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  1. Post update

    It is time to wrap up Sportsday for today and it has been a busy one.

    If you joined us late, scroll back through the entries to this morning for Kevin Pietersen's fascinating interview on BBC Radio 5 live, as well as all the latest from the England, Wales and Scotland national teams ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers.


  2. Wales expect record crowd


    Joe Ledley believes Wales will thrive under the pressure of Euro 2016 expectation sweeping the country.

    Walesare set for a record crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night with ticket sales already close to the 25,000 mark for the Group B visit of Bosnia-Hercegovina.

    "We haven't had the crowds before and this proves we're doing something right on the pitch," Ledley said.

    "We haven't had this much pressure on us before but it's fantastic pressure to have. It means everyone expects us to qualify and win, I had it before at Celtic and you thrive under it."

  3. Freeman rues lack of Derby game time


    Derby County defender Kieron Freeman is unhappy that he has not been given a chance since Steve McClaren took over the Championship club.

    The 22-year-old has not played a first-team game since McClaren replaced Nigel Clough just over a year ago, and last week joined Mansfield Town on loan.

    "I haven't played in the last year-and-a-half. I haven't been in the team. I don't know how I'm meant to prove myself," he tells BBC Radio Nottingham.

  4. Derby's Thorne targets new year return


    Derby County midfielder George Thorne is aiming to return from a cruciate knee ligament injury early in the new year.

    The 21-year-old, who was hurt just days after joining the Rams from West Bromwich Albion, told BBC Radio Derby: "I'm feeling positive and hitting the targets I want to reach.

    "I'd like to think I will be back before the end of the season and I will aim for early new year, but that depends on how the next few months progress."

  5. Hyypia Birthday


    Sami Hyypia (left) and Dejan Lovren

    Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is celebrating his 41st birthday today. The club's current centre-back Dejan Lovren tweets a sweet picture of him with the birthday boy: Great photo, Sami Hyypia and me. I was 14, it was a moment thatIi will never forget! HappyBirthday to a LFC Legend

  6. Gill to stand for Fifa vice-presidency


    The Football Association nominates vice-chairman David Gill for election to the role of one of Uefa's vice-presidents on the Fifa Executive Committee.

    If elected, he would replace the outgoing Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland following the Fifa Congress in May 2015.

    Gill says: "This is a decision I have been thinking about for some time. Although I had initially wanted to focus on developing my relatively new role within Uefa, I believe there is an opportunity, if elected, to use the Fifa position to make a real difference while complementing that ongoing work."

  7. Keane not keen on Celtic


    Roy Keane says he rejected the chance to become Celtic manager in the summer because he was unimpressed with the offer made by the Scottish champions.

    Celtic deny making Keane a firm offer to replace Neil Lennon but he insists the club's majority shareholder Dermot Desmond told him the job was his.

    "Celtic wanted me but they weren't showing how much they wanted me," says Keane, who adds that the contract offer "failed to rock my boat".

  8. Pietersen download available


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen

    If you missed Kevin Pietersen's interview with Adrian Chiles this morning, the download is now available. Hurrah!

  9. Harrison named ECB CEO


    Tom Harrison is named as the ECB's new chief executive officer.

    The former Derbyshire and Northamptonshire cricketer previously worked for the organisation between 2003 and 2006 in various roles.

    ECB chairman Giles Clarke says: "He was the unanimous choice of the interview panel who were impressed with his energy, passion for the game and his positive, bold, creative and ambitious vision for the future of cricket in England and Wales."

  10. Italian chief banned


    The president of the Italian football federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio is banned for six months by European football governing body Uefa over alleged racist comments made by him during his election campaign.

    The 71-year-old was criticised in July after an alleged comment he made during an address to a summer assembly of Italy's amateur leagues.

    The ban means Tavecchio cannot hold any Uefa position and will be barred from the next Uefa congress in March 2015.

  11. Incredible to be back - Ferdinand


    Les Ferdinand

    New QPR Head of Football Operations Les Ferdinand says the club holds a special place in his heart.

    "It's incredible to be back here. Everyone knows what it means to me, so when the opportunity to return here in this role came up I jumped at the opportunity," he said in a statement.

    "There's nothing I want more than for QPR to be successful in the short, medium and long term and I'm excited about the challenge ahead."

  12. Ferdinand returns to QPR


    Former QPR striker Les Ferdinand has been appointed Head of Football Operations at his old club.

    The 47-year-old scored 81 goals in 164 league appearances for Rangers. He was a coach at Tottenham during Harry Redknapp's tenure at White Hart Lane.

    "'Sir Les' - as he was affectionately known during his time here as a player - will be charged with overseeing the structure of the footballing side of the club, focusing on improving the footballing philosophy at all levels," read a club statement.

