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Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    Toot, toot, toooot! That's the sound of the final whistle being blown on Sportsday. But another shrill whistle has just been heard across the office to signal the start of our Scotland v England coverage. So join Tom Rostance, who will guide you through every kick in Glasgow.

    But tonight's football fun does not end there. We will also be providing updates from Republic of Ireland v USA, Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi (or Portugal v Argentina as it is otherwise known), Spain v Germany and the nine FA Cup replays which are taking place across England.

    In short, you will do extremely well to avoid the football tonight...enjoy.

  2. Scotland v England stat attack


    • Scotland have won only two of their last 14 games against England in Glasgow.
    • England have conceded a total of only eight goals in their last 16 games against Scotland.
    • England have won 46 matches against Scotland, who have claimed 41 victories.
  3. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 senior football reporter

    "Expected England team...Forster, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw, Wilshere, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Downing, Rooney, Welbeck."

  4. Keane wades into another row


    Jack Grealish

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane criticises the father of Jack Grealish, as the Aston Villa youngster holds off on making a decision on his international future.

    The 19-year-old is eligible to play for Ireland and England. Keane, who is also Grealish's assistant manager at Villa, believes the midfielder's dad is behind the stalling.

    "Sometimes it's respect, you don't want to pester people but, unfortunately, a lot would be coming from Jack's dad," Keane said, reports the Birmingham Mail. "Knowing his dad, we could be waiting a long while."

  5. Samoa World Cup threat

    Rugby Union

    Cenus Johnston, Samoa

    Samoa called off a boycott of this weekend's test against England only after it was threatened with being expelled from the Rugby World Cup, prop Census Johnston has revealed.

    He wouldn't say who was warning the team against the strike action, which the team had planned because of concerns for months over the administration of the Samoa Rugby Union and alleged interference in team selection.

    "There's been a lot going on the last couple of weeks," said Johnston. "It's really important we put the country first before ourselves. We've all just decided that we'll front up this week to make sure that we play well."

  6. Nadal - 'It is false and absurd'


    Rafa and Toni Nadal

    Rafael Nadal criticises Spain's female Davis Cup captain for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started when his coach questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game.

    The 14-time Grand Slam winner struck out at both captain Gala Leon and the Spanish tennis federation.

    "It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd," says Nadal.

  7. 'Doha won't do a fine job'


    While marathon runner Overall is happy with Doha hosting the 2019 World Championships, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport is not.

    Clive Efford MP has urged the IAAF to reconsider their decision - little over three hours since it was announced.

    "The IAAF must be aware of the scandal of the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar," he says. "This is an appalling decision that risks bringing the sport into disrepute. I urge the IAAF to reconsider their decision."

  8. 'Doha will do a fine job'


    Scott Overall

    Scott Overall, who represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Marathon, has voiced his support for Doha, announced as host city ahead of Barcelona and Eugene for the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

    "I've raced in all three cities and Doha will do a fine job," said Overall.

    "Eugene doesn't have the infrastructure. Obviously athletes will need to adjust if it's done in October, but that is just an adjustment that is easily done.

    "There is no international airport near Eugene, not many hotels, sure it has the fans, but Doha is gaining more experience each year with the diamond leagues.

    "I did the world indoors there in 2010 and the facilities, medical, everything was great."

  9. Referee cuts workload over fears


    Scottish former Fifa referee Hugh Dallas, now in charge of appointing match officials in Greece, has decided to limit his workload after his assistant was injured in a street attack that triggered the indefinite suspension of the country's football leagues.

    The Greek Football Association says Dallas will limit his duties to referee training following Friday's attack on referee Christoforos Zografos, who was severely beaten with wooden clubs.

    The 57-year-old Dallas, who refereed at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals, was appointed earlier this year to oversee refereeing in an effort to combat perceived corruption in the sport.

  10. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Fraser Forster

    Southampton's ex-Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster hopes to start for England on his former stomping ground, with Joe Hart allowed to return to Manchester City for a "rest".

    West Brom's in-form striker Saido Berahino is likely to make his senior international debut, while Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could also start.

  11. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Under three hours until kick-off at Celtic Park. Scotland and England fans - nervous yet? Here's some early team news, starting with the home side...

