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Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    And we will end Monday's Sportsday with that rallying cry. Find out how the Welsh fare against Cyprus by following our live text commentary which kicks off very shortly (I'm sure Robbie will be).

    Then, Sportsday will be back on your screens from 08:00 BST tomorrow to bring you all the reaction, and the build-up to the tasty qualifiers involving Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Ciao for now!

  2. Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)


    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage: Huge game for Wales tonight, three points are needed if we are going to qualify a draw will not be enough! Come on Walessss.

  3. Ozil tweets thanks


    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Thanks for your support following my injury. I'll come back on the pitch soon as I can to help Arsenal, now and in the future.

    The Germany midfielder has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury and today has been linked with a £30m move to Bayern Munich.

  4. Fifa: 'Change of culture' needed


    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Fifa's chief independent ethics investigator has called for a "change of culture" at the organisation, reiterating the need for "greater transparency".

    In a thinly-veiled attack on president Sepp Blatter's leadership, Michael Garcia says: "The investigation and adjudication process operates in most parts unseen and unheard.

    "That's a kind of system which might be appropriate for an intelligence agency but not for an ethics compliance process in an international sports institution that serves the public and is the subject of intense public scrutiny."

    Garcia concluded his lengthy investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process last month and handed his report to Fifa's ethics adjudicator Hans Joachim Eckert.

  5. Football


    Ikechi Anya

    Another injury concern for Scotland boss Gordon Strachan ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifying trip to Poland. Watford winger Ikechi Anya will miss tonight's training session, although Strachan says he is not ruling him out of the match yet.

  6. Portugal coach handed a reprieve


    Fernando Santos

    Portugal receive a boost ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier in Denmark after new boss Fernando Santos was cleared to take his place on the touchline, despite an eight-match ban.

    Santos, appointed Portugal coach last month following the sacking of Paulo Bento, was banned for eight matches by FIFA after being 'sent off' in his last match in charge of Greece - the last 16 defeat by Costa Rica at the World Cup finals.

    However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport today said the 59-year-old had been handed a 'stay of execution' pending the outcome of his appeal.

  7. Lennon joining 'great club'


    New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon believes he has joined "a great club with a great history and tradition" after saying he left another in Scottish champions Celtic.

    "I know Bolton as a club from my time in the Premier League, I know a lot of players who have played here and I spoke to (former Wanderers boss) Owen Coyle, who said what a great club it is. He only had good things to say about the club."

  8. Berahino's England rallying cry


    Saido Berahino

    In-form striker Saido Berahino is confident he and his England Under-21 team-mates can complete their European Championship qualification mission in Croatia.

    England are on course for a place at the Euro 2015 finals in the Czech Republic after taking a 2-1 lead in their play-off against Croatia with victory at Molineux last Friday.

    A tricky second leg in Vinkovci still lies ahead on Tuesday but West Brom forward Berahino says: "It is going to be different out there but we are professional enough and have been in those situations before, so we're going to do a job and make sure we qualify."

  9. Get involved


    Raheem Sterling's request to "sit out" England's 1-0 win over Estonia on Sunday has caused plenty of debate today. Here are a few more of your thoughts...

    Paul Carter: Hodgson gets blame for Sterling feeling tired? Who has he played most minutes for this year? Over to you Brendan!

    Mark Greenhalgh: Too tired to play. Did he get his win bonus? If he did spend it on a proper fitness coach. Bobby Moore a proper Three Lions legend.

    Aashish: Can't blame Raheem caught in club v country dilemma, who pays the wages? But Hodgson scores OG in weak man/media management

  10. Marussia to regroup after Bianchi accident

    Formula 1

    Marussia's sporting director Graeme Lowdon believes the mini-break ahead of the next grand prix will allow the whole team to regroup.

    The past week has been difficult for the Marussia team following the accident in the Japanese Grand Prix that has left Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.

    Lowdon feels the next two weeks - a slightly longer gap than normal at this time of year in between races - affords the team the opportunity to take stock before heading to the United States.

    "When you've had a serious incident, whether somebody is hurt or not, it's a major challenge," said Lowdon. "It's helpful that there is time to regroup."

  11. Deja vu for Rooney


    Practice makes perfect they say. And so it proved for England skipper Wayne Rooney. Hours before curling in a 20-yard free-kick for the winner against Estonia, the forward converts from a similar position in a training session.

    "Do that tomorrow lad," yells beaten keeper Joe Hart. And he did...

  12. The time has come to galvanise


    New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says it is his job to "galvanise" both the fans and players at the Championship strugglers.

    "The two most important facets in football are the supporters and the players," he tells the media in his first news conference as Trotters boss. "I need to get them both on side as quickly as possible.

    "Bolton is a hotbed of football and if I get them onside there will be a tidal wave of support. They all need a lift and it's my job to do that."

  13. Maicon earns new Roma deal



    Brazilian veteran Maicon has extended his contract with AS Roma to June 2016, with an extra year's option.

    The 33-year-old wing-back, who won the treble of Champions League, Serie A title and Italian Cup when he was with Inter Milan, joined Roma in 2013 after making just 10 appearances for Manchester City.

  14. Fans raise cash for Cunningham film


    Laurie Cunningham

    More than £1.6m has been raised to make a film about the former West Brom and Real Madrid winger Laurie Cunningham.

    Producers of the film issued a crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.4 million and investors have helped them surpass that figure, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    Cunningham became the first British player to join Real when he signed from the Baggies in 1979 and was a member of the famous Baggies' Three Degrees alongside team-mates Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis

    Producers say the film, called Black Flash, will be "about a tragic hero who was adored but misunderstood".

    Perhaps ex-Wolves striker Nathan Blake could play the Baggies hero (see 16:49)...

  15. Suarez on the scoresheet...again


    Luis Suarez's goal means Uruguay are winning 1-0 against Oman. Oh, scrap that....he's only gone and made it 2-0! Typically assured finish from the ex-Liverpool striker, who dinks over the Oman keeper.

  16. Suarez on the scoresheet


    Think what you like about Luis Suarez as a character but one thing is not in doubt - the boy is a lethal goalscorer.

    The Barcelona striker is playing in his second Uruguay friendly since being banned from competitive matches for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, finding the net with a second-half strike.

    Granted Oman aren't the strongest opposition in the world but still...

  17. Blatter condemns referee attack


    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has condemned a "cowardly" pipe bomb attack on the Cyprus Referee Association's clubhouse.

    The explosive caused damage to the outside the Nicosia offices of the association at about 3.30am (0030 GMT) today, a police spokesman said.