  13. Beckenbauer back at Wembley


    Franz Beckenbauer

    Franz Beckenbauer: Visited the new Wembley Stadium again - strong memories to the World Cup 1966 and the historic Wembley stadium anyway.

    If you are reading this and fancy a trip down memory lane, Mr Beckenbauer, here you are during training at Wembley during the 1966 World Cup.

  14. Cisse 'hungry' to fire for Newcastle


    Senegal forward Papiss Cisse is "hungry" to score the goals that will lift Newcastle United up the Premier League table and end their winless run.

    Cisse, 29, had surgery on a damaged kneecap in May but has scored four goals in three games for the Magpies since his return last month.

    "I'm so hungry, I need to score more goals," Cisse told BBC Newcastle. "It's important for me and the club, Newcastle are a big team and we need points."

  15. Salah Botswana bound


    Mohamed Salah

    While a number of his Chelsea colleagues depart for different areas of Europe for Euro 2016 qualifiers, it is quite a different destination for Mohamed Salah.

    The Egypt international has met up with his international colleagues in Botswana, whose national team they play in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

    Both sides face a challenge to reach next year's tournament in Morocco after losing their opening games. The two sides meet in Gaborone on Friday.

  16. Nadal to play through pain


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    "Rafael Nadal is planning to play his second round match (against Feliciano Lopez) at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, despite being diagnosed with appendicitis on Sunday.

    "He says he is in much less pain than he was after beginning an aggressive course of antibiotics.

    "The world number two has been advised that he will need surgery to remove the appendix at some stage - and plans to consult his doctors in Mallorca when he returns home next week."

  17. Balotelli is top of the tweets


    Who is a Twitter hit on Merseyside? The Liverpool Echo has looked at the most followed Liverpool and Everton players on Twitter and, unsurprisingly perhaps, coming out on top is Mario Balotelli who has 3.2m followers. The most followed Everton player is Tim Howard with 656,000 followers.

    Most followed Liverpool and Everton players
  18. Pavey targets Rio 2016


    Jo Pavey is not ready to put her spikes up just yet. The European 10,000m champion has said she would like to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    The 41-year-old mum-of-two said: "I would love to compete in the next Olympics so the last few weeks have given me hope that is a realistic possibility."

    Jo Pavey
  19. Christian signs first pro contract


    Teenager Anna Christian has become the first Isle of Man woman to join a professional team after agreeing a contract with Wiggle Honda for 2015.

    The 19-year-old represented the island at the Commnwealth Games and Great Britain at the World Road Championships in Spain.

    "I know the team's set up and environment is going to help me achieve my ambitions and dreams," she said.

  20. Formula 1

    Marussia release a statement from the family of Jules Bianchi saying the Formula 1 driver has "suffered a diffuse axonal injury" and is in a critical but stable condition.

    The 25-year-old sustained severe head injuries after his car hit a recovery vehicle that was removing another car at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

  21. Football or bust - Blackett


    Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett had admitted he did not have a back-up plan for a life without football.

    Blackett, 20, told United Review: "It was always about playing football for me and I was determined to make it happen. It was basically football or nothing, which might have been risky but that was how I saw it."

    Tyler Blackett
  22. Post update

    British gymnast Max Whitlock: 4th position is a hard place to come but it was such an exciting competition. Everyone did amazing!!

  23. Manager faces twin in first game


    Ex-Wimbledon defender Alan Kimble will face twin brother Garry in his first game in charge of Maldon & Tiptree.

    Garry manages Ryman Premier side Witham, who will take on Ryman North side Maldon in the Robert Dyas League Cup on Tuesday night.

    The identical twins, 48, started their playing careers with Charlton and had spells at Cambridge United.

    "There will be rivalry. Hopefully the players won't be confused over who's shouting," Garry told BBC Essex.

    "No disrespect to Al, but I've got a bigger game at Needham Market in the FA Cup on Saturday."

  24. Ledley welcomes Wales pressure


    Wales midfielder Joe Ledley admits he is relishing the pressure of helping Wales qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

    Ahead of Friday's clash with Bosnia-Hercegovina, the Crystal Palace midfielder said: "We've never had this kind of pressure on us before and it's brilliant to have."

  25. China win record sixth title


    It was close at the gymnastics. Hosts China have won a record sixth straight world men's gymnastics team title with their final performer overturning the lead set by rivals Japan.

    China finished the six-apparatus team competition with 273.369 points, just 0.1 points ahead of Japan at the Guangxi Gymnasium in the southern China city of Nanning.

