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  1. Rooney retires from international football
  2. Spurs linked with PSG full-back Aurier
  3. Walker-Peters signs new deal with Tottenham
  4. Liverpool v Hoffenheim (19:45 BST)
  5. Six EFL Cup second-round ties
  6. LIVE TONIGHT: Cheltenham v West Ham, 5 live

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By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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And that's where we end for today. It's the Champions League draw in Monaco tomorrow afternoon so join the team for that. Cheerio now.

Bradley Lowery tribute match

Here's something a lot of people will want to be involved in, a charity match at Everton's Goodison Park on 3 September in honour of Bradley Lowery, who captured the hearts of football fans across the nation.

Bradley's family are encouraging fans to support the 'Cancer Has No Colours' message at the celebrity match between ‘Bradley’s Blues’ and ‘The Lowery Legends’.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under-16s and funds raised will benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community. They can be purchased online, from the Goodison Road ticket office or the club’s city centre ticket facility in Everton Two.

@Bradleysfight 💙❤️ | Next month, we'll be hosting a charity match in memory of @BradleysFight at Goodison. VIP pack……

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Cheltenham v West Ham (Wed, 19:45 BST)

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There will be updates from Anfield in tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 BST but the commentary match comes from Whaddon Road where Cheltenham host West Ham in the EFL Cup. Ali Bruce-Ball will be joined in the com box by much travelled former striker Steve Claridge. These are two of the few teams he did not turn out for!

Klopp on Coutinho

Liverpool v Hoffenheim (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool face Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off at Anfield tonight holding a 2-1 advantage from the first-leg. Jurgen Klopp has had a lot of Coutinho questions to field in the build-up to the match, but though the Brazilian playmaker will not be in the side, Klopp insists there are no problems.

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Southampton v Wolves (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Lots of EFL Cup action across the BBC tonight and BBC WM will have live commentary of Southampton against Wolves.

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Villa target Snodgrass

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Aston Villa hope to sign Scottish international Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham until the end of the season. Snodgrass played for Villa's manager Steve Bruce at Hull, helping him gain promotion to the Premier League in 2015. West Ham signed Snodgrass for around £10m last January but the 29-year-old has not settled at the club.

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Berbatov joins Indian Super League

Dimitar Berbatov, now 36, who displayed many a sublime touch for Spurs, Manchester United and Fulham and has since played for Monaco and PAOK, is now going to be plying his trade in the Indian Super League for Kerala Blasters, who also have former Manchester United and Sunderland defender Wes Brown in their ranks.

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Northern Ireland eye qualification

More on the Northern Ireland squad now and Michael O'Neill's team, who are currently second behind Germany in World Cup qualifying Group C, four points clear of Czech Republic as they seek a first appearance at the finals since 1986, can guarantee a second-placed finish in this forthcoming double header if results go their way.

They travel to San Marino next week and then face the Czechs in Belfast the following Monday.

QPR's Conor Washington has been recalled after he missed the last qualifier to get married and Jonny's brother Corry Evans is another addition from the most recent squad having overcome a groin injury.

There is also a place for Craig Cathcart despite the fact he is yet to appear for Watford this season, with groin and knee issues restricting him to just a solitary appearance in his country's qualification campaign so far.

Sunderland's Paddy McNair and Nottingham Forest's Jamie Ward are injured and there is once again no place for Will Grigg, who is not so much on fire these days as he is yet to start a league game for Wigan this term.

Evans named in Northern Ireland squad

Jonny Evans

West Brom's Jonny Evans, the subject of a recent £18m bid from Manchester City, has been included in Northern Ireland's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers despite a hamstring concern.

West Brom team-mate Gareth McAuley is missing from Michael O'Neill's 25-man group for the matches against San Marino and Czech Republic next month because of a thigh problem, while Liam Boyce ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a pre-season friendly.

Northern Ireland squad: Roy Carroll (Linfield), Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St. Johnstone); Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Millwall), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United), Adam Thompson (Bury), Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham), Tom Flanagan (Burton); Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Gwangju), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paul Paton (St. Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Burton); Kyle Lafferty (Hearts), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Conor Washington (QPR), Shay McCartan (Bradford).

Goalkeeper Gazzaniga joins Tottenham

Other news now and maybe not the signing Spurs fans might have hoped for, but the Lilywhites have brought in 25-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton.

