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Steve Canavan and Neil Johnston

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  1. That's a wrap...

    It's time to make way for our live football text commentary team as kick-off approaches in Croatia in the Euro 2015 play-off. Can Gareth Southgate's England Under-21s qualify for the Czech Republic tournament? That is followed by the Euro 2016 qualifiers featuring Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    Don't forget to join us here on Wednesday where Sportsday Live will bring you rolling updates, debate, discussion and reaction to BBC Sport's biggest annual Price of Football. It's going to be huge.

    Until then.

  2. Knives out for Hiddink


    Gus Hddink

    We mentioned earlier that Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink is already feeling the heat just three games into his reign.

    Here's the proof.

    After last night's 2-0 defeat in Iceland - which leaves the Dutch with three points from a possible nine in their Euro 2016 qualifier group - former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer said: "I think Guus doesn't have really a game plan, With all due respect for Hiddink, he's 67 years old.''

    Top-selling national daily De Telegraaf says the team is ``in a state of decay.''

    And immediately after last night's defeat, star winger Arjen Robben told reporters: "(We were) rubbish. Not worthy of the Netherlands team."

    Who'd be a football manager.

  3. Birthdays

    Clarke Carlisle (35, soccer) - Former Burnley and QPR defender, and ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.

    Brendan Powell (55, racing) - Won Grand National on Rhyme 'n' Reason in 1988.

    Steve Cram

    Steve Cram (54, athletics) - Former world 1,500 metres champion, now a commentator.

    Matthew Le Tissier (45, soccer) - Former Southampton and England forward, now a television pundit.

    Gautam Gambhir (33, cricket) - India batsman, born 1981.

    Michael Duberry (39, soccer) - Former Chelsea and Leeds defender, born 1975.

  4. Bradford action on fighting fans


    Bradford City have promised to crack down hard on anyone involved in the fighting that followed Sunday's defeat at Barnsley.

    Police are investigating the ugly scenes which broke out among a group of travelling fans after the final whistle at Oakwell.

    City director of operations, David Baldwin, has warned that any perpetrators will be punished and told the Telegraph & Argus: "We pride ourselves on eradicating any bad behaviour."

  5. Villa teen signs new deal


    Aston Villa's attacking midfielder Jack Grealish signs a new four-year contract at the club. The 19-year-old says: "I've had a season ticket at Villa since I was four-years-old and came to every game, so this is a big thing for me and my family."

  6. Ajmal in line for a return?


    Saeed Ajmal

    Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes Saeed Ajmal has rectified his bowling action and is ready to undergo a test to return to cricket.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board had hired Mushtaq to help Ajmal, who was barred from bowling in international cricket in August for an illegal action.

    "Once he clears the informal test we will than ask the ICC to test out Ajmal so that he can be cleared before the World Cup," PBC chairman Shaharyar Khan said.

  7. Countdown to kick-off

    Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

    Gareth Southgate makes one change to the England side that started the first leg against Croatia. In comes Tottenham defender Eric Dier for Michael Keane.

    England: Butland, Dier, Shaw, Hughes, Gibson, Moore, Berahino, Forster-Caskey, Kane, Carroll, Redmond. Subs: Garbutt, Bond, Lascelles, Ince, Woodrow, Pritchard, Baker.

  8. One hour to kick-off

    Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

    Croatia Under21s v England Under21s

    BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball in Vinkovci: Interesting commentary positions we have in England U21s in Croatia. View slightly restricted.

    Coverage: Live updates on BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

  9. Countdown to kick-off

    Germany v Republic of Ireland

    Germany midfielder Julian Draxler says the world champions see it as their 'duty' to beat the Republic of Ireland tonight and get their Euro 2016 qualification campaign back on track.

    Just three months after lifting their fourth World Cup title, Germany host the Irish desperate for a win after Saturday's shock 2-0 defeat to Poland in Warsaw.

    Martin O'Neill's Ireland are chasing their first win over Germany in 20 years, but Draxler said: "The defeat in Poland hurt. We see it as our duty to get the rudder back on course.

    "Being world champions doesn't mean being unbeatable."

  10. Blackpool chairman slams Rooney Rule


    Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says introducing the Rooney Rule into English football would be an "insult to people" in the sport.

    The rule requires NFL American football franchises to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate for senior coaching jobs.

    Oyston tells the Blackpool Gazette: "To think skin colour is a consideration is ridiculous. Appointments have to be on merit."

  11. Cavendish announces return to track

    Track Cycling

    Mark Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish announces his return to the track next month to ride in the Ghent Six Day races. The 29-year-old Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider is bidding to recover peak condition after requiring shoulder surgery following a crash on stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate in July.