    China's Cheng Ran
  26. Keane questions 'Class of 92'


    Kevin Pietersen is not the only person spilling the beans on former team-mates. There's Roy Keane, too.

    The former Manchester Untied midfielder has said the role of the 'Class of 92' - the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville - has been "exaggerated".

    "The Class of '92 seems to have grown its own legs. It has become a brand. It's as if they were a team away from a team and they are not shy of plugging in to it," Keane says in his autobiography The Second Half.

    Roy Keane
  27. GB miss out on medal


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    "Great Britain's men recorded their best-ever World gymnastics team final result but narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in Nanning, China.

    "Although the GB men's team won Olympic bronze at London 2012 their best previous world result was seventh at the 2010 Worlds.

    "The six-strong squad of Max Whitlock, Dan Keatings, Kristian Thomas, Dan Purvis, Nile Wilson and Courtney Tulloch were second at the halfway stage, but scored a total of 269.270 to finish behind China (273.369), Japan (273.269), and USA (270.369)."

  28. England have great character - Lallana


    Asked about the atmosphere in the England dressing room following Kevin Pietersen's tales of cricketing discontent, Lallana says: "The atmosphere has always been brilliant and a great place to work.

    "With Stevie (Gerrard) as captain and with Wayne (Rooney) now there's always been a great feeling. Against Switzerland, we showed great character and a great team spirit. It shows we have a great dressing room."

  29. Lallana wants to impress Hodgson


    Liverpool forward Adam Lallana says he is "hungry" to impress England manager Roy Hodgson after missing a couple of internationals because of injury.

    "Being a fresh season and a fresh campaign I'm always looking to impress in training," he says. "We've got a lot of talented players and I'm hungry to do well and impress."

    Adam Lallana
  30. Monaghan joins Catalan Dragons staff

    Rugby League

    Former Warrington Wolves hooker Michael Monaghan has been appointed as the assistant coach of Catalan Dragons on a two-year contract.

    The 34-year-old Australian retired from the sport after Warrington's play-off defeat by Wigan last Friday.

  31. Post update


    In case you are not aware of the James Milner parody account, here is a recent example of a tweet from it: "I said to Ashley Cole that it must be strange playing a European away game in England. He said No, not really, James. I said Oh, right."

  32. Post update


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "James Milner is asked about the @BoringMilner account. 'It's a bit of fun. I get asked about it in every interview.'"

  33. Aggers on Pietersen


    Kevin Pietersen

    A must-watch moment from Adrian Chiles' interview with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen this morning.

    The interview is over, and Pietersen is about to leave - but not before listening to BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew's assessment of him.

    Watch what happened on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  34. Post update


    James Milner feels England must not get frustrated if they struggle to break San Marino down on Thursday, saying: "It can be frustrating playing against a team who try to keep the score down, but we have to remain patient and play our way."

  35. "A great opportunity for Wayne Rooney"


    Wayne Rooney (41) is four goals away from overtaking Jimmy Greaves (44) as England's third highest goalscorer, and James Milner said: "He has had a fantastic career and scored lots of goals, hopefully he can get a few more and get past the record."

  36. "We can't let our standards drop"


    James Milner on Thursday's opponents San Marino: "You can't let your standards drop. Everyone knows it is a game we should win and we want to keep improving and play better if we can. You can only beat what is in front of you.

    "It will be nice to get an early goal because the last time we played them at Wembley it took a while to get that first goal. It is key to just keep working on the things we have been working on."

  37. England news conference


    James Milner

    James Milner, speaking about the 2-0 win at Switzerland last-time out: "It is nice to get back to winning but you don't forget about the World Cup. It is important to learn from mistakes.

    "The first games were never going to be easy coming off the back of that but it is time to build on a couple of good results going forward.

    "This is a great bunch of lads. There are lot of players who have played at club level, a lot who have played at youth level and it is a very tight-knit group. That is what you need going into tournaments and coming out of bad times at tournaments. That is when you need your team spirit."

  38. England news conference


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport at St George's Park

    "Welcome to St George's Park where in the next few minutes we will hear from Adam Lallana and James Milner ahead of this week's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino.

    "The rain has been clattering down here all morning with most of the players spending the day in the gym while some have trained outside. I'm told Roy Hodgson pulled two young players into senior training from the U20 squad earlier on. One was Everton's Luke Garbutt."

  39. Scotland news conference


    Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan, speaking ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Saturday: "You're fighting for a place because everyone is capable of playing. We want to keep doing what we have over the past year and a half.

    "I've never played at Ibrox so it will be different for myself. Wherever Scotland play there's a great atmosphere."

