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Steve Canavan and Mike Whalley

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  1. Post update

    That's all from Sportsday for today. We'd just like to point you in the direction of the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT, when Mark Chapman will debate the big football issues with Bolton manager Neil Lennon, BBC commentator John Motson and Times journalist Rory Smith.

    Stick with the BBC Sport website throughout the evening for all the latest sports news and in-depth analysis. We'll be back here with Sportsday from 08:00 GMT tomorrow. See you then.

  2. Olympic champion King leaves hospital


    Dani King

    Olympic cycling champion Dani King has left hospital 11 days after a training accident.

    King spent two days in intensive care at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil after the crash, in which she broke five ribs and suffered a collapse lung.

    Cardiff-based King, originally from Hampshire, crashed on a regular training route in south Wales after a member of her group hit a pothole.

    In a statement, the 23-year-old says: "I'll always be grateful for the unbelievable care I've received here at Prince Charles Hospital and will never be able to thank the staff enough."

  3. Ronaldo v Messi - not a sell-out

    Argentina v Portugal

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Despite boasting the two best players in the world, Tuesday's friendly between Argentina and Portugal at Old Trafford has struggled to spark interest.

    "On Saturday, only 29,000 tickets had been sold. But in recent days, ticket sales have risen beyond 32,000. Organisers are hopeful they can sell more than 50,000 - despite many tickets costing £40."

  4. Ronaldo almost perfect, says Carvalho

    Argentina v Portugal

    Ricardo Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Portugal and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has described Cristiano Ronaldo as "almost perfect" as the Real Madrid winger prepares to face Lionel Messi tomorrow.

    The two superstars will meet in England for the first time since 2008 when Argentina play Portugal in a friendly at Old Trafford tomorrow. Speaking ahead of the match, Carvalho said Ronaldo had surpassed Messi and should now be considered the world's best.

    "When you see him, he is almost perfect," Carvalho said. "Strong, good in the air, fit always. It is difficult to say what he is missing. He wants always more and more, even in training.

    "I am a little bit biased, but I think he is the best. All of us expect him to win the Ballon d'Or. We are so proud of him. He had done a great job during this past six or seven years."

  5. Cardiff Blues bring in Tuculet

    Rugby Union

    Joaquin Tuculet

    Cardiff Blues have signed Argentina international utility back Joaquin Tuculet.

    Tuculet can play centre, wing or full back and has signed for the Welsh region until the end of the season.

    The 25-year-old, who has had spells at Sale Sharks, Grenoble and Bordeaux Begles, joins compatriot Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino at the Arms Park.

  6. Heaton resigns from Sheff Utd community role


    Former Housemartins and Beautiful South singer-songwriter Paul Heaton has resigned as patron of Sheffield United Community Foundation.

    The club have allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with them following his release from prison.

    Heaton says in a statement: "I firmly believe that Ched Evans has the right to rebuild his career in football - but rebuilding a career should not involve walking straight out of prison and into the shirt of the club he so badly let down.

    "I believe he needs to move away and move on, and the club itself needs to lift its reputation out of the gutter."

  7. Dyke demands full Fifa ethics report


    Greg Dyke

    BBC sports editor Dan Roan reports: "Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has written to Fifa's top executives demanding a report into alleged World Cup corruption is published in full.

    "A 42-page summary report was released last week but quickly criticised by Michael Garcia, who spent two years investigating the claims of wrongdoing.

    "The report cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption over their 2018 and 2022 bids but said England broke rules.

    "Dyke wants Garcia's findings published, writing: 'We cannot go on like this.'"

  8. Scotland v England


    The England press conference has wrapped up, and we'll have a full report on the thoughts of Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney up on the site shortly.

    Our report on Scotland manager Gordon Strachan's press conference earlier today is up now - and he admits he is juggling a desire to beat England with satisfying his squad's hopes of featuring in the game.

    "I would love to give everybody the experience of playing the game, one way or another, but I've got to balance it with wanting to win it," Strachan said.

  9. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England captain Wayne Rooney, elaborating on his Celtic Park memories: "I'm friends with Alan Stubbs [the Hibernian head coach, and a former Everton team-mate of Rooney], who played up here for a while.

    "He told me about the atmosphere before I played here. To play here was a completely different thing. The atmosphere before the start of the game is incredible. The fans are going to get right behind the Scotland players, and we have to be ready for it."

    Asked to compare Celtic Park to Ibrox for atmosphere, Rooney managed a deft sidestep: "I couldn't compare the two."

  10. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    Paul Gascoigne

    Wayne Rooney on his Scotland v England memories: "The biggest moment I can remember is Paul Gascoigne's goal. There are obviously other big moments in England v Scotland games but in my lifetime that is the most fresh in the memory."

    Gascoigne struck a spectacular volley in a 2-0 England win over Scotland at Wembley during Euro 1996.

  11. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England boss Roy Hodgson, asking if there can be such a thing as a friendly against Scotland: "Why not? I don't really know why not? The game at Wembley last year was fantastic for us, we had to pull out all the stops. For me that's the type of friendly you want.

    "Qualifying has to be our be-all and end-all but in between we are trying to find fixtures that will test us, give us a flavour of matches to come. I won't go down the obvious route of 'we don't like the Scots' or 'they don't like us' because in my lifetime it's not something I've come across."

  12. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England captain Wayne Rooney on the form of former Manchester United colleague Danny Welbeck, now with Arsenal: "He is playing matches - and for any footballer it is always great when you are playing matches.

    "I think that's shown in his performances and where we are concerned he is doing well for England. Hopefully he keeps doing well and scoring goals for us."

  13. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England captain Wayne Rooney on Scotland: "We are on a good run at the moment and I think it's important we continue this form and getting the results because we know our next game is in March and it will be disappointing if we come off a bad result with such a long wait."

  14. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England captain Wayne Rooney: "I've played here in the Champions League. It will be loud and intense. I've spoken to the players to make sure they're ready because if you're not, it can take you by surprise.

    "I was excited when this fixture was arranged. I think it will be a good game."

  15. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England boss Roy Hodgson: "I don't expect it to be especially physical. It will be hard fought I'm sure, competitive. I'm sure each challenge will be competed for but Scotland aren't that type of team and set their stall out to play football like we do.

    On the chances of former Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, now with Southampton, playing for England at Celtic Park: "The major focus here is on Fraser Forster and if I choose him it won't be for any sentimental reasons at Celtic Park, it will be because he deserves a start. I will disappoint one goalkeeper but I don't want to say which one of them I have chosen until we have our team meeting."

  16. England press conference

    Scotland v England

    England boss Roy Hodgson: "I haven't spoken to the team yet so the team themselves don't know. We will have a team meeting at 19:00 GMT and I wont be revealing anything until then in terms of personnel.