  12. Swedish defender dies after illness


    Swedish defender Pontus Segerstrom has died at the age of 33, two months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

    The IF Brommapojkarna captain made 14 appearances in the Allsvenskan, Sweden's top-flight, before he was diagnosed after suffering a headache.

    His final outing was a Europa League qualifier against Torino on 31 July.

  13. Get involved

    After new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players from wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

    Richie Macca: How about banning post match interviews? Seldom informative, and feature more clichés and platitudes than a politician's speech.

    Edd Scicluna: I would ban inappropriate squad numbers for players of certain positions. Used to drive me mad when William Gallas wore 10.

    Alistair Smalley: Making the praying sign to the ref.

    Rob Fysh: Cars. Make them walk, cycle or take the bus.

    We're here until 4.30pm today, so you've got another hour to get your suggestions in, Tweet #notjusthats or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  14. Wolves keeper out after back surgery


    Aaron McCarey

    Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey faces a lengthy spell out of action following an operation on his back.

    "It's quite serious," said head coach Kenny Jackett. "I would estimate two to three months. Aaron has a disc in his back that's basically bulging and needed correction through surgery."

    McCarey's injury leaves 20-year-old Jon Flatt as the only cover for Wolves' first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme.

  15. Look who's back in the gym


    Jess Ennis

    Jessica Ennis-Hill has posted this picture of herself on her Facebook page next to a message that reads: "Back in the gym...building back into training! Exciting and slightly scary! My journey to Rio starts now."

    The 27-year-old Olympic heptathlon champion missed the Commonwealth Game in Glasgow in the summer because she was pregnant. Ennis-Hill, from Sheffield, gave birth to Reggie on 17 July. She plans to defend her Olympic title at the 2016 Rio Games.

  16. Scotland face tough task


    Gordon Strachan

    Scotland have a huge game in Poland tonight, when Gordon Strachan's side will be aiming to follow up victory over Georgia with another positive result.

    But Poland are brimming with confidence after beating world champions Germany and their boss Adam Nawalka says they won't get complacent against the Scots.

    Nawalka said: "As soon as the Germany game ended we were thinking about Scotland.

    "We have to be prepared mentally and physically and we need a good game plan like we had against Germany."

  17. On this day

    1878: Two local teams took part in the first football match under floodlights at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

    1996: Mark Bosnich, then of Aston Villa, was charged with misconduct by the Football Association after his Basil Fawlty impersonation at Tottenham, which had angered Spurs' Jewish following. The Australian claimed he had not realised his Nazi-style salute had been offensive.

    2000: Jim McLean resigned as chairman and managing director of Dundee United following the fall-out from a violent altercation with a television reporter during a live interview.

    Shane Warne

    2004: Australia spinner Shane Warne equalled the record for most wickets in Test cricket by claiming his 532nd scalp in the second Test against India. He ended his Test career with 708 wickets.

    2007: South Africa beat Argentina 37-13 to set up a rematch with England in the rugby union World Cup final. The Springboks went on to beat Brian Ashton's side to claim the global crown.

  18. Suarez remains upset over racism claim


    Luis Suarez patrice evra

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he remains 'upset' about being accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

    Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra, then a Manchester United player, in 2011.

    In an interview with Barcelona's official website, Suarez said: "When I say I'm sorry it's because I regret something. Being sorry implies regret. But they have also sometimes judged me on things that aren't true, such as the racism thing.

    "I was accused without evidence and that's what grieved me the most. The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me."

  19. Argentina cruise to victory

    Hong Kong 0-7 Argentina

    It is all over in Hong Kong where Argentina have thrashed the hosts 7-0 in a friendly, substitute Lionel Messi scoring two during his 30 minutes on the pitch. Gonzalo Higuain and Nicolas Gaitan also scored two, while Ever Banega got the other.

  20. Countdown to kick-off

    Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

    Croatia v England Under-21s

    BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball on Twitter: Heading to this stadium shortly to see if England U21s can qualify for Euro 2015. England lead 2-1 from the first leg and are trying to qualify for an unprecedented fifth successive Euros. Updates from the second leg v Croatia on BBC Radio 5 live.

  21. Poland v Scotland


    Looks like the weather in Warsaw is a bit like it is here in Salford - distinctly murky. But it's not stopping Scotland's Barry Bannan getting excited about tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, the midfielder tweeting: "The stadium in the distance, can't wait to get to the game now".

  22. Pistorius: Sentencing update

    The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius case has scrutinised his charity work, as it tries to show he deserves jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    On the second day of the athlete's sentencing hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the main motive of the work was to further his career.

    Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp last month - but was cleared of murder.

    The defence is trying to show prison would be an inappropriate punishment.

