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  1. Joey Barton's Rangers contract terminated
  2. Rooney to captain England against Scotland
  3. Rugby union: England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland name teams

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By Andy Donley and Emlyn Begley

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That's all from us - we'll be back tomorrow with all the build up to England v Scotland.

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'I am what I am'


Scotland captain Darren Fletcher: "I am what I am. I act the same when I'm not captain as when I am captain. We have a number of leaders in the dressing room and when I look behind me, I'll have a lot of Scotsmen with great pride and passion.

"We're not going in here with fear or a real low. We get disappointed after results but it gives you a real steel and determination to go out there and put it right.

"We went out to the stadium and had a look around. It's a great excitement. It will be a great occasion and hopefully we can get the result to remember it by."


'Rooney is a first class captain'


Darren Fletcher on England captain Wayne Rooney: "Wayne Rooney is a first class captain and a world class player. He is a natural born leader who is not afraid to speak his mind. He is England's all time leading goal scorer. He will be the first to accept the pressure he is under and will want to prove himself". 

And on world number one tennis player Andy Murray: "For us he's an inspiration for what he's achieved in tennis. His never say die attitude, to keep improving against arguably some of best tennis players of all time. To keep driving himself forward, he's fought himself to the number one in the world. You can take inspiration from him as a sportsmen, from his desire. He's shown you can achieve almost what you wish."

'It doesn't get much bigger than this'


Scotland captain Darren Fletcher: "It doesn't get much bigger than this - there will be a little more fire in the belly, it being England v Scotland. 

"But even with a couple of disappointing results, we are by no means out of it. We can't be get drawn into these "must win" games. 

"A point would be a decent result for us.

"Every time you lead your country out it important but there is no bigger stage than Wembley in front of 90,000 fans". 

'This fixture is different for different people'


"This fixture is different for different people," Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has said.

"They are the lucky people - the ones playing. The ones who find it hard are the coaching staff. I have been here as a supporter many times. I enjoyed it as a player and as a fan - perhaps a bit too much. 

"But management is a bit different. We can't predict a result. All we can do is focus on the performance."


'They are oblivious to anything else'


Next up is Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher.

"Since we met up on Sunday, the focus has been tremendous. They are oblivious to anything else going on.

"It will be a bit of a derby game. It's a big game for England as well. Wembley is not the easiest place to play when there is expectancy on you.

"The passion isn't all coming from Scotland's side. This is a qualifying game and both teams will have fire in their bellies, desperate to win."

'The players I have are magnificent'


"Everybody has an opinion about the team. There's a lot of people who would love to be in this squad, that's for sure. I have to say the group of players I have here is truly magnificent.

"We are all passionate to be in the squad and that's good. The main thing we're thinking about is this group of players."


'We've been oblivious about anything but the game'


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "Since we met up on Sunday evening, the focus has been tremendous. We've been oblivious about anything other than the game on Friday night.

"Every time I meet with this group of lads, I get the same intensity at training, the same discipline and desire That is unquestionable. 

"The ability at times in certain areas, it is up to us to improve on that. Contrary to what footballers say, they can't give 110% - you can only give 100% and that's what these lads give."

'The atmosphere could spook a few'


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I have got a lot of good characters about the place - don't worry about that. 

"As a manager you often think, who is going to let me down but not with this team. This is a great group of lads to work with. I never go to bed thinking someone is going to let me down and someone isnt going to give me 100%. 

"The atmosphere, occasion and fans could spook a few and focus a few people but the players are oblivious about anything but the game of football. 

"My players are intelligent enough to understand the fixture. The importance of the game is understood."


'I haven't felt good about myself'


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "We've not been too pleased with the last two performances. Any game we've played after the last two, we are desperate to catch up and make up ground. 

"This game is a chance to catch up. It's a chance to feel better about myself. Over the past few years I haven't felt decent about myself. It's getting back to that level of feeling good about yourself."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has arrived for his press conference ahead of his side's game against England on Friday

We'll bring you the best of what he has to say.

Barton's short stint at Rangers


Joey Barton leaves Rangers: Midfielder's short stay at Ibrox

BBC Scotland's John Barnes has taken a look at Joey Barton's 133-day stint at Rangers.

The midfielder, who made just eight appearances for Rangers, has reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract.

The Flaws of the Game

BBC Radio 5 live

David Davies explores what's wrong with the way English football is run by the FA, and others, as well as looking at the product itself as audience figures drop for live TV matches.

