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Summary

  1. Wales boss Chris Coleman defends team not wearing poppies
  2. England v Scotland, Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan (both 19:45 GMT)
  3. World Cup qualifiers: Brazil 3-0 Argentina - Coutinho among scorers
  4. Get Involved: Your best or worst England v Scotland moments #bbcsportsday
  5. Vote: What will be the outcome of tonight's England v Scotland match?

Live Reporting

By Andy Donley and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

So, on that note of Alan Shearer optimism for the England fans out there, it's time for us at Sportsday to say farewell for another day.

Of course, we've just been the warm-up act to the main event - we'll be back with our dedicated football live at 18:00 GMT to carry on the build-up to tonight's matches, from which you'll also be able to check out BBC Radio 5 live's commentary as well.

For now though you'll have to entertain yourselves for an hour. I'm sure you'll cope! 

Enjoy the football, and goodbye from us.

'I stopped presuming England will win games a long time ago'

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain

There is not long to go before Friday's match at Wembley and I would be lying if I said I was particularly confident that England will beat Scotland, because I am not.

I stopped presuming that England will win games a long time ago. I don't think we can take that for granted anymore.

If anyone needs any reminding of why I feel that way, then just think back to the Iceland game at Euro 2016 and you have your answer. It actually goes back further than that though.

That is not to say I am scared of Scotland but it will be an extremely tough game. I know from personal experience that playing them is never easy, and anything can happen.  

Read more of Alan's thoughts here.

England team news

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Wayne Rooney
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Wayne Rooney will captain England in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

The Manchester United forward was dropped for the 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott may "disappear off at any time" as his wife is pregnant.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be carefully assessed after ending a seven-week lay-off because of an ankle injury by scoring in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

Scotland team news

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Scott Brown
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Scotland striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt after injuring a knee, but midfielder Scott Brown is expected to recover from a dead leg.  

Head coach Gordon Strachan called up Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew, who can play in the middle or left side of defence or midfield, after veteran central defender and club-mate Gordon Greer suffered a knock in training.  

Hull City's Andrew Robertson and fellow left-back Kieran Tierney, of Celtic, are both missing through injury, while Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton made himself unavailable.  

Northern Ireland team news

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)

Conor Washington
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Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington is an injury concern for the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on Friday, after sitting out training on Thursday with a groin injury.

If passed fit, Washington will vie for a starting place with Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis and Will Grigg.

Liam Boyce offers another option up front, having been added to the squad, along with midfielder Michael Duffy.

Ross County's Boyce and Duffy, on loan at Dundee from Celtic, replace the injured Jamie Ward and Stuart Dallas, who withdrew from the squad this week.

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Your best / worst England v Scotland moments

Hew Grant: Being right behind the goal when Lambert powered his header home to make it 3-2 in 2013. Absolute jubilation!

Rickie Lambert
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'Big weekend for Scottish sport'

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

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With Scotland's rugby league, football and rugby union teams all in action over the next couple of days, it's easy to see why union captain Greig Laidlaw is calling it a big weekend for Scottish sport...

Being world number one feels no different - Murray

Tennis

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at the O2 Arena, London

Andy Murray might have captured the sporting headlines over the last week with his ascent to the number one ranking, but the Briton’s feet remain firmly planted on the baseline.

"Maybe when you step on the court you have a little bit more confidence,” said Murray, speaking at London’s O2 Arena before the ATP World Tour Finals. “But I didn’t feel much different when I woke up on Monday morning. I felt just the same."

And away from the tennis, the big question - will he be heading to Wembley this evening to watch Scotland take on England?

"I’m not going,” said Murray. "My brother’s going, my dad, Jamie’s coach, but I’m going home to be with my family tonight."

Piers Newbery
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England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked you who were the four players to have scored for either team during Scotland v England clashes of the 1990s.

The answers were Paul Scholes, Alan Shearer, Don Hutchinson and Paul Gascoigne. Well done to everybody who got all four.

Scotland's pink kit and other unlucky strips

Football

Scotland have to play in their pink away strip against England on Friday, which many have labelled as unlucky, but is there really such a thing as a cursed kit?  

Vote result

What will be the outcome of tonight's England v Scotland match?

We asked you to predict what will happen tonight at Wembley and only 18% of you think Scotland will get a victory.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

The full breakdown of the result is as follows...

Vote result
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When a Division Three striker silenced the Scots

Football

Back in 1989, Wolves striker Steve Bull was plying his trade in the Third Division of English football.

