualifying has to be our be-all and end-all but in between we are trying to find fixtures that will test us, give us a flavour of matches to come. I won't go down the obvious route of 'we don't like the Scots' or 'they don't like us' because in my lifetime it's not something I've come across."

England press conference

Scotland v England

England captain Wayne Rooney on the form of former Manchester United colleague Danny Welbeck, now with Arsenal: "He is playing matches - and for any footballer it is always great when you are playing matches.

"I think that's shown in his performances and where we are concerned he is doing well for England. Hopefully he keeps doing well and scoring goals for us."

England press conference

Scotland v England

England captain Wayne Rooney on Scotland: "We are on a good run at the moment and I think it's important we continue this form and getting the results because we know our next game is in March and it will be disappointing if we come off a bad result with such a long wait."

England press conference

Scotland v England

England captain Wayne Rooney: "I've played here in the Champions League. It will be loud and intense. I've spoken to the players to make sure they're ready because if you're not, it can take you by surprise.

"I was excited when this fixture was arranged. I think it will be a good game."

England press conference

Scotland v England

England boss Roy Hodgson: "I don't expect it to be especially physical. It will be hard fought I'm sure, competitive. I'm sure each challenge will be competed for but Scotland aren't that type of team and set their stall out to play football like we do.

On the chances of former Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, now with Southampton, playing for England at Celtic Park: "The major focus here is on Fraser Forster and if I choose him it won't be for any sentimental reasons at Celtic Park, it will be because he deserves a start. I will disappoint one goalkeeper but I don't want to say which one of them I have chosen until we have our team meeting."

England press conference

Scotland v England

England boss Roy Hodgson: "I haven't spoken to the team yet so the team themselves don't know. We will have a team meeting at 19:00 GMT and I wont be revealing anything until then in terms of personnel.

"It's an exciting game and we know we will be given a tough test up here."

England press conference

And bang on cue, Roy Hodgson is here, as is Wayne Rooney.

Hodgson: "Everyone's fit and OK. That's good news."

Waiting for Roy

Football

Roy Hodgson
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Just in case you're wondering, we haven't forgotten about Roy Hodgson.

The England manager's press conference ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Scotland was scheduled to start at 16:15 GMT, but has been delayed.

We'll bring you quotes from Hodgson just as soon as we have some.

£20,000 fine for QPR

QPR v Man City
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And hot on the heels of the Sunderland fine we reported at 16:27...

QPR have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after admitting to the charge of failing to control their players during their 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Manchester City on 8 November.

Charlie Austin's early strike was ruled out as City goalkeeper Joe Hart had taken two touches to clear his penalty box with a free-kick beforehand.

Several QPR players surrounded referee Mike Dean to question the decision.

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Messi v Ronaldo: BBC Sport compares the international records of Lionel Messi for Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal as the two nations prepare to face each other at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Andy Murray
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One v Three: Britain's Andy Murray lines up against the combined might of Pat Cash, John McEnroe and Tim Henman as they entertain the crowd at the 02 in London.

Boycott World Cup: Former FA chairman David Bernstein says England and Uefa should boycott the 2018 World Cup to force Fifa to reform.

Vale sign ex-Chelsea defender Deen-Conteh

Football

Port Vale have announced the signing of

former England Under-19 defender Aziz Deen-Conteh on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old ex-Chelsea player made seven appearances for Greek side FC Ergotelis last season.

Vale boss Rob Page told the

club website: "I spoke to (Chelsea's U21 manager) Adi Viveash, who worked with him, and he speaks very highly of him."

Republic of Ireland v USA press conference

Football

Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill
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Asked further if he would now look at Keane's comments, O'Neill said: "It is not my job to read the newspapers every single morning, it's not, honestly. I have other things to do at this minute.

"I'm not saying they are more important, but they are issues I have to address. I might get a chance to go down and find out what was said on both sides, and then I will take a view."

Republic of Ireland v USA press conference

Football

OK, more now from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill on

the criticisms made by assistant Roy Keane about Everton pair James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman withdrawing from recent Euro 2016 qualifiers.

O'Neill said: "From my own perspective, regardless of what Roy has said, I think the situation was this: way back the two lads were not fit for the games against Gibraltar and Germany [in October], and obviously played for Everton a couple of days later. That is understandable.

"I had spoken to Seamus and Seamus just wasn't right. I didn't speak to James at the time, but there was a thought that he might have played against Manchester United then, but didn't do so.