Listen here.

'The spinners will be most dangerous'

First Test, India v England

A reminder that England remain on top in the first Test against India, having scored 537 in their first innings with India reaching 63-0 in their reply by the close of day two.

Moeen Ali, who was 99 not out overnight, was eventually out for 117 while all-rounder Ben Stokes top-scored with 128.

Moeen told TMS: "I felt it was going to be dangerous with the new ball but I backed myself to get over the line and get that hundred. 

"The seamers will have a role to play with reverse swing but the spinners will be the most dangerous on that wicket.

"The last 45 minutes gave us confidence as spinners. The cracks are a little bit bigger and there is a bit more rough for the spinners. The good thing is not every ball is spinning so that keeps us more in the game." 

Listen to the TMS podcast here

Moeen Ali

Get Involved - best and worst things about Checkatrade Trophy


Joseph: Not many positives floating around for the EFL but it's great to have the youth squads playing for senior selection.

Tom Bonavia: Worst? The whole format. Best? Nothing. Costing money to host games with low attendances, undermined by having U21 sides.

Mix It N Fix It Man: Best: fa trying something new to promote academy players and improve them. Worst: fans attitudes to a misguided trial system.

Fifa football museum set to lose £24m


FIFA president Gianni Infantino (left) holding a football with museum director Stefan Jost during the inauguration of the FIFA World Football Museum on February 28, 2016 in Zurich.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino (left) with former World Football Museum director Stefan Jost at the opening of the attraction

Fifa's World Football Museum in Zurich is set to lose 30 million francs (£24m; $30m) this year, Swiss media reports.

The attraction, which opened nine months ago, explores football's history through multimedia, memorabilia and archive photos.

It cost 140m francs (£114m; $141m) to build, and was the pet project of ex-Fifa chief Sepp Blatter.

A working group now hopes to figure out a better business model.

Resist revenge, Cotter tells Scots

Rugby Union

Greig Laidlaw

Head coach Vern Cotter believes Scotland must avoid falling into the "trap" of looking for revenge against Australia on Saturday.

A controversial penalty, successfully kicked by Bernard Foley, sealed a 35-34 win for the Wallabies over the Scots in last year's World Cup quarter-final. Australia visit Murrayfield for Scotland's first autumn Test on Saturday.

"It's another game, it's a year on," said Cotter.

"There were things that we took from that game that we felt that we could use to become better and improve. One of those traps you can fall into is work on the principle of revenge. There's determination anyway."

'Koeman right to say Lukaku must leave'


Koeman and Lukaku
Rex Features

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was right to suggest striker Romelu Lukaku needs to leave Goodison Park to fulfil his potential, according to two of the club's supporters' groups.

Koeman told Belgian newspaper HLN that Lukaku, 23, has potential "greater and higher" than his current club.

George McKane, a founding member of Everton Supporters' Trust, said Koeman is acting in Everton's best interests.

"It makes a pleasant change for someone to tell the truth," he told BBC Sport.

"What he's saying is what a lot of Evertonians are thinking."

'Champions League spot possible for Everton'


BBC World Service

Former Everton and United States goalkeeper Tim Howard believes the Toffees are a new prospect under manager Ronald Koeman and will be able to attract some of world football's best talent to the club.

Howard, who now plays for Colorado Rapids, also talks about how the MLS has come on "leaps and bounds" since his first spell in the league.

The 37-year-old began by telling Sportsworld's Lee James what he remembers of the MLS when he began his career on home soil.

BreakingFifa rejects Wales poppies request


Fifa has rejected a request from Wales to wear poppies on their shirts in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Wales will wear black armbands instead, while fans at Cardiff City Stadium will form a poppy mosaic before kick-off.

Football's world governing body Fifa prohibits any political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

But England and Scotland will defy Fifa's ban on players wearing poppies in their match on Friday.

I'd have dragged Sanches by the hair to Man Utd - Ferdinand


Renato Sanches
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Manchester Untied spent £90m on one dynamic central midfielder in the summer (Paul Pogba, if you weren't aware) - but one ex-player believes the club should have spent big for a second.

Former defender Rio Ferdinand told Portuguese paper A Bola that the club should have "dragged" 19-year-old Portugal and Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches to Old Trafford "by his hair".