  40. Fergie 'invariably had the last word'


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Rio Ferdinad

    Former Manchester United captain and defender Rio Ferdinand spoke to Sarah Brett and Dan Walker about his relationship with the club's ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "My relationship was good with him in general, but we had our ups and downs...we were both passionate people who wanted to win and his desire to win was ridiculous," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    Referring to heated conversations off the pitch: "There were moments where he probably thought I went too far...but invariably he has the last word".

  41. England news conference


    Coming up soon, England midfielders Adam Lallana and James Milner will be speaking to the media ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday.

    As always, their quotes will be right here in Sportsday.

  42. FIA investigating Japan GP accident

    Formula 1

    World motorsport's governing body the FIA is investigating the incident at the Japanese Grand Prix which left Jules Bianchi with serious injuries.

    The 25-year-old Marussia driver from France sustained severe head injuries after his car hit a recovery vehicle that was removing another car. He had surgery on Sunday and his condition is "critical but stable".

    The FIA confirmed race director Charlie Whiting had been asked to compile a report on events leading to the crash.

  43. Scotland news conference


    Full-back Russell Martin is first up in the Scotland news conference ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Saturday.

    "We're going into the game full of confidence. Hopefully after these two games we'll be in and amongst it," he says. "It feels like a club mentality here and it feels really comfortable. To get that at international level is very tough."

  44. Wang makes stunning debut



    It is a good win for Andy Murray but the match that has really got people talking over in Shanghai is that of world number 553 Chuhan Wang, who marked his ATP World Tour debut with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over number 17 Fabio Fognini in the Shanghai Masters first round.

    He even played a shot between his legs. Talk about confidence.

  45. Murray wins at Masters


    Andy Murray beats Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1 7-5 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.

    Gabashvili battled in the second set, but Murray dug in to claim victory.

  46. Argentina arrive for Superclasico


    Argentina players arrived in Beijing earlier today ahead of playing rivals Brazil in the Superclasico de las Americas...

    Argentina Argentina coach Gerardo Martino named a strong squad for the game, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Manchester United's Angel Di Maria among those included...


    ...the game takes place in Beijing on 10 October.

  47. Murray battling in second set


    It took him a while, but Teymuraz Gabashvili has settled into his match against Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters.

    The Russian lost the opening set 6-1 but the pair are now 5-5 in the second set, although the world number 55 has just failed to serve out for the set which could be ominous.

    "Andyyyyyyy" screamed the British number one as he squandered a break point only to eventually pull through thanks to a Gabashvili mistake at the net.

  48. England in training


    England, who play San Marino in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday, are expected to hold a news conference featuring a couple of players in just over an hour, but at the moment they are on the training pitch at St George's Park. Here Roy Hodgson stretches on a chilly Staffordshire day....

    England may be a dull day weather-wise, but Wayne Rooney brightens things up with his dazzling orange boots...

    Wayne Rooney

    ...Adam Lallana is all smiles during training.

    Adam Lallana
  49. The Price is right for Orient


    League One side Leyton Orient have signed Wolves midfielder Jack Price on loan for 93 days. The 21-year-old played seven times in a spell at Yeovil earlier this season.

  50. Gomez signs new Charlton contract


    England Under-19 defender Joe Gomez has signed a new three-year contract with Charlton Athletic, with an option for an extra 12 months.

    The 17-year-old has so far made five first-team appearances for the Addicks and told the club website: "It's nice that the young players here are being given a chance to play, that's obviously exciting for us and it was a big incentive to sign."

  51. Pietersen got too big to handle - Rice


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottinghamshire coach Clive Rice, who encouraged Kevin Pietersen to play in England, says England should have managed the former England batsman better.

    "They knew what he was like," says Rice. "They've known what he's been like for eight years and you handle him on that basis. if you can't handle him, don't take on the job as manager or captain.

    "The bullying in the dressing room, when I first came over to Notts I couldn't believe how some were taking the Mickey out of the others. I kicked that into touch pretty quickly.

    "His character is his character. Those guys have to manage him properly in terms of what he says and give him advice, but a lot of them backed off and when they backed off, he gets isolated because he's too big to handle."

  52. Post update

    Formula 1

    Formula 1

    BBC Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry: Filming in Red Square Moscow. It's freezing!

    The Russian Grand Prix gets under way with practice on Friday and it is live across the BBC.

  53. Post update

    Formula 1

    Formula 1 is in Sochi this weekend for the Russian Grand Prix and teams and drivers are starting to arrive there now...


    ...McLaren appear to be one of the first to arrive at the circuit, which is on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, having tweeted these pictures.

  54. Cycling out of Tokyo Paralympic sports


    Para-cycling has been left out of the first phase of sports confirmed for the Tokyo Paralympics but Para-badminton will make its Games debut in 2020.

