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Summary

  1. Mason called up for England, Lallana out with groin injury
  2. FA plan to restrict non-EU players
  3. Liverpool's Skrtel charged with violent conduct
  4. Alonso to return for Malaysia GP
  5. El Clasico reaction after Real Madrid lose and Bale is criticised

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By Adam Williams and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Thompson targets Swindon swansong

Football

Midfielder Louis Thompson is determined to recover from a shoulder injury in time to make a final appearance for hometown club Swindon Town.

The 20-year-old agreed a move to Norwich in January but was loaned back to Swindon for the remainder of the season.

However, a dislocated shoulder could prevent him playing for the League One side again this term.

"Maybe it's me being optimistic but I haven't ruled out playing at the end of the season,"

he told BBC Wiltshire. "The physio is doing his nut about that a little bit, but I'd like to think I can play at least some part.

"Even if it's 30 seconds on 3 May, I'll be happy with that."

Microphones for football refs?

Football

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Rugby Union referee, Nigel Owens, who was widely praised for how he handled England's latest Six Nations match, suggested microphones for referees in football would be beneficial.

He said it would be a "very interesting" development because it makes players watch their language and fans would be able to hear what football players "call referees".

Mr Owens said the most important aspect of refereeing sport to a high level is "control" of not only the rules, but the players, by being "authoritative and firm".

Listen to Owens' comments on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

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The battle to finish in the top four

Ukthrylos: The current Liverpool side may not be good enough to make it through the Champions League qualifying rounds if they finish fourth; it may be best if they set a target of fifth or give it their best to win the FA Cup which also guarantees a Europa League group stage without any early summer matches to play. I can see Arsenal going second and Man Utd/Man City very close for third and fourth.

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Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"I'm on the Monday Night Club ️tonight talking how good the last two Manchester United performances have been #blownaway Also Gerrard, refs, Bale, Greg Dyke!"

The Monday Night Club is on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Tottenham's Ryan Mason has been called into the senior England squad for the first time.

Midfielder Mason, who has featured regularly for Spurs this season, has previously represented England at U19 and U20 level.

His call-up follows the withdrawal of Adam Lallana through injury.

Phil's crystal ball

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

"Predictions: Saturday, 4 April: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, Everton 1-1 Southampton, Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa, Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City. Sunday, 5 April: Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur. Monday, 6 April: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City

"Verdict: Arsenal's meeting with Liverpool is the big one here and so tough to call. I expect Arsenal to score against Liverpool and then it is a question of the Gunners being able to keep out Liverpool's flowing attacking football.

"I do not foresee too many problems for Manchester United or leaders Chelsea, at home to Aston Villa and Stoke City respectively - but Spurs will be tested at Burnley and Manchester City will have to show rather more steel than they exhibited away at Anfield and Turf Moor recently to justify the faith I've put in them."

How the table will look:

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Remember, this is all just a bit of fun, but why not have your say on how the remainder of this season will pan out

at the bottom of Phil's article.

Football

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

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"Greg Dyke tells me number of English players in the Champions League this season (23) is 'pathetic'."

Football

Under the new FA proposals [see entry at 18:17 GMT]:

  • A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - a drop from the current age of 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
  • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
  • At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club from the age of 15.
  • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England, with the process for dealing with appeals to be tightened.

FA plan to restrict non-EU players

Footbal

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FA chairman Greg Dyke

has warned Premier League football is in danger of "having nothing to do with English people" as new proposals to limit the number of non-EU players are outlined by English football's governing body.

The FA has also revealed plans to toughen the rules on home-grown talent in the latest proposals from its commission, which was set up in 2013 to improve the England team.

The commission has also proposed changes to work permit rules having highlighted flaws in the system.

Speaking to the BBC's sports editor Dan Roan, Dyke said: "We don't want to stop the outstanding talent coming here, but there are an awful of bog-standard players as well."

Van's the man for Feyenoord

Football

Former Arsenal midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been confirmed as Feyenoord's new manager, starting in the summer.

The 40-year-old is currently assistant to Fred Rutten, who will leave the Dutch club at the end of the season. He will sign a two-year contract as Feyenoord manager.

Here he is stroking a concerned-looking tiger.

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Southend's Prosser out of hospital

Football

Some positive news from Southend United today, as the League Two club club confirm that defender

Luke Prosser has left hospital after being knocked unconscious in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Cambridge.

The 26-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after being hit by Ryan Donaldson's second-half free-kick.

The club have said he was released from hospital later that day, but is not likely to play in the Shrimpers' next game against Bury.

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Do you agree with this top-six prediction for the end of the season by BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty?

Hafijur: I highly doubt 2nd 3rd 4th will finish with that many points. Maybe one or two of the three teams will finish with that many. McNulty only predicted Chelsea to drop 2 points, Arsenal to drop 4 points, Man Utd to drop 5 points Man City to drop 8 points, Liverpool to drop 14 points, Southampton to drop 12 points. No Spurs to on the table. Most likely miles off with the predictions points wise.

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Can Falcao find his form?