    The sentencing hearing is expected to last several days, with lawyers for Pistorius hoping they can prevent a jail sentence.

  23. Countdown to kick-off

    Croatia U21 v England U21 (17:00 BST)

    Saido Berahino

    Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 side is just a couple of hours away from the second leg of their Euro 2015 qualifier against Croatia.

    Goals from Tottenham's Harry Kane and West Brom striker Saido Berahino in Friday's first game at Wolves' Molineux stadium ensured England have a 2-1 advantage heading into the encounter in Vinkovci, close to the Serbian border.

    Berahino. who has scored nine goals in nine games at this level - putting him within four of the age-grade record shared by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers - said: "We expect Croatia to give their all, they won't give an inch at their place and it will be a time for cool heads."

    The 2015 European Under-21 Championships - an eight-team tournament - will take place in the Czech Republic next June.

  24. Messi night in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong 0-6 Argentina

    Lionel Messi has scored just moments after coming on as a substitute for Argentina in a friendly away to Hong Kong. The score is 6-0 with 15 minutes remaining, Nicolas Gaitan and Gonzalo Higuain netting two each.

  25. Armitage deal - latest

    Rugby Union

    Steffon Armitage

    Bath say a deal to sign the Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage is now unlikely.

    The club had been close to finalising an agreement with Armitage and the Top 14 club, but Bath head coach Mike Ford says they haven't been able to finalise terms.

    Ford says if Armitage plays for Toulon in the European Rugby Cup this weekend then there is no chance he will move to the Rec this season.

  26. Dean agrees new Widnes contract

    Rugby League

    Widnes Vikings centre Chris Dean signs a new three-year contract. The 26-year-old scored eight tries in 27 appearances last season. "He's still only young and we feel we are only just scratching the surface with him," says head coach Denis Betts.

  27. Get involved

    After new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players from wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

    Lee Foster: Diving. Dish out three game bans which can be retrospective after review post match.

    Chris Wiseman: Gloves any earlier in the year than December!

    Simon Paul Reeves: I would ban people on the pitch, you know the type of people who think it's all over.

    Tweet #notjusthats or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  28. Button: Not worried about future

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button feels he can do no more to convince Ron Dennis he is worthy of a new deal for next season.

    Out of contract at the end of the campaign, Button currently finds himself in limbo with McLaren Group CEO Dennis yet to make up his mind as to his driver line-up for 2015 and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso likely to be available.

    "I am just enjoying racing," said Button. "I am not doing this for any reason to stay in F1. I am doing it for me.

    "I am not thinking if I do a good job I'll get a drive. I have been in this sport too long.

    "I'm not worried or scared with regard to whatever direction I go in in the future."

  29. Ainslie aims for lasting legacy


    Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie says he hopes basing his America's Cup team in Portsmouth will create a lasting legacy on the south coast.

    Ainslie, 37, won the race with Oracle Team USA last year and he is spearheading Britain's bid to win the 35th America's Cup, captaining a team for the next event in 2017.

    "Through this team we really have an opportunity to raise the profile of sailing and the marine industry in the south coast," Ainslie told BBC South.

    "We really wanted to be here in Portsmouth, because not only is it a fantastic sailing venue to race and train, but we also wanted to integrate in the local community and we are extremely grateful for their support in hosting us."

  30. Raining goals in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong 0-3 Argentina

    Argentina have Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria on the substitutes bench but they have already established a 3-0 interval lead in a friendly away to Hong Kong. Sevilla's Ever Banega opened the scoring before Gonzalo Higuain added the second. Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan scored the third.

  31. Get involved

    As new Bolton boss Neil Lennon bans his players wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

    Paul Lanney: Ban substitutions in the last five minutes of matches, will help stop time-wasting by teams making unnecessary changes!

    Adrian Bell: Yellow cards for taking shirts off, gloves, cycle shorts under normal shorts and coloured boots.

    Raphael Olawale Lambert: I'd ban coaches from shaking hands and heading to the tunnel while the game is still on.

    Tweet #notjusthats or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  32. Scotland fans confident

    Poland v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    Poland v Scotland

    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin in Warsaw: "I'm with some pretty confident Scotland fans in Poland who say this is a must-win game."

    Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & online. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website.

  33. Post update

    Brazil 4-0 Japan

    All over in Singapore and Neymar finishes with all four goals as Brazil ease to a 4-0 victory over Japan. Fair to say it's been a good day at the office for the 22-year-old.

  34. Beaumont leaves St Helens

    Rugby League

    Former Hull KR forward Richard Beaumont leaves St Helens without playing a game for them. The 26-year-old prop joined Saints on a two-year contract 12 months ago but struggled to shake off a groin injury and is expected to retire from the game.