    A fire bomb was recently thrown at the home of an assistant referee in the coastal town of Limassol, while earlier in the year a bomb damaged the car of a prominent international referee.

    Blatter offered full support to the Cyprus Football Association's efforts to protect match officials.

  18. Swapping tactics for scripts


    Nathan Blake

    Vinnie Jones has carved himself a niche in Hollywood as a British-accented hardman. Eric Cantona knows how to play himself in a film - and how to advertise French beer. But have either won any acting awards? Probably not.

    So step forward former Wales striker Nathan Blake. The ex-Cardiff, Blackburn, and Sheffield United man has been honoured by a Welsh film festival for his acting work.

    The 42-year-old took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in short film The Homing Bird, in which he plays a football coach.

    Blake was honoured, along with others, at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for Film Fest Cymru 2014.

  19. Dallaglio on England

    Rugby Union

    Lawrence Dallaglio says England must topple two of the southern hemisphere giants this autumn to prove they are good enough to win next year's World Cup.

    Stuart Lancaster's men host New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia in next month's QBE Series in a critical phase of their build-up to the 2015 World Cup.

    Former England captain Dallaglio said: "To win a World Cup you probably have to play and beat two of the southern hemisphere sides.

    "If England came away with two out of three southern hemisphere victories, that would show they are genuine World Cup contenders."

  20. Scunthorpe announce new number two


    Scunthorpe have named Ned Kelly as assistant to new boss Mark Robins.

    The 48-year-old enjoyed a long playing career at clubs including West Ham United, Newcastle and Wolves before moving into coaching. His most recent job was as Billy Davies' number two at Nottingham Forest.

  21. Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles


    Robbie Keane

    Robbie Keane v Mats Hummels

    Keane wrote himself into football's history books when his hat-trick against the Gibraltarians took him to 21 European Championship qualifying goals and 65 for his country in total.

    Chances are likely to be in far shorter supply in Germany, but the LA Galaxy frontman will need no second invitation if provided with an opening.

    Hummels and his defensive colleagues were unusually porous against the Poles and manager Joachim Low will be looking for a big improvement as the Germans attempt to get their campaign back on track.

  22. Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles


    Aiden McGeady v Erik Durm

    McGeady was Ireland's hero in the opening qualifier in Georgia, where he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory, the second at the death.

    His direct approach will give Martin O'Neill's men an outlet on a night when they will be forced to defend for long periods.

    Full-back Durm may have something to prove after being levered off the ball by Robert Lewandowski during the build-up to the Sebastian Mila strike which sealed Poland's famous win.

  23. Rep of Ireland-Germany: Key battles


    The Republic of Ireland take their 100 per cent Group D record to Germany tomorrow, where the hosts will be desperate to bounce back from their shock 2-0 defeat by Poland.

    Here is where the game might be won or lost:

    Thomas Muller

    David Forde v Thomas Muller

    Concentration was the only issue for Ireland keeper Forde during the 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar on Saturday with only one save of note to make, although he knows he is likely to be far busier in Gelsenkirchen.

    Muller, playing as a lone striker, passed up a series of opportunities to find the back of the net against the Poles as he and his team-mates piled on the pressure without success, and the Republic are unlikely to be able to rely upon a repeat of that wastefulness.

  24. Get involved

    The Raheem Sterling debate continues to bubble along nicely. Here are a few more of your thoughts:

    Sam Robson: I don't see the problem, I would much rather play a fit and raring to go Lallana than a below 100% Sterling. Fair play to him.

    Alex Davies: I get that Sterling might be tired, but why cant he miss Liverpool games so he is fit to perform for England when needed?

    Aashis: Can't blame Raheem. He is caught in the Club v Country dilemma. Who pays the wages? But Hodgson scores an own goal in weak man/media management.

    Paul Johnson: Handled very badly by Hodgson. Should be more concerned about protecting Raheem Sterling rather than passing the buck.

    Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  25. Tuilagi 'lifts Leicester spirits'

    Rugby Union

    Leicester boss Richard Cockerill says the presence of fit-again England centre Manu Tuilagi was enough to lift the Tigers in Friday's 22-16 win over Harlequins.

    The 23-year-old had missed three matches with a groin injury, during which time Leicester failed to win a match.

    "You put Manu on the teamsheet and it hurts the opposition and lifts the morale of the team and the confidence of the side," Cockerill told BBC Sport.

    "Manu is world class, he hadn't played for a few weeks and he looked good, looked fit - he came back in good nick."

  26. Giroud making rapid progress


    Olivier Giroud

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a broken leg.

    The 28-year-old suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton and underwent surgery at the end of August.

    It was initially thought the French striker would be out for four months.

    But Wenger told beIN Sports: "Olivier Giroud is recovering very well. The operation went perfectly. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation."

  27. Lennon imagines bright Bolton future


    Neil Lennon says he is looking forward to helping Bolton climb up the Championship table and has no regrets about leaving Celtic.

    "I'm happy with what I've got. It's a clean slate for everyone. I know the players well and tried to sign some for Celtic," he says.

    "This is a huge challenge and that is what I was looking for. Things went really well at Celtic but it was time for a change."

  28. Bolton right for me - Lennon


    Neil Lennon

    New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says he had no doubts about taking charge of the Championship's bottom club.

    The Northern Irishman, 43, had been without a job since leaving Scottish champions Celtic in the summer.

    "Once I had spoken to chairman Phil Gartside on Wednesday then my mind was made up. It was just a case of persuading them I was the right man," he says.

  29. Scotland-Poland key battles


    Steven Fletcher

    Kamil Glik v Steven Fletcher

    Torino captain Glik is a no-nonsense centre-back who carries a threat at set-pieces. His aerial ability will help against Sunderland striker Fletcher, who is renowned for his headed goals.

    Scotland will need Fletcher to hold the ball up well, as he did against Georgia on Saturday, if their counter-attacking game is to work in Warsaw.

  30. Scotland-Poland key battles


    Robert Lewandowski v Russell Martin

    Norwich defender Martin and central defensive partner Gordon Greer helped Scotland keep a clean sheet in their friendly win in Warsaw in March but Lewandowski was missing through injury.

    The Bayern Munich striker took his international tally to 23 with four goals against Gibraltar last month and set up Poland's second against Germany on Saturday thanks to his strength, skill and awareness.

  31. Scotland-Poland key battles


    Scotland take on Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tomorrow. So where might the game in Warsaw be won and lost we hear you cry?

    Your luck's in, we know the answer. Here are the key battles:

    Ikeche Anya

    Lukasz Piszczek v Ikeche Anya

    Anya's pace and direct running are among Scotland's best attacking weapons, especially away from home, as evidenced by the Watford winger's goal against Germany.