    "It's an exciting game and we know we will be given a tough test up here."

  17. England press conference

    And bang on cue, Roy Hodgson is here, as is Wayne Rooney.

    Hodgson: "Everyone's fit and OK. That's good news."

  18. Waiting for Roy


    Roy Hodgson

    Just in case you're wondering, we haven't forgotten about Roy Hodgson.

    The England manager's press conference ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Scotland was scheduled to start at 16:15 GMT, but has been delayed.

    We'll bring you quotes from Hodgson just as soon as we have some.

  19. £20,000 fine for QPR

    QPR v Man City

    And hot on the heels of the Sunderland fine we reported at 16:27...

    QPR have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after admitting to the charge of failing to control their players during their 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Manchester City on 8 November.

    Charlie Austin's early strike was ruled out as City goalkeeper Joe Hart had taken two touches to clear his penalty box with a free-kick beforehand.

    Several QPR players surrounded referee Mike Dean to question the decision.

  20. Video highlights

    Fan of watching videos? Can't be bothered searching the BBC website for the best of the day? Want someone to do it for you?

    Your luck is in.

    Here are three of the best from today.

    Messi v Ronaldo: BBC Sport compares the international records of Lionel Messi for Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal as the two nations prepare to face each other at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    Andy Murray

    One v Three: Britain's Andy Murray lines up against the combined might of Pat Cash, John McEnroe and Tim Henman as they entertain the crowd at the 02 in London.

    Boycott World Cup: Former FA chairman David Bernstein says England and Uefa should boycott the 2018 World Cup to force Fifa to reform.

  21. Vale sign ex-Chelsea defender Deen-Conteh


    Port Vale have announced the signing of former England Under-19 defender Aziz Deen-Conteh on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    The 21-year-old ex-Chelsea player made seven appearances for Greek side FC Ergotelis last season.

    Vale boss Rob Page told the club website: "I spoke to (Chelsea's U21 manager) Adi Viveash, who worked with him, and he speaks very highly of him."

  22. Republic of Ireland v USA press conference


    Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill

    Asked further if he would now look at Keane's comments, O'Neill said: "It is not my job to read the newspapers every single morning, it's not, honestly. I have other things to do at this minute.

    "I'm not saying they are more important, but they are issues I have to address. I might get a chance to go down and find out what was said on both sides, and then I will take a view."

  23. Republic of Ireland v USA press conference


    OK, more now from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill on the criticisms made by assistant Roy Keane about Everton pair James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman withdrawing from recent Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    O'Neill said: "From my own perspective, regardless of what Roy has said, I think the situation was this: way back the two lads were not fit for the games against Gibraltar and Germany [in October], and obviously played for Everton a couple of days later. That is understandable.

    "I had spoken to Seamus and Seamus just wasn't right. I didn't speak to James at the time, but there was a thought that he might have played against Manchester United then, but didn't do so.

    "I hadn't really a problem with that at all, it was just that this particular time, James does have a muscle injury. He came here, he was wanting to try it and really wanted to give it a go.

    "We always thought that time would be against us and I think he will be perfectly all right to play at the weekend for his club, and really there isn't much more I can say about it."

  24. Sunderland fined £20,000


    Sunderland v Everton

    Back to the Republic of Ireland press conference shortly, but we'll just break in for this...

    Sunderland have admitted a Football Association misconduct charge and accepted a £20,000 fine for failing to control their players during the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Everton on 9 November.

    Gus Poyet's side surrounded referee Lee Mason after he awarded a penalty to the away side following a challenge by Connor Wickham on Seamus Coleman.

    Leighton Baines scored from the resulting kick to make it 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining.

  25. Republic of Ireland v USA press conference


    Martin O'Neill

    We promised you news from the Republic of Ireland press conference and, if you've spent the last eight hours sitting anxiously waiting for some, good news ... the wait is over.

    Martin O'Neill has faced the media and - surprise, surprise - found himself answering questions not about Tuesday's friendly with the USA but about comments made by his assistant Roy Keane.

    Keane had earlier spoken about his concern that Everton trio Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson might be being pressured by their club into not playing for the Republic.

    O'Neill said: "I haven't picked up on Roy's comments. I don't follow him around. I haven't had the chance to read what he has said."

  26. Henry treated for blocked blood vessel

    Rugby Union

    Chris Henry

    Chris Henry suffered "a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain" on the morning of Ireland's clash against South Africa, team bosses have confirmed.

    Ireland's medics initially diagnosed a virus on the morning of the 8 November clash before suspecting a severe migraine, but specialists have since determined the Ulster flanker suffered a more unusual condition.

    The 30-year-old missed Ireland's 29-15 Springboks victory and now "needs further investigation and specialist opinion," according to an Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) statement.

  27. Di Maria a top, top player - Martino

    Argentina v Portugal

    Angel Di Maria

    Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria will be looking to put a recent dip in form behind him tomorrow by impressing for Argentina against Portugal at Old Trafford.

    But even though the £59.7m buy from Real Madrid has not scored in four games for United, his national team boss Tata Martino feels he will prove a success in time.

    Martino says: "Angel is one of the top, top players in world football, but when you don't understand the league, when you are not a total expert, it is hard to make an opinion.

    "His start was exceptional. Generally when players get used to a new league, to a different style, to different teams. His form now is more typical of a player going to a club, as opposed to bursting into the team."

  28. Messi beats Ronaldo, says Martino

    Argentina v Portugal

    Lionel Messi and Tata Martino

    Asked about Lionel Messi's credentials for the Ballon d'Or award, Argentina coach Tata Martino - who also used to be the forward's boss at Barcelona - says: "You can't take out of the deciding process I am Argentinian, my heart lies with Messi.

    "I am not the best person to judge, I cannot separate sentiment from my objective decision. Whatever season Messi has had on footballing grounds, I would still vote for him.

    "I would vote for him on footballing terms. You can't separate what he is like as a human from what he is as a player."

  29. Argentina v Portugal countdown


    From the BBC Sport office in Salford Quays, we can see the floodlights at Old Trafford.

    And tomorrow there is a rather tasty-looking game taking place at the stadium, with Argentina facing Portugal - or, put another way, Messi v Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo Messi

    Argentina coach Tata Martino has been holding a press conference this afternoon, and says he would vote for Messi ahead of Ronaldo for this year's Ballon d'Or award - handed out to the world footballer of the year.

  30. Zidane jr makes debut


    Enzo Zidane

    Poor old Enzo Zidane has quite a bit to live up to.

    But the eldest son of French legend Zinedine is making a good start.