    "The club and Richard Beaumont have agreed to part ways," said a St Helens spokesman. "He leaves with our best wishes and good health for the rest of his career."

  35. Brilliant Neymar



    Not one, not two, not three, but four. Brazil lead Japan 4-0 in a friendly international in Singapore with Neymar scoring all four goals. The Barcelona forward has netted three goals in the space of 33 second-half minutes to add to the one he netted before the interval. They're still playing. Can he make it five?

  36. Burnell defends London Welsh's Premiership place

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell has defended his side's place in the Premiership.

    Welsh, who are bottom of the table, lost their sixth successive game on Saturday and have conceded 272 points.

    The Oxford-based side earned promotion to the Premiership after beating Championship table-toppers Bristol in a two-legged play-off.

    "The rules were whoever wins the play-off goes into the Premiership," Burnell told BBC Radio 5 live. "We earned the right to play in this competition and that is what we will be doing."

  37. Mertesacker's set-piece plea


    Per Mertesacker

    Centre back Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal need to improve their defending and attacking at set-pieces.

    Picking up on a topic his manager Arsene Wenger has already spoken about, Mertesacker said: "We have to go through the set-pieces and say what went wrong because last year we had quite a good record. We need to improve on it this season because we've conceded from them already.

    "Attacking corners is a part we have to improve as well. The deliveries, the timing, there's a lot of detailed things we have to improve. We have to make sure that we are ready and concentrating on every set play."

  38. Carroll: I haven't let West Ham down


    Andy Carroll

    West Ham United striker Andy Carroll insists he has not let the club down despite not featuring this season due to a damaged ankle. The 25-year-old has started just 12 Premier League matches since joining in a club record £15m move from Liverpool in June 2013.

    "I know I've had problems with injuries and I'm not hiding away from that," Carroll tells Tuesday's London Evening Standard. "Hopefully this is the last one and I can get it out of the way.

    "The club have put a lot of faith in me, paying so much money, but I don't feel like I've let them down. It's an injury that I couldn't help."

  39. US launch Ryder Cup task force


    Tiger Woods

    The PGA of America has created an 11-member task force to look into every aspect of the Ryder Cup.

    The task force includes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the best two players of their generation who have spent most of their careers on the losing end at the Ryder Cup.

    But it doesn't include Paul Azinger and Ben Crenshaw - the only winning United States captains in the last 20 years.

  40. German star out of Ireland game


    Chelsea forward Andre Schuerrle has been ruled out of Germany's European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland tonight with flu.

    Schuerrle's absence further reduces coach Joachim Low's options, with Christoph Kramer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Marco Reus, among others, already missing.

  41. Arsenal challenge to replace Wenger


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal's biggest challenge will be finding manager Arsene Wenger's replacement when he leaves, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

    Wenger, who is 65 on 22 October, signed a new three-year deal in May.

    "The biggest challenge we're going to face as a club is that transition from Arsene to the next manager," said Gazidis.

    "We have a giant who's managing us. Arsene has put the club in a great, great position."

  42. Neymar on target


    Brazil have a 1-0 half-time lead over Japan in their international friendly in Singapore.

    Barcelona striker Neymar got the goal.

  43. Bale hails Welsh spirit


    Gareth Bale

    No one was happier about Wales' win over Cyprus last night than Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

    He described the team spirit as incredible and hailed the side's "togetherness".

    The full interview is here.

  44. Football

    Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay on Twitter: "Safe to say that Neil Redfearn won't be York City's next manager. Initial interest in him isn't likely to go further."

    Redfearn, who was caretaker manager at Leeds earlier this season, remains at Elland Road in the role of Academy manager and head of coaching.

  45. Pakistan name experienced duo


    Pakistani selectors have named experienced opener Taufeeq Umar and senior batsman Younus Khan in a 19-member squad for the two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, starting next week.

  46. Noble back for West Ham


    Mark Noble

    Sam Allardyce has been handed a welcome injury boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Burnley.

    The West Ham United manager is likely to have the Hammers' reigning player of the year Mark Noble available for selection.

    The midfielder has returned to full training after recovering from the calf injury which has kept him out of the last two games.

  47. Simpson ready for champ test


    Chris Simpson says he is in the best possible shape to face reigning World and Commonwealth Games champion Nick Matthew.

    Simpson goes into the US Open second-round tie after beating Canadian qualifier Shaun Le Roux 11-3 11-2 11-5 in just 30 minutes.

    "For me to win a match in 30 minutes is quite unheard of," he said. "Whenever you're playing the world champion I know that I'm the underdog, But I've got nothing to lose and I'll go out there and give it my best shot."

  48. Suarez: Hard to face bite truth


    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted it was "hard to face the truth" of his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at last summer's World Cup.