    The International Paralympic Committee has announced 16 of the maximum of 23 sports which will form the Tokyo programme but cycling's governing body, the UCI, did not submit an application to be part of the programme to the IPC until last week.

    The sport must now wait until the remainder of the sports are confirmed at a meeting in Abu Dhabi on 30 January and 1 February.

  55. Murray wins first set


    Andy Murray secures the first set 6-1 with little fuss against Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili. The Briton needs to "go deep", as they say, in this tournament to collect points for the Race to London standings.

  56. Britain go for historic medal


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter in China

    "Can the British men's squad make history and win the nation's first-ever World Championship team medal today?

    "The six-strong group, including Olympic medal-winners Max Whitlock, Dan Purvis and Kritian Thomas, qualified with the fourth highest score, but believe they can rival USA for bronze, with China and Japan the likely gold and silver medallists."

    Live coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships is online and on the BBC Red Button now.

  57. Dan Walker's Tuesday team news

    Get involved #WinterXI

    Matt Beever: Snow Angel Di Maria.

    Can you do better than Matt? Send in your WinterXI to #WinterXI on Twitter for Dan Walker's Tuesday team news.

  58. Murray in cruise control


    Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili isn't causing Andy Murray too much bother at the Shanghai Masters. The British number one is 4-1 up in the first set against the world number 55. It's a stroll in the park.

  59. Scotland in training


    Meanwhile, it is looking quite misty near Glasgow as the Scotland players train ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Saturday.

  60. England in training


    England goalkeeper coach Dave Watson has Ben Foster diving to keep out his effort in training at St George's Park this morning.

    Roy Hodgson is putting his squad through their paces ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday.

  61. Murray at Masters

    Two-time Shanghai Masters champion Andy Murray has got his bid for a third title in China under way as he takes on Russian world number 55 Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first-round.

    We will have updates on how Murray gets on right here.

  62. Question of Sport teaser

    You can always rely on the Question of Sport team to bamboozle us with a daily teaser. Today's question is: "Name the 12 teams in the top four tiers of English football that begin with the letter C?" We will reveal the answers later this afternoon.

  63. Enough time to get comfortable?


    With Slavisa Jokanovic becoming Watford's fourth manager in six weeks the Hornets, on average, appoint a new boss once every 10 days.

    What's the chances Jokanovic will have his phone switched off a week on Friday...

  64. BreakingJokanovic named Watford head coach

    Watford confirm the appointment of Slavisa Jokanovic as new head coach.

    The ex-midfielder had a two-year stint at Chelsea as a player and most recently led Partizan Belgrade to a 'double double' in the Serbian League - the SuperLiga and Serbian Cup - two seasons in succession, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

    Watford owner Gino Pozzo said: "I fully support and endorse the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for."

  65. Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Speaking on 5 live Daily earlier this morning, ex-England cricketer Kevin Pietersen said Matthew Prior was "an embarrassment to the dressing room" when he was dropped.

    He says: "It's the double-standards. I was the one who was made out to be this big brash person. Then I looked at the double-standards of the way he conducted himself in the dressing-room and talked to Andy Flower about things.

    "Things were getting worse and when he got dropped he was an embarrassment in the dressing-room in Australia. I don't think I can have been that wrong because he doesn't have a central contract any more. England are finished with him."

  66. Delph sits out England training


    England players are out training St Georges Park this morning ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday.

    Twenty of the squad on the pitch while Fabian Delph is undergoing a recovery session after picking up a knock while playing for Aston Villa at the weekend.

  67. World champions line up for GB

    Track Cycling

    Reigning world champions Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, and Joanna Rowsell headline the 15-strong Great Britain team for the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe later this month.

    The quartet are all in the women's endurance team along with Ciara Horne, the 25-year-old who has stepped in after Dani King's announcement last week that she intends to focus on the road for next season.

    With frontline sprinters like Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, and Kian Emadi among those sitting out, there is a place for four-time national champion Callum Skinner in the men's sprint team.

  68. 'Text-gate' key moment - Agnew

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is on BBC Radio 5 live, reacting to Kevin Pietersen's interview with Adrian Chiles.

    On 'text-gate', when Pietersen was alleged to have texted members of the South Africa team about then England captain Andrew Strauss, Agnew says: "That Strauss moment, because of Kevin's South African background, those senior players felt it wasn't something they could get over and from that moment on there was always going to be that rift between Kevin and the senior players."

  69. Kevin Pietersen vote

    Earlier we asked you whether Kevin Pietersen should play for England again, and the majority of voters would like him to return to the international side.

    55.3% said 'Yes' he should play for England again, while 44.7% said no.

