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  • 0931 - Carroll set to be picked in England squad
  • 0800 - Ferdinand to be left out by England


West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster hails Roy Hodgson's man-management skills and the way he over-hauled the Midlands club. Foster tells the club's official website:external-link "You can only make wholesale changes if you are organised and Roy is always organised. England will benefit from that greatly, as everybody in the team knows their job. Your role is black and white and you know exactly what you need to do."


Bolton chairman Phil Gartside reveals to BBC Radio Manchester that the newly-relegated side will slash their wage bill by half. He says: "If you look at our wage bill this year compared to what it was last year, allowing for a couple of people to come in, it will be up to 50 per cent of what we paid out last year."


Newcastleexternal-link announce the signing of Italy lock Carlo Del Fava. The 30-year-old, who has won 54 caps for the Azzurri and appeared in the last two World Cups, joins the Falcons after his previous club Aironi had their licence revoked by the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) on financial grounds.


More strong views on the expected inclusion of Andy Carroll and exclusion of Rio Ferdinand in the England squad...

Sarah MacDonald on Twitter:external-link "England to be a laughing stock again in major tournament selecting Carroll. He has been dreadful all season."

Bryan Beacom on Twitter:external-link "It's an absolute joke that Rio Ferdinand isn't in the Euro squad. Clearly not a football decision - leave the politics out."


London 2012 organisers confirm David Beckham will help bring the Olympic flame to Britain after he takes part in a formal handover ceremony in Athens.


Leicestershireexternal-link fast bowler Robbie Joseph extends his contract with the club until the end of the season. Joseph's initial deal expired in May but it has been extended following his impressive start to the County Championship campaign.


QPR striker Jamie Mackie signs a one-year extension to his contract, which now runs until summer 2015, the Premier League clubexternal-link announce.


You can read athletics commentator Steve Cram's column on the BBC Sport website. Cram says: "The Olympics are all about people from all over the world coming together to enjoy fantastic sport. People who normally have no interest in that type of thing will, for a short period of time, be cheering on the GB hockey team or Britain's Aaron Cook in taekwondo, for example."


Simon Shaw will be the oldest player in the French Top 14 next season after signing a one-year contract extension with Toulon. The 38-year-old joined the Amlin Challenge Cup finalists after the Rugby World Cup in November last year, ending 14 seasons with Wasps.


More tweets are flooding in about the big talking points as England manager Roy Hodgson gets ready to name his Euro 2012 squad. You can join in via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link

Michael Jones on Twitter:external-link "Wrong decision to take Carroll. Crouch, Davies and Holt have all scored more this season playing for less star-studded teams."

Kwong Wing Tse on Twitter:external-link "England are going to be direct so taking Carroll does make sense. Crouch and Carroll - not many defences are going to like that!"

Andrew Watkin on Twitter:external-link "Really hoping that Joe Cole is the dark horse. He was signed by Roy at Liverpool and could play on the left when we go defensive."


England spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed agrees to join Surrey as a bowling coach and mentor on a month-long deal. Director of cricket Chris Adams, who he played with at Sussex, tells the club's official website:external-link "He will be a magic guy to have around in terms of the environment in the dressing room. He is one of the best people I've ever come across in terms of assessing the mood of a side and having a positive influence on tactics, both before and during a game."


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1021 BOXING:

In his first TV interview since his failed drugs test came to light, Lamont Peterson insists to BBC Sport that he is not a cheat but could have made a mistake with a medical procedure. He says that the 'pellet' inserted into his hip area was not performance-enhancing or taken in the hope of it boosting his abilities.


Swimmer Keri-Anne Payne says winning the Olympic open water title requires 'hardness', explaining: "I think to be an open water swimmer you have to have a certain amount of 'hard' to you. So many things are thrown at us on so many occasions, you just have to kind of get on with it. Because I know if I didn't do it, another 30 girls who would happily get in - maybe not happily - but they'd get in and they'd do it. You need to be the ruthless one. If that means swimming through jellyfish and swimming past dead animals and things, then you just have to get on with it."


The debate rages on regarding the England squad announcement and news that Andy Carroll is set to be named...

Charlie Munton on Twitter:external-link "Right decision to take Carroll. He's been useless most of the season, but is in deadly form now- and that's all that matters."

Josh Knight on Twitter:external-link "Don't think Andy Carroll should start - will put England in the wrong mind frame. But from the subs bench, he gives a real plan B."

John Kreft on Twitter:external-link "Carroll has had two decent games out of about 50. Hate to say it but even Crouch has been more consistent."


BBC Sport's Alison Mitchellexternal-link speaks to the MCC's new chief executive Derek Brewer, who says the club have drawn a line on the rows over the redevelopment plan Vision for Lord's, which led to the resignation of Sir John Major from the MCC Committee. Brewer adds: "It's a question of looking forward."


Steven Shingler is tied to Wales and ineligible to play Test rugby for Scotland, the International Rugby Board'sexternal-link council rules in a unanimous decision. Shingler is judged by the IRB to have been "captured" by Wales after playing in an Under-20 international against France in 2011.


Australian women's basketball starLauren Jackson, whohas won three most-valuable player awards in the WNBA, admits she would love nothing more than an Olympic gold - having lost the gold medal final three times in a row to the United States, dating back to Sydney 2000. She says: "It's my top priority. It's the only thing I haven't achieved in my career, and it's turned out to the hardest."