    Scotland v England

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says he is juggling a desire to beat Roy Hodgson's men with satisfying his squad's hopes of featuring in the game.

    West Brom midfielder James Morrison trained on Monday after missing Friday's win against the Republic or Ireland through illness. But Manchester United counterpart Darren Fletcher did not take part in the final session because he was feeling unwell.

  12. Flanker Thomas set to make long-awaited return

    Rugby Union

    Welsh international Jonathan Thomas is set for a return to the Worcester Warriors first-team in Friday's Championship clash against Jersey.

    The 31-year-old flanker, capped 67 times by Wales, has not played yet this season because of a knee injury, but Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan has told BBC Hereford and Worcester that Thomas will be among the 22 on Friday.

    English international full-back Chris Pennell, recovering from a groin injury, is also expected to be named in the squad.

  13. Federer diffuses Wawrinka row


    Staying on centre court....

    Roger Federer plays down reports that he had a heated argument with Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals - after it was claimed Federer's wife was chirping in the ear of Wawrinka during their semi-final.

    World number two Federer admits the pair had words in the locker room, but refuses to comment on the role played by his better half, Mirka, who was sitting courtside.

    "We had a conversation after the match. Everything is totally relaxed," he says. "There are no hard feelings whatsoever. We are friends, not enemies. It was a heat of the moment situation."

  14. France are ready to rumble


    Davis Cup

    Imagine Jo-Wilfried Tsonga trash-talking his opponent like Muhammad Ali. Or Richard Gasquet somersaulting over the net like Prince Naseem Hamed. No?

    But it seems the French Davis Cup team have taken some inspiration from the boxing fraternity ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final against Switzerland.

    These silky robes have been spotted hanging in the French changing room. They can't possibly strut out on to court wearing these, can they?

  15. Hull FC release winger Crookes

    Rugby League

    Hull FC have released winger Jason Crookes by mutual consent, BBC Radio Humberside reports.

    The 24-year-old featured on only three occasions for the Black and Whites last season and went on to finish the campaign on loan at Championship side Featherstone.

  16. Federer a doubt for Davis Cup


    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer's participation in the Davis Cup final against France is hanging in the balance with the 17-time grand slam champion still unable to train because of the back problem which forced him to miss Sunday's ATP World Tour Final in London.

    "My back is better than it was, but not good enough for practice yet. But I'm hopeful," the world number two told a news conference.

  17. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "It's a complex issue and Fifa lodging criminal proceedings is merely the latest twist in a long, long saga.

    "In effect, it is tantamount to Hans-Joachim Eckhart (the report author) saying there are limitations or restrictions to how far Fifa could go.

    "This is an internal disciplinary investigation by a sports organisation, they could not seize email or phone records, they could not demand certain witnesses appear in front of them and be interviewed.

    "A criminal investigator has more power, and they think some things they have unearthed warrant further probing by the attorney general who has more powers."

  18. Moncur leaves Hammers


    BBC Essex: Colchester United complete permanent signing of George Moncur from West Ham.

  19. We can't publish full World Cup report - Fifa


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter also rejects the demand from English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke for the full report into alleged World Cup corruption to be published.

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

    "Once again, we have examined this matter very, very carefully from a legal point of view," says Blatter. "The result was clear: if Fifa were to publish the report, we would be violating our own association law as well as state law.

    "The people who are demanding in the media and elsewhere that Fifa publish the report are obviously of the opinion that Fifa should or must ignore the law in this regard. We obviously cannot do that."

  20. Get involved


    Ahead of tonight's mammoth meeting between Scotland and England, we want to know your favourite footballing showdowns.

    Gareth Hughes: Biggest Football Showdown is: Buxton FC v Matlock Town. Always riotous scenes and a heavy police presence.

    Ahmed Fahad: Has to be AC Milan and Inter. It was great to watch them play. Beside they were European powerhouses then.

    Tom Maloney: Has to be Man Utd v Arsenal back in the days of Keane and Viera, Fergie and Wenger. Pizza gate and all that jazz.

    Aamir Patel: Blackburn v Burnley for the Play-off final.

  21. Hahn's round of 58


    John Hahn

    American John Hahn produced the round of his life to shoot an incredible 58 in the fourth round of the European Tour's qualifying school in Spain.