    Thanks for voting.

    Kevin Pietersen
  70. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen on any possibility of playing for England again: "If somebody said there was a strong chance of playing for England I would leave this interview and go and play county cricket, any cricket and do it right now.

    "I do love batting, I feel totally free when I bat. That is a decision I have to come to in a couple of months, to see what I want for my future now. It does look like the end of the road [internationally] I have to basically map out what I want to do.

    "I live knowing I came to England as an off spinner, who was a number eight batsman who eventually ended up being England's greatest run scorer so I live in hope."

  71. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen says Paul Downton, the new England and Wales Cricket Board managing director, had no right to criticise his batting.

    "Paul Downton criticised my batting in my first meeting with him and that is why I haven't got much time for him," he says. "He's not a cricket coach, he's not a batting coach, he's not a manager, he's not there to talk to me about my cricket."

  72. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Kevin Pietersen, when asked about what was in the text messages sent to South Africa players: "I have not got a clue. There was a constant stream of messages and I know the theme of messages were not complimentary towards Straussy because of the way he had been treating me.

    "The general feeling of the whole thing was that he was treating me badly. The South Africans picked up on it, they have spoken to me about it since, and I hold my hands up and it is a situation I should not have got myself into. It is something I deeply regret."

  73. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Kevin Pietersen on claims he passed on tactical information to the South African team in 2012: " Let us just sort out the nonsense about tactical information. Absolute garbage. Complete nonsense. It hits to the heart of your profession. It is not something I would do, it is a no go area.

    "Second of all why would I send tactical information when it was common knowledge around the world about how to get Andrew Strauss out. I didn't need to and it was a stupid stick to hit me with.

    "It is something I regret because I got Andrew Strauss involved in a situation he should not have got into, because I am really sad our relationship has got a bit iffy because of that."

  74. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Kevin Pietersen, when he is asked why no-one else complained about bullying: "They have, they made a complaint to the coach and the captain and they talked to the team about it before a one day international in Bangalore and Swann and Broad disagreed with the captain and said: 'No, we demand an apology, we deserve an apology'."

  75. Raul in the Big Apple


    It seems that former Real Madrid striker Raul has matters on his mind other than Kevin Pietersen's recent revelations. Spanish newspaper AS reports that the 37-year-old, who is currently playing for Qatari side Al-Sadd, is in New York to restart contract negotiations with New York Cosmos.

    Raul Gonzales
  76. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen on the fake Twitter account he believed was being fed from inside the England dressing room: "They can be funny if they are run by someone outside the dressing room and making fun of you. When it is being run from inside the dressing room like I was led to believe, it paints a very different picture.

    "These are guys you go to battle with, these are guys I share the dressing room with for days and days, for years and years and then I get this feeling of total horror that I find out this is going on.

    "It is like when you lose your wallet or phone, that hollow, empty horrendous feeling."

  77. Pietersen 'stands by' claims

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen on Graeme Swann's retort that his claims are a "work of fiction".

    "Swann is at the centre of this," he says. "It happened and I wouldn't have written this book if I didn't think it had happened. I know that everything that's in this book, I can stand by 100%."

  78. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen on bullying: "I put bullying into the perspective of the England dressing room, as to how certain individuals made others feel in the dressing room.

    "Jonathan Trott lost it in Bangladesh, he started screaming at Swann and Broad because they kept going on him. We're supposed to be in an environment where we are able to enjoy ourselves, not be scared to take a catch of field a ball."

  79. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen

    More from Kevin Pietersen: "My job in the England team was to be aggressive, my job was to take the attack to the opposition. My job in the batting order was to be positive. My job was to smash the bowler, put fear into the opposition.

    "My job was to bat for three hours and change the game. All I can do is look back at my achievements and be happy with what has gone on."

  80. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen criticises former England coach Andy Flower's man management, questioning his decision to play him in warm-up matches.

    "The coach should understand that certain players have certain responsibilities," he says. "We all fight together in that Test match, it doesn't matter how many runs I get at, say, Perth (warm-up) but it does at the Gabba. If Ian Bell needs to play a warm-up game you play him."

  81. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen begins his BBC Radio 5 live interview with the revelation that such was his nerves before going into the bat, that he would need a toilet break every two or three minutes.

    "Internally I would be very nervous but also sort of in control," he says.

    "I would never turn up at a game knowing I had not practised brilliantly before that game. I have only once or twice gone into a game where I have felt uneasy about my practice. I have always felt if I work hard in practice, I can give my best in the most enjoyable part."

  82. Kevin Pietersen

    So, a divisive character he may be, but should Kevin Pietersen ever play for England again?

    You can vote on the right hand side of this page. The vote closes at 10:45 BST and full terms and conditions can be found here.