“If I was a Man United scout, Renato Sanches would already be at the club,” he said.

“Renato is a modern player: Aggressive, strong, powerful, got technique, can shoot and pass. I like him. I’d have dragged him by his hair and said ‘let’s go!’"

Barton wilted under heat at Ibrox


Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

Joey Barton
SNS Group Craig Williamson

Joey Barton arrived at Ibrox with trumpets blaring. He leaves with a whimper; an eight-game, 133-day soap opera that was more Eldorado than EastEnders.

A short-lived and expensive failure. That's the beginning, the end and the in-between of Barton's sojourn in Scotland.

Quite how much cash this gamble will end up costing Rangers is hard to say. Estimates of his salary ranged anywhere from £16,000 a week to £26,000.

Most settled at about £20,000 - so, by that measure, in wages alone, he relieved his former employer of £320,000 for participating in wins against Annan Athletic, Stranraer, Peterhead, Motherwell and Dundee, draws against Hamilton Accies and Kilmarnock and that 5-1 loss to Celtic.

Read more of Tom's thoughts here.

Malinder out until 2017 after surgery

Rugby Union

Harry Mallinder
Rex Features

Northampton Saints centre Harry Mallinder has been ruled out until the new year following ankle surgery.

The 20-year-old was injured in their Premiership win against Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens and missed the Anglo-Welsh Cup trip to Newcastle.

Mallinder, who has played eight 2016-17 games, required surgery to stablise the joint and may be out for eight weeks.

"Operation was a success. Thanks for all the kind messages," he said on his Instagram page.

Rangers terminate Barton contract


Joey Barton

So, that spell in Scotland was short and sweet for Joey Barton. 

The 34-year-old Englishman made eight appearances for Mark Warburton's side this season, but received a six-week suspension for a training ground row with team-mates in September.

He was told to return to train with the under-20s last week, but Rangers said the midfielder had been signed off with stress on Tuesday.

The once-capped England international left Burnley under freedom of contract at the end of last season, signing a two-year contract at Ibrox.  

BreakingRangers terminate Barton contract


Rangers have terminated the contract of former England midfielder Joey Barton with immediate effect.

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Get Involved - best and worst things about Checkatrade Trophy


Wills: The inclusion of Premier League and Championship Under-23s. Its should be a chance for lower league sides to win a cup at Wembley! 

James: The worst thing is that we [Sheffield United] were in it. The best thing is that we're out of it.

Andrew Diver: It's Checkamap trophy! Cambridge & Cheltenham in Northern section, Peterborough, West Brom & Coventry Southern!

'We need to ensure cost is no barrier for young people'

Horse Racing

Half-price admission at 15 racecourses is being offered to 18 to 24-year-olds as part of a new initiative to involve young people in racing. 

The Jockey Club’s Race Pass scheme covers selected meetings at tracks including Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom and Newmarket.

Fixtures covered include the Thursday and Friday of Aintree’s Grand National meeting and the Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival. 

“We need to ensure that cost is not a barrier for young people wanting to go racing,” said Paul Fisher, group managing director of Jockey Club Racecourses.

I hit as hard as anyone - Smith


Stephen Smith
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Stephen Smith is confident it will be second time lucky when he challenges American Jason Sosa for the WBA 'world' super-featherweight title on Saturday.

Liverpool's Smith lost to IBF champion Jose Pedraza in April but believes Sosa's style is perfect for him.

On the same show in Monte Carlo, Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA 'world' bantamweight title against Venezuela's Liborio Solis.

"If I land flush on him I can really hurt him," said the 31-year-old Smith. "I hit as hard as anyone in the division. But I have to use my ability and skill first and foremost, make him miss and make him look stupid at times."

McLeod exits Yeovil for personal reasons


Izale McLeod
Rex Features

League Two club Yeovil Town have released 32-year-old striker Izale McLeod by mutual agreement, on personal grounds.

The former Milton Keynes Dons front man joined the Glovers on a free transfer in August after leaving Notts County.

He made just two league starts for Yeovil this season.

"We've decided Izale is going to cancel his contract, which I think is fair play to him and we wish him well," manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset.

On this day ...

1989: Snooker great Steve Davis suffered his biggest defeat in a final in 13 years as a professional when he lost 9-1 to Stephen Hendry in the Duty Free Masters in Dubai.