    Named after Uruguay legend Enzo Francescoli, 19-year-old Zidane jr made his debut as a substitute for Real Madrid 'B' in a 2-1 win over Conquense in Spain's Segunda B on Sunday.

    The midfielder's younger brothers Luca, Theo and Eliaz attend Real's academy.

  31. Whiteside starts with a win


    England's Lisa Whiteside has made a winning start at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju City, South Korea.

    The 29-year-old, from Preston, eased past Yana Burym of Belarus by unanimous decision in her first preliminary bout in the 51kg division.

    Whiteside, a world bronze medallist at 57kg two years ago, is hoping to seize her chance in the absence of injured Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

    Her win came after an opening day success for Sandy Ryan on Sunday, but fellow English fighter Stacey Copeland was beaten by world number two Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan.

    Charlene Jones of Wales advanced with victory over Caroline Veyre of Canada in the 60kg division.

    Ireland endured mixed fortunes with a win for European bronze medallist Claire Grace at 69kg while team-mate Joanne Lambe went out.

  32. Yeovil keep Palace defender


    League One's bottom club Yeovil have extended the loan spell of 19-year-old Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss by a further month.

  33. Stephenson in awe of Saints stars

    Rugby Union

    Tom Stephenson

    Northampton Saints centre Tom Stephenson believes he is still earning the right to play alongside his international team-mates.

    The 20-year-old replaced Samoan George Pisi to partner England's Luther Burrell in Friday's loss to Exeter, his first Premiership appearance of the season after six outings last term.

    "It's easier to play alongside Luther and George, but I still get really nervous when I step on to the pitch," he told BBC Radio Northampton. "I don't think I've earned the right to play with them yet but I think I'm getting on the right path."

  34. 5 live Football Daily podcast


    BBC Radio 5 live

    A quick mention for the BBC Radio 5 live Football Daily podcast, though which you can catch up on all the big news and debate, with analysis and exclusive interviews.

    Stewart Downing, Pat Nevin, Robbie Savage and John Motson have all featured in the last few days, and you can catch up via our website.

  35. Man Utd to reveal loss


    Manchester United will reveal on Tuesday the first definitive figures on the financial cost of missing out on the Champions League.

    The club have estimated that revenues will fall this season by up to £48m - a potential drop of 11% on last season's overall revenue figure of £433m - as a result of not being in Europe.

    Publication of the club's first quarter results for the financial year 2014-15 should provide accurate figures about an overall percentage drop in income.

  36. England call up Burrell for Samoa Test

    Rugby union

    Luther Burrell

    Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell has been called into a 28-man England squad for Saturday's autumn Test against Samoa at Twickenham.

    Burrell, who scored three tries during this year's Six Nations, has been added to the squad along with James Haskell, Calum Clark, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy Twelvetrees.

    Twelvetrees, who rolled an ankle playing for Gloucester last Friday night, will have his fitness assessed, Courtney Lawes is expecetd to be OK despite suffering what coach Stuart Lancaster described as a "stinger".

    Bath's Kyle Eastmond, who suffered concussion during Saturday's defeat against South Africa at Twickenham, is going through the return-to-play protocols in the hope that he will be ready.

    England squad: Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).

  37. All not well between Swiss pals?


    Federer Wawrinka

    Roger Federer and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka have, famously, one of the best friendships in tennis.

    But according to John McEnroe, relations may have become a little strained after their epic semi-final at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

    Wawrinka appeared to offer sharp, unimpressed words towards his opponent's support team at courtside towards the end of their three-setter and McEnroe said: "Something went on in the locker-room, there was a long talk between the players that extended well into the night.

    "And the stress of that - I can't confirm all of this - but a lot of this went on and I don't think that helped the situation."

    The pair - if Federer is passed fit - are set to team up for Switzerland against France in this week's Davis Cup final.

  38. Strauss on Cook's leadership


    Andrew Strauss on Alastair Cook: "When he's played well he's scored quickly, and he's led by example. Now he needs to do that again for the next six months.

    "If he does that it sets the platform then it increases England's chances of winning.

    "But also it makes him feel better about himself and makes him feel he's more worth his spot in the side and it will quieten some of the media questions that have been flying around - so there's a huge amount on his shoulders."

    Strauss also warns that England must win the series in Sri Lanka, which starts next week, or else their long period of 50 over preparation could "erode confidence rather than enhance it".

    The cricket World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

  39. Strauss - England too fearful


    Andrew Strauss

    Some very interesting stuff from Andrew Strauss today as he talked to the BBC about England's one-day side and the captaincy of Alastair Cook.

    On the team, former England skipper Strauss said: "I would argue it's not the strategy which is wrong, it's that players haven't actually played well enough and it's very hard to score 400 in a one day international if you're not confident.

    "Personally I think the England players, even throughout my time playing one day cricket, have played too fearfully, they've been far too fearful of getting out. And you can't make 400 if you've got that kind of attitude.''

  40. Black carries on at Motherwell


    Kenny Black will continue as caretaker manager of Motherwell while the club's board forms a shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Fir Park.

    However, no permanent appointment will be made until ownership of the club is finally resolved, possibly this month.

    A statement on the club website says 55 candidates from 20 countries have applied to replace Stuart McCall.

    McCall resigned as manager of the Scottish Premiership club on 2 November with the team struggling to find the form of recent seasons.

  41. 'Everything feels over-tired' - Grainger


    Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger, back in training after two years away from the sport, spoke to Radio 5 live earlier about how tough it is.

    "The most obvious thing is - and I don't know whether it's an age thing or having the break - everything feels over-tired," said Grainger, who will be 40 when the next Olympics take place in Rio.

    Katherine Grainger

    " I used to be able to do 100 things at once and burn the candle at both ends but now, just training seems to be enough for me in a day.

    "It's quite a punishing routine and I think your body just takes time to adjust. Hopefully that will come in the next few weeks."

    Grainger won gold with Anna Watkins at London 2012.

  42. New Zealand on top


    Tom Latham scored his second century in successive Tests as New Zealand enjoyed a good start to the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

    Latham was unbeaten on 137 - eclipsing the 103 he made in the first Test defeat, which was his maiden international hundred - as New Zealand finished the opening day on 243 for three after winning the toss.

    New Zealand will be delighted to have made their opponents work hard in the field having suffered badly at the hands of the Pakistan batsmen in the first Test, which the Black Caps lost by 248 runs.

    A good Test is in prospect then, though judging by his photo there may still be a few tickets available...

    New Zealand v Pakistan
  43. From footie highlights to long-lost uncle


    Match of the Day 2 is not, as a rule, used for tracking down long-lost war heroes. Until now.