    We'll bring you the result shortly after.

  83. Slade targets top six

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Russell Salde

    "At new Cardiff City manager news conference. Russell Slade says aim this season is to get into the top six. Confirms Scott Young will stay on as an assistant to him.

    "On Vincent Tan, Slade: 'He's entitled to opinion but it will be me picking team.'

  84. Breaking - Collins pulls out of Wales squad


    West Ham United defender James Collins has been ruled out of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus because of a groin injury.

    Collins, 31, had a scan on Monday and did not join up with the Wales squad in Cardiff.

  85. Kevin Pietersen interview

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen is in the 5 live studio right now, get your questions in by tweeting to @bbc5live.

  86. Football Gossip

    Even though the transfer widow will not open for a couple of months, talk and rumours over transfers and contracts continue. Here is a selection from our Gossip page.

    Manchester United will have to pay Real Madrid about £80m to sign former winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, who would also demand close to £20m in wages.false

    Manchester City have made an official enquiry for Borussia Dortmund's German midfielder Marco Reus, 25, and have asked for updates over his availability. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool have started talks over extending midfielder Jordan Henderson's contract beyond the end of next season. (The Times- subscription required)

  87. Dressing room bust-ups

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Mark Hampson: Pietersen, Keane & Mickelson all prove top talents are also the worst prima donnas. Give them a shed to get changed in future!

    Grant Stewart: Kevin Peterson is fast becoming the Gavin Henson of cricket, better with his mouth then at his game.

    What impact will recent revelations of dressing room disharmony and bust-ups have on trust between team-mates? What has happened to the code of the dressing room? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  88. Dan Walker's Tuesday team news

    BBC Radio 5 live


    It is wet, windy and miserable outside BBC Sport towers* today so Dan Walker has opted for a winter-themed Tuesday team news.

    He wants your Winter XI, so tweet yours to #WinterXI and include #TTN in your tweet.

    *picture not representative of weather outside BBC Sport towers...

  89. Retirement 'horrible' for Sinfield

    Rugby League

    Former England captain Kevin Sinfield has described ending his England career as a "horrible decision to have to make".

    The 33-year-old Leeds Rhinos half-back announced his international retirement in September.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "To walk away from something like that is not a decision you make lightly. It took me a long time to get there but I had to make that call. I'm getting old now.

    "It was a horrible decision to make. The toughest of my career without a doubt. To be given the England captaincy and have that phone call was the proudest moment of my career."

  90. In the papers

    Daily Mail back page

    If you've had enough of seeing Kevin Pietersen's picture on the back pages, you may think again if you take a look at the Daily Mail back page, which features a scary-looking Roy Keane. In case you didn't know, the former Manchester United midfielder has also written an "explosive new book".

  91. Kevin Pietersen interview

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen is at BBC Sport HQ today and will be speaking to Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio 5 live from 10:00 BST.

    Want to listen in? You will be able to via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page. Can't listen in? Fear not, we will popping his words right here into Sportsday.

  92. Kevin Pietersen revelations

    Jonathan Agnew was speaking to BBC Radio 5 live this morning about Kevin Pietersen's claims of a 'bullying culture' in the England dressing room.

    "Clearly the revelations about bullying were worrying and that is an aspect I think the ECB has to address, Paul Downton, the managing director and the man responsible for moving Pietersen on, told me yesterday that as far as he knew there had never been any sort of official complaint to the ECB about bullying within the England camp.

    "Dressing rooms can be quite hostile, brutal places at times, anyone who has spent time in a professional dressing room will know that, but there is a very fine line between banter and bullying. That is an area that Pietersen has flagged up."

  93. In the papers

    The Times

    The back page of The Times leads on Graeme Swann's reaction to Kevin Pietersen's attack on wicketkeeper Matt Prior, with the former England spinner describing the claims as a "work of fiction".

  94. Bale aims to put rugby in the shade


    A boost for Wales football fans this morning because Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has said he wants to inspire a generation.

    The forward was named player of the year by the Football Association of Wales on Monday and said the current Wales squad has "massive potential".

    "I want to make history with Wales and qualify for a major tournament and we're all on the same path," he said. "There is a buzz around the team and I feel football can overtake rugby in Wales soon."

  95. Dressing room bust-ups

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Jamie Davies: Premiership footballers who think they're bigger than their club & country - now cricketers - good riddance to Pietersen

    Aidan Bruynseels: Dressing rooms are about to become a lot less honest, might just bite your tongue knowing it'll one day be in a book

    Nick James: No one character should ever be more important than the team. KP didn't realise that and has paid for it with his career

    What impact will recent revelations of dressing room disharmony and bust-ups have on trust between team-mates? Could it harm future teams? What has happened to the code of the dressing room? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  96. In the papers

    Independent back page

    Kevin Pietersen dominates the Independent's back page. In fact, it's all about the former England cricketer after his revelations of "bullying, betrayal and backstabbing".