We are delighted to announce the signing of Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton. #WelcomePaulo

We are delighted to announce the signing of Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton. #WelcomePaulo

Rooney should play until 2018 World Cup - Sven

More from former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who gave Rooney his international debut in 2003: "If I was the manager I would try to convince him to delay it (the international retirement) until after the next World Cup," Eriksson, 69, said.

'I hope he will change his mind'

Wayne Rooney and Sven

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson speaking to Sky Sports News: "It is a fantastic career, sometimes he has been criticised but fact is fact - the games he has played and goals he has score

"During my time he was world class, you don’t score than number of goals without being."

Rooney retires from internationals

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At 31 it feels too young for international retirement. Robbie Keane got 17 international goals *after* his 31st birthday.

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Pip Dudderidge: Rooney was the last remaining member of that amazing '04 side. His experience will be missed. Lack of real leaders scares me.

Tobias Xavier: No sense, still very young and unproven in major tournament with the World Cup next year could have used his experience

Rooney announces international retirement

And here is the reaction from the Toffees.

👏 Congratulations on an incredible @England career! 👏
👏 Congratulations on an incredible @England career! 👏
👏 Congratulations on an incredible @England career! 👏
👏 Congratulations on an incredible @England career! 👏

👏 Congratulations on an incredible @England career! 👏

Rooney retires from internationals

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And so ends Wayne Rooney's international career of over 13 years in which he became England's record scorer with 53 goals and the most capped outfield player with 119 appearances - only goalkeeper Peter Shilton, with 125, has more.

In fact Rooney last played for England in November but manager Gareth Southgate maintained he would still be in his plans if he started regularly for his club.

After leaving Manchester United to return to Everton this summer, Rooney has started all five matches they have played. Southgate was at manchester City on Monday to see him make it two goals in two Premier League appearances and rang Rooney to tell him he would be recalled to the England squad tomorrow.

But Rooney says he has come to the "really tough decision" to bow out to focus all his energies on helping Everton be successful.

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Not all of you have been quite so complimentary:

bROCKerz: Carried to and though every tournament since 04. Not there when it mattered - Rooney won't be missed

Paul: Rooney's international goal tally is misleading. A handful of goals against good sides only.

Rooney announces international retirement

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More from former England captain Terry Butcher: "I think he did fulfil his potential in an England shirt, he went on to become the leading goalscorer played in three World Cups and played some fantastic games.

"He has always been approachable in all my dealing with him working for 5 live, a perfect captain and perfect leader.

"He has always shown a great deal of dignity and class."

Rooney retires from internationals

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Former England captain Terry Butcher speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "You do know as an international player when you have reached the point of no return. Sometimes you want to jump before you are pushed.

"I would have loved him to have gone to Russia and lead England at a fourth World Cup but he has had 13 great years and he will know in his heart and head that it makes sense to concentrate for Everton."

'Rooney is an icon'

Wayne Rooney, who will not be 32 until October, earned his first cap against Australia in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 111 days to become England's youngest international, a record since taken by Theo Walcott.

FA chairman Greg Clarke said of the Everton forward's international retirement: "Today marks the end of an era in international football. Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game.

"As his country's all-time leading goalscorer and most-capped outfield player, it goes without saying that Wayne has deservedly earned the right to forever be called a Three Lions great."

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A fresh-faced Wayne Rooney on his England debut in 2003

Rooney quits international football

Wayne Rooney's reaction has got social media abuzz...

I remain convinced we would've won Euro 2004 if Wayne Rooney had stayed fit.

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I remain convinced we would've won Euro 2004 if Wayne Rooney had stayed fit. Peak England Peak Rooney

Terrible decision! Needed Rooney at the World Cup!

Henrik Larsson (31) retired from international football then played in two Euros and a World Cup. May not be end of Rooney's England career.

Rooney was undervalued - Lineker

It was only yesterday that Gary Lineker said Rooney was undervalued and was probably one of "Britain's top-10" players of all-time.

"England went through a time of being bereft of world-class talent - it was just him," said former England captain Lineker.

"He's gone to play in tournaments, sometimes not fully fit, sometimes fit, in a team that's not really good enough, and he's suffered a little bit from that.

"Those of us who remember his early career - he was phenomenal. He did it in Portugal. We might have gone on to win that one if he hadn't [got injured], we were looking so good."