Steve Davis (left) and Stephen Hendry (right)
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Steve Davis (left) and Stephen Hendry (right)

'Ridiculously dry' weather irks Henderson ahead of Cheltenham

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

Nicky Henderson jokes he'd have been capable of giving farmers who are said to continually grumble over the state of the weather a run for their money during the recent, prolonged dry spell.

As the main section of the jump racing season gets into full flight with the Open fixture at Cheltenham (11-13 November), the three-time champion trainer reports his powerful string is operating 'behind' some others, because the grass gallops have been simply too firm to do anything on them.

That said, it might not stop outstanding novice hurdler Altior embarking on a hotly anticipated career over steeplechase fences at the Open, where injury-ravaged former top-notcher Simonsig is also set to line up, attempting to win his first race since tasting a second victory at Cheltenham's showpiece National Hunt Festival way back in March 2013.

Read more of Cornelius' column here.

Get Involved - best and worst things about Checkatrade Trophy


Oli Burgoyne: As a Portsmouth fan, this tournament has turned what used to be a competitive and exciting tournament into a farce

Jack Stringer: Best: My club isn't a part of it Worst: Everything else

Rob Holland: Worst thing is continued arrogance by EFL and Shaun Harvey that fans will accept B Teams in a FL competition 

Countdown to African Footballer award


Who will be the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016?

On Saturday the five nominees for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 will be revealed and voting will open.

The names will be announced in a live show on BBC World TV and BBC World Service radio, starting at 18:00 GMT.

Fans of African football worldwide will be able to vote via the BBC African football website from 18:50.

Voting will close at 18:00 on Monday, 28 November and the winner revealed live on Focus on Africa TV and radio on Monday 12 December at 17:35.

Find out more here.

I have nothing to lose - Hamilton

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton says he has "nothing to lose" in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, as he attempts to stop Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg clinching the title.

Rosberg, who has a 19-point advantage, will seal the championship if he is victorious at Interlagos, where he has won in both of the past two seasons.

Hamilton has never won in Brazil but clinched his first title here in 2008.

"I have had lots of experiences here. It's tough to come here and win. That's the goal," said the Briton. "I don't really know why I have not won here. I will be trying to do it this year."

Read more here.

Who needs Robert Lewandowski? We have Chris Wood

Leeds have thanked celebrity fan Russell Crowe for his "scouting" after he recommended they had a look at Bayern Munich and Poland superstar Robert Lewandowski, but said they are happy with Chris Wood.

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Bignot loses appeal against 'biting' ban


Paul Bignot
Huw Evans Agency

Newport County defender Paul Bignot has lost his appeal against a six-match ban for allegedly biting an opponent.

The incident took place in the 2-2 League Two draw against Cheltenham Town on 10 September at Rodney Parade.

Bignot, 30, was fined £600 and warned about his future conduct following an FA charge of violent conduct.

Bignot, whose ban was suspended pending an appeal, attended a personal hearing on Wednesday and had denied the charge.

Perez to drop sponsor over Mexico joke

Formula 1

Sergio Perez
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Force India driver Sergio Perez has said he will drop his sponsorship deal with sunglasses brand Hawkers, after the company joked about his native Mexico and newly elected American president Donald Trump on Twitter. 

Hawkers had suggested on social media that Mexicans could wear their glasses to hide their tears after Trump builds a wall between the countries - as he pledged to do during the election.

"What a bad commentary. Today I am ending my relations with Hawkers," Perez tweeted. "I will never let anyone laugh at my country."

Hawkers have since apologised. 

Get Involved - your thoughts on the Checkatrade Trophy

Have your say on the MOTD Facebook page

Kane Winters: Just bring back the old format, that was far better! Even though attendances weren't great they were much higher than they are now!

Glen Worrell: The trophy has lost its meaning and surely is a drain on the lower clubs now with their costs of putting on a game vs the attendances? Rethink required.

James Redfern: As a Walsall fan, the best day in our history was two years ago, getting into the final of this trophy, but it's really gone down hill with this new format! Pointless!

Scott Tonson: As a fan of a club who got to two finals in the 1990s, I like this competition but the current format/boycott shows how poor it's become. Definite rethink required

England v Scotland quiz


England v Scotland - the oldest fixture in international football, first played in 1872.

There have been no shortage of heroes and villains down the years wearing shirts of both nations.

But can you pick out the players we have silhouetted in our England v Scotland quiz?

Click here to put your knowledge to the test.