    The 27-year-old, who joined Barca from Liverpool for £75m in July, was banned for four months for the incident.

    "I found it hard to take in and to realise what I had done," Suarez said.

    "I'm only human and sometimes it's hard to face the truth. I didn't want to listen to anybody, or speak to anybody. I didn't want to accept it."

  49. Heat on Flintoff


    Cricketer Andrew Flintoff

    Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is close to joining Brisbane Heat ahead of the Big Bash tournament in Australia, according to Tuesday's Manchester Evening News.

    Brisbane head coach Stuart Law tells the MEN: "We've had discussions with Freddie. And if things go well, hopefully we will be able to confirm next week that he will play some part in the Big Bash for us."

    Flintoff turns 37 in December.

  50. Johnson says things will improve


    Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has told the BBC the club's players and management will turn around their League One form.

    Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Port Vale left the Glovers fourth from bottom in the table.

    But Johnson said he is sure his new group of players will "put it right" after a run of three consecutive losses.

  51. Get involved

    On the back of new Bolton boss Neil Lennon banning his players wearing hats at the training ground, we asked what else you would ban from sport? Thanks for the brilliant response so far, here are a few more...

    Jake Batchelor: Smelly bibs. Worst things in football.

    Gary: Mobiles, to stop them tweeting instead of training.

    Rubyshakes: Autobiographies before the player has retired.

    Mitch Gregson: Got to get rid of multi-coloured/fluorescent boots with stupid patterns on them.

    Sam Johnson: Any member of the back four wearing anything but black boots.

    And personal thanks to SimonB for this one...

    SimonB: What else should be banned at training grounds? Journalists.

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

  52. Jimenez wants to be Ryder Cup captain



    Ryder Cup veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez has said he would "love" to captain the European side and is throwing his hat in the ring for the next event in 2016.

    The two-time vice-captain was one of Paul McGinley's deputies in Europe's victory over the United States at Gleneagles last month..

    Spaniard Jimenez, 50, was also vice-captain to his late compatriot Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and has played in four Ryder Cups, finishing on the winning side twice.

    "I would love to be captain. That is something that every player who competes in the Ryder Cup wants to do," Jimenez told the news agency AFP.

  53. Tea with a slice of Mellon


    Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon

    How many football managers would serve you a cup of tea while buying a match ticket?

    Well, Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon did just that on Monday as fans queued for tickets for the League Cup fourth-round tie with Chelsea.

    Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders visit League Two Shrewsbury on 28 October at 19:45 GMT.

    Can you imagine Jose doing the same outside Stamford Bridge?

  54. German increase in violence


    Violence at soccer stadiums in Germany's top two divisions rose sharply in the 2013/14 season compared to the previous year, a police report has shown.

    While finances and spectator numbers have been on an upward trend in the top two leagues, it has been accompanied by increases in arrests, criminal proceedings as well as injuries from violence at matches.

  55. Made in Chelsea


    Brazil are facing Japan in a friendly in Singapore and there is plenty of Chelsea interest in the South American club's line-up.

    Blues trio Filipe Luis, Willian and Oscar all start.

    Kick-off is 11:45 BST. Updates in Sportsday Live.

  56. Kane targets England Under-21s win


    Harry Kane

    Harry Kane says England Under-21s will look for a decisive away goal in the second leg of their European qualifying play-off against Croatia tonight.

    England won 2-1 in Friday's first game at Wolves' Molineux Stadium, Kane scoring with a header.

    Ahead of the return, Kane said: "They're going to have to come out and try and get the goal, so it might create a bit of space for us.

    "We want to get a goal out there, cancel their away goal out and hopefully get through."

  57. Hodgson-Sterling debate

    Daily Telegraph football news correspondent Matt Law: Roy Hodgson has risked losing the trust of his young England stars by outing Raheem Sterling.

    Daily Mail football writer Matt Barlow: On Sterling crisis. It's important to appreciate mental fatigue. New to Champions League football. New to expectation of being Liverpool's and England's best player.

    Football journalist Patrick Barclay: Very naive to imagine Hodgson could have got away with lying or even obfuscation when Sterling had become cast as England's great hope.

  58. Wolves close to signing Agudelo


    Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers are close to signing 21-year-old United States international forward Juan Agudelo, according to Tuesday's Express & Star.

  59. Mercedes workers' cash bonanza

    Formula 1

    It is a good time to be working for Mercedes.

    Employees at the firm's Brackley factory in central England are in line for average bonuses of £10,000 each after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg brought home the Formula One constructors' title on Sunday.


    Hamilton took his ninth win of the season in Russia on Sunday, leading Rosberg to the team's ninth one-two finish in 16 races.