    Watching MOTD 2's roll call of footballers who had died in action during World War I, former Manchester City midfielder Paul Lake noticed a George Lake on the list.

    Paul Lake

    Wondering whether it might be a family member he had never known about, Lake delved deeper and discovered, much to his amazement, that it was. George - who played for Chelsea - was his Great Uncle.

    "As far as I knew I hadn't any footballing ancestry, no one in the family had ever mentioned anything," said Lake.

    Amazing what Match of the Day can lead to. Read the full story via Paul's Twitter account.

  44. Countdown to England v Scotland

    Jack Wilshere: Glasgow here we come!

    Jack Wilshere, England
  45. Question of Sport answer

    Remember the little teaser we set you earlier...

    Who are the only four batsmen to be in the ICC World Rankings top 10 for both one-day internationals and Tests?

    Well, time to put you out of your misery. The answers are: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara.

    We have the top 10 rankings for bowlers, batsmen and teams across all formats if you want to take a look.

  46. Strachan over, Hodgson to come


    As you will have no doubt deduced, Gordon Strachan's press conference has come to an end. He looked a happy man throughout, as you'd expect given the result against Republic of Ireland on Friday.

    A reminder that Roy Hodgson's press conference starts at 16:15 GMT. Again we will have full coverage right here.

  47. Blair to study at Cambridge


    Matty Blair

    Cambridge United have signed winger Matty Blair, 25, on loan from League One Fleetwood Town until January.

    Blair, who's previously played for Kidderminster and York, has made 10 appearances for Fleetwood so far this season.

  48. Get involved - World Cup boycott


    Is former FA chairman David Bernstein right to call for a European boycott of the World Cup in order to force Fifa reform? Keep your views coming in, please.

    Rav Sidhu: England boycotting the World Cup won't make a difference, but if the sponsors boycott it, then they'll take note!

    Matt Olley: Forget a World Cup boycott, let's just quit international football completely. It's sub-standard.

    Toby Steed: As if Fifa would care, we're an also ran who can't get out the groups. Not like we'd be missed. Maybe Honduras will join us.

  49. Scotland news conference


    Gordon Strachan

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan was non-committal when asked about former FA chairman David Bernstein's call for a European World Cup boycott: "I would need more time to think about that. I can only answer things I know anything about. No comment on that just now. My mind's not round that to be honest.

    But he had more to say on the prospect of the Scotland-England match becoming a regular international fixture: "We need to keep up the standard. You can only play it if the public want it. They enjoyed it last year - not just the football, but the atmosphere. The players like it, that's for sure."

  50. Skipper Wakely signs Northants deal


    Alex Wakely

    Northants captain Alex Wakely has signed a new contract to run until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 26-year-old did not play this summer because of a ruptured Achilles tendon.

    "Personally, it's a fresh start for me and a second chance really. Looking ahead, I can see no reason why the team cannot push for further honours and start to win trophies again," he said.

  51. Scotland news conference


    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, asked about the physical nature of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland: "It was physical but fair on Friday. People said it was some sort of bloodbath. It wasn't. People were going toe-to-toe and respecting each other. It was a game played in the right manner.

    "There were bumps and bruises but as long as they were fair challenges, you have to deal with that. I thought it was played in a terrific spirit and I know it will be the same tomorrow night."

  52. Scotland press conference


    Gordon Strachan: "Everybody involved will want to compete and make it as difficult for the other team to win as possible. It will be the same on the other side.

    "It was the same in the game on Friday against Ireland, two teams going toe to toe.

    "It will be as intense tomorrow. I think the English players involved will enjoy the atmosphere, just as our players will do."

  53. Scotland news conference


    Gordon Strachan

    Here's Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, speaking to the media before Tuesday's friendly against England: "We did some work on Saturday. We had Sunday off to relax our minds and bodies.

    "But it's been very intense in training. It was like the first day of pre-season. There are so many players who want to play tomorrow night. There were one or two bumps this morning, but they'll just get on with it. I would love to give everyone experience of playing but I want to win as well."

  54. Scotland news conference


    Andrew Robertson

    One last nugget from Andrew Robertson. Asked whether Scotland had been too rough against Ireland, the left-back replied: "We were the ones trying to play football. We got the ball down and tried to play.

    "The goal showed that, it was special. We have worked on it on the training ground, the passing got us into that position and Shaun Maloney's finish was unbelievable."

    Stay tuned for Gordon Strachan, he is coming next.

  55. Scotland news conference


    Andrew Robertson: "It is quoted as a friendly but neither team will take it as a friendly. It will be a competitive game. I think it will be a very competitive match.

    "We don't know what England are thinking but we know we are taking it as a competitive game. It is a massive occasion for both teams.

    "If we win, it means I can go back to Hull with a smile on my face and have the bragging rights. If we can beat England as well as Ireland then they'll be a big smile on my face."

  56. Scotland news conference


    Andrew Robertson, Scotland

    Gordon Strachan to come but first up in front of the media is left-back Andrew Robertson.

    The Hull City defender, looking ahead to Tuesday's England game, said: "Adrenaline is still pumping through us all from the win over Ireland and we now have a massive game which we are looking forward to it.

    "It is about keeping our good record going. Since Gordon came in he has been brilliant and so have all the boys.

    "When I grew up the Scotland v England game was a thing of the past but we all know the history of it and to be a part of it ... it will be a great occasion to be involved in."

  57. Scotland news conference

    Scotland's news conference is under way ahead of Tuesday's friendly against England at Celtic Park. Hull City defender Andrew Robertson is facing the media, and we'll have a few snippets for you shortly...

  58. Kenwright v Keane


    Bill Kenwright

    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has suggested that Roy Keane said "some stupid things" in criticising Roberto Martinez.

    Republic of Ireland assistant boss Keane has criticised Everton manager Martinez over the availability of midfielder James McCarthy and full-back Seamus Coleman for international duty.

    Kenwright told Sky Sports News: "I'm a big fan of Roy Keane's but he does say some stupid things.

    "That is just totally, totally unfair. We absolutely love our players going on international duty. We never ever get in the way of them and Roberto Martinez will be as shocked as everyone at Everton."

  59. Croatia coach 'expects punishment'


    A little more from the fall-out after the crowd troubled which marred Italy's 1-1 draw with Croatia in Milan on Sunday.

    Croatia coach Niko Kovac has said he expects a punishment after the game was twice stopped because visiting fans threw fireworks and smoke bombs on to the pitch.

    Italy v Croatia

    "Of course Croatia will face sanctions, but there is no reason for any point deductions," said Kovac.

    "This is not the real image of Croatia, Croatians are honest people that respect other nations, while this kind of behaviour leads nowhere."