Lineker hails Rooney

England's highest ever goalscorer calls it a day. Congratulations to @WayneRooney on a magnificent international career. A player's player.

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'I hope everyone will get behind the team'

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney made his major tournament debut aged 18 at Euro 2004 and scored four goals in the tournament, but broke a bone in his foot during England's quarter-final exit to hosts Portugal.

England have yet to progress beyond the quarter-finals of a major tournament since Euro 1996.

In his statement explaining his decision to retire from international football, Rooney said: "One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.

"Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team. One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity."

Rooney quits internationals to focus on Everton

Wayne Rooney, who scored 53 goals in 119 international appearances for England, with more on his decision to retire from the national side.

The 31-year-old, who has scored in both of Everton's opening two Premier League matches since returning to Merseyside, said: "Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton.

"Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful. I will always remain a passionate England fan."

Southgate wanted Rooney return

England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has released a statement explaining his decision to retire from international football, revealing that coach Gareth Southgate had wanted to recall him to the national squad.

"It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that.

"However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football. It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me."

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Rooney retires from internationals

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Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from international football at the age of 31.

#Breaking England's record scorer Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from international football in a statement……

Rodgers sets Christmas target

Following that aggregate victory over Astana, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants to still be involved in European football at Christmas following the end of the group stages.

The top two in each group qualify for the Champions League second round, with third place entering the Europa League knockout rounds.

The Scottish champions will be making their 10th appearance in the group stage and will discover the three teams who will join them in their group in tomorrow's draw in Monaco.

Celtic will be in the fourth pot of seeds unless Liverpool fail to progress against Hoffenheim tonight.

Celtic want to be in European football after Christmas - Rodgers

Celtic through to group stage

Were any Celtic fans getting a little anxious during last night's Champions League play-off second leg? Maybe not with a 5-0 first leg advantage, but the Scottish champions for the last six years were 4-1 down to Astana in Kazakhstan before scoring two late goals for an 8-4 aggregate win.

Celtic fans in Astana

Palace patient over Zaha return

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer will not be taking risks with Wilfried Zaha's rehabilitation from a knee injury.

Ivory Coast international Zaha was injured in the opening-day defeat to Huddersfield and has missed the last two matches.

Palace boss De Boer, whose side entertain Swansea at the weekend aiming for their first Premier League victory of the campaign, said: "Wilf is a very robust player, the first couple of days (after the injury) are very important to have a rest and, from now on, I think he's going to start rehab.

"We don't know how long it will take. "The risk is that you start too early, that he can have a setback, so we are going to see and don't put a time on it right now."

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Stoke v Rochdale (Wed, 20:00 BST)

Plenty more EFL Cup commentary across the BBC tonight and BBC Radio Manchester will have live commentary of League One Rochdale's visit to the Potteries to face Stoke.

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Aurier set for five-year Spurs deal?

We knew Spurs were interested in PSG right-back Serge Aurier, well on the day their exciting academy product Kyle Walker-Peters signed a new contract, the Lilywhites are set to spend £23m bringing PSG's Ivory Coast international Aurier in on a five-year contract, the London Evening Standard reports.

Perez to leave Gunners?

Reports in the London Evening Standard that Arsenal are expected to agree a £14m deal to sell Spanish forward Lucas Perez, 28, to Deportivo.

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After the mighty Barcelona were hacked, who would you like to see take charge of which Twitter account and why? Please keep your ideas coming in to #bbcfootball

Lewis Hobson: Remembering this classic I'm not sure if it would have been better if Leeds said their account had been hacked.

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Liverpool target group stage

Liverpool v Hoffenheim (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Everton's Merseyside neighbours Liverpool are also in European action - minus Coutinho of course - as they bid to secure a place in the Champions League group stage.

Coutinho is reported to be absent through illness as the Reds take a 2-1 lead to Anfield against Hoffenheim, who beat Werder Bremen 1-0 in their opening Bundesliga game on Saturday.

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Toffees on their travels

Hajduk Split v Everton (Thu, 20:00 BST)

Everton are on their way to Hajduk Split for tomorrow night's game as they look to protect a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off.

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Mason makes Burton loan move

It's not Coutinho, but Joe Mason has joined Burton on loan.

Burton Albion have signed striker Joe Mason on loan until 2nd January.


Burton Albion have signed striker Joe Mason on loan until 2nd January. #bafc🍻