  60. FA Cup latest


    Chelmsford City are in the fourth qualifying round after defeating Whitehawk 4-1 in their FA Cup replay on Monday. In the evening's other replay, Boreham Wood also advanced to within 90 minutes of the first round proper with a 1-0 win over Frome Town. The win secures a trip to Woking a week on 25 October.

    Tuesday's third qualifying round replays: Worcester City v Leamington, Stourbridge v Shildon, Warrington Town v Colwyn Bay, Bromley v Grays Athletic, Gloucester City v Staines Town, Gosport Borough v Maindenhead United, Shortwood United v Bath City.

  61. Racehorse Encke dies

    Horse racing


    Trainer Charlie Appleby has reported the loss of Encke, winner of Britain's final Classic in 2012, the Ladbrokes St Leger.

    The five-year-old horse sustained a hind limb injury during routine exercise and, following complications, could not be saved.

    Appleby said: "Encke was a talented racehorse and will be sorely missed as he was one of the yard's favourites."

    Encke never finished out of the first three in nine starts.

  62. Get involved

    New Bolton boss Neil Lennon has banned his players wearing hats at the training ground. So we want to know what else you would ban from sport?

    Matt Scratchley: Ban the sacking of a manager until 12 months into the job. Nothing is ever allowed to develop over the long term.

    Alexander Oliver: Gloves. If your hands are cold, it means you're not working hard enough.

    Jack Ovenden: Gareth Bale's hair-band. Disgraceful.

    Jamie White: Short corners.

    James Brown: Any boots that aren't plain black, and shirts underneath tops with secret messages on. Turn it in.

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

  63. Decision time for Alonso

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso is trying to decide between joining McLaren for 2015 or taking a sabbatical in the hope of joining Mercedes the following year.

    Although it has not been announced, the Spaniard's Ferrari contract has been terminated at his request and the team have signed Sebastian Vettel for 2015.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson takes a look at Alonso's options.

  64. Edmondson calm on Bristol Academy progress


    Bristol Academy boss Dave Edmondson remains cautious about progressing in the Champions League despite their 4-0 lead from the first leg against Raheny.

    The Vixens secured a comprehensive victory in Ireland last week and look on course to earn a place in the last 16 of the competition.

    The second leg takes place on Thursday at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium.

    "Four goals makes it fairly comfortable but it's never totally comfortable," Edmondson told BBC Radio Bristol.

    "At 4-0 everyone thinks it's tie over, but we know the job is only half done."

  65. Hedgehog stops football match

    Blackburn chicken

    Remember the Anfield cat stopping playing between Liverpool and Tottenham in February 2012? Three months later a chicken was let loose on Ewood Park in the match between Blackburn and Wigan. And what about the squirrel that stopped play in the match between QPR and Leicester at Loftus Road last December?

    Now we can add hedgehog stops play to the list after the non-League cup tie between Hitchin Town and Arlesey Town on Monday at Top Field was briefly held up by a prickly creature.

    According to the website, one of the referee's assistants hurriedly tried to pick up the hedgehog, only to jump back reeling in pain as he had grabbed a hold of its spines.

  66. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on Twitter: Great result for Wales last night. The lads are on a great run, one defeat in last eight games. Delighted for Cookie and all his staff.

  67. Top of the stops


    Iceland v Netherlands

    What's better? Helping your country to a surprise 2-0 win over the Netherlands in a Euro 2016 qualifier or directing a video for your country in the Eurovision Song Contest?

    Hannes Halldorsson was in goal as Iceland overcame the Dutch in Reykjavik on Monday. The 30-year-old is also well known in his country for directing Iceland's video for their entry at the Eurovision Song Contest two years ago.

    For the record, "Never Forget" by Greta Salome and Jonsi finished 20th out of 26.

  68. Pistorius court latest

    Oscar Pistorius has returned to court for a second day of sentencing arguments over whether he should face prison for killing his girlfriend.

    Proceedings began with prosecutor Gerrie Nel's cross-examination of Pistorius's manager Peet Van Zyl.

    Mr Nel is trying to play down the athlete's charitable work, praised by Mr Van Zyl during Monday's session.

    The athlete was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp last month - but was cleared of murder.

  69. BreakingHohaia accepts one-match ban

    Rugby League

    Lance Hohaia

    Lance Hohaia accepts a one-match ban for his forearm strike which sparked the punches from Ben Flower during Saturday's Super League Grand Final between St Helens and Wigan.

  70. Lineker plea to rival managers


    Former England captain Gary Lineker calls for national manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to 'stop sniping'.

    Hodgson has questioned Rodgers' claim that some players need a two-day recovery period after matches. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling complained of tiredness before England's 1-0 away win in Estonia last Sunday.