    Croatian midfielder Luca Modric hit out at his own fans, saying: "I do not know why they continue to behave like this. It's madness."

  60. Get involved - World Cup boycott


    Some good comments coming in regarding former FA chairman David Bernstein's call for European nations to boycott the World Cup in order to force Fifa reform.

    Mish Shamane: If the players care more about the sport and the fans rather than the money, they'll do it.

    Patrick Mugumya: Of course England are talking about #worldcupboycott simply because they know they have no chance of ever winning it.

    Joe Green: Uefa to take over the running of world football? Rather have Platini dictating than Blatter, and that's saying something.

  61. Fifa whistleblowers make ethics complaint

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    The two whistleblowers at the centre of World Cup corruption allegations have made a formal complaint to Fifa that promises of confidentiality have been breached, BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Conway reports.

    Phaedra Almajid, who worked for the Qatar 2022 bid team before losing her job in 2010, said promises that her identity would be protected had been crucial to her co-operation with the ethics investigation into World Cup bidding.

    She and Bonita Mersiades, who worked for Australia 2022's bid, have separately registered formal complaints against Fifa ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.

    They claim his findings contained more than enough information to make the two whistleblowers easily identifiable from previous publicly-reported statements.

  62. Scotland v England - Frozen in time


    It is always good to have a story involving Terry Butcher for it gives us an excuse to use this iconic photograph.

    A blood-soaked bandage on the head and a shirt more red than white, this is the famous image of Butcher during a World Cup qualifier in Sweden in 1989 after he'd suffered a deep cut to the forehead.

    If you're midway through your lunch, we apologise. (Or breakfast if you're in the Americas, or tea if you're in the Far East or Australia.)

    Terry Butcher
  63. The most hostile test - Butcher


    Former England captain Terry Butcher is a man who knows one or two things about the game in Scotland.

    Butcher, who has managed Motherwell, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian, believes Tuesday's friendly between the two countries at Celtic Park will be the most hostile test manager Roy Hodgson's side will face before Euro 2016.

    "If the England team and supporters think this is going to be comfortable, a nice quiet friendly, they have got another thing coming," Butcher told BBC Sport.

    "I think that this will be, without a shadow of a doubt, the most hostile environment England will face before they get to Euro 2016."

  64. Countdown to Scotland v England


    James Forrest and Kyle Walker

    Have we mentioned that tomorrow night sees the 112th meeting between Scotland and England at Celtic Park?

    England manager Roy Hodgson and his Scotland counterpart Gordon Strachan are giving media conferences today.

    Strachan, no doubt with a spring in his step after the win over the Republic of Ireland, is first up at 13:30 GMT, followed by Hodgson at 16:15.

    We will have live coverage right here.

  65. Sainz to test drive for Red Bull

    Formula 1

    Carlos Sainz Jr will join Daniel Ricciardo in Red Bull's line-up at the end-of-season Formula 1 testing session in Abu Dhabi next week.

    The 20-year-old, from Spain - who has been linked with the Toro Rosso team - will get one day of testing as part of a reward for taking this year's Formula Renault 3.5 title.

    He will drive the Renault-powered RB10 on the opening day of the test on Tuesday 25 November, with Ricciardo taking over for the second session.

  66. Keane v Martinez


    Roberto Martinez

    In addition to his row with journalists at a media briefing yesterday, Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is not best happy with Everton manager Roberto Martinez either.

    Keane, as we reported at 10:03 GMT, thinks Republic boss Martin O'Neill should seek talks with Martinez over the availability of James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, who pulled out of a Euro 2016 qualifier in Germany through injury last month, then played for their club four days later.

    "Roberto, I don't think, has ever played senior level at international level and maybe he doesn't appreciate how big it is for us and how big the games are for us," says Keane.

    He adds: "I worry that he (McCarthy) is under lots of pressure, particularly from Everton's point of view."

  67. Keane v Journalists: Round Three


    Second reporter: "You said you wouldn't talk about Frank Gillespie (the man allegedly involved in an incident with Keane at the Irish team hotel last week) and what happened the other night. Have you anything to say about it?"

    Keane: "Frank? You know him?"

    Second reporter: "Yes."

    Keane: "Of course you do. You know him well. You know Mick McCarthy well, don't you? You know Frank well, don't you?"

    Second reporter: "Do you want to say anything about the other night?"

    Keane doesn't respond. He gets up and leaves the room. As he does, the two reporters thank him. He pauses briefly and says: "'For what?"

    First reporter: "For your time."

  68. Keane v Journalists: Round Two


    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

    Keane: "You all sit there and think I've got to answer to everything? Who in the hell do you think you are? I've got to answer to you? I answer to the FAI and Martin (O'Neill). And if we don't get the right results, I'll be gone and you won't lose a minute's sleep, so don't worry about distractions. The things you write about are distractions."

    Reporter: "It was an obvious thing to write about. There was an incident, so we had to write about it ... I think he (Martin O'Neill) has had enough of these (distractions)."

    Keane: "Go and ask him. Go and see him in the lobby. You're not brave enough to ask him?"

    Reporter: "I am brave enough to ask him."

  69. Keane v Journalists: Round One


    Roy Keane

    Reporter: "I expect to get the stare but I'm going to ask it anyway ... Martin has been asked about distractions. Has he had enough of those distractions?"

    Roy Keane: "What are you asking me for? What are you talking about? What distractions? Can I do anything about the Celtic stuff?"

    Reporter: "Yeah, Celtic and Villa."

    Keane: "Can I do anything about them things that come up? You're making out I'm bringing all these distractions on."

    Reporter: "So they just happen, they're just coincidences?"

    Keane: "Well, if a club approaches me, these things just happen, yeah. How is the think the book's a distraction to a group of professional people? Do me a favour."

  70. Keane v Journalists


    Another week, another controversy involving Roy Keane.

    This time the Republic of Ireland - and Aston Villa - assistant boss has been involved in a row with journalists, who suggested he was becoming a distraction.

    It follows the publicity surrounding Celtic's approach for Keane at the start of the season, his recently-updated biography, and an incident at the team hotel before Friday's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat against Scotland.

    Settle back and enjoy some of the fireworks that followed...

  71. Test driver Paffett to leave McLaren

    Formula 1

    Gary Paffett

    From BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Gary Paffett is to leave McLaren at the end of the season after eight years as a test driver for the team.

    "The 33-year-old Englishman is to concentrate on his commitments for Mercedes in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), where he is a former champion, as McLaren start their new engine partnership with Honda in F1 after 20 years with the German company.

    "Paffett drove numerous tests for McLaren, including what the team described as 'hundreds of hours' in their simulator, without ever getting a chance to race in F1."