"I hadn't really a problem with that at all, it was just that this particular time, James does have a muscle injury. He came here, he was wanting to try it and really wanted to give it a go.

"We always thought that time would be against us and I think he will be perfectly all right to play at the weekend for his club, and really there isn't much more I can say about it."

Sunderland fined £20,000

Football

Sunderland v Everton
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Back to the Republic of Ireland press conference shortly, but we'll just break in for this...

Sunderland have admitted a Football Association misconduct charge and accepted a £20,000 fine for failing to control their players during the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Everton on 9 November.

Gus Poyet's side surrounded referee Lee Mason after he awarded a penalty to the away side following a challenge by Connor Wickham on Seamus Coleman.

Leighton Baines scored from the resulting kick to make it 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining.

Republic of Ireland v USA press conference

Football

Martin O'Neill
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We promised you news from the Republic of Ireland press conference and, if you've spent the last eight hours sitting anxiously waiting for some, good news ... the wait is over.

Martin O'Neill has faced the media and - surprise, surprise - found himself answering questions not about Tuesday's friendly with the USA but about comments made by his assistant Roy Keane.

Keane had earlier spoken about his concern that Everton trio Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson might be being pressured by their club into not playing for the Republic.

O'Neill said: "I haven't picked up on Roy's comments. I don't follow him around. I haven't had the chance to read what he has said."

Henry treated for blocked blood vessel

Rugby Union

Chris Henry
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Chris Henry suffered "a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain" on the morning of Ireland's clash against South Africa, team bosses have confirmed.

Ireland's medics initially diagnosed a virus on the morning of the 8 November clash before suspecting a severe migraine, but specialists have since determined the Ulster flanker suffered a more unusual condition.

The 30-year-old missed

Ireland's 29-15 Springboks victory and now "needs further investigation and specialist opinion," according to an Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) statement.

Di Maria a top, top player - Martino

Argentina v Portugal

Angel Di Maria
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Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria will be looking to put a recent dip in form behind him tomorrow by impressing for Argentina against Portugal at Old Trafford.

But even though the £59.7m buy from Real Madrid has not scored in four games for United, his national team boss Tata Martino feels he will prove a success in time.

Martino says: "Angel is one of the top, top players in world football, but when you don't understand the league, when you are not a total expert, it is hard to make an opinion.

"His start was exceptional. Generally when players get used to a new league, to a different style, to different teams. His form now is more typical of a player going to a club, as opposed to bursting into the team."

Messi beats Ronaldo, says Martino

Argentina v Portugal

Lionel Messi and Tata Martino
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Asked about Lionel Messi's credentials for the Ballon d'Or award, Argentina coach Tata Martino - who also used to be the forward's boss at Barcelona - says: "You can't take out of the deciding process I am Argentinian, my heart lies with Messi.

"I am not the best person to judge, I cannot separate sentiment from my objective decision. Whatever season Messi has had on footballing grounds, I would still vote for him.

"I would vote for him on footballing terms. You can't separate what he is like as a human from what he is as a player."

Argentina v Portugal countdown

Football

From the BBC Sport office in Salford Quays, we can see the floodlights at Old Trafford.

And tomorrow there is a rather tasty-looking game taking place at the stadium, with Argentina facing Portugal - or, put another way, Messi v Ronaldo.

Ronaldo Messi
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Argentina coach Tata Martino has been holding a press conference this afternoon, and says he would vote for Messi ahead of Ronaldo for this year's Ballon d'Or award - handed out to the world footballer of the year.

Zidane jr makes debut

Football

Enzo Zidane
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Poor old Enzo Zidane has quite a bit to live up to.

But the eldest son of French legend Zinedine is making a good start.

Named after Uruguay legend Enzo Francescoli, 19-year-old Zidane jr made his debut as a substitute for Real Madrid 'B' in a 2-1 win over Conquense in Spain's Segunda B on Sunday.

The midfielder's younger brothers Luca, Theo and Eliaz attend Real's academy.

Whiteside starts with a win

Boxing

England's Lisa Whiteside has made a winning start at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju City, South Korea.

The 29-year-old, from Preston, eased past Yana Burym of Belarus by unanimous decision in her first preliminary bout in the 51kg division.

Whiteside, a world bronze medallist at 57kg two years ago, is hoping to seize her chance in the absence of injured Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

Her win came after an opening day success for Sandy Ryan on Sunday, but fellow English fighter Stacey Copeland was beaten by world number two Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan.