    Lineker tweeted on Tuesday: "It's time Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers stopped sniping. It's at their player's expense."

  71. Get involved

    Inspired by new Bolton boss Neil Lennon banning his players wearing hats at the training ground, we want to know what else you would ban from sport? It's been a lively start to the debate, here are a few of your early nominations:

    Lee Matthews: Wearing gloves with short sleeve T-shirts.

    John McEnerney: I would ban the Alice Band, the snood and all colours of boots except black.

    Crisis: Cheating. Particularly in football.

    Callum: I'd ban Neil. Snoods are great to wear in the winter, they should be unbanned.

    Jay Fletcher: As someone who is losing his hair, hair gel.

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

  72. The footballer and the vacuum cleaner monkey


    Heard the one about the Egypt international defender who travelled to Botswana to play for his country and returned home with a pet monkey inside a vacuum cleaner box?

    According to Egyptian football news website, the monkey was reportedly a gift after Shawky El-Said had handed his shirt to a fan following Egypt's match against Botswana, which ended 2-0 in the Egyptians' favour on Friday.

    It was also reported that El-Said has left the monkey in the care of his friend, as he is currently in the national team camp ahead of the second clash against Botswana in Cairo on Wednesday.

  73. Suarez back with a bang


    Luis Suarez

    You know who is back, and he is taking up where he left off.

    Luis Suarez bagged a brace for Uruguay in their 3-0 friendly win over Oman yesterday - his first Uruguay goals since the World Cup finals and his suspension for biting.

    Suarez, 27, is serving a nine-match international ban from competitive games after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, but can play in friendlies.

    He is set to make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on 26 October.

  74. Belarus coach departs


    Belarus coach Georgi Kondratiev has resigned in the wake of his side's Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Slovakia.

    Belarus' 3-1 loss left them with one point from their opening three Group C games, and led to 54-year-old Kondratiev stepping down from his post after three years in charge.

  75. Time for a gossip


    Chelsea have stolen a march on Arsenal in the chase for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and Real Madrid frontman Cristiano Ronaldo will not leave the Spanish club for less than a billion euros according to the player's agent.

    This and a load more BBC football gossip here.

  76. Tuesday's back pages

    The Times

    The Times leads on the possibility of Steffon Armitage returning to England in time to play in the 2015 World Cup, plus there's more on the Raheem Sterling debate.

  77. Jockey dies during training run

    Horse racing

    Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye has died from injuries sustained when the horse she was riding broke its front legs during a training run.

    The 26-year-old was thrown headfirst onto the track and suffered severe head, neck and chest injuries.

    Pye's partner, trainer Tim Cook, was at the track when the accident happened.

  78. Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Star

    A busy back page of the Daily Star, with the potential row between Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers taking centre stage. as well as Alan Shearer's thoughts on the situation at his old club Newcastle.

  79. Tuesday's back pages

    The Independent

    The Independent features a picture of Gareth Bale looking delighted at Wales' Euro 2016 victory (well, either delighted or someone's just trodden heavily on his toe), as well as Roy Hodgson questioning the two-day post-match recovery period adopted by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

  80. Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    If you've not managed to get to the newsagent yet and pick up your morning paper, here's a quick round up of today's back pages for you. We start with the Daily Mirror, who reckon it is 'all kicking off' between England boss Roy Hodgson and his counterpart at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, over Raheem Stirling.

  81. Get involved

    Neil Lennon is not the type of bloke you argue with, well not if you've got any sense. So when he walked into Bolton this week and told his players he was banning them from wearing hats at the training ground, no one answered back.

    But why stop at hats? We want to know what other items you would like to see banned? Coloured boots? Snoods? Dodgy pies? Split scarfs? The annoying bloke with a rattle who sits next to you?

    Let us know on Twitter by using the hashtag #notjusthats or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  82. Ryder Cup stars in London


    Five members of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team will feature in the World Match Play Championship, which starts tomorrow.

    World number five Henrik Stenson is the top seed, and defending champion Graeme McDowell is seeded number two.

    Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher are in the same group, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson will also appear.

    The 16 players are divided into four round-robin groups with the top two from each reaching the quarter-finals.

  83. Hiddink's horror start


    Guus Hiddink

    Guus Hiddink is having a tough baptism in charge of the Netherlands.

    He took over the national side in the summer after Louis van Gaal left to join Manchester United but results haven't been brilliant since.

    The Dutch lost their first Group A game 2-1 in Czech Republic and needed to come from behind to beat Kazakhstan 3-1 on Friday.

    But if Hiddink thought that result was a turning point, he was mistaken - the Netherlands suffered yet another defeat last night, losing 2-0 to Iceland.