    However, the 25-year-old will not be able to claim an official record as preferred lies were in place on the par-70 Tour Course at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona.

    Hahn recorded 12 birdies, which was perfectly timed as he leapt from six shots outside the cut mark to inside the top 15 with two days remaining.

  22. Byrne injury

    Rugby Union

    BBC Wales Sport: Dragons captain and Wales and Lions full-back Lee Byrne expected to be out for three to four months after having a shoulder operation

  23. Race walking scandal


    The head of Russia'srace walking centre has been banned for four years following an investigation into claims of systematic doping.

    Russia is the dominant power in race walking and has won six Olympic medals at the last two games.

    However, its reputation has been tarnished by at least 17 doping bans for athletes from the national elite race walking center in Saransk and centre director Viktor Kolesnikov was suspended in August during a Russian Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

  24. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    Here's a quick recap of all the key details in the ongoing Fifa saga surrounding the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups:

    • In the Fifa report, which was published last week, the English Football Association was accused of flouting bidding rules in its attempt to stage the 2018 World Cup - but 2022 hosts Qatar were cleared of corruption allegations.
    • However, the document was criticised by Michael Garcia, the man who investigated claims of wrongdoing.
    • Fifa's report into World Cup corruption has also come under fresh fire - from two whistleblowers who gave evidence.
  25. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    Sepp Blatter

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says lodging a criminal complaint over "possible misconduct" in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process proves the world governing body is committed to transparency.

    "If we had anything to hide, we would hardly be taking this matter to the Office of the Attorney General," says Blatter.

    "Fifa's internal bodies have done all they can within the scope of their capabilities, and they are continuing with their work. The matter will now also be looked at by an independent, state body, which shows that Fifa is not opposed to transparency."

  26. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    Fifa says it has lodged a criminal complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in Berne.

    "Unlike Fifa's bodies, the Swiss criminal prosecution authorities have the ability to conduct investigations under application of criminal procedural coercive measures," adds the world governing body's statement.

  27. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    Fifa statement: "There seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities."

  28. BreakingFifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row


    World governing body Fifa says it has lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

  29. Uefa charges Croatia and Italy


    Italy v Croatia

    Uefa has opened disciplinary cases against both the Italian and Croatian football federations following disturbances and racist chanting during the Euro 2016 qualifier in Milan at the weekend.

    Croatia has been charged with racist behaviour - a repeat of when the teams met at Euro 2012 in Poland - and crowd disturbances after lit fireworks were thrown onto the pitch in Milan.

    The Italian federation has also been charged after fireworks were set off in the ground.

    Uefa's disciplinary panel will deal with the cases on 11 December.

  30. Wales v New Zealand

    Rugby Union

    BBC Wales Sport: Sonny Bill Williams misses All Blacks training to "monitor" his wife giving birth to their first child - a baby girl.

  31. Argentina v Portugal: countdown to kick-off


    Football fans

    BBC Sport reporter Nick Hope outside Old Trafford: "Just bumped into the self-proclaimed 'three Johns' selling Messi/Ronaldo scarves ahead of tonight's friendly international between Argentina and Portugal.

    "Sales are going great," says one who's been here since 10am.

    "Everyone wants a Messi or Ronaldo souvenir which is good for us because we're cleaning more than we would for a United home game - where most fans already have all the gear."

  32. CEO Rush wants to see through Derby job


    Chief executive Sam Rush has insisted he wants to stay at Derby County and see through the dream of winning promotion to the Premier League.

    Rush joined the club, who sit top of the Championship, in January 2013 and played a key part in the appointment of former England boss Steve McClaren.

    He told BBC Radio Derby: "We are just starting out. We had to do quite a lot of difficult and unglamorous stuff and, as a result of that, we are in a good place now."

  33. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Leeds United

    Ah, remember the good ol' days when footballers would embarrass themselves in all sorts of PR-boosting photographs? Here's a classic example with a topical Anglo-Scottish twist.

    These seven Scottish Leeds United players (anyone care to name them?) donned their tammy hats and tartan scarves before their nation faced the Auld Enemy in the 1970s.

