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  1. David Gill to stand for Fifa vice-presidency
  2. Kevin Pietersen stands by bullying claims in 5 Live interview
  3. Fabian Delph sits out England training
  4. FIA investigating Japanese Grand Prix accident
  5. Andy Murray beats Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1 7-5 at Shanghai Masters

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By Aimee Lewis and Gary Rose

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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.


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."

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.

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."

Hyypia Birthday


Sami Hyypia (left) and Dejan Lovren
Liverpool FC

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

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."

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".

Pietersen download available


BBC Radio 5 live

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen

If you missed Kevin Pietersen's interview with Adrian Chiles this morning, the

download is now available. Hurrah!

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."

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.

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."

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.

Beckenbauer back at Wembley


Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer/Twitter

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.

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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."

Salah Botswana bound


Mohamed Salah
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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.

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."

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
Liverpool Echo

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
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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.

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.

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

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."

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."

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
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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
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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)."

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."

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
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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.


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."


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.'"

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.


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."

"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."

"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."

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."

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."

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."

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".