  72. World Cup boycott vote - the results


    We've been asking you to vote today on whether you would support a World Cup boycott - after former FA chairman David Bernstein suggested Europe's nations should band together to take such action and force Fifa reform.

    A total of 8,500 of you voted, and the results are in:

    Yes 82.65% (7,025 votes)

    No 17:35% (1,475 votes)

    Thank you for voting - and don't forget that you can still have your say on the matter via Twitter (#worldcupboycott), text (to 81111) or Facebook.

  73. Facey pleads not guilty to match-fixing charge


    A former Premier League footballer has denied being part of a match-fixing conspiracy.

    Delroy Facey, 34, pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery during a brief hearing before a judge at Birmingham Crown Court.

    The former Bolton, Hull and West Brom striker is alleged to have committed the offence by offering financial advantage to others, including professional footballers, in November 2013.

    Facey was bailed to appear for trial at the same court on 13 April next year.

  74. World Cup boycott - thank you for voting


    We've been running a vote on the right-hand side of the Sportsday page asking if you would support a World Cup boycott in light of former FA chairman David Bernstein's comments. That vote has just closed - so thank you for taking part, and we will post the results shortly.

  75. Get involved - World Cup boycott

    Text us on 81111

    Should European nations boycott the World Cup in an attempt to force Fifa reform, as former Football Association chairman David Bernstein suggests?

    Ian: There are footballers who may only get one chance to live the dream of representing their country at the World Cup... surely we should consult them and not just listen to men in suits.

    We haven't had too many comments against a World Cup boycott so far - do you agree with Ian? If so, why? And if not, why not? You can tweet us using the hashtag #worldcupboycott, text 81111 or get in touch via our Facebook page.

  76. Premier League pair 'not Schalke targets'


    Schurrle Podlski

    Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt says the club are not interested in signing Premier League duo Andre Schurrle or Lukas Podolski in January.

    Both Germany internationals are being linked with returns to the Bundesliga, as neither are regular starters for their clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    But Heldt tells Bild magazine: "We're not considering Schurrle at all. And the same goes for Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski."

  77. Question of Sport teaser

    It's time to test your sporting knowledge with a little help from our friends at A Question of Sport.

    With England announcing their South Africa 2015-16 tour dates this morning, today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport is on cricket:

    Who are the only four batsmen to be in the ICC World Rankings top 10 for both one-day internationals and Tests?

    Answer later on. No Googling, texting your mates or thumbing through Wisden, please.

  78. Arsenal need to be patient - Arteta


    Mikel Arteta

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has urged the Gunners to remain patient and not get disappointed or down.

    Arsene Wenger's side went into the international break on the back of two disappointing results, the 3-3 Champions League draw with Anderlecht and a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City.

    "It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation. We need to be where we want to be in April and May, so let's be patient," Arteta tells the club website.

    "We cannot allow ourselves to be down. You need everyone on their toes and ready to fight."

  79. Get involved - World Cup boycott

    Should England and the other European nations boycott the World Cup, as former FA chairman David Bernstein suggests? Here's what you've been saying on our Facebook page.

    Ned Fowden: The only people who would miss England at the World Cup will be the England fans. I'm fairly indifferent to the International game, and most of that is down to the English FA, not Fifa.

    Joe Baker-Roberts: Not unless all countries do it or else it will be pointless.

    Stu Willetts: I hope England do pull out of the World Cup. Fifa needs sorting for a start. We don't stand a chance of winning anyway and it would be less embarrassing for us as a nation. No excuses needed such as ball not round enough, ball too round, ball too light, pitch not good enough. And the last point ... if we're not in it, the FA might produce an England shirt that doesn't cost £50!

  80. Warrington match winner set to miss round two


    Craig Robinson

    Warrington Town's FA Cup first-round match winner Craig Robinson is set to miss out on their second-round tie at Gateshead because of suspension.

    The 32-year-old defender, who scored Warrington's winner against Exeter, was sent off during the 3-0 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League defeat away at Kendal on Saturday for swearing at a match official.

    It is understood he intends to appeal against his dismissal.

  81. City win Bronze


    A little bit of women's football news.

    Lucy Bronze

    Manchester City have signed Liverpool Ladies defender Lucy Bronze.

    Bronze has 15 England caps and has joined to "experience a new challenge".

  82. Get involved - World Cup boycott


    Ed Powell: I'm guessing Geoffrey Boycott woke up this morning and wondered what he's done to have the World Cup named after him?

    Well, stranger things have happened in the life of the Greatest Living Yorkshireman, Ed. Just last summer, for instance, his likeness was carved into a maize field in York. No, really. Look.

    Geoffrey Boycott
  83. Kiwis on song


    Tom Latham

    Opener Tom Latham is approaching his second hundred in as many games as New Zealand reach tea on 160-2 on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

    At the break Latham, who hit his maiden hundred in the 248-run defeat in the first Test last week, is 84 not out.

  84. England v Samoa game to go ahead

    Rugby Union

    England's international with Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday will go ahead as planned after the tourists ruled out the possibility of strike action.

    Samoa had threatened to boycott the game over concerns surrounding the administration of the Samoan Rugby Union, forcing the International Rugby Board and International Rugby Players' Association to step in as mediators.

    "The game is proceeding as agreed upon. There is no threat and the boycott has been cancelled. It's all been sorted," Samoa team manager Sami Leoti said.

    Stuart Lancaster

    The match has suddenly become a big one for England with head coach Stuart Lancaster facing a few questions after a fifth successive defeat, by South Africa, at the weekend.

  85. Get involved - World Cup boycott


    Former FA chairman David Bernstein has sparked today's big debate by arguing that Europe's nations should band together to boycott the World Cup in order to force Fifa reform. Do you agree?

    Alistair Smalley: Would love to see boycott, but can't see it happening. Could you imagine the Italians boycotting on corruption grounds?

    Callum Taylor: Yes, Fifa is too caught up in its own corruption to put the good of the sport first.

    Reece Smith: I'd back a boycott. Someone needs to stand up to Fifa and if more countries do the same, they might take note.

    Keep your comments coming please. By the way, we have now had just about every possible variation on the joke about England boycotting the last World Cup. Thank you.

  86. Recruitment head to leave Southampton


    Southampton's head of recruitment Paul Mitchell has handed in his notice, BBC Radio Solent reports.

    The 33-year-old is expected to link up with former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

    Mitchell joined Saints in 2012 after doing the same job at MK Dons following his premature retirement as a player through injury.

  87. Long returns to St Helens as assistant coach

    Rugby League

    Sean Long

    Sean Long has returned to St Helens as part of head coach Keiron Cunningham's backroom staff.