  34. Pardew surprised by Newcastle squad depth


    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has paid tribute to the younger players in his squad for their part in the Magpies' recent revival.

    Four successive Premier League victories and a Capital One Cup win at Manchester City, achieved with help from players such as 21-year-old striker Ayoze Perez, significantly eased pressure on the Newcastle boss.

    "Did I expect certain personnel to be around it and to have done so well? No," Pardew told BBC Newcastle. "I didn't think he (Perez) would have the impact he's had.

    "Sammy Ameobi I've always hoped for. Paul Dummett? No. Jack Colback playing every minute of every game? No. Mehdi Abeid? No. These guys have come through and that's what we really want."

  35. Worth a watch

    The boss elsewhere in the office? Good, here's a chance to stop doing some work for a moment.

    Have a gander at three of the top videos on the BBC Sport website today:

    Penalty capers: South Korean K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors secure a 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers thanks to an unconventional penalty routine. Instead of shooting, penalty taker Leonardo passes the ball to team-mate Kaio who rolls the ball into the net to seal the win.

    South Korea penalty

    The Auld Enemy: From Jimmy Greaves's hat-trick in 1961 to Scottish fans destroying the Wembley pitch in 1977, here is a look at some of the most memorable clashes between Scotland and England.

    Strauss weighs in: Former captain Andrew Strauss says England have been too "fearful" of getting out during one-day internationals and must resolve this before the World Cup in 2015.

  36. FFP changes under fire


    Charlton have voiced their opposition to the changes to Financial Fair Play regulations which were recently agreed by Championship clubs.

    The Addicks were one of six clubs to vote against the alterations, which will allow losses to go beyond a £15m cap but not exceed £39m over three seasons (averaging £13m a season).

    "We are looking to a break-even model. We want to reduce losses and certainly don't want to be increasing them," Charlton chief financial officer David Joyes told BBC London 94.9.

    "For us as a company, and the owner, we see that as a sensible way of running a business. Clearly a number of clubs disagree with that and want the ability to invest well over and above the current level of losses. It is a significant increase."

  37. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Gordon Strachan

    Gordon Strachan is certainly flavour of the month in Scotland at the moment.

    Buoyed by the win over the Republic of Ireland, and ahead of tonight's eagerly-awaited clash with England, former Celtic players Gary Caldwell and Neil Lennon are the latest to have spoken about their admiration for the Scotland boss.

    "Having worked with him at Celtic, I knew how good he was," said Caldwell. "It took him time to get going but now the Scotland players are playing well."

    Lennon said: "I've watched Gordon's team evolve over the last couple of years and they're very slick. There's more confidence with the Scotland fans now than there's been for the past 20 years."

  38. Headlines at 3

    Football: Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, 66, has been unveiled as the new coach of Shanghai East Asia in the Chinese Super League on a rumoured £3.8m-a-year contract, one of the biggest in world football.

    Football: Manchester United announce a 9.9 per cent fall in revenue, which makes aany signings in the January transfer window unlikely.

    And finally...

    Baseball: Former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco is planning to sell his middle finger on eBay, weeks after he accidentally shot it off while cleaning his handgun.

  39. Headlines at 3

    Joined us a little late? Here's what you've missed so far today:

    Athletics: Doha is chosen ahead of Barcelona and Eugene as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    Football: Scotland's Scott Brown spices things up before tonight's big game at Celtic Park, saying the English players have a sense of superiority and labelling Roy Hodgson's team 'our arch enemy'.

    Tennis: 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will return to playing at the start of next year after recovering from surgery to have his appendix removed.

  40. Warriors sign Lyle

    Rugby Union

    Glasgow Warriors have signed Fraser Lyle until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old Scot, who has played for Stirling County, Aberdeen Grammar and for clubs in Canada, has been training with Warriors and impressed in a recent 'A' fixture against Edinburgh.

    "I want to learn from all the players and coaches at the club and make the most of this move," said Lyle.

    Warriors boss Gregor Townsend said: "We've been watching Fraser, he's been in great form for Stirling County."

  41. Fifa report

    Pedro Pinto, chief of press for UEFA: President Michel Platini has again confirmed his support for the full publishing of the Garcia report if confidentiality rules aren't broken.