Tom Boonen, the season's top one-day racer, decides to skip the Tour de France to focus on Olympic gold in London instead. The winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders says: "I missed the last two Olympic chances so I am really looking forward to try this new experience and try and get the best from it."


Following the news that Andy Carroll is set to be picked by England, you can let us know whether you think it is the right move. Tweet us via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link

James Dougall on Twitter:external-link "Selecting Carroll puts massive pressure on Hodgson from the off. Possibly the poorest form of any Premier League striker this season."

Jeremy on Twitter:external-link "The reason I'd prefer Carroll to go over Holt is Carroll has had loads of pressure so he's used to it whereas Holt's had none."


Andy Carroll is set to be named in the England squad, which will be announced later today.


The debate over the England football squad announcement - and Rio Ferdinand's expected exclusion - goes on...

Matt Bennettexternal-link on Twitter: "If it's because Ferdinand won't play with Terry, then the wrong man's going. But I think we look safer at the back with Terry."


Former Great Britain rugby league player Bobbie Goulding says on 5 live Breakfast's debate about league and union: "Rugbyleague has a greater simplicity but the two games are so far apart it's unbelievable. Rugby league should not have scrums - it should just be a handover. The rugby union scrum is very competitive."


Former England rugby union player Matt Dawson discusses the two codes of rugby as part of the debate taking place on 5 live Breakfast. He says: "I love rugby league as well as rugby union. There are two ways of watching them; live and on the television - and they are very different. Rugby union is much better live on television and vice-versa with rugby league."


Australia captain Michael Clarke will get the chance to put his driving skills to the test when he gets behind the wheel at the International Rally of Queensland.external-link He will join the BP Ultimate team and drive in two stages of the rally on the Sunshine Coast from May 25-27. Clarke says: "It's pretty well known that I have a passion for driving, but a part of me has always wondered what it would be like to go up against the best in the business."

0904 BOXING:

British lightweight boxer Natasha Jonas qualifies for London 2012 after winning her World Championships quarter final in China against Norway's Ingrid Egner by 23 points to 9. Jonas becomes the first British fighter to qualify for the Games as women's boxing makes its historic debut at the Olympics.


Grant Holt is receiving support as England manager Roy Hodgson gets ready to name his Euro 2012 squad...

Neil Rose on Twitter:external-link "Grant Holt has to go ahead of Carroll, Crouch and Welbeck!"

Chris Mullis on Twitter:external-link "I still think that Holt should go to Euro 2012 - unlike Davies and Carroll, he combines target man with goals."


BBC Sport's David Ornsteinexternal-link reports that the FA told Joe Cole a couple of weeks ago that he was on the England Euro 2012 squad pre-list. Do you think Cole should be given a surprise call-up? Let us know via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link

0849 RUGBY:

Are you a Union or League fan? Have your say in an hour-long debate about the two sports from 0900 BST on 5 live Breakfast. when Nicky Campbell will be taking your calls. Rugby Union's governing body the IRB is changing its laws to speed up the game - leading to a heated debate among fans of both codes.


Australian playmaker Quade Cooper will start his first game in nearly seven months on Saturday following major knee surgery, opening the door for a possible Wallabies return for their Wales series. Fly-half Cooper, who limped out of the World Cup in October after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Wales, is named for Queensland Reds against Golden Lions.


Catalans Dragonsexternal-link sign Newcastle Knights back rower Zeb Taia on a three-year contract.


When asked if it is politics or on-pitch reasons that have reportedly cost Rio Ferdinand his England place, former striker Darius Vassell tells Radio 5 live: "It could be a combination of both." Discussing strikers, he says: "I personally would love to see Daniel Sturridge get the nod."

GET INVOLVED: A lot of debate already about the England squad - particularly the strikers. Get involved via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link

Steve Andrade on Twitter:external-link "If Andy Caroll gets picked but Grant Holt doesn't then I think there's something wrong there..."

Sam Simmons on Twitter:external-link "If Zamora gets in ahead of Crouch and Holt, I'll be amazed. He's had a bad season and there are better target men out there."


Andy Carroll's inclusion in the England squad for Euro 2012 would not impress BBC pundit Danny Mills, who tells Radio 5 live: "Andy Carroll's selection would be indicative of what this country's become. You play two or three good games and get in the England squad. It used to be two or three seasons. His scoring record has been woeful."

GET INVOLVED: Who do you think should be in England's Euro 2012 squad? Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link


Rio Ferdinand's expected absence from England's Euro 2012 squad is discussed by BBC pundit Danny Mills on Radio 5 live. Mills says: "I'm a little bit surprised. I was expecting John Terry and Rio both to be involved. It's a blow, I think."


Good morning and welcome to Sportsday live. Here are the top three stories from this morning's gossip column.

Striker Robin van Persie could be forced to see out the remaining year on his contract at Arsenal if he turns down a new deal. (the Sun)

Van Persie's agent allegedly held discussions with Juventus over a four-year deal worth £6m a season ahead of the striker's contract talks with Arsenal. (Metro)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle are chasing French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 22, from Montpellier. (talkSPORT)

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