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Summary

  1. England prepare to face France at Wembley (20:00 GMT)
  2. David Cameron & Prince William to attend game
  3. Equestrian: Fox-Pitt leaves hospital after fall
  4. Tennis: Bedene case is adjourned by ITF

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By Steve Canavan, Shamoon Hafez and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's it for another edition of Sportsday, but live text and audio commentary of England v France is getting under way on the football page.

It's going to be an emotional one.

Join us again tomorrow.

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'You will be safe in France'

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French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner has reaffirmed that the Euros will be staying in France next year.

"France WILL host the Euros. Without any problem," he told BBC World Service.

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"We know that awful events like the ones we experienced a few days ago can lead to concerns but I want to ease those concerns. We will be ready, the security will be at the necessary level. 

"Naturally we will adapt the security response to the needs of the time. But really, I say to our European friends, come to France, don't be afraid, you will be safe."

'A great night of togetherness'

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Captain Wayne Rooney has been speaking ahead of England's game with France, and says the attacks on Paris were "shocking" and "hard to take in".

“But I'm happy the game is on. It shows France wants to show these terrorists they're standing strong against them, and we have to support that," the England skipper told the FA's website.

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“It will be a great night of togetherness for everyone to see, for the terrorists to see the world will go on and stand against them.

“Before the game, it will be a bit strange. I've never experienced going into a game with something like this having happened.

“Once the game kicks off, we'll try and win. But, in respect, it's a difficult situation for everyone and particularly the French team.”

Wembley pays its respects

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Wembley

After the England and France teams come out at Wembley tonight, led by a French tribute flag emblazoned with the words "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" there will be a laying of floral tributes in the technical area.

This will be done by his HRH the Duke Of Cambridge, England manager Roy Hodgson and his French counterpart Didier Deschamps, Patrick Kanner, French Secretary of State for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, FA chairman Greg Dyke and Noel Le Graet, the FFF President.

French fans defiant

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#Wembley arch just lit up with tricolore in support of #France after #Parisattacks @BBCBreaking

#Wembley arch just lit up with tricolore in support of #France after #Parisattacks @BBCBreaking

"French fans I have spoken to are all defiant in face of the attacks on Friday and are happy the match is going ahead.

"One England fan told me he never thought he would see the day he sang the anthem of fierce old rival France but would do so tonight."

'Staff prevented another Heysel-like disaster'

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French sports minister Patrick Kanner has praised security officials at the Stade de France for keeping their nerve when faced with the attacks that hit Paris last week.

He says a major tragedy had been avoided. The Stade de France was packed with 79,000 fans when three militants blew themselves up outside the venue, killing one bystander and injuring several dozen others.

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Kanner, who attended the friendly game between France and Germany on Friday and returned to the stadium on Tuesday to thank its employees, said the decision to keep spectators inside after the blasts was decisive "because a Heysel-type panic could have happened".

Kanner referred to the former Heysel stadium in Brussels where 39 people died during fan violence at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus. 

Why I'm going - Cameron

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We told you earlier that Prime Minister David Cameron will attend tonight's game between England and France.

Speaking about his decision to attend, the PM said: "The barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris have shocked the world - but also united us in our unwavering resolve the defeat this evil.

"Tonight at Wembley, football fans will join together to show their solidarity for the French people. They will send a clear message - the terrorists will never win."

'It's a big victory for democracy'

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Former France manager Raymond Domenech is attending the friendly between France and England at Wembley and has told BBC Sport of its significance.

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"It’s important because we have to show that we’re not afraid at all by what happened," he said. "Life is continuing, we can’t stop.

"It’s solidarity if the English sing La Marseillaise, it’s a big victory for democracy, for people to see that sport can join more than anything else."

On a roll

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Easy to forget but there is an actual football contest taking place later. Let's take a look at what has been said in the build-up to the game.

2 - France have won their last 2 encounters with England at Wembley after winning none of their previous 5 (D1, L4). Reverse.

Autograph hunter has book stolen

Football

A sad tale now :-(

An eight-year-old Manchester United fan who spent the 2014-15 season getting the signatures of every one of the Red Devils players has had his autograph book stolen.

The book was swiped by a man after Zayaan Khan and his dad Omaar kindly offered him a lift home from Old Trafford last week.

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"It being stolen has left the whole family beyond devastated – I don’t think words can describe how horrified we were to discover it had gone. We just can’t believe the person took it," said his mum Sabrina told the Manchester Evening News.

“Zayaan had spent hours waiting in all conditions to get some signatures, and we had even travelled with United to Moscow and on their pre-season tour of the USA. His commitment to meet the players is inspirational.”

Farewell Mitch

Cricket

Congrats to @MitchJohnson398 on a great career. All the best with your future mate.

Congrats to @MitchJohnson398 on a great career. All the best with your future mate.

'At times, he was unstoppable'

Cricket

Jonathan Trott

Warwickshire batsman on Test Match Special

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Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait were the quickest I faced. Johnson had the slingy action and was very explosive. We saw it in the 2013-14 Ashes series.