    Poland right-back Piszczek missed Scotland's friendly win over Poland in March through injury but will know what to expect after Anya's goal at the home of his club, Borussia Dortmund.

  32. Bale wants maximum haul


    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale wants three points against Cyprus in Cardiff tonight. claiming Wales turned a corner with their draw against Bosnia-Hercegovina in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Wales fought out a goalless draw with Bosnia, maintaining their unbeaten start in Group B after an opening win in Andorra.

    "We feel like we've turned a corner and the fans were absolutely amazing. It was great to have a full house almost and hopefully we've done them proud," Bale said.

    There is commentary of Wales against Cyprus on 5 live sports extra tonight from 7:40pm, with Rob Phillips and Kevin Ratcliffe commentating.

  33. Arsenal boost as duo return


    Arsenal Twitter

    For once, some good news on the Arsenal injury front - wingers Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are back in training.

    The Gunners tweeted a photo of the pair going through their paces at the club's training ground.

    England international Walcott hasn't featured for Arsenal since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in January.

    Gnabry has yet to play this season because of a knee problem.

  34. BreakingTranmere manager sacked


    Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has had his contract terminated by the League Two club.

    The club suffered a seventh defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten by Plymouth and are bottom of the division.

    Chairman Mark Palios said: "Rob is a decent man who has worked very hard over the past few months for the Football Club.

    "However, with the club currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 for the first time in 32 years it was decided this was the right time to make the break."

    Edwards was appointed in May, following Tranmere's relegation from League One.

  35. Nolan delight at early return


    Kevin Nolan, West Ham

    West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan says he is delighted to be "back amongst it" after recovering from a fractured shoulder quicker than expected.

    Nolan has come on as a substitute in the Hammers last two games, despite initially being told that he wouldn't be able to return until mid-to-late October.

    "When I first suffered the injury, the timeframe was six to eight weeks before I could get on the pitch and do anything, so I'm three or four weeks ahead of it," said Nolan on West Ham's website.

    "I've got a great team around me in the physios and coaching staff. That makes you want to be back as quickly as possible and I'm delighted to be back amongst it."

  36. Sterling praised for bravery


    A sport psychologist has said Raheem Sterlingmade a "brave" decision to sit out England's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia.

    Sterling, 19, has played more than 3,000 minutes of football in 2014.

    The Liverpool midfielder was used as a substitute in the Group E match after telling boss Roy Hodgson he was tired.

    "To see this athlete acknowledge he would struggle to make an impact is a very brave move," Birmingham University's Dr Jennifer Cumming said.

  37. On this day

    Paul Radcliffe

    1894: Everton and Liverpool played the first Merseyside derby. Everton won 3-0 at Goodison Park.

    2002: Britain's Paula Radcliffe won the Chicago Marathon, setting a new world record time of two hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

    2010: British diver Tom Daley won gold in the 10-metre platform at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the day after he claimed gold with team-mate Max Brick in the synchronised 10m platform competition.

    2011: Former world heavyweight champion David Haye announced his retirement ... though he later changed his mind and came back to fight Dereck Chisora after the pair had come to blows during a press conference.

  38. Pistorius sentencing latest

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should not go to jail over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his sentencing hearing has been told today.

    A probation officer appearing for the defence said Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel described the suggestion as "shockingly inappropriate".

  39. I'm sorry, says Arsene


    Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for shoving Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho during the Gunners Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

    "Too much importance was given to this story but I should not have reacted like this. I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise for it," the Frenchman told French TV channel TF1.

    Also speaking to TF1, Mourinho said: "I will not say more. I have no words to explain what everybody else saw in those images."

  40. Get involved

    Gareth Whalley: Look at Walcott. Burnt out by club and country at an early age and now suffers from many injuries. Have to side with player.

    MRKB: Remember Michael Owen? All that glittering promise - most of it lived up to apart from the career longevity.

    Mark: If Sterling had played, looked awful, then said he was tired people would give him stick for not saying anything before...

  41. Time up for Taghrooda

    Horse racing

    If you're going to retire from top-class sport then you might as well leave after a successful year. And that's exactly what Taghrooda's connections have decided.

    The filly has been retired after a brilliant year in which she won the Oaks and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

    Trainer John Gosden and jockey Paul Hanagan guided her to an Epsom triumph before she was the first filly to win Ascot's King George in over 30 years.

  42. Hamilton to be offered new deal?

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has hinted that he will offer Lewis Hamilton a new contract at the end of the year in a bid to keep him at the team beyond 2015.

    Hamilton's three-year deal expires after next season, with recent speculation suggesting Fernando Alonso is attempting to engineer his way into Mercedes as a replacement.

    Wolff said: "The moment you get somebody else in that fight could be detrimental to the team's performance. So our main priority is to continue with Lewis and Nico beyond 2015."

  43. Ranieri grins at sack question


    Claudio Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri has laughed off suggestions he is already fighting to save his job as Greece manager - after just two games.

    The former Chelsea boss, 62, has had a rocky start to his first international appointment, with a 1-0 home defeat against Romania followed by a 1-1 draw in Finland on Saturday.

    Ahead of tomorrow's game at Group F leaders Northern Ireland, Ranieri was asked by a journalist if he feared the sack. "You are a very dangerous man," replied Ranieri, with a smile on his face. "I am used to being under pressure. My job is hard but I love this job."

    He added: "I know I have to arrive in the Euro 2016 finals, that is my goal. It is very important to beat Northern Ireland."

  44. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    Ben Sullivan: People make the mistake of thinking these players want to play for England in the first place, of course they don't, why would they? How many Spurs fans want Wilshere to play well for England? Liverpool fans cheering on Rooney? Doesn't happen. The England team is dead, killed off by the Premier League and the blind club loyalty in this country.

    Chris, Bristol: So England only beat Estonia 1-0 from a free kick and we're talking about Sterling? Can someone say... Scapegoat?

    Tony, Spain: Raheem Sterling is a professional footballer - he is also 19 years old. He has not yet completed his physical development and will need more recovery time than an "adult" player. If he asks for the off accept that he needs it, or he will be "burned out" early plagued by injuries in later life.

  45. Liverpool Ladies look to the future


    Liverpool celebrate winning the WSL title
    Image caption: Liverpool Ladies celebrate as they retain their title

    Liverpool Ladies striker Natasha Dowie says the team want to go on to dominate the Women's Super League after sealing back-to-back titles on a thrilling final day of the season.

    The Reds edged ahead of Chelsea on goal difference after Sunday's 3-0 victory over Bristol.