  97. Watford boss close to exit


    An unexpected turn of events at Watford as the future of their manager Billy McKinlay is in serious doubt, only a week after he was appointed.

    The 45-year-old Scot took over eight days ago following Oscar Garcia's departure for health reasons.

    He is Watford's third manager this season and has been in charge for two games - a win and a draw.

  98. In the papers

    Daily Express back page

    The back page of the Daily Express leads with Kevin Pietersen's criticisms of his former England team-mates.

  99. Rooney to Monaco?


    The Daily Telegraph's Oliver Brown writes that Monaco still hope to sign striker Wayne Rooney - just months after the England captain agreed a new £300,000-a-week deal at Manchester United.

    The club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has said: "One year ago, we were discussing one of the top players of the Premier League, a top English player. But it was on the table. This opportunity finally did not happen, but I think one day that it will come, that it will happen."

    Wayne Rooney
  100. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    What has happened to the code of the dressing room? Phil Mickelson criticised his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, Kevin Pietersen speaks of dressing room disharmony and Roy Keane has talked of punch ups.

    Should what happens in the dressing room stay in the dressing room? Who gains from such revelations? Could it erode trust between team-mates? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  101. Pietersen wants to help England


    Would Kevin Pietersen play again for England? "When I got sacked a lot of the youngsters in the team thanked me for the help I had given them," he tells BBC Breakfast.

    "I've got players messaging me before games. and that saddens me because I'd love to be in the dressing room helping them.

    "Anything can happen. I came to England as an off-spinner who could bat a bit and I've turned out to be England's greatest run scorer."

  102. Culture can change - Pietersen


    Kevin Pietersen on how the England dressing room can improve: "Andy Flower is not coach anymore so that's not a bad thing.

    "The culture can change now because Alastair Cook is a fantastic guy. I've always wanted him to do well. I've spoken so positively about him, and will continue to do so because he's a nice guy. This team can grow with the youngsters."

    Kevin Pietersen
  103. Pietersen on BBC Breakfast


    Former England cricket Kevin Pietersen is currently on BBC Breakfast, talking about the fallout from his autobiography.

    On the parodied twitter account set up in his name, he says: "When it's public humiliation, because that Twitter account was gaining momentum quickly, it wasn't great."

  104. Burgess 'looks like a hamster'

    Rugby League

    Sam Burgess stayed on the pitch for the full 80 minutes despite the injury and went on to produce a man-of-the-match performance to help the Rabbitohs to a first Grand-Final victory for 43 years.

    He tweeted: Just laying in hospital waiting for surgery, I look similar to a hamster at the moment. I wouldn't change anything for the world though

  105. Burgess set for surgery

    Rugby Union

    A blow for Bath ahead of Sam Burgess's move to the Premiership club as he might be sidelined for longer than expected.

    It has emerged that Burgess played throughout Sunday's NRL Grand Final with a fractured eye socket as well as a damaged cheekbone.

    The Rabbitohs player is set to undergo surgery today after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket. Initial prognosis suggested he would be out for six to eight weeks.

    Sam Burgess
  106. No way back for Pietersen - Lamb


    There has been plenty of reaction to Kevin Pietersen's revelations and former England captain Allan Lamb told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he was "saddened" by the divide in the England dressing room.

    "It's quite sad to hear but I think it's something that's gone on. In every dressing room, you are always going to have someone who is upset," said Lamb.

    Asked if there was any chance Pietersen could make an international return, Lamb said: "I can't see that happening. I can't see the England and Wales Cricket Board taking him back after this."

  107. Flower had it in for me - Pietersen


    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says ex-coach Andy Flower "was always trying to find ways to get rid of me".

    The 34-year-old told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "Flower had it in for me ever since he took over.

    "When they sacked me they never gave me any reasons. I still don't know right now why I'm not playing for England."

  108. Breaking - Di Matteo appointed Schalke boss


    Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed Schalke 04 boss.

    The Bundesliga club has tweeted: The FC Schalke 04 separates from Jens Keller. Roberto Di Matteo takes over

    Roberto Di Matteo
  109. Post update

    Hello and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Sportsday. Kevin Pietersen has been dominating the headlines and the former England cricketer will probably continue to do so as appears on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 live today. Other sports stars are available, however, and we will be looking ahead to the Euro 2016 qualifiers and bringing you the latest breaking sports news. Let's get to it.