Then in May of that year he became an international footballer - scoring on his England debut against Scotland at Hampden Park in the Rous Cup.

As England prepare to face Scotland in a World Cup 2018 qualifier at Wembley on Friday, Bull has been reminiscing with BBC Midlands Today about the day he silenced the Scots.

England on top

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

'I think Strachan will walk'

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Chris Sutton

Ex-Celtic and England striker

If Scotland lose at Wembley on Friday, I think Gordon Strachan will walk.  

Nobody was expecting Scotland to win Group F but they should be right in the mix for second place. Instead, their whole campaign has been disappointing.  

The level of their performances has not been good and neither have their results - not just in qualifying for Russia 2018 but in all of their competitive fixtures over the past 18 months. 

On top of that, there has been Gordon's negative body language and responses in interviews. Without going over old ground too much, I think he has given Scottish football a bit of a kicking at times with some of his recent comments.

Read more of Chris' thoughts here.

Meet the managers: Strachan

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Gordon Strachan
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Gordon Strachan faces a pivotal moment in his own tenure as Scotland manager, after he reflected on his position following the defeat to Slovakia, and with criticism from fairly widespread from pundits.

The 59-year-old has held the position since 2013, and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton suggested after that match against Slovakia that the Scot no longer wanted the job.

"You never know in football," Strachan said. "All we're interested in at this moment is through the week we've enjoyed the training and the challenge coming up.

"After the game, we'll have a look at it and other results elsewhere and take it from there."

Meet the managers: Southgate

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

Gareth Southgate
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Will Gareth Southgate get the England job permanently? Does he even want it?

Southgate was put in charge of the senior team for four games following the departure of Sam Allardyce after only one match, following a newspaper investigation claiming he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

Under Southgate, England beat Malta 2-0 and drew with Slovenia in World Cup qualifiers.

"What happens to me is not important," he said. "We have to win this game for the country, and because we want to be top of the group and heading to [the 2018 World Cup] in Russia.

"What happens to me is important to my family, but other than that it isn't the purpose of the game. I want the players to enjoy the football and play well. My focus is 100% on the match and it would irresponsible and unprofessional for it to be any other way."

Four hours to kick off...

England v Scotland (19:45 GMT)

The oldest rivalry in international football is all set for its latest chapter at Wembley tonight, as England and Scotland meet for the 113th time.

The sides - who first met in 1872 - played friendlies in 2013 and 2014, but last played a competitive matches in a two-legged play-off for Euro 2000 in November 1999.    

With only one team guaranteed a place at Russia 2018, England top Group F after three games with Scotland fourth.  

Are you excited? Carry on sending your favourite England v Scotland memories to #bbcsportsday, and maybe let us know your predictions for tonight as well while you're at it.

Allardyce urges FA to act 'as quickly as possible'

Football

Sam Allardyce
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Former England manager Sam Allardyce has released a statement after it was confirmed that police would not be investigating the circumstances of his removal from the England position.

Allardyce left his post as England boss after a Daily Telegraph investigation claimed he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.  

“I welcome today’s confirmation from City of London Police that I will not be the subject of a police investigation," he said.

"I was always confident that this would be the case as there was no evidence against me. I now ask that the Football Association deals with this matter as quickly as possible."

Five-year-old Rochdale fan given award

Football

Joshua McCormack
Rochdale AFC

Rochdale's five-year-old terminally ill fan Joshua McCormack has been named the EFL's honorary player of the month.

Earlier this week Joshua, who has a terminal brain tumour, was named on Dale's bench for their Checkatrade Trophy tie at Hartlepool.

He was unable to make the match at Northern Gas and Power Stadium because of his illness, but the League One side still printed a shirt with his name and number and presented it to him the next day.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill spoke earlier this week about how Joshua's story had 'touched the hearts' of everyone at the club after the team first met him in February.  

Time for practice session number two

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man in the first practice session earlier today before this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Now it is the drivers' second attempt at mastering the conditions and the track at Interlagos.

Follow all the latest coverage from the second practice session.

Mercedes
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On this day...

Squash

In 1986 Pakistan's Jahangir Khan lost his first match since 1981 when he went down to Ross Norman in the final of the World Open Squash Championship.

Jahangir Khan
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Your best / worst England v Scotland moments

Max Young: A group of my mates all saw the 3-2 friendly win for England in 2013 for an 18th birthday trip. Walcott's goal a highlight.