    And Dowie said her team-mates now wanted to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal Ladies, who won the title for nine seasons in a row from 2004 until 2012.

    "Hopefully we can attract even more talented players and retain our title again," says the England international. "Arsenal did it for many, many years and that's what we want to do. We want to keep winning that title."

  46. Northern Ireland recall for Evans?


    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill must decide whether to recall midfielder Corry Evans to his starting line-up to face Greece on Tuesday.

    The Blackburn midfielder began the Euro 2016 qualifier win over Hungary in September but was on the bench for Saturday's victory over the Faroe Islands.

  47. Post update

    Former England defender Lee Dixon on the Raheem Sterling debate: "Just because someone gets paid to do a job doesn't mean they can't get tired! Please stop saying 'I play twice a week and a job too and I'm not tired'."

  48. Germany are 'determined not disappointed'


    Joachim Low

    Germany will not dwell on their surprise defeat in Poland when they face the Republic of Ireland tomorrow, says coach Joachim Low.

    The world champions were beaten 2-0 in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying tie - their first defeat in 34 previous qualifiers.

    "If you ask me what is the mood like now, fury is the wrong word, anger is the wrong word," says Low. "But what you can feel is some kind of determination, that we really badly want these three points against Ireland.

    "But there is no incredible disappointment in the team. That would be wrong to say."

  49. Edwards 'worried' for Tranmere job


    Tranmere manager Rob Edwards says he is "worried" for his position after they slipped to the bottom of League Two.

    A 1-0 home defeat by Plymouth was their fourth league loss in a row, while Rovers have just two league wins since Edwards took charge in May.

    Asked if he was concerned about his job, the 41-year-old told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I'm worried. I've been worried for about five weeks. I was brought into the club in the summer, the club changed owners and now we're bottom of the Football League - it's not looking great is it?"

  50. Get involved


    Raheem Sterling's request to "sit out" England's 1-0 win over Estonia on Sunday because of fatigue is continuing to split opinion.

    Jordan Rollinson: Nice one Roy. Using a 19-year-old kid to protect yourself from criticism. It's disgusting the abuse Sterling has been getting.

    Jake Walerius: Criticism of Sterling is harsh. Burnout is real, and if he thinks he can't play his best why should he play anyway?

    Martin James Stroud: NBA players play more regularly and at a higher intensity. Sterling should look and learn. He's a pro athlete after all!

    Which side of the fence are you on? Tweet using #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  51. Lampard nets award


    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard's impressive start to life at Manchester City has been recognised by the fans, who have voted him the club's player of the month for September.

    Lampard won 33% of the vote following goals against Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.

  52. Carter makes winning comeback


    Ali Carter

    Some heart-warming news from the world of snooker - Ali Carter makes his return to the baize after cancer treatment.

    The two-time former World Championship finalist, 35, beats Marco Fu 4-1 in his first competitive match for six months.

    "All things considered a great start for me beating a top player like Marco. Onwards and upwards," he tweets.

  53. Slade 'one of league's best centres'

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs coach Ali Hepher says Henry Slade is one of the best defensive centres in the Premiership.

    The 21-year-old England Saxons player has moved from fly-half to centre this season and scored his third try in as many games as

    "He's one of the best centres defensively in the Premiership, there's no question about that," says Hepher. "He reads the game well, he's aggressive and in the tackle he's as good as anything."

  54. Birthdays

    Celebrating your big day today? Then you're in good company. These sporting talents are also blowing out their birthday candles...

    Ian Thorpe (32, swimming) - Australian swimming legend, winner of five Olympic gold medals.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (28, football) - Aston Villa striker.

    David Haye

    David Haye (34, boxing) - Former WBA world heavyweight champion.

    Scott Parker (34, football) - Fulham midfielder and former England international.

    Nancy Kerrigan (45, ice skating) - silver medallist at 1994 Winter Olympics.

    Rob Howley (44, rugby union) - former British Lion, Wales international and Wasps scrum-half, now Wales assistant coach.

    Wes Brown (35, football) - Sunderland defender.

  55. Rio defends Raheem


    More from ex-England captain Rio Ferdinand, who has waded into the Raheem Sterling debate.

    "Going by many of the responses on here, because players earn a fortune they cannot get tired. Leave off," says the QPR player.

    "A mid season break, like most other countries, would help. Fatigue is one element as to why England have struggled at tournaments too."

  56. Schuster on Ghana shortlist


    Bernd Schuster

    Former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is among a five-man shortlist being considered to become Ghana's new coach.

    The ex-West Germany midfielder, 54, will now be interviewed by the Ghanaian FA after ex-Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert withdrew his interest in the role.

    The other coaches set to be interviewed are ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant, former Republic of Ireland assistant boss Marco Tardelli, Michel Pont and Juan Ignicio Jimenenz.

  57. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    Daniel, via text: Ben Flower assaulted someone, of course the police should take action, why does the fact it took place on a sports field make any difference?

    Ryan Bridgett, via text: As a Wigan-born rugby league fanatic I'd normally be delighted to see the sport get so much coverage across national media. Such a shame it's because of one man's stupid actions instead of a gripping Grand Final that could have gone either way in the end.

  58. Wales "must win" Cyprus match


    Captain Ashley Williams says Wales must win their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier against Cyprus in Cardiff later.

    Wales top Group B after September's 2-1 win away to Andorra and Friday's 0-0 home draw with Bosnia-Hercegovina.

    "We know especially because we drew the game [against Bosnia] that we need to win this game," says Swansea defender Williams. "If we want to do anything in the group this is one we must win."

  59. Wilshere: World Cup is forgotten


    Jack Wilshere

    England's humiliating early World Cup exit has been "consigned to history" according to Jack Wilshere.

    Four months after a dismal showing in Brazil, England's win in Estonia made it three wins out of three in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

    "It is credit to the manager and his coaching staff that the World Cup is consigned to history," says Arsenal midfielder Wilshere. "The first meet-up after the World Cup, we went through it and that was it.

    "Maybe the game against Switzerland (a 2-0 win in Basle last month) helped. People didn't expect us to do much but we went there and showed we have still got the quality that is required for this level."

  60. RFL charge Flower and Hohaia

    Rugby League

    Wigan prop Ben Flower faces a suspension of at least eight matches after being charged by the Rugby Football League for his double punch on St Helens' Lance Hohaia in Saturday's Grand Final.

    Flower, 26, has been charged with the Grade F offence of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent. The advisory suspension tariff for a player found guilty of a Grade F offence is eight-plus matches.

