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Summary

  1. Fifa suspends Thai FA chief
  2. Build-up to Lithuania v England (19:45 BST)
  3. Ireland's Peter O'Mahony out of Rugby World Cup
  4. Injured Steven Finn out of first Test; Moeen Ali to open
  5. Get involved: #mybestcoach

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Matt Parratt

All times stated are UK

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Signing off...

That’s it for another Sportsday, but as far as live sport is concerned, we’re just getting started. We’ve got live text and radio commentary of Lithuania v England (19:45 BST) starting very soon, you can find that here.

Thanks once again for your company and contributions. Sportsday returns on Tuesday at 08:00 BST.

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The mother of all sprinklers...

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Interesting scenes in Luthuania for England's arrival. Mark Pougatch has just tweeted this picture of a firefighter on the pitch, presumably giving it a water down rather than putting out any flames.

Sharpshooter Walcott

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3 - Theo Walcott has scored three goals from just four shots on target in England's #EURO2016 qualifying campaign. Finisher.

Will review end Lancaster's reign?

Rugby World Cup

With England's World Cup officially over, the inquest into what went wrong is gathering steam, with head coach Stuart Lancaster facing tough questions about his team's early exit.

Former England and Lions star Jeremy Guscott has been sharing his thoughts with BBC Sport about what needs to be done. You can read them here.

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I want to be better than Hart - Butland

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Stoke City keeper Jack Butland is set to walk out for England against Lithuania on Monday evening with his sights set on one thing - making it permanent.

He said: "I want to be better than Joe [Hart]. He's an incredible goalkeeper and I want to battle him and I want to learn from him and push him on like he pushes me. 

"I've known him for a long time and he's been my role model for years, ever since I first came across him at Birmingham. He was imposing, aggressive and brilliant at what he does."

We'll have live text and radio commentary of Lithuania v England from 18:30 BST approx.

The train approaching the football ground is...

Football/travel

What's the last thing you expected when you go to a football match?

Granted there are quite a few different answers to that question, but how about this one - a steam train chugging down the touchline.

Well, we kid you not, it happens on a regular basis at the home of Slovakian amateur side TJ Tatran Čierny Balog.

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The Mirror

As this story in The Mirror explains, the train chugs past during matches, proving an ever-so-slight distraction for both those on the pitch and in the stand. On the upside, if you're a football fan and a trainspotter, what could be be better?

What the stat man says...

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Roy Hodgson's team will have to break a 14-year curse against Lithuania if they are to win tonight...

A reminder that we will have live text and radio commentary available here from 18:30 BST approx.

0 - England haven’t won their final away qualifier in a single campaign since the 5-1 win vs. Germany in Sept 2001 (D3 L3 since). Challenge.

Southgate praises keeper Butland

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England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has said keeper Jack Butland's second senior call-up is proof of the FA's development system in action.

The 22-year-old captained the youth side in their latest Euro campaign and will step out for Roy Hodgson against Lithuania on Monday night.

Southgate told the FA website: "He’s a real example of how the England development system has worked. I think England has been as big a part of his development as his club career has, there have been certain periods when we have almost kept things alive for him in a playing sense and been a focus for him.

"He was a terrific captain for us last year and we’re all looking forward to watching him in Lithuania."

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Listen - Fitzpatrick's celebration sandwich

Golf

How do you celebratewinning a big-money golf tournament,the first of your career, if you're a 21-year-old man on the European Tour? With a sandwich and a round - of golf - at your local course, that's how.

Well, at least that's how Matthew Fitzpatrickchose to mark his British Masters title this weekend, anyway. Listen to the man himselfthanks to this clip from 5 live In Short.

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Van Persie and Depay 'bust-up'

Football

Manchester United striker Memphis Depay and former Red Devils targetman Robin van Persie have reportedly had a bust-up during a training session for the Netherlands.