When he was on his game and the momentum was with him, he was unstoppable.  He wasn't a huge taker though, he followed it up with his actions. You could tell by his body language if he was on song or not.

On the ‘he bowls to the left, he bowls to the right’ song: I was thinking, I hope this does not come back to bite us, I certainty never sung it.

Windass plans to ignore father's advice

Football

Josh Windass has insisted he will make the final decision about his future after being advised by his father - former Hull City striker Dean - to reject a contract offer from Accrington Stanley.

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Windass Jr told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I think he feels that I'm under pressure to sign a contract but every decision I make will be my own decision, not his decision."

The 21-year-old is the League Two club's top scorer this season with nine goals in 19 games and is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Owls star Joao is 'remarkable' talent

Football

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo has urged the club to make the most of "remarkable" team-mate Lucas Joao before he is snapped up by a bigger club.

Joao, 22, has scored four goals for the Owls this season and made his Portugal debut against Russia last weekend.

"I love the way he plays. He combines power, pace, skill and he's a big guy," Semedo said. "I don't believe he will be that long for us because I think the giants will be wanting him soon."

Sturridge back in training

Football

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has taken a step towards regaining full fitness by training with the rest of his team-mates. 

The 26-year-old is yet to be available to Jurgen Klopp after sustaining a knee injury on the eve of the new manager's first match at Tottenham on 17 October.

Sturridge has played just 242 minutes across three matches this season after recovering from hip surgery which ruled him out of the final six weeks of the previous campaign.

Hatchet buried?

Cricket

Australia coach Darren Lehmann and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor shake hands after the drawn second Test.

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The Australian players had been criticised for not applauding Taylor from the field after his record-breaking innings of 290.

Also check out Kiwi opener Martin Guptill relaxing with a glass of red wine in the background.

Cumbrians clear flood water

Football

Just 24 hours after their pitch was covered with flood water, Carlisle United have confirmed that their FA Youth Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers will go ahead this evening as scheduled.

The club received help from the Environment Agency to pump water away after the nearby River Petterill burst its banks.

Brunton Park on Monday morning
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What's life like as an elite athlete?

Athletics

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"My job as a full-time athlete is far more immersive than a normal nine-to-five job - it's an entire lifestyle.

"My sporting ambitions shape almost every decision as I strive to build and maintain the ultimate physique for jumping high. It's my responsibility to nurture, protect and respect my body so that it can reward me with world-class performances."

Those are not our words, but those of British high jumper Isobel Pooley, who in her first column for the BBC Sport website discusses her "job" as an athlete, family festivities and positive thinking.

Have a read here.

Nishikori edges it

Tennis

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Good news for fans of Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese player, ranked eight at the ATP World Tour Finals - ie. the rank outsider - has just beaten Tomas Berdych in a ding-dong encounter in London, winning 7-5 6-3 6-3.

"I got a little bit lucky the last couple of games but I am really pleased I was able to win," said Nishikori.

There is a cracker coming up later - Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer at 20:00 GMT, a match you can catch live on BBC Two.

Little Lingard happy to get chance

Football

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard says he is grateful the club retained faith in his ability from a young age despite his small stature.

The 22-year-old was called into the England squad for the first time for the friendly against France at Wembley on Tuesday. 

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Standing at 5'9, Lingard admits his small stature could have counted against him earlier in his career.

"Personally I didn't think I was ready for England then as I was so small compared to the other players," he told MUTV.

"I've got a picture at home and the shirt is down to my knees! But I was obviously going to play and represent my country after getting the call."   

Spain 'wanted to play'

Football

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Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says his players were keen to play the friendly against Belgium and were disappointed with its cancellation because of security concerns.

Belgium called off Tuesday's game after the local government raised the security threat level amid an investigation related to last week's Paris attacks.

Del Bosque said the players were "calm and wanted to play", but understood the reasons for the cancellation.

He said nobody involved in the match liked it, but nothing could be done because "it was a matter of security".

Fredericks on IAAF team

Athletics

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Namibia's former Olympic sprinter Frankie Fredericks will be part of the the IAAF inspection team to check on Russian athletics reforms.

The team is being led by Norway's anti-doping specialist Rune Andersen and four IAAF council members have also been appointed following the doping scandal which has seen Russia provisionally suspended from international competition by athletics' world governing body.

Andersen and Fredericks will be joined by Abby Hoffman -the Canadian IAAF anti-doping task force since 2004 - Italy's Anna Riccardi and Geoff Gardner from Norfolk Island, a former chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission.

2,000 not out

Cricket

Adding three tonight means @root66 has 2000 runs in all formats in 2015. What a stellar 12 months #class

Adding three tonight means @root66 has 2000 runs in all formats in 2015. What a stellar 12 months #class

McIlroy has 'advantage' - Willett

Golf

Danny Willett says Rory McIlroy will be fresher than his rivals at Thursday's deciding Race to Dubai tournament.

Rory McIlroy
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McIlroy, who leads Willett by 1,613 points, has special permission to play in the DP World Tour Championship even though he has not played the required 13 events.