    Hohaia, 31, has been charged with the Grade B offence of striking Flower with the forearm, to which the Wigan player retaliated. The advisory suspension tariff for a player found guilty of a Grade B offence is one to two matches.

  61. Clarke back after injury


    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is set for a return to action this week after recovering from a hamstring injury that had threatened to rule him out of the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan.

    The complaint forced him to miss the one-day portion of the tour, although he was not missed as George Bailey led the team to a 3-0 whitewash in the United Arab Emirates.

    That victory has seen Australia return to the top of the one-day international rankings in the latest ICC rankings, released today. South Africa are second, with India third.

  62. Sterling: how busy is he?


    England - Played 90 minutes of the friendly win over Norway last month and another 90 minutes in the Euro 2016 qualifier win over Switzerland. Withdrawn at half-time against San Marino last Thursday and used for only the final 26 minutes against Estonia on Sunday.

    Total minutes: Liverpool: 345 (friendly) + 854 (competitive) 1,199; England: 90 (friendly) + 161 (competitive) 251

    Overall total: 1,450 minutes played, five goals scored.

  63. Sterling: how busy is he?

    How busy is he?

    Liverpool - Involved in five of Liverpool's eight pre-season friendlies, starting four of them but only completing the full 90 minutes twice. Played a combined 345 minutes, scoring twice.

    Featured in all 10 of Liverpool's competitive matches this season, starting nine. Of those nine he has played 90 minutes on six occasions and 120 minutes - in a Capital One Cup tie - once. His one substitute appearance came in the loss to Aston Villa on September 13, when he played the final 29 minutes. Scored three goals in 854 minutes of action.

  64. Sterling: how busy is he?


    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling is getting plenty of stick for asking not to play for England because he felt tired.

    But what exactly has his workload been this season? Here's a rundown of how busy he has been...

  65. Get involved

    Tired Raheem Sterling continues to split opinion. A few more of your tweets...

    Christopher J Powell: Resting a young developing player is better than pushing them and risking injury if they are not 100%

    CJEd: Regards Sterling, I think I'll ask my boss to rest me tomorrow on full pay because I'm tired and see what reaction I get.

    : Constant talk of youngsters getting burnout yet Sterling slammed for saying needs break after 9games in quick succession?

    Steve Howes: Sterling is human? No. Humans are those that work 12-hour days to pay the bills, not those pampered to play 180 minutes of football a week.

    Keep them coming on twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  66. 'Fans will follow' Wasps to Coventry

    Rugby Union

    A large proportion of supporters will stick with Wasps when they move to Coventry, according to chief executive Nick Eastwood.

    Wasps will play in the Ricoh Arena from December - 82 miles north of their current home in High Wycombe.

    "I think the majority of supporters will come," said Eastwood. "A number of supporters at the fans' forum said they just can't do it because of work commitments. But most people have said they are coming."

  67. Brazil unhappy with sandy pitch


    Dunga Brazil

    It seems like Brazil aren't relishing the prospect of playing in Singapore.

    They face Japan in an international friendly tomorrow but Brazil coach Dunga is not impressed with the pitch, despite the fact that it is the centre piece of a $1 billion Sports Hub complex.

    "The Brazil team will always try to produce a good spectacle but to do that, you need good conditions," Dunga said.

    "The field raises the possibility of having injured players because there is a lot of sand. I hope the sand doesn't create holes in the pitch during the match but it is a risk we are going to have to take."

    Juventus also complained about the playing surface when they played on it in August.

  68. Robins flies into Scunthorpe


    A few bums should now be on those empty seats at Glanford Park (see 12:16), where League One side Scunthorpe United are introducing their new manager.

    And that man, as expected, is former Barnsley and Huddersfield boss Mark Robins.

    The 44-year-old, who left the Terriers after just one game this season, replaces Russ Wilcox following his sacking last week.

  69. Pope happy at Port Vale


    Port Vale striker Tom Pope tells BBC Radio Stoke that he has no intention of leaving his hometown club, despite being linked with a move elsewhere.

    Vale's nine-goal top scorer, 29, is a target for League One side Barnsley and also an unnamed Championship club, understood to be Millwall.

    "I want to stay here and score goals for as long as possible," said Pope. "But the club have got to show the commitment to want me to stay. Ever since I first signed for this club, I said I would only leave under two conditions - if I was released or if it was right for me and the club."

  70. Liverpool take title


    The final day of the Women's Super League turned out to be a thriller, Liverpool clinching the title in dramatic style.

    The Reds started the day in third, behind Chelsea and Birmingham, but clinched the title courtesy of a 3-0 win over Bristol while their rivals slipped up.

  71. Be patient says Low



    Germany boss Joachim Low urges fans and the media to be patient with his youthful team as they rebuild following last summer's World Cup success.

    Low is no longer able to call on Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker after the experienced trio retired from international football.

    "We shouldn't put too much strain on the players," says Low, whose side lost 2-0 in Poland on Saturday. "The team are self-critical and the atmosphere is good, just as it was before.

    "I will give our full backs plenty of time. You cannot replace Philipp Lahm overnight."

  72. Get involved

    Raheem Sterling asking to be rested for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia is dividing opinion among England fans. Here are a few of your tweets...

    Riley Thompson: Pro footballers should be fit enough to be able to play whenever needed. Surely no club would sign unfit players? No excuses.

    Vincenzo Re: Is this the next step in player-power? Now they can decide when to play (or train) if they feel like it.

    Stewart Wallace: If Sterling had played and made a mistake, he would be slaughtered for playing. He can't win really can he?

    Richard Wood: Tired? At his age? No-one should ever say they're too tired to play for their country.

    Mark Rankine: Tell him to go for some sleep then! Try getting up at 7am on a Monday after a bender then he will know what tired is.

    Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  73. Coach Hatley 'proud' of 12-man Bath

    Rugby Union

    Coach Neal Hatley has praised Bath after they fought back to secure a losing bonus point in their 29-22 defeat at Wasps.

    The visitors were 29-0 behind after 50 minutes and were briefly down to 12 men after Leroy Houston, David Wilson and Micky Young were sin-binned, but Mike Ford's side went on to run in 22 unanswered points at Adams Park.

    "I'm so proud of the way the 12 on the pitch hung on," said Hatley. "At 29-0 down and three in the bin, it looked fairly desperate but there were guys making try-saving tackles and turning the ball over.

    "There's a lot to be really proud of in the last 40 minutes but there was stuff which was unacceptable in the first 40 minutes which we need to get fixed."

  74. New deal for Eckersley


    Ned Eckersley

    Leicestershire, who finished bottom of Division Two after going a second full season without a win in the County Championship, have seen something of an exodus at the club at the end of the season.