Boss Danny Blind confirmed there was a spat before their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifier win over Kazakhstan, and was quoted by www.telegraaf.nl as saying: "There are sometimes situations in training where players think different. Then you talk about it. That's what happened and then it's over."

Baxter plans to stay loyal to Exeter

Rugby Union

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says he will honour his long-term contract at the Chiefs, even if there is a chance for him to join the England coaching set-up.

England's coaching structure is under scrutiny following their failure to make it out of their World Cup pool.

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"I expect players to emotionally buy into the club and that's what I've done. I'm not going to back out on my contract now," Baxter told BBC Devon.

"Nothing will change at Exeter in the coaching set-up, regardless of what happens to the England guys."

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John McEnerney: "Young man, you need shooting for asking who is the best coach - Brian Clough, pure & simple the best coach."

Sorry, boss... 

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World Cup injury levels 'not extraordinary'

Rugby Union

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell was stretched off during their win over France on Sunday

World Rugby has said the injury numbers in this year's World Cup are not "extraordinary in any way" despite 21 withdrawals so far.

The figure was 19 for the entire 2011 tournament, however chief executive Brett Gosper said the high profile of some of the most physically intense matches - namely England v Wales and Ireland v France - has given the impression that the competition has been more brutal than usual.

At the 2007 World Cup, 37 players were forced home early through injury. Mr Gosper said: "Our early indications are that England 2015 is not tracking any differently to any other tournament in the past. 

"Visually it is looking more serious because of the size of two of the games where injuries have been happening, but our monitoring is not showing the number to be extraordinary in any particular way."

Traore out for long term

Football

Monaco's Malian international midfielder Adama Traore has suffered a fractured ankle in training and will be out indefinitely.

The 20-year-old, who signed in the off-season from Lille, has made six appearances this season, including four starts, and has contributed one assist.

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The Empire striker's back

Football

Kevin Davies has given one Sportsday member New Hope that they will one day own the AT-AT Walker that eluded their childhood after the newly-retired striker posted a picture of his soon-to-be-sold Star Wars toy collection on Twitter.

The 38-year-old, who retired this year after more than 20 years in the game, wrote: "One last battle before this lot is sold on."

Check out the pictures below. Coincidentally, Davies is due to speak to BBC Radio 5 live about England caps very soon.

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Pitch (just about) perfect

Football

Newcastle say they have no worries about the pitch at St James' Park, declaring it will be in "fantastic" condition for Sunday's Premier League clash with Norwich.

Since the Magpies' last home fixture on 26 September, the stadium has been used for three rugby union World Cup matches.

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But Newcastle's deputy head groundsman Andrew Tully told the club's website: "At the end of the day it's a football pitch - not a rugby one - and we are in the process of a quick turnaround to get it ready for football again.

"The pitch hasn't gone anywhere - it's still there. You've got the rugby markings and a bit of damage from the games.But by Sunday it will be looking fantastic."

And the answers were...

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked you: As it stands, which four teams will be making their European Championships debuts in 2016?

Well done if you answered: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Northampton Town takeover deal off

Football

Northampton Town's prospective takeover by an Indian consortium is off, after the group pulled out of the deal.

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza revealed in June that the unnamed London-based group were interested in the League Two club.

But the group said in a statement on Monday: "It became apparent there were a number of complications surrounding the proposed acquisition."

The news comes before Friday's deadline from Northampton Borough Council to repay a £10.25m loan.

bbc-coverageWatch World Boxing Championships

Boxing

The AIBA World Boxing Championships are taking place in Doha, Qatar, at the moment, and the BBC Sport website is going there live at 16:55 BST approx.

Britain's super-heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce (pictured right) is in semi-finals action in today's session. You can watch it here and also find it in 'Live Coverage' at the top of this page.

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Get Involved - My Best Coach

Tweet #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

We wondered how long it would be before someone sent us a picture of an actual coach for today's Get Involved topic. Matt Stanley has stepped up to the plate. Touche, Matt.