    The 38-year-old former Great Britain scrum-half, who played for Saints between 1997 and 2009, has signed a two-year deal as an assistant coach.

    Long won 11 major trophies during 13 seasons with Saints. He rejoins after coaching with Wigan, Salford and Samoa.

    He says: "Saints are one of the greatest rugby league clubs in the world and to be part of the backroom team here was too good an opportunity to turn down. It was my chance to come home."

  88. Get involved - World Cup boycott

    Should England and the other European nations boycott the World Cup, as former FA chairman David Bernstein suggests? Here's what you've been saying on our Facebook page.

    Ben Wallcroft: UEFA should separate from FIFA and set up its own World Cup, to be played in the summer. No European teams want a winter World Cup, and Netherlands won't fancy a World Cup in Russia after the atrocity of the plane being shot down. As for England going it alone, history and politics should tell us not to trust anyone due to the underhand in it for yourself attitude of football today. We would be left out to dry for standing up for fairness and what's right.

    Julian Hudson: Every nation that feels there has been wrong-doing should boycott it. The entire concept of the world's most important football competition taking place in a desert, and hosted by a nation with no footballing history or pre-existing infrastructure, and where workers (paid a pittance) have died is shameful. FIFA is a terminally ill organisation and needs to be put of its misery. A boycott would be the answer if nothing positive emerges very soon.

  89. Simeone dismisses move away from Atletico


    Diego Simeone

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has dismissed suggestions that he is set to leave the Spanish champions, having been linked with Manchester City and Paris St-Germain.

    He tells Spanish newspaper Marca: "I feel very good at Atletico. I always want to continue improving, I'm never satisfied. I don't know what the limit of this team is. I will continue looking."

  90. Hughes dies aged 71

    Horse racing

    Dessie Hughes

    Some sad news from the weekend ... leading Irish racehorse trainer Dessie Hughes, the father of champion jockey Richard, has died aged 71.

    Dessie was one of jump racing's best-known characters, who enjoyed successful riding and training careers.

    He won the 1977 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Davy Lad and the Champion Hurdle two years later with Monksfield.

    As a trainer, Hughes secured the big Cheltenham hurdle in 2004 and 2005 with Hardy Eustace, while Black Apalachi was second in the 2010 Grand National.

  91. Time to gossip


    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is preparing to move to AC Milan in January according to the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Mail reports that more people watched the BBC quiz show Pointless than tuned in to ITV for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on Saturday.

    That and a whole lot more on today's Gossip page.

  92. South Africa v England 2015-16 - ODI and T20 dates


    And England's one-day and Twenty 20 matches against South Africa will take place on the following dates:

    3 February 2016: First ODI, Bloemfontein

    6 February 2016: Second ODI, Port Elizabeth

    9 February 2016: Third ODI, Centurion

    12 February 2016: Fourth ODI, Johannesburg

    14 February 2016: Fifth ODI, Cape Town

    19 February 2016: First T20 International, Cape Town

    21 February 2016: Second T20 International, Johannesburg

  93. South Africa v England 2015-16 - Test dates


    For those of you who like to plan ahead, and already have a 2016 desk diary in your possession, here are the England Test dates for that South Africa tour.

    26-30 December 2015: First Test, Durban

    2-6 January 2016: Second Test, Cape Town

    14-18 January 2016: Third Test, Johannesburg

    22-26 January: Fourth Test, Centurion

  94. England announce South Africa Tour dates


    Some reaction to the announcement of England's 2015-16 South Africa tour dates from Paul Downton, the England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director.

    He says: "Any tour of South Africa is special and as the Proteas currently set the benchmark in Test and ODI cricket, it will be a real challenge which our emerging team will relish.

    "We can be assured of fantastic support in South Africa from the thousands of loyal supporters who always follow us around the country - particularly at the Boxing Day Test in Durban and the New Year Test at Newlands in Cape Town."

  95. England to play four-Test series in South Africa


    Peter Moores and Alastair Cook

    England will play four Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches on their 2015-16 winter Tour to South Africa.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board has ironed out the dates for the tour, which will begin with a Boxing Day Test in Durban.

    For England - coached by Peter Moores and captained at Test level by Alastair Cook - it will be a first tour to South Africa since 2009-10, when they held their hosts to a 1-1 draw in the Test series.

  96. Get involved - World Cup boycott

    Should England and the other European nations boycott the World Cup, as former FA chairman David Bernstein suggests? Here's what you've been saying on our Facebook page.

    Grant Bell: Hopefully it would start a domino effect that would see other big footballing nations follow suit. I would be happy to see one World Cup ruined for the purpose of sending FIFA a wake-up call. It would be worth it for the future of the competition.

    Andrea Marshall: All of Europe need to get behind this. If it eliminates corruption, I'm all for it.

    Chris Thackham: International football is doomed as long as Blatter and his cronies stay in charge. Domestic football is dominating the game and we are becoming less interested in what goes on with our national teams. Boycott the World Cup, a few other countries may follow and then finally we may get a governing body that sorts out the mess Blatter has created.

  97. Keane urges Everton talks


    Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill

    Roy Keane believes Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill should meet Everton boss Roberto Martinez to discuss ongoing fitness issues around James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman.

    McCarthy has missed the Republic's last three Euro 2016 qualifiers and Coleman sat out last month's game in Germany.

    Coleman and McCarthy played for Everton four days after the Germany game.

    "There has to be, I think, some sort of sit-down conversation," says Republic assistant boss Keane.

  98. Cricket chief cleared of corruption


    Narayanaswami Srinivasan

    An investigation into the Indian Premier League has cleared Indian and world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan of corruption.

    "This individual was not involved in match-fixing activities, this individual was not involved in scuttling investigations into match-fixing," said a report by an investigative panel released to the Supreme Court.

  99. World Cup boycott


    Guardian football writer Amy Lawrence, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Your Call, adds that a World Cup boycott could only work as a collective act.

    She says: "I don't think it's something that one country could do alone. But several countries acting together is a fascinating idea. There could be another European Championship while the World Cup was on."

  100. World Cup boycott


    David Bernstein's call for a European boycott of football's World Cup in order to prompt Fifa reform is the topic of debate on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Guardian football writer Amy Lawrence tells Your Call host Nicky Campbell: "It's a complicated matter. The FA's heart might say one thing - to abandon Fifa to escape the unhappy relationship between the pair, but the head will think of the finance.

    "Not having the finance that comes with playing in the tournament wouldn't just affect what happens with the national team, but would filter down to grass roots football. It's a lovely idea, but getting enough people on board to shock Fifa is difficult to envisage."

  101. Modric suffers injury


    Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a suspected groin strain while playing for Croatia in a 1-1 draw with Italy.