  42. Dyke takes action against Fifa


    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."

    Garcia is due to meet the report's author, Fifa ethics judge, Hans-Joachim Eckert, on Thursday to discuss his criticisms.

  43. Peterson to appeal suspension

    American Football

    Adrian Peterson

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of 2014 season.

    Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 2015, the National Football League announced, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an "incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son."

    A statement released by the NFL Players Association says Peterson will appeal against the suspension. It added: "Since Adrian's legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding."

  44. Bayern captain fractures ankle


    Philipp Lahm

    Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will be out of action for three months after suffering a fractured ankle in training.

    The club say it is a "big blow" to lose the 31-year-old midfielder, who retired from international football after Germany's World Cup win in July.

    The Bundesliga leaders are undefeated this season and face Hoffenheim on Saturday. They travel to Manchester City in the Champions League next week.

  45. Qatar the place to be

    The decision to stage the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha ensures that the big sporting events keep on coming for Qatar.

    Here are just a few of the major sporting events the country has hosted or is about to:

    Football: The 2022 World Cup, although controversy on how the tournament was awarded to the tiny Gulf state, and which month of the year it will be staged, continues to rumble on.

    Tennis: The ATP and WTA stage world class events in Qatar with the men's Qatar ExxonMobil Open in January and the women's Qatar Total Open a month later.

    Sergio Garcia

    Golf: The Qatar Masters, part of the European Tour, has been staged at the Doha Golf Club since 1998 and has been won by the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.

    Athletics: Qatar has been a regular stop on the world athletics circuit since the Doha Grand Prix was first held in 1997. Doha staged the first ever Diamond League meeting at the Qatar Sports Club stadium in May 2010, two months after hosting the world Indoor Championships.

    Motorsport: The Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix opens each MotoGP season.

  46. Doha to host 2019 World Athletics Championships


    The other bidders in the race to host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships were Barcelona and Eugene, Oregon.

    The bidding team from Doha, the capital of Qatar, have asked that the championship be moved to October for climate reasons. Traditionally they are held in August.

  47. BreakingDoha lands 2019 championships


    Doha has been chosen as the host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

  48. Pakistan's struggle


    New ealand v Pakistan

    Pakistan stuttered to 34-2 at the close on a turning pitch after New Zealand's tailenders helped the Kiwis post 403 on the second day of the second test in Dubai.

    Black Caps legspinner Ish Sodhi clean bowled Shan Masood for 13 and offspinner Mark Craig cut short Taufeeq Umar's comeback to Test matches when he had him stumped on 16 just before the end of the day's play.

    Pakistan were forced to draft in new opening batsmen because the in-form Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez were injured during the 248-run victory in the first Test last week.

    Scorecard here.

  49. Striker Zigic trains with Birmingham


    Nikola Zigic

    Birmingham City have confirmed that former striker Nikola Zigic is training with the club.

    The 34-year-old Serbia international has been without a club since leaving at the end of last season after four years at St Andrew's.

    There is currently no formal agreement between club and player beyond this week, but BBC WM 95.6 understands the club are open-minded about a contract.

  50. Cook injury blow for Gloucester

    Rugby Union

    Gloucester confirm that full-back Rob Cook dislocated his shoulder in their

    The 30-year-old was replaced after hurting himself trying to score, only for the television match official to rule that he had been held up.

    Gloucester have not said how long they expect to be without Cook, who has been a Premiership ever-present this season.

  51. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    The Sun

    It won't quite be the 'Hampden Roar' - as Scotland host England at Celtic Park tonight - but, on the back page of the Sun, Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney urges his players not to be afraid of the Tartan Army.

  52. Nadal set for a return


    Rafael Nadal says he will return to playing at the start of the year.

    The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since having his appendix removed this month, forcing him to miss the season-ending ATP finals.

    Rafa Nadal

    "I will play in Abu Dhabi in January, and after that I will play my first official tournament in Doha," said Nadal.

    The Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament is scheduled for Jan 1-3, with the tournament in Doha, Qatar, scheduled for the following week.

  53. World Championships announcement delayed


    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis in Monaco: "Chaos here as the announcement of the winning bid to host the 2019 World Championships is delayed by over an hour.