Keep your entries coming to #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

Never would have got where I am today without this legend! #mybestcoach

Never would have got where I am today without this legend! #mybestcoach

Lancashire trio sign new contracts

Cricket

Lancashire have agreed new contracts with seam bowlers Kyle Jarvis,Tom Bailey and Gavin Griffiths.

Former Zimbabwe international Jarvis, 26, took 62 wickets in the County Championship to help the Red Rose county to promotion from Division Two. 

Bailey, 24, established himself this season with 35 wickets, including 5-12 against Leicestershire in May.

Griffiths, 21, made his Twenty20 debut on Finals Day as Lancashire secured the T20 Blast title against Northants.

Goals galore

Football

33 - Poland have scored more goals in Euro 2016 qualification than any other nation (33). Force.

Then again, they do have Robert Lewandowski in their team.

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The Bayern Munich frontman has scored nine goals in his last five Euro 2016 qualifying games.

Coleman ready for contract talks

Football

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Wales manager Chris Coleman says he is ready to discuss a new contract now Euro 2016 qualification is secured. 

Coleman's deal ends next summer but he has refused to negotiate an extension with the Football Association of Wales during the qualifying campaign. 

The 45-year-old believes reaching an agreement will be a formality but wants to ensure the correct "structure" is in place to ensure further improvement. 

He said: "We've got to keep pushing these lads and that's the only way. It's not about resting now we've got to France. We've got think about how we replicate this campaign after we've been to France. We've got to qualify for the [2018] World Cup."

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Paul Bowen: Purely for being about 20 years ahead of his time, Carwyn James, still the only coach to win a Lions series in New Zealand.

Pocock avoids ban

Rugby Union

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Australia's David Pocock has avoided being cited for striking Wales hooker Scott Baldwin with his knee in their Rugby World Cup match.

Pocock received a warning from independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds but was not cited for foul play, and so is free to play in the quarterfinal against Scotland on Sunday.

'It's not easier' - part three...

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'It's not easier' - part two

Jamie Carragherwriting in his column in the Daily Mail,  said: "It has never been easier to win an England call-up.

"If anyone doubted that, Roy Hodgson's latest squad proved how quickly a young player can be elevated. Dele Alli's inclusion in the group for the games against Lithuania and Estonia caused eyebrows to be raised."

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Hodgson replied: "I think you have to be careful with those sorts of comments because I don't think it's a situation where the moment you kick the ball correctly from A to B you'll get in the England team. It's not like that at all.

"But if you do come in and make an impact as a young player and there are a lot of injuries in the first team, there may be opportunities.

'It's not easier'

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Roy Hodgson has rejected claims that it has never been easier to win an England international call-up.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher made the accusation after Tottenham teenager Dele Alli was brought into the squad for the final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania after only three Premier League starts.

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"With Dele, you have to bear in mind the number of injuries we've had," said Hodgson.

"When I thought of the group in June, and what it was going to be like in October when we play our final two matches, there would have been six or seven who would have been with us." 

Alli is expected to start tonight's final qualifier in Lithuania. Never ones to miss a plug, have we mentioned you can follow live commentary on the BBC Sport website..?

Moeen a risky opener - Boycott

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Geoffrey Boycott is typically forthcoming with his views on Moeen Ali being England's opener against Pakistan.

He said: “I think it’s a stop-gap decision because they can’t seem to find an opening batsman to partner Alastair Cook and they’re not sure what to do. 

"It’s an obvious ploy if you open with Moeen then you can get the leg spinner in the team without disturbing the all-rounder Ben Stokes. It’s vital you have two spinners because of the heat.

"I just feel that it’s hit-or-miss, cross your fingers, when he goes into bat because he plays shots, wonderful shots. But he plays the ball on the up, he takes chances. He may come off, he may not. But he doesn’t seem to have a tight enough defence for me to make a success of it .He’ll have the odd innings when he plays well, but he’ll have some more when he gets himself out."