Football

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao

Footballers across the globe are jetting off to meet their international team-mates ahead of the upcoming games. Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has just touched down in Bahrain to meet up with his Colombia team-mates ahead of playing two games in the Middle East.

"I feel I need to support him because I understand how hard it is for him and the difficult moment he is experiencing,"

says Colombia coach Jose Pekerman. "I want to work with him again and help him restore his confidence."

How the title will be won...possibly

Football

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Chelsea have won the Premier League!

That's the headline you will be reading in May, according to our chief football writer Phil McNulty. Have a read of his piece about

how he sees the title race unfolding.

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Skrtel charged by the FA

Football

In explaining Martin Skrtel's charge,

the FA said in a statement: "In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite officials will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other.

"They will then advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous."

BreakingSkrtel charged by the FA

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is charged by the Football Association with violent conduct.

Skrtel appeared to stand on De Gea's leg in the final seconds of Sunday's game with Manchester United, which the Red Devils won 2-1.

Six Nations shortlist

Rugby Union

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England have the biggest representation on a 12-strong shortlist for this season's

Six Nations player of the tournament.

Centre Jonathan Joseph, fly-half George Ford, scrum-half Ben Youngs and number eight Billy Vunipola all feature among the group.

Champions Ireland have three players on the list - captain Paul O'Connell, centre Robbie Henshaw and scrum-half Conor Murray.

Welshmen Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar are included alongside Scots Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray, and Italy captain Sergio Parisse.

Never too old

Football

Emile Heskey may be 37 but he's still able to do a job at Championship level and is a

shining example for other strikers, according to Bolton manager Neil Lennon.

Lennon thought the ex-England international stood out in Bolton's 1-1 draw with Wigan on Saturday, telling BBC Radio Manchester: "Heskey is showing everyone how to play centre-forward and he's 37. That is why he has been at the top for so long.

"Our play, apart from Heskey, going forward was not great. We looked very light."

Hull deny FA charge

Football

It is a busy day at Football Association towers as Hull City deny, and appeal against, an FA charge of failing to control their players during the Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday 14 March.

The appeal will be heard by an independent regulatory commission.

BreakingMcAuley red card transferred to Dawson

Football

The FA confirms that West Brom have been successful in a claim against mistaken identity for Gareth McAuley's red card on Saturday.

Referee Neil Swarbrick admitted he sent off the wrong man at the Etihad Stadium after Craig Dawson had fouled City striker Wilfried Bony.

"The standard one match suspension is now transferred to Craig Dawson, with immediate effect," the FA says in a statement.

McNair hoping for international debut

Football

Paddy McNair
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Paddy McNair

hopes he can realise his ambition of playing for Northern Ireland in Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park.

The Manchester United defender, 19, is expected to make his debut in the game.

"It would be a dream come true if that happens. It would be a very proud day for me and my family," says McNair.

Skrtel to be charged by FA

Football

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will be charged by the Football Association for the incident with Manchester United's David De Gea at Anfield yesterday.

It is expected Skrtel will be charged with breach of rule E3 - violent conduct.

Skrtel appeared to stand on De Gea's leg in the final seconds of the game, which United won 2-1. Referee Martin Atkinson was due to send in his report this morning, with the FA free to act if the official confirmed he had not seen the incident.

As yet, the FA have made no comment on the matter.

Stateside Sergio

Football

Sergio Aguero in Washington
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Premier League players get spread far and wide across the globe during international break and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has

tweeted a picture of him taking in the sights of Washington DC.

Aguero is with the Argentina squad ahead of their friendly against El Salvador on Saturday which is being played at the greatly named FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

That's the home of the Washington Redskins in case you were wondering.

Messi makes me cry - Herrera

Football

Lionel Messi's performances can be mesmerising to watch but for Ander Herrera, they almost move him to tears.

Speaking to El Pais, the Manchester United midfielder said: "The last time I cried? I almost cried watching Messi against Man City. He's so good!

"But anyway, I get emotional very easily. But hey, I get excited easily and not only with the major teams. I'm a classic man and I was delighted when we played vs Yeovil Town in front of 8,000 standing people yelling at me: "Who are you?""

Back to the Premier League for Bale?

Football

Gareth Bale
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Iwan Roberts believes Gareth Bale should look to move back to the Premier League if he continues to receive criticism.

On Monday, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that it was obvious Real president Florentino Perez had "paid 100m euros for someone worth 20m euros" whilst fellow publication AS refused to rate the Real Madrid forward's performance in Sunday's El Clasico.

Former Wales international Roberts says: "He is still a young lad and if he is still getting the stick he has been getting over the last four or five months now, come to somewhere people appreciate you."

Familiar face set to face Wales

Football

Former Swansea City striker Itay Shechter has been

named in Israel's squad for Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.

Charlton defender Tal Ben Haim, Celtic's Nir Bitton and Beram Kayal of Brighton have also been included in coach Eli Guttman's 25-man squad.

Israel top the group having won all three of their games so far.

Wales are a point behind in second with two wins and two draws from their four games.

Sturridge doubt for England?

Football

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

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"Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is being assessed by England medical staff at St George's Park today, having picked up a hip injury.