"I appreciate him playing makes a massive difference for the Tour, but certainly he has an advantage over guys who have played more," Willett said.

No ticket? Don't turn up

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Please note that @england v France is now OFF SALE! Please don't travel to #Wembley tonight if you have not pre-purchased tickets

Close-run thing

Tennis

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There's a cracking match in progress at the ATP Tour World Finals in London.

Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori are slugging it out, currently locked at one-set each.

Nishikori took the first set 7-5, Berdych hit back to take the next 6-3.

It's now into a decider - live coverage on BBC 2 here.

Williamson stays at Molineux

Football

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has extended his loan spell with Wolves until 16 January.

The 31-year-old has played three games so far for the Championship club and head coach Kenny Jackett said: "We're delighted Mike will be with us through a very busy December and Christmas period."

Chelsea to buy AFC Wimbledon ground

Football

Premier League champions Chelsea are a step closer to completing the purchase of AFC Wimbledon's ground at Kingsmeadow. 

The deal will raise funds for the League Two club's proposed move to a new stadium at their original home of Merton. 

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The Blues want to use the Cherry Red Records Stadium to host their youth and ladies' matches. 

At a special general meeting on Monday night the Dons Trust, the largest shareholder of AFC Wimbledon, voted overwhelmingly in favour of selling the stadium lease. 

FA Cup draw heads to Wales

Football

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The FA Cup third round draw will be hosted at the Wales Sport Awards in Cardiff on Monday, 7 December.

The draw will be presented by Mark Chapman live on BBC Two and BBC Two Wales at 19:00 GMT.

The Wales Sport Awards, held at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, will be live on the BBC Wales Sport website at 20:00 GMT and will also be available on the red button and BBCiPlayer.

Get Involved - England v France

#bbcsportsday

Both teams should line up intertwined for LaMarseillaise at Wembley tonight. What a show of solidarity that would be. #bbcsportsday #EngvFra

@BBCSport Feel extremely proud to show our support and trust our brave police force to protect both us and French fans alike #bbcsportsday

@BBCSport I'm going, with 3 others. It's important to show unity between our 2 countries and enjoy a great game #bbcsportsday

Johnson had 'lost the hunger'

Cricket

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has spoken to ABC Grandstand, explaining the reasons behind his decision to retire.

"I’ve been thinking about retiring for probably a year, it’s sort of been up and down for me and after the World Cup I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to play one day cricket anymore," he said.

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"I felt it a little bit in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, a little bit in England, but there was a time in Brisbane where those tougher days are normally the ones I love but they really challenged me and I just didn’t enjoy it.

"Out here at the Waca I just felt the same thing and didn’t enjoy the challenge of those tough days, I'd lost the hunger and I thought it was time."

Miller stays on

Football

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Kenny Miller has signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Rangers.

The 35-year-old striker is in his third spell with the Light Blues and has scored five goals in 13 appearances this season.

Miller has also taken on a coaching role with Rangers' under-20s team, working under their manager Ian Durrant.

'Human life worth more than football'

Football

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has given his reaction after his country's friendly against Spain was cancelled following attacks in Paris.

"A human life is worth more than a game of football. I was informed at 11:30pm last night that we weren't going to play the game, and this morning everyone else was informed," said Wilmots.

"Thousands of matches are played all the time, one more or less makes no difference."

'I will keep my head held high'

Tennis

Disappointed that the hearing with the ITF was postponed, I will keep my head held high.

Hopefully more positive news are coming in March. Thank you everyone in British tennis for your help.

Sightscreens to love scenes

Cricket

Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has swapped bowling for Bollywood in a new career as a movie star. 

Listen in as he tells BBC Stumped presenter Jim Maxwell about his pre-match nerves before his first screen kiss. 

Brett Lee kisses Tannishtha Chatterjee
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Answer time

A Question of Sport Teaser

Remember that teaser we set you earlier, courtesy of our colleagues at Question of Sport...

Since Mitchell Johnson’s debut in 2007, who are the six other Australians to have played more than 50 Tests?

Well the answers are in, and they are (drum-roll): Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Mike Hussey, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson.

Well done to all who got it spot on.

Ward-Prowse targets Saints captaincy

Football

James Ward-Prowse believes leading England's Under-21 side will help him achieve his long-term ambition of becoming Southampton captain.

The 21-year-old midfielder has skippered Gareth Southgate's side five times and scored in Monday's 3-1 win over Switzerland.

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"To get this experience now, it's going to stand me in good stead for the future," he told BBC Sport.

"Gareth Southgate has helped me a lot in adapting to the role of being captain. But, trying to nail down a permanent spot in the Southampton side is the priority at the moment."

Security tight at Wembley

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Police outside Wembley
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Police outside Wembley
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Triple Tim

Football

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Tim Cahill scored his first international hat-trick in over 10 years as Australia thrashed Bangladesh 4-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Dhaka.

The former Millwall and Everton attacking midfielder struck three times in 37 minutes, with Crystal Palace and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak also scoring.

Cahill's only previous hat-trick for his country was against Fiji in 2004, with the 35-year-old having scored two goals in a match on eight occasions since.