Murnetti: Being in the crowd at Wembley when England beat us 3-2 in 2013. Never experienced a better atmosphere at a Scotland game.

Barry Michael Doyle: Worst: Like many, listening on radio 2 longwave in the west of Ireland to Scotland's 5-1 thrashing in 1975. #bbcsportsday

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Theo Walcott
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Relief for Manchester City fans

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Good news for Manchester City it appears after a couple of injuries during the current international break.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo suffered a dead leg that forced him to be substituted in Chile’s World Cup qualifier with Colombia on Thursday. Captain Vincent Kompany pulled out of Belgium’s friendly with Holland on Wednesday minutes before kick-off after experiencing a problem with his groin.

However, neither injury is thought to be serious, with Bravo likely to be available for City’s Premier League game at Crystal Palace on 19 November.

With City’s permission, Kompany has remained with the Belgium squad before their World Cup encounter with Estonia on Sunday, although he is unlikely to play.

Claudio Bravo
Reuters

England in good position, says Farbrace

Cricket

Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook celebrate the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara
AP

England's containing tactics in the first Test against India could pay dividends on days four and five, says assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

The tourists took two wickets in the last two overs of day three as India reached 319-4, still 218 behind.

Farbrace is expecting the Rajkot pitch to deteriorate and says "we think we're in a good position".

"We do expect the wicket to turn and we expect it to be a little more up and down as well," he told TMS. "We have seen a few misbehave over the last couple of days and I think it will start to happen more often. Any advantage you can have will be a massive advantage."

Wales have unfinished business with Serbia - Allen

Wales v Serbia (Saturday, 19:45 GMT)

Stoke midfielder Joe Allen says Wales have unfinished business with Serbia, after their heavy 6-1 defeat in a World Cup qualifier four years ago.

The two sides face off in their World Cup qualifier at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday night, with Serbia topping group D and Wales third.

Why is Jenkins called melon?

Rugby Union

He may have been tipped to one day become the highest-capped player in international rugby, but it'd be hard for Gethin Jenkins to get carried away with a nickname like Melon.

Watch as Wales pair Jonathan Davies and Lee Halfpenny are surprised by school children who quiz them on dance moves, spelling and what their real jobs are.

'Jenkins could beat McCaw record'

Rugby Union

Gethin Jenkins
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Wales captain Gethin Jenkins could become rugby's most capped player if he keeps himself fit, says Wales forwards defence coach Robin McBryde.

Prop Jenkins will set a world record for a front-row forward when he leads Wales against Argentina in Cardiff.

The 35-year-old is making his 133rd Test appearance - still 15 behind Richie McCaw's 148 - but McBryde believes he could break the record.

"He's in a good position and I can't think of a reason why he can't," he said.

"All he has to do is keep himself fit - bearing in mind he's at the age the body is the first thing that breaks down."

Police begin corruption investigation

Football

Police have opened a criminal investigation into an allegation of bribery after reviewing material from the Daily Telegraph's investigation into suspected corruption in football.

Sam Allardyce left his post as England boss after the newspaper investigation claimed he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

However, a City of London police spokesperson said Allardyce "is not part of the investigation."

Read more here.

Chelsea punishing Mikel, say Nigeria

Football

John Mikel Obi
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Chelsea are punishing midfielder John Mikel Obi for representing Nigeria at the Rio Olympics, says the country's coach Gernot Rohr.

Mikel, 29, captained his country to bronze in Brazil this summer but has not played for the Blues this season. He will play in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

Rohr said: "There is a reason why Mikel is not playing for Chelsea right now and that reason is because he played for Nigeria at the Olympics."

When asked about Mikel last week, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: "Mikel is working very well now. In the past he's sometimes had some injuries. But now he's working very hard, and I'm pleased with his work-rate."

Graham returns for England

England v Australia (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

England prop James Graham has been named in the 19-man squad for the crucial Four Nations match against Australia in London on Sunday.

The Canterbury Bulldogs player missed Saturday's 38-12 win over Scotland with a knee injury.

Half-backs Kevin Brown and Gareth Widdop are both included alongside George Williams and Luke Gale, who started against Scotland.

Wigan's Liam Farrell and Dan Sarginson plus Hull FC's Scott Taylor miss out.

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What will be the outcome of tonight's England v Scotland match?