    But batsman Ned Eckersley has signed a one-year contract extension as the club shape their squad for next season.

    The 25-year-old was the club's leading scorer in the County Championship in 2013 with 1,275 runs and contributed another 818 in the 2014 season.

  75. New manager at Scunthorpe


    Scunthorpe United

    Meanwhile, over at Glanford Park, as League One Scunthorpe United prepare to unveil their new manager, the scene is perhaps not quite as picturesque as in Germany, though on the upside that's a lovely carpet.

  76. Germany motoring on



    The best or nothing for world champions Germany as boss Joachim Low holds his latest news conference - in a Mercedes Benz car showroom.

    Low is hoping his side can push-start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after their shock loss against Poland. But will they find top gear against the Republic of Ireland tomorrow?

  77. Red Bull aiming to hit back

    Formula 1

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has urged Mercedes to enjoy their success while they can, saying his team is determined to win back the Formula 1 constructors' trophy next season.

    After four years of domination, Red Bull's reign as champions came to an end in Russia on Sunday when a Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg one-two ensured Mercedes captured the constructors' crown for the first time in their motorsport history.

    Horner said: "Congratulations to Mercedes. They're deserving champions, but all it does is motivate you. Hopefully next year we'll put up a good fight to try and get it back."

  78. Pistorius: sentencing latest

    Oscar Pistorius

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was a "broken man" after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his psychologist has told a court hearing.

    Lore Hartzenberg said therapy sessions with Pistorius were often interrupted by his weeping and retching.

    Pistorius is in court for sentencing. He was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp last month and faces up to 15 years in jail.

    Prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused Hartzenberg of avoiding questions about an alleged new love in Pistorius's life.

    Full story here.

  79. Get involved

    Not seen Ben Flower's double punch on St Helens' Lance Hohaia? Watch our video of the incident and let us know what you think. Tweet using #bbcsportsday or text 81111. Should the police take action against the Wigan prop, or should his punishment be left to the RFL and his club?

  80. 'Police should stay out of Flower incident'

    Rugby League

    Former Great Britain international Jonathan Davies believes Wigan prop Ben Flower should not face police action after punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia in Saturday's Grand Final.

    "It was totally unacceptable and a cowardly act," Davies tells BBC Radio 5 live. "But I think it opens up a can of worms if the police get involved. For me, the RFL, Wigan and St Helens should sort this out. Maybe he should have a full season ban.

    "On a rugby field people who haven't been involved in situations like this can't understand controlling the emotion and adrenaline of playing on a big stage. Ben lost it and paid the price for it."

  81. Van Gerwen wins World Grand Prix


    Michael van Gerwen

    World champion Michael van Gerwen defeated James Wade to win his second World Grand Prix title in Dublin.

    The Dutch thrower, 25, won 5-3 in sets on Sunday to clinch the £100,000 first prize.

    Van Gerwen twice found himself a set down to Aldershot's Wade, winner of the event in 2007 and 2010, but fought back to regain the crown he won in 2012.

  82. Marathon winner mistaken for intruder


    Mariano Mastromarino's victory in the Buenos Aires Marathon almost didn't happen because officials thought he was an intruder.

    Stewards at Sunday's race were so stunned to see an Argentine surge past Kenyan leader and title holder Julius Karinga at the 20-mile mark that they ordered Mastromarino to leave the race.

    "They thought I was an intruder," said Mastromarino. "The officials shouted at me 'Get out of the race, get out. Don't stay there, this is a race'."

    Fortunately they quickly realised their mistake and Mastromarino became the first Argentine winner in 10 years.

  83. Get involved


    Simon Richardson: Don't think that Flower should be arrested, but he should be sacked. If I broke the rules similarly at my job, I would be.

  84. Wigan wait on Flower action

    Rugby League

    Ben Flower

    Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan says the club will not take any further action against prop Ben Flower until the RFL and the police conclude their investigations.

    "We don't condone it, it's not something which is part of rugby league, there's no excuses," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "There are two higher authorities than Wigan Rugby League Club - the RFL disciplinary tribunal and the police. We will wait to see what they do and if there is any additional action.

    "The higher authorities know more about these decisions and they can be more objective than we an be. We have great confidence in the RFL disciplinary tribunal and the police."

  85. Punch hasn't tainted win - Wellens

    Rugby League

    St Helens full-back Paul Wellens says the double punch by Wigan's Ben Flower on his team-mate Lance Hohaia has not tainted his side's Super League Grand Final victory.

    "Not at all. We turned up to win and the incident has no bearing on how we feel about the victory," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  86. Wellens unsure on Flower police action

    Rugby League

    St Helens full-back Paul Wellens says he is not sure whether Wigan prop Ben Flower should face police action for punching his team-mate Lance Hohaia in Saturday's Grand Final.

    "It's a real difficult one. I couldn't say either way," Wellens tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "It's sensible for people not to get too carried away at this stage. The incident wasn't great - everyone is on the same page there. But from a player's perspective we just get on with things."

  87. Sterling hits back


    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling has defended his decision not to start in England's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia, tweeting: "Excuse me for being human."

    The 19-year-old, who came on as a second-half substitute during England's 1-0 victory, has been criticised by a number of newspapers and come in for some stick on his Twitter page.

    Sterling has started nine of Liverpool's 10 games to date in all competitions this season and made 38 appearances last season.

  88. Pakistan bowler out of Test series


    Paceman Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of Pakistan's two-match Test series against Australia, starting in Dubai on 22 October, with a knee injury.

    Pakistan, beaten 3-0 in the one-day series, are already struggling with injuries, with all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez (hand) and bowler Junaid Khan (knee) currently sidelined.

  89. Lennon starts work at Bolton


    "I've got a big job on my hands," said Neil Lennon after being named manager at Bolton Wanderers.

    He's not kidding. The Trotters are bottom of the Championship with only one league win in 11 games so far this season.

    We'll find out exactly how Lennon intends to improve things when the former Celtic boss gives a press conference at 4pm today, his first say in the job.

  90. Top four shootout gathers pace

    Road Cycling

    Chris Froome

    A proposal to pit cycling's top four grand tour riders against each other in the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta is "not a publicity stunt", according to those behind the idea.

    Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov has offered a €1 million prize pool to be shared between Giro winner Nairo Quintana, Vuelta champion Alberto Contador, and the last two Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali to battle for supremacy on all three grand tours.

    The idea was greeted with scepticism, but team CEO Stefano Feltrin insisted talks have already begun, adding: "We are very serious about it and we feel it will help cycling move forward."

  91. I rejected PSG - Mourinho


    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he rejected two approaches from Paris St-Germain to become the French club's coach.