Charlene Jones of Wales advanced with victory over Caroline Veyre of Canada in the 60kg division.

Ireland endured mixed fortunes with a win for European bronze medallist Claire Grace at 69kg while team-mate Joanne Lambe went out.

Yeovil keep Palace defender

Football

League One's bottom club Yeovil have

extended the loan spell of 19-year-old Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss by a further month.

Stephenson in awe of Saints stars

Rugby Union

Tom Stephenson
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Northampton Saints centre Tom Stephenson believes he is

still earning the right to play alongside his international team-mates.

The 20-year-old replaced Samoan George Pisi to partner England's Luther Burrell in Friday's loss to Exeter, his first Premiership appearance of the season after six outings last term.

"It's easier to play alongside Luther and George, but I still get really nervous when I step on to the pitch," he told

BBC Radio Northampton. "I don't think I've earned the right to play with them yet but I think I'm getting on the right path."

5 live Football Daily podcast

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

A quick mention for the BBC Radio 5 live Football Daily podcast, though which you can catch up on all the big news and debate, with analysis and exclusive interviews.

Stewart Downing, Pat Nevin, Robbie Savage and John Motson have all featured in the last few days, and

you can catch up via our website.

Man Utd to reveal loss

Football

Manchester United will reveal on Tuesday the first definitive figures on the financial cost of missing out on the Champions League.

The club have estimated that revenues will fall this season by up to £48m - a potential drop of 11% on last season's overall revenue figure of £433m - as a result of not being in Europe.

Publication of the club's first quarter results for the financial year 2014-15 should provide accurate figures about an overall percentage drop in income.

England call up Burrell for Samoa Test

Rugby union

Luther Burrell
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Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell has been called into a 28-man England squad for Saturday's autumn Test against Samoa at Twickenham.

Burrell, who scored three tries during this year's Six Nations, has been added to the squad along with James Haskell, Calum Clark, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy Twelvetrees.

Twelvetrees, who rolled an ankle playing for Gloucester last Friday night, will have his fitness assessed, Courtney Lawes is expecetd to be OK despite suffering what coach Stuart Lancaster described as a "stinger".

Bath's Kyle Eastmond, who suffered concussion during Saturday's defeat against South Africa at Twickenham, is going through the return-to-play protocols in the hope that he will be ready.

England squad: Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).

All not well between Swiss pals?

Tennis

Federer Wawrinka
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Roger Federer and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka have, famously, one of the best friendships in tennis.

But according to John McEnroe, relations may have become a little strained after their

epic semi-final at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Wawrinka appeared to offer sharp, unimpressed words towards his opponent's support team at courtside towards the end of their three-setter and McEnroe said: "Something went on in the locker-room, there was a long talk between the players that extended well into the night.

"And the stress of that - I can't confirm all of this - but a lot of this went on and I don't think that helped the situation."

The pair - if Federer is passed fit - are set to team up for Switzerland against France in this week's Davis Cup final.

Strauss on Cook's leadership

Cricket

Andrew Strauss on Alastair Cook: "When he's played well he's scored quickly, and he's led by example. Now he needs to do that again for the next six months.

"If he does that it sets the platform then it increases England's chances of winning.

"But also it makes him feel better about himself and makes him feel he's more worth his spot in the side and it will quieten some of the media questions that have been flying around - so there's a huge amount on his shoulders."

Strauss also warns that England must win the series in Sri Lanka, which starts next week, or else their long period of 50 over preparation could "erode confidence rather than enhance it".

The cricket World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Strauss - England too fearful

Cricket

Andrew Strauss
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Some very interesting stuff from Andrew Strauss today as he talked to the BBC about England's one-day side and the captaincy of Alastair Cook.

On the team, former England skipper Strauss said: "I would argue it's not the strategy which is wrong, it's that players haven't actually played well enough and it's very hard to score 400 in a one day international if you're not confident.

"Personally I think the England players, even throughout my time playing one day cricket, have played too fearfully, they've been far too fearful of getting out. And you can't make 400 if you've got that kind of attitude.''

Black carries on at Motherwell

Football

Kenny Black will continue as caretaker manager of Motherwell while the club's board forms a shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Fir Park.

However, no permanent appointment will be made until ownership of the club is finally resolved, possibly this month.

A statement on the club website says 55 candidates from 20 countries have applied to replace Stuart McCall.

McCall resigned as manager of the Scottish Premiership club on 2 November with the team struggling to find the form of recent seasons.