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Women's FA Cup draw - part two

Football

... and here's the final part of the draw. The matches are due to be played on Saturday, 24 October.

Coventry Ladies Development v Stone Dominoes, Marlow v Luton Town, Enfield Town v Great Shelford, Peterborough Northern Star v Hemel Hempstead Town, Wymondham Town v Bedford, Ipswich Town v Great Wakering Rovers, Lowestoft Town v London Corinthians, Old Actonians v Southampton Saints, Denham United v Crystal Palace, AEK Boco v Chichester City, Larkhall Athletic v Swindon Town, Fulham Foundation v St Nicholas, Keynsham Town v Maidenhead United, Gillingham v Herne Bay  

Women's FA Cup draw - part one

Football

The draw for the fourth qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup has been made. Here's the first instalment...

Whitley Bay Women v Woolton, Chester-Le-Street Town v Brighouse Town, Morecambe v Hartlepool United, Mossley Hill v Blackburn Community Sports Club, Middlesbrough v Liverpool Marshall Feds, Tranmere Rovers v Steel City Wanderers, Burton Albion v Radcliffe Olympic, The New Saints v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Long Eaton United v Leicester City Ladies, Nettleham v Leicester City Women

Butland to win second cap

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England have already qualified for Euro 2016 as Group E winners.

Roy Hodgson's side beat Estonia 2-0 on Friday in their final competitive fixture on home soil before next summer's tournament in France.

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Stoke goalkeeper Butland, 22, has only featured for his national team once before, playing the first half of a 2-1 friendly win over Italy at Wembley in 2012.

Midfielder Shelvey has played for England three times, while defenders Jagielka and Jones have 37 and 17 caps respectively.

All change

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'A very interesting team'

Lithuania v England (Mon, 19:45 BST)

So, only a few hours now until England aim to become only the sixth team in European Championship history to win every qualifier.

Phil Jagielka will captain a starting XI which also contains Jack Butland, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey.

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"We have a very interesting team for Phil to lead out," manager Roy Hodgson said. "We are ready for the task and will do our level best to win.

"We respect Lithuania. They did very well to get a draw against Slovenia. We will face a very well-organised team."

We'll begin counting down to the game over the next few hours,

'You should have stayed'

Football gossip

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Daily Express: Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes former team-mate Pedro (who by the looks of this pic can't get enough of being lectured by Ronaldo)should have stayed at the Nou Camp rather than join Chelsea.

According to the paper, Alves said: "I told Pedro he should have stayed at the team but too many people got involved.

"Had he stayed he would have been happy here but we don’t make the decisions. If we did I would want him to stay for years."

Pompey sign Owls' Lavery on loan

Football

Portsmouth have signed Sheffield Wednesday's 22-year-old striker Caolan Lavery on a three-month loan deal.

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Missed a trick?

Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

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Former skipper Michael Vaughan has been giving his two-penneth about England's three-Test series against Pakistan - and he reckons it will be harder than facing Australia or South Africa.

"This is the most difficult by a country mile because of the conditions and because of the inexperience of spin that England have got," Vaughan said.

"I wonder if England have missed a trick with their preparation."

Full article here.

Duo move to Melbourne

Football

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Scotland international Kim Little and Wales' Jess Fishlock have joined W-League club Melbourne City on loan from Seattle Reign.

The midfielders helped Reign finish top of the National Women's Soccer League table this year only to lose 1-0 in the championship final to Kansas City.

Little, 25, will remain with Melbourne until February.

But 28-year-old Fishlock will stay with head coach Joe Montemurro's side for the full season.

12-strong team revealed

Gymnastics

The GB team has been announced for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

Four of Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners from London 2012 - Max Whitlock, Louis Smith MBE (pictured), Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis - will compete in the six strong men’s team. Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan complete the squad.

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The women’s team consists of sisters Rebecca and Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Kelly Simm, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler.

The Championships take place from 23 October to 1 November.