"Unlike his injured club team-mate Adam Lallana, the striker did report for training with the national team today but is now considered a doubt for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania on Friday.

"Sturridge's potential absence could pave the way for Tottenham's Harry Kane to make his debut at Wembley."

Quids in?

Horse racing

Back to the future
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Do you remember the film Back to the Future 2? In it, a character called Biff takes a copy of Grays Sports Almanac 1950 to 2000 and gives it to his younger self in 1955, who makes a fortune gambling with it.

If you could go back in time armed not with a book of sporting statistics but the knowledge that AP McCoy would be the top jockey for two decades, what could you win?

If you'd gone back to 2000 and decided to put £1 on him to win every race he rode in, would you be rolling in the winnings? Bad news I'm afraid, you'd have lost £1,743.63.

Read why in our BBC Magazine article.

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Warrington's Evans out for four months

Rugby League

Warrington Wolves prop Ben Evans has been ruled out for four months after

having surgery on a ruptured hamstring. The 22-year-old Wales international was injured in Wolves' 32-24 loss at Super League leaders St Helens on Thursday.

Extra World Cup qualifying spot for Europe?

Football

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino wants European nations to be granted an extra qualifying spot for the Fifa World Cup in 2018.

Thirteen European countries competed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Infantino wants a 14th in 2018, in addition to Russia, who qualify automatically as hosts.

"If you look at it objectively, 19 of the top 32 ranked associations are European,"

he said. "The winners of the last three World Cups were three European teams, so I think it's absolutely objective and fair."

Fulham face FA charge

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Fulham have been charged by The FA for

failing to control their players during their Championship home match against Leeds last Wednesday.

The allegation relates to an incident which occurred in or around the 51st-minute of the match at Craven Cottage.

Leeds won the match 3-0.

Fulham have until 25 March to respond to the charge.

Emenike asks to be subbed

Football

Football
BBC

Watch the video of Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike asking to be substituted in the 1-0 victory over Besiktas after he received abuse from his own fans.

The Nigeria international reacted angrily to jeers after losing the ball and took his shirt off, storming off the pitch, only be to be talked back on by his coaching staff.

He was replaced at half-time.

Wembley no place for losers - Smith

Football

Walsall manager Dean Smith
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Walsall manager Dean Smith says he was

disappointed the Saddlers did not give their fans more to shout about in Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final defeat by Bristol City.

The Saddlers' first-ever appearance at Wembley

ended in a 2-0 loss.

"I'm proud of all the supporters,"

Smith told BBC WM 95.6. "They got behind us in their droves. We just wanted to give them more to shout about.

"The build-up is superb, but Wembley is no place to be on the losing team. We were very down on the coach on the way home but we've just got to pick ourselves up now for the rest of the season."

Lukaku out for Belgium

Football

Romelu Lukaku
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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has withdrawn from Belgium's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

The 21-year-old limped off during

Everton's 2-1 win at QPR on Sunday after reporting a problem with his right hamstring.

Belgium will play Cyprus in Brussels on Saturday before travelling to Jerusalem to take on Israel next Tuesday.

Manager Marc Wilmots confirmed Lukaku had reported for duty but wouldn't be featuring.

Clarke dreaming of history

Golf

Darren Clarke
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Darren Clarke admits the

timing of his appointment as European Ryder Cup captain could not be better.

The Northern Irishman will attempt to lead Europe to a historic fourth successive victory at Hazeltine, United States in 2016.

His good friend Davis Love will lead the American team for the second time.

"If I could have chosen where and when, then it would have been America and now," said the 46-year-old.

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A few more of your reactions to Jeremy Guscott's teams of the Six Nations here:

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Alex Simms: Surely Vunipola gets in ahead of Parisse, Healy, as much as I love him, is a crazy selection and I'd have Webb in for Youngs.

Rugbai: Halfpenny, North, Joseph, Henshaw, Huget, Sexton, Youngs, Marler, Baldwin, Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Warburton, Parisse.

Muhammad Raja: Halfpenny, North, Joseph, Henshaw, Huget, Sexton, Youngs, Marler, Baldwin, Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Warburton, Parisse.

Three out of Republic squad

Football

Jeff Hendrick
Inpho

In case you hadn't noticed, it's the start of international week and not a great start to preparations for the Republic of Ireland.

Jeff Hendrick, Anthony Pilkington and David McGoldrick are

out of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday.

Derby midfielder Hendrick, who started in the Republic's qualifier defeat by Scotland in November, has a hip injury.

Cardiff's Pilkington has a hamstring problem with Ipswich striker McGoldrick missing because of a thigh injury.

Jonathan Walters, Aiden McGeady, Robbie Brady and Glenn Whelan remain in the squad despite recent injury concerns.

Monye calls time

Rugby Union

Ugo Monye
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Some breaking news from rugby union and former England and Lions wing

Ugo Monye has announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old won 14 caps for England and played two Tests for the Lions in 2009, scoring a crucial try in the third Test victory against South Africa at Ellis Park.

Monye has played over 200 times for his club Harlequins, winning the Premiership title in 2012.