    "Delegates from athletics' governing body the IAAF are currently voting for either Qatar, Barcelona or US city Eugene with representatives of the bid cities nervously waiting in the corridors of a plush hotel in Monte Carlo.

    "Lots of chatter, lots of shuffling of feet and knocking of knees. (In the media room, the biscuit supplies are running low.)"

  54. Bayern's Lahm out 'for three months'


    German champions Bayern Munich confirm 31-year-old skipper Philipp Lahm fractured his ankle in training earlier.

    The Bavarian club says Germany's World Cup-winning captain will undergo an operation and be sidelined for three months.

  55. England should select Barry


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is mystified as to why midfielder Gareth Barry has not earned a recall to the England side.

    The 33-year-old, currently sidelined by ankle ligament damage, has has not made an international appearance since being forced off with injury in a friendly against Norway on the eve of Euro 2012.

    Gareth Barry

    Martinez says: "Teams have invested massive amounts of money into bringing in the best foreign players to play in that position - Fernando and Fernandinho at Man City - but you go through all the players in that position and Gareth has been the most consistent.

    "He has been overlooked for England - I don't know the reason behind it."

  56. Somerset sign Glamorgan's Allenby


    Somerset sign Australia-born Jim Allenby from Glamorgan, with fellow all-rounder Craig Meschede moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan for 2015.

    Allenby, 32, has been with the Welsh county since 2009 and signed a four-year contract last year, but has been allowed to rejoin former coach Matthew Maynard, now Somerset's director of cricket, at Taunton.

    "My aspirations are to win trophies and I am really looking forward to helping Somerset strive to achieve that objective," he tells the club website.

  57. Mclean heads to Peterborough


    Bradford City striker Aaron Mclean is on his way back to Peterborough today on loan, according to the Telegraph & Argus.

    The out-of-favour striker will link up with Posh again on a short-term deal and was expected to join them for training this morning.

  58. 'Low probability' of Man Utd signings


    Manchester United are unlikely to make any big signings in January, according to chief executive Ed Woodward.

    Asked if the Premier League club would spend when the transfer window reopened, he says: "Nothing has changed to the last call. We are not looking for short term fixes. We have targets for next summer, should they become available in January we will have to look at it but it is a low probability."

    Woodward, speaking to the media after announcing the Premier League club's 2014-15 financial results, adds he has "a real feeling we are at the start of something special".

  59. Wales news conference

    Rugby Union


    Sitting alongside Warren Gatland at the top table in the Wales news conference is skipper Sam Warburton. And the flanker insists there "is always hope" of causing a shock against world champions New Zealand, who visit Cardiff on Saturday.

    "We're obviously the underdogs because they are deservedly the number one team in the world. Despite the close scorelines against Scotland and England, I think they played extremely well and they're number one.

    "It's hard to find any chinks in their armour. We're going to have to be brilliant if we want to pull anything off."

  60. New Zealand innings ends


    New Zealand v Pakistan

    An update from the cricket where New Zealand have been bowled out for 403 in the first innings of the second Test against Pakistan.

    The Black Caps added 125 for the last four wickets, with Mark Craig hitting 43 and BJ Watling 39.

    Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar was the best of the Pakistan bowlers with figures of 4-137.

    Scorecard here.

  61. Wales news conference

    Rugby Union

    Head coach Warren Gatland on full-back Liam Williams, who was man of the match against Fiji, starting on the bench: "It was a tough call but Liam took a bit of a knock at weekend, didn't train yesterday and was a bit sore today.

    "We've gone with the experience of Leigh Halfpenny and his goalkicking was an important factor in that decision. It is tough call on Liam but nice to have those selection headaches."

  62. Wales news conference

    Rugby Union

    Want to know why the reasons behind Wales head coach Warren Gatland's selection to face New Zealand? Tune into our live feed of his news conference, which you find by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab, to find out.

  63. Get involved


    Ahead of tonight's mammoth meeting between Scotland and England, we want to know your favourite footballing showdowns. Tweet using #greatestfootyshowdowns or text 81111. We want to know the big rivalries (teams or players) that really pump the adrenalin through your veins...

    Joel Clayt: Gillingham vs Chatham Town would be the ultimate showdown.