    PSG's Qatari owners wanted Mourinho to work with sporting director Leonardo when they took over the club in 2011, according to the Portuguese boss.

    "I think I can say this - I was first choice to come to Paris with Leonardo," he told French television programme Telefoot.

  92. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    Tom, via text: I think Sterling was spot on asking for a rest. It would have been different if he did not ask for a rest and played poor because he was tired. Great decision Sterling and Hodgson. England won at the end of the day. Maybe not how we expected it but three points is three points.

  93. Police to investigate Flower

    Rugby League

    Ben Flower Wigan v St Helens

    Greater Manchester Police are looking into the punches thrown by Wigan's Wales prop Ben Flower in Saturday's Grand Final defeat by St Helens.

    Flower knocked Lance Hohaia over in the second minute of the game before landing a second punch while the St Helens man was on the ground.

    Police say they had received no public complaint but will continue to liaise with the relevant parties before deciding on a course of action.

  94. Hanley out of Scotland squad


    Grant Hanley

    And Coleman isn't the only Home Nations boss cursing his luck. Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has received some bad news after Grant Hanley pulled out of the squad to face Poland in Warsaw tomorrow night. The Blackburn defender has a knee problem.

  95. Wales injury crisis


    What's the least ideal way to prepare for an international football match? Having 11 players out injured maybe?

    In which case Chris Coleman should be feeling pretty glum for that's exactly the position Wales find themselves in ahead of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff against Cyprus.

    However, the Wales manager insists the lengthy casualty list is not a concern, saying: "There's enough about us to get the win."

    Think that's called putting a brave face on things.

  96. Sterling's season stats


    Raheem Sterling
  97. Get involved

    Raheem Sterling asking to be rested for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia is dividing opinion among England fans. Here are a few of your tweets...

    Andrew Neill: It seems bizarre that Sterling would be tired at his age in October but I'd rather he was honest with the manager abut his condition.

    James Caldwell: Feel that Hodgson has thrown Sterling under the bus with his comments. Those conversations should be confidential.

    Tom Holmes: I'm with Gary Lineker (see 08:24). He's a young kid, he needs to be handled properly, not burnt out and this was not a game he was needed in.

  98. Worthington leaves York


    Nigel Worthington

    BBC Radio York reports that York City manager Nigel Worthington is leaving the club with immediate effect.

    The ex-Northern Ireland boss, 52, has been in charge at Bootham Crescent since March 2013. The Minstermen are third bottom of League Two after taking 10 points from their opening 12 games.

  99. Watson gears up for return


    Injury-prone Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will return from his latest fitness problem in a club cricket match in Sydney this weekend.

    The 33-year-old has not played since May when he hurt his ankle and calf after stepping on a ball during training. The injuries ruled him out of Australia's tours of Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

  100. Race to London


    1. Novak Djokovic - 9,010

    2. Roger Federer - 8,020

    3. Rafael Nadal - 6,745

    4. Stan Wawrinka - 4,805

    5. Kei Nishikori - 4,265

    6. Marin Cilic - 3,990

    7. Tomas Berdych - 3,945

    8. Milos Raonic - 3,750

    9. David Ferrer - 3,715

    10. Andy Murray - 3,655

    11. Gregor Dimitrov - 3,450

  101. Race to London


    So who is going to be battling for the ATP World Tour title?

    The top four have already qualified, with Kei Nishikori very likely to join them and Marin Cilic already there as one of this year's Grand Slam champions.

    That leaves five players competing for the final two slots, and all of them have entered ATP 250 events this week (250 ranking points for the winner).

    This is how the standings look...

  102. Federer marches on


    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer is celebrating after winning his first Shanghai Masters title with a straight-sets victory over Gilles Simon.

    The Swiss legend, 33, is second in the points table ahead of next month's ATP World Tour Finals in London, behind only Novak Djokovic.

    Andy Murray, who lost in the third round in Shanghai to Spaniard David Ferrer, is 10th in the latest standings.

    Only the top eight qualify for the end-of-season event in London, which is why the Scot is playing in this week's Vienna Open - and in tournaments in Valencia and Paris after that- in a bid to make the cut.

  103. Bomb attack on referee base


    A pipe bomb has exploded outside the offices of Cyprus's referees association on Monday, the second attack on members of the profession in a month.

    The explosive caused damage to the outside the Nicosia offices of the association at about 3.30am (0030 GMT) today, a police spokesman said.

    A fire bomb was recently thrown at the home of an assistant referee in the coastal town of Limassol, while earlier in the year a bomb damaged the car of a prominent international referee.

  104. Monday's back pages

    The Sun

    More on the Raheem Sterling 'I'm shattered' controversy in The Sun, plus news that Wigan Warriors' Ben Flower could face police action for his attack on St Helens' Lance Hohaia in the rugby league Grand Final.

  105. Get involved


    Calum Madell: Couldn't praise him; is he bothered about missing out on starting v Estonia? Would he have done the same for Liverpool?

    Max Turner: Sterling was tired, he knew someone else would do a better job on the night, there's nothing wrong with that.

    Andrew Neill: Assuming fitness I'd start Walcott, The Ox and Sterling ahead of Lallana, Delph and one of the other midfielders. We need pace!!

  106. Super Bowl winner backs London franchise

    American Football


    American Football in London? No, the London Monarchs aren't being resurrected, but pace is gathering for the NFL to have a British-based franchise.

    And such a move has been backed by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, who says NFL players would cope with the travelling demands of playing regularly in London should a team be based there.

    "I don't think that would be an issue. For the most part we'd adjust," says the two-time Super Bowl winner. "I think everyone in this league is getting used to adjusting.

    "We have Monday night games, Sunday night games, Thursday night games - our players do a tremendous job of adjusting."

  107. Monday's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror say Raheem Sterling doesn't deserve stick for admitting he was too tired to start in Estonia, plus there's a story on Arsene Wenger's regret over that push on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

  108. Monday's back pages


    Daily Express

    A few of today's back pages for you, kicking off with the Daily Express. Not surprisingly they focus on Roy Hodgson's comments that Raheem Sterling was too tired to start. And they weren't the only ones...

  109. Get involved


    Raheem Sterling asking to be rested for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia is not only dividing opinion between ex-international players (see below), it is also splitting your views. Here are a few of your tweets...

    Ellie: Raheem Sterling should be praised for telling the truth. That's a great role model for children.

    Mark Pendleton: Should be pinnacle of career and proud moment playing for country. Saddens me anyone would be "too tired".