    Modric hobbled off just before the half-hour mark of the Group H qualifier.

  102. Get involved - World Cup boycott


    World Cup

    Should England and the other European nations boycott the World Cup, as former FA chairman David Bernstein suggests?

    Benjamin Lee: I don't know why it's taken England so long to boycott it, Wales and Scotland have been doing it for years.

    Colin Livesey: Yes! England should join Scotland and Wales who do #worldcupboycott every time.

    Ryan Thomson: Countries should take Scotland's stance when it comes to FIFA, we've been boycotting World Cups for nearly 20 years.

    Right, we've got all the variations on that joke out of the way quickly. Actually, hold on - one more...

    Snozzle Banger: I thought England boycotted World Cup 2014?

  103. Capello feeling the heat


    Fabio Capello

    If we were Fabio Capello today, we wouldn't be sitting too comfortably.

    After Capello's Russia lost 1-0 to Austria in Saturday's Euro 2016 Group qualifier, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko promised 'widespread changes'.

    "No one could have been happy with the result against Austria or the way our team played," Mutko said.

    "We need to deeply analyse the situation. This will happen within the next few days and we will announce the decisions we have come to."

    Sounds ominous.

  104. Croatia offer an apology


    Ugly scenes in the crowds married Italy's 1-1 draw with Croatia in Milan on Sunday.

    Croatian coach Niko Kovac has apologised after the 2016 European qualifier was temporarily stopped in both halves by the referee after visiting fans threw fireworks and smoke bombs on to the pitch.

    Italy v Croatia

    "I apologise to everyone, especially the Italians, for our supporters' behaviour," Kovac said.

    "I was disappointed and helpless, there are no right words for this. If someone has a problem, he has to deal with it outside the stadium."

  105. Countdown to Scotland-England


    There are a few fixtures in football guaranteed to get every pulse racing. Real Madrid v Barcelona, Celtic v Rangers, Bury v Rochdale. OK, so I might be on my own for that last one...

    But Scotland v England has to be up at the top of the list and the build-up to Tuesday's showdown has begun in earnest.

    Roy Hodgson has labelled the game 'exciting' and praised the Scottish fans. "They are exceptional, especially at Celtic Park," the manager said.

    Read a few more of Hodgson's thoughts ahead of the big game.

  106. Get involved - World Cup boycott

    Over on Radio 5 live right now, there is a debate about whether England and the other top European nations should boycott the next World Cup as a protest against Fifa. You can join in here.

    It's also our debate too. We want to know if you would support a boycott and for what reasons? We also want to know if you think it's a bad idea and, again, tell us why.

    We will post the best messages on this page throughout the day.

    Get involved on Twitter, using the hashtag #worldcupboycott or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or the Match of the Day Facebook page or Google +.

  107. Murray and McEnroe team up


    As disappointing as it was to miss out on the final everyone wanted to see, at least the fans inside the O2 Arena were given a treat before they went home.

    After taking on Djokovic, British number one Murray then paired up with John McEnroe to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6 in a doubles contest.

    Andy Murray, Cash, Henman, McEnroe

    As usually happens, there were plenty of comical moments. Check out this video of one of the best bits.

  108. Federer pulls out of final


    The ATP World Tour Finals in London limped rather than sprinted to a finish after the withdrawal of Roger Federer with a back injury just a few hours before his eagerly-awaited showdown with Novak Djokovic.

    It meant what would have been a mouthwatering clash between the world number one and two was cancelled and instead Djokovic faced Andy Murray in an exhibition match.

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

    "The damage limitation exercise was a work of art" says BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller. "It was still, however, a hugely unsatisfactory end to a tournament which promised a thrilling duel between the two outstanding players of the year."

    Here is Federer explaining his decision to the crowd at the O2 Arena.

  109. Taylor dedicates sixth Grand Slam title to mum


    Phil Taylor

    Phil Taylor won a sixth Grand Slam of Darts title in Wolverhampton on Sunday and dedicated victory to his ill mother.

    The 16-times world champion, 54, defeated Dave Chisnall 16-13 to claim the £100,000 first prize.

    Speaking immediately after the final, Taylor said: "I'm going to take the trophy up to the hospital with me and leave it at my mum's bedside - she'll be asleep when I get there but it will be a nice surprise for her when she wakes up tomorrow.

    "It's been very tough recently with her being in hospital, but this week's been a little bit of escapism. My mind goes blank for that two or three hours while I'm playing, and I've loved it."

  110. Huge win for under-pressure Hiddink


    Guus Hiddink

    Daley Blind may have picked up a worrying injury but aside from that it was all smiles for the Netherlands.

    Their 6-0 win over Latvia was a huge result, not least for coach Guus Hiddink, who, after overseeing two defeats from three games, had threatened to quit if the Dutch lost to their Group A rivals.

    Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben were among the scorers.

  111. Monday's back pages

    The Sun

    More of the same in The Sun, with England - according to its headline writers - about to visit Hell-tic Park. There's also news of a major injury concern for Manchester United, with midfielder Daley Blind suffering suspected media ligament damage during a Euro 2016 qualifier with Latvia.

  112. Solid start by New Zealand


    A little cricket for you. It's lunch on the opening day of the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan, with the Black Caps, who won the toss and batted, on 82-1

    Captain Brendon McCullum is the man out in Dubai, caught at deep square-leg off paceman Ehsan Adil for 43.

    New Zealand are 1-0 down in the three-Test series and cannot afford to lose.

  113. Monday's back pages

    The Guardian

    The Scotland test will do England good, according to The Guardian, which also reports on the back injury which forced Roger Federer to miss the ATP Tour World Final and on George Ford, set to earn his first start as the England rugby union fly-half against Samoa on Saturday.

  114. Monday's back pages

    Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph front page is sure to fill Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney and co with delight. Scotland, it says, are planning to "kick lumps" out of England in tomorrow's international friendly. Sounds like it will not be one for the faint-hearted.

  115. 'We should boycott the World Cup'


    One of the biggest stories of the day - on the BBC website now - is calls for the Football Association to lobby Uefa for a European boycott of the next World Cup.

    Former FA chairman David Bernstein says it is time for "drastic" action against the governing body.

    Bernstein argues European countries should threaten to pull out of Russia 2018, unless Fifa implements meaningful reform.

    Much more of this later.

  116. Stat attack

    As we're talking about your man Bale, here's a couple of stats about him and Wales thanks to our friends at Opta.

    Only Wayne Rooney (13) has had more shots on target than Gareth Bale (12) in the Euro 2016 qualifying. Attitude.

    Wales ended a run of 22 away matches without a goalless draw with their result in belgium, their previous 0-0 on the road being in Germany, Nov. 2007. Durable.