  84. Focus on football's youngest Euro player


    Martin Odegaard

    So just who is Martin Odegaard? Here are a few facts about the youngest ever man to appear in a European Championships qualifier.

    • Born on 17 December 1998 in Drammen, Norway.
    • He is the son of Hans Erik Odegaard, who made more than 200 league appearances for Stromsgodset.
    • Has previously been invited to train with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, and United, Manchester City and Barcelona have all made scouting trips to watch Odegaard this season.
    • Scored his first senior goal in a 4-1 win against Sarpsborg in May
  85. Youngest ever Euro player


    At an age when most of were doing some Biology homework or having a strop about not being allowed to watch TV, 15-year-old Martin Odegaard appeared in a Euro 2016 game.

    The Norwegian teenager became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship qualifier in his side's 2-1 victory over Bulgaria in Oslo.

    The Stromsgodset midfielder, who is 15 years and 300 days old, came on in the 64th minute with the score at 1-1 and helped his country seal victory.

    Not a bad tale to tell his mates at school.

  86. Ferguson: Van Gaal doing 'right thing'


    New boss Louis van Gaalgot the thumbs up from Sir Alex, especially for introducing several homegrown players into the senior squad, including defenders Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett.

    Ferguson said: "What has pleased me about Louis is he's given seven young kids their debuts this year, which falls into line with the history of our club."

    He added: "Maybe Louis is doing the right thing to clear the decks and build his own team, because he's got the experience and coaching ability to do that. I think the way he's approached [it] is brilliant.

    "He's not been getting the results that are expected ... (but) there's no doubt in my mind he will sort it out."

  87. Ferguson admits United needed to spend


    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson does not speak out too often these days, so when he does, you listen.

    In a rare interview, the former Manchester United boss admitted the club needed a 'big injection' of players this season.

    The Red Devils spent £150m in the summer on six new additions, including Angel Di Maria for a British record fee of £59.7m.

    "It was really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players," Ferguson said.

  88. Bianchi's father says son will keep fighting

    Formula 1

    Some breaking news on the BBC website, as the father of stricken F1 driver insists his son "will not give up".

    The 25-year-old Marussia driver remains in a critical condition after crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, suffering severe head injuries when he collided with a recovery vehicle.

    "The situation is desperate," said Philippe Bianchi in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead.

    "He will not give up, I'm sure of that. I can see it. I believe it."

  89. Armitage set for England return?

    Rugby Union

    Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage could be set for a shock return to England in time to play in the 2015 World Cup.

    The 29-year-old, who has won five England caps, will not be picked by Stuart Lancaster while he is playing his club rugby in France.

    Bu talks are believed to be taking place with leading Premiership clubs about his potential return.

  90. Hodgson questions Liverpool's methods


    Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson

    It looks as if there might be a spot of trouble brewing between England boss Roy Hodgson and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    The big story doing the rounds today is Hodgson's comments questioning the two-day post-match recovery programme operated at Liverpool.

    Hodgson, who claimed he was forced not to start a "tired" Raheem Sterling in the Euro qualifier win over Estonia, claims there is "no medical evidence" to support the idea of a two-day recovery.

    Just how those comments go down at Anfield remains to be seen.

  91. Coleman hails 'magnificent' players


    Andy King

    Chris Coleman was understandably ecstatic after Wales victory, labelling his players "magnificent".

    He said: "People have questioned the players' team spirit and (whether they) want to play for Wales, but I don't think I have to answer that any more. As a nation, we can't ask for any more."

    Coleman also defended Andy King after the midfielder was sent off two minutes into the second half.

    "It's not really his fault," the boss said. "That's probably down to myself and the staff. We've been firing the lads up."

  92. Ten-man Wales march on


    Gareth Bale

    There is nowhere else to start today other than Wales and their terrific if rather nerve-wracking win over Cyprus.

    Wales seemed to be coasting as strikes from David Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu - the latter a stylish team effort - gave them an early 2-0 lead.

    But a goal from Vincent Laban and a red card for Wales midfielder Andy King gave Cyprus hope of claiming only their second victory in 16 matches.

    As the crowd at a packed Millennium Stadium gnawed on their fingernails, Chris Coleman's Wales just about held on to remain top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group with seven points from nine.

    Match report here.

  93. Good morning

    Welcome one and all to another Sportsday.

    Wales top their Euro 2016 group, Northern Ireland look in good nick too. There's more fall-out from Roy Hodgson's "tired" Raheem Sterling remarks, and build-up to Scotland's trip to Poland and the Republic of Ireland's match at world champions Germany.

    Plus there is all the breaking sports news and a chance for you to get involved too. Sit back and enjoy.