Now is your chance to predict the future as we are asking you to give your opinion on what will happen in the match between England and Scotland.

You have five options - England to win by two or more goals, England to win by one goal, a draw, Scotland to win by one goal, Scotland to win by two or more goals.

You can vote at the top of this page on desktop sites, or by pressing the vote tab on mobiles.

We will announce the result shortly after the vote closes at 16:00 GMT.

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Your best / worse England v Scotland moments

David Easton: When Kenny Dalglish scored through Ray Clemence's legs and when Jim Baxter wound up the English team. 

David Melton: Has to be the Gascoigne goal Euro 96, and the Seaman penalty to save the game. Was lucky enough to be there.

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Kenny Dalglish
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Dyer fitness boost for Swansea boss Bradley

Football

Nathan Dyer
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Swansea City have been handed a boost with the news winger Nathan Dyer is set to return to training.

Dyer underwent surgery in September and was expected to be sidelined for two months.

The 28-year-old has made only two appearances for the Swans this season.

Dyer spent last season on loan with Leicester City and won the Premier League, but he extended his contract with the Swans at the start of the campaign.

What's for tea at Bojan's house?

Football

World Rugby issues high tackle crackdown

Rugby Union

Referees have been told to crack down on incidents which could lead to concussion in rugby union's autumn international series.

World Rugby has asked officials to be strict when it comes to tackles, charges, strikes or kicks that make contact above the shoulder line.

Sanctions up to and including red cards can be used.

"Our priority is player welfare," said World Rugby's match officials selection committee chairman Anthony Buchanan.

Read more here.

Another injury concern for Kompany

Belgium v Estona (Sunday, 19:45 GMT)

There are more worries for Manchester City fans after Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said defender Vincent Kompany would miss Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.

"He has some discomfort in his groin and he has not been training so at this point I am not going to put Vincent in contention for Sunday," said Martinez, who revealed that Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was also out with a "soft tissue injury".

Vincent Kompany
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Big Air to make Olympics debut

Qualification season begins

Snowboard big air makes its debut at the 2018 Games and the qualification process for South Korea begins this weekend in Italy.

A man-made ramp measuring 130m x 41m and covered in 600 tons of snow has been constructed in Milan for the first World Cup of the season.

Great Britain will have a seven-strong team competing and they have arrived in Milan ahead of Saturday's qualification heats and Sunday's final.

Katie Ormerod is one of Team GB's medal hopes in PyeongChang and she's pictured sizing up her task this weekend.

Katie Ormerod surveys the big air ramp in Milan
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Katie Ormerod surveys the big air ramp in Milan

'We've not been fazed by anything'

Rugby League

Steve McCormack
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Scotland take on New Zealand in the Four Nations tonight, as they look to take a victory from a campaign that has seen them lose their first two games against Australia and England.

Steve McCormack's men are aiming to become the first fourth-ranked side to register a victory in the Four Nations, but were heavily beaten by Australia in their opening match and, despite a flying start against England, they ultimately went down 38-12 at the Ricoh Arena.  

“We knew it was a difficult tournament, we’re playing the best three teams in the world," said McCormack. 

"We’ve earned the right to be here. New Zealand are a fantastic team. They need a big win and we’re really looking forward to it. We’ve not been fazed in anything. These lads, irrelevant of their experience and age, certainly won’t be fazed by facing the Kiwis on Friday.”

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Your best / worst England v Scotland moments

Alex Horsburgh: Wembley 1981...1-0 Scotland..Trevor Francis tells Joe Corrigan where John Robertson is going to put the winning goal from a penalty and gets it wrong! Corrigan goes the wrong way....

Jeremy Walker: Gazza of course at Euro 96, but Gerry Francis (2) in a great England win, 5-1 at Wembley. 

Paul Walton: Hampden Park 1999, Scotland 0 - 2 Paul Scholes.

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Paul Scholes
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Wales scrum-half Webb out for 12 weeks

Rugby Union

Rhys Webb
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Injured scrum-half Rhys Webb is to undergo ankle surgery and will be out of action until the New Year.

The 27-year-old has been released from the Wales squad to Ospreys.

he was taken off after turning his right ankle during the 32-8 defeat by Australia.

The Ospreys player missed much of the 2015-16 season after damaging ankle and knee ligaments playing for Wales against Italy in a pre-World Cup match.

A Welsh Rugby Union statement read: "It is expected that Webb will undertake a period of rehabilitation of at least 12 weeks."