  64. Top skiier's reasons for quitting

    Alpine skiing

    Jade Etherington

    Great Britain's most decorated female Winter Paralympian Jade Etherington says she quit skiing because the sport's governing body did not back her enough.

    The visually impaired 23-year-old won four medals at Sochi 2014, but retired earlier this month.

    "If there was support there - be it coach or management - then it definitely would have changed my decision," Etherington tells BBC Sport.

  65. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    England midfielder Jack Wilshere insists his team-mates know what they "are in for" when they face Scotland in Glasgow later.

    The Arsenal player, 22, believes the experience of facing the Scots at Wembley last year will help Roy Hodgson's men.

    "If anyone went into that game thinking it was a friendly it definitely wasn't a friendly," he says. "Maybe the Scottish players will be even more up for it this time as we are in their ground and they'll want a little bit of revenge."

    "You can ask any member of the public, they know what it means and we know what it means to them as well."

  66. Fiji win has 'no bearing' on All Blacks game

    Rugby Union

    Sam Warburton

    And BBC Wales Sport also collared Wales skipper Sam Warburton, who returns to Warren Gatland's XV as one of nine changes from the narrow win over Fiji.

    The 26-year-old flanker says the laboured display by an under-strength Welsh side against the Fijians will have "no bearing" on Saturday's match against the All Blacks.

  67. North tackled by reporters

    Rugby Union

    Speedy Wales wing George North is known for leaving opponents trailing in his wake - and tries to use his pace to dodge our colleagues at BBC Wales Sport....

    George North

    But, while many defenders have been left seeing just a blur of Wales red, he couldn't escape the clutches of Sport Wales presenter Dot Davies. She caught a word with North ahead of Saturday's Test against world champions New Zealand.

    George North
  68. Batsman Wells hopes to hit new level


    Sussex opener Luke Wells hopes to fully realise his potential next summer after holding talks with the club's coaching staff.

    The 23-year-old, who signed a new contract last week, narrowly fell short of 1,000 Championship runs in each of the last two seasons and believes he has "underachieved" so far in his career, despite playing for England Lions.

    He has set his sights on making the senior England side and tells BBC Sussex: "I feel that if I had performed to my true ability over the last couple of years, I would have been closer in that regard than what I am at the moment."

  69. Bayern's Lahm suffers "serious injury"


    Philipp Lahm

    Some bad news for German champions Bayern Munich and their skipper Philipp Lahm.

    The Bundesliga giants say that Germany's World Cup-winning captain, 31, has suffered "a serious injury" in training.

    "He is currently undergoing an examination. Diagnosis due by this evening," Bayern add on their official Twitter account.

  70. Tea at the Test


    New Zealand have reached 369-8 at tea on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

    Tim Southee (nine) and Ish Sodhi (12) are at the crease as New Zealand added 126 runs in the two sessions after resuming at 243-3.

    Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar have taken two wickets apiece for Pakistan, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 248 runs.

    Full scorecard.

  71. Man Utd financial results

    The figures...

    Total revenue to Sept 30 down 9.9% to £88.7m.

    Broadcasting revenue down 13% to £16.8m.

    Matchday revenue down 21.8% to £15.1m.

    Commercial revenue down 5.2% to £56.8.

    United expect overall revenue for 2014-15 to be between £385m and £395m. Last year it was £433m.

  72. Man Utd financial results


    Manchester United

    Manchester United report a 9.9% fall in their latest financial results.

    Total revenue to September 30 is down to £88.7m and reflects the cost of United's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

    Reds' executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "While we recognize that the 2014/15 fiscal year financial results will reflect our absence from the Champions League, we signed the largest kit sponsorship deal in the history of sport in the first quarter.

    "With that concluded, we are excited to focus our efforts on the meaningful growth opportunities in sponsorship, digital media and retail and merchandising."

  73. Catch up on podcasts

    We know you lead busy lives. That's why we're here, to make sure you don't miss anything.

    Two things to make sure you catch are these Radio 5 live podcasts.

    Ryan Moore special: Mark Chapman with AP McCoy, Cornelius Lysaght and Jason Weaver to discuss just how good three-time champion flat jockey Moore is.

    5 live Football Daily: Neil Lennon, John Motson and