    Ahsan Nayab: Footballers do get tired so doesn't mean they got an excuse, not to play. Their duty is to play for country.

  110. Blame it on the weatherman

    Horse Racing

    Rain is forecast for much of the UK today, which is causing havoc with racing meetings.

    Windsor has passed its 08:30 BST inspection, although officials say they will continue to monitor rainfall before the planned 14:00 start. The planned fixture at Salisbury is already off because the course is waterlogged.

  111. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    Former Wales midfielder

    Absolutely ridiculous Sterling too tired to start, 45 minutes v San Marino, you have so much time to relax on international duty.

  112. Sterling rested by England


    So Rio reckons Sterling was right to speak up, but former Wales captain Robbie Savage disagrees...

  113. Ferdinand backs Sterling


    Rio Ferdinand has waded into the debate on whether Raheem Sterling was right to miss England's qualifier in Estonia because he felt tired.

    "Fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends," said Ferdinand in a series of tweets.

    "For instance, Tevez would come in some days and sit on the massage bed while the team trained, saying 'I'm tired'.

    "With more rest at the right times throughout seasons, Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher. Same could be said of Gerrard, Lampard, JT, A.Cole myself - all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mind."

  114. Costa nets for Spain


    Diego Costa Spain

    Diego Costa grabbed his first goal for Spain as the reigning European champions kickstarted their qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win in Luxembourg.

    Manchester City's David Silva, Paco Alcacer and Juan Bernat were also on target.

    Captain Iker Casillas, who made an error in Thursday's 2-1 defeat by Slovakia, was replaced in goal by Manchester United's David De Gea.

  115. Victory dedicated to Bianchi

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton dedicated his Russian Grand Prix victory to Jules Bianchi, who remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries.

    Hamilton said he had been thinking of the Frenchman ever since his crash in the Japanese Grand Prix a week ago.

    "It would be great to dedicate it to him and his family," Hamilton said. "It would make a very small difference to them, but every bit of positive energy hopefully will help. We all need to be sending positive vibes that way."

  116. Hamilton hails Mercedes car

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton hailed the "mind-blowing" Mercedes car after the team won the constructors' championship and the Brit secured his ninth win of the season at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

    Hamilton, who won the drivers' title in 2008, now leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points in this season's title race.

    "I'm so proud to have contributed to the work of this great team, to get the first constructors' championship is a huge achievement," said the 29-year-old.

    Read the report of BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson here.

  117. St Helens win stormy Grand Final

    Rugby League

    Wigan's Ben Flower

    Away from the football, you might have heard about the goings-on at the rugby league Grand Final.

    St Helens beat Wigan 14-6 at Old Trafford to clinch their first title since 2006 but their victory was overshadowed by the sending off of Wigan prop Ben Flower, dismissed in the second minute for punching Lance Hohaia.

    Flower has since apologised for his actions and says he is "devastated" by what he did.

    St Helens
  118. More Euro qualifying action


    Don't fret, it's not all about England today.

    Wales take on Cyprus tonight in a Euro 2016 qualifier (kick off 19.45 BST), while we will have coverage of Scotland and Northern Ireland press conferences. Scotland face Poland tomorrow, while the Irish take on Greece.

  119. Get involved

    We want you to get involved early today, and the talking point is Raheem Sterling.

    According to Roy Hodgson, the teenager asked not to play against Estonia because he was tired.

    Some say Sterling is right to be given a breather and applaud his honesty for admitting he didn't feel 100 per cent, while others are questioning why someone so young is feeling burned out a couple of months into a season.

    So what do you think? Do players have a right to tell a manager they don't want to play? Should Sterling be applauded for being honest? Or is it just plain wrong that a 19-year-old should be too tired to play for his country?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Facebook page.

  120. Sterling - the debate


    Roy Hodgson and Raheem Sterling

    To say Raheem Sterling's absence has divided opinion is putting it mildly.

    Former England defender Danny Mills said: "I don't believe a player his age will have gone to the manager and told him he's tired. Has there been influence from elsewhere? The club manager, for example? Who knows."

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty wrote: "How can a 19-year-old be tired in the early weeks of October? How can he be jaded after only playing 45 minutes of the 5-0 win against San Marino? Is this the spectre of club v country rearing its head again?"

    BBC presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker was more sympathetic, tweeting: Sterling is a teenager. Teenagers do get tired and even moody. He's young, he's still developing, we should cut him some slack."

  121. 'Tired' Sterling asked not to play


    The main talking point about England isn't the missed chances, Rooney's performance, or the three points, it is Raheem Sterling.

    Roy Hodgson revealed the 19-year-old asked not to play because he felt tired.

    "(Raheem) said, 'I'm feeling tired, I'd rather sit this one out'," Hodgson said. "Perhaps it is quite simply that the season has not started as well for Liverpool, and he is in the spotlight for England and Liverpool. Maybe that has had some effect. I don't know. It's a theory."

    Sterling, who has already been rested by club manager Brendan Rodgers for the league match against Aston Villa in September, eventually came on as a 64th minute substitute

  122. Rooney - world class or a worry?


    Wayne Rooney England

    Wayne Rooney's matchwinning goal in Estonia was his 43rd for his country, six behind record holder Sir Bobby Charlton and one shy of the great Jimmy Greaves.

    But his performance divided opinion, with many accusing him of missing good chances.

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty wrote: "Rooney's winner, a rare touch of class, also lifted his own performance after the 28-year-old struggled to apply his usual high standards.

    "The Manchester United captain had opportunities before and after his goal to move closer to history but his display was in keeping with England's night - largely frustrating and salvaged only by a single moment."

    Read Phil's piece on Rooney and how he divides opinion here.

  123. England leave it late in Estonia


    Wayne Rooney England

    It wasn't particularly pretty, and it certainly wasn't edge-of-the-seat stuff, but England made it three wins out of three in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a gritty 1-0 win in Estonia, thanks to Wayne Rooney's late free-kick.

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty believes Rooney's strike "rescued England as they struggled to break down the stubborn Estonians, who stood firm even after captain Ragnar Klavan had been sent off for a second yellow card three minutes into the second half."

    McNulty added: "England monopolised possession but the lack of end product was alarming against opponents who were dogged but hardly an upgrade into the European elite after the stroll against San Marino."

    Read the full match report here.

  124. Here we go again


    Morning all. A new week means a new Sportsday. Plenty going on today and there's also a lot to look back on, including England's win in Estonia - nine points from nine now, can it last? - Raheem Sterling's absence from the starting 11 because he was tired, a fourth successive Grand Prix win for Lewis Hamilton, and those punches in rugby league's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

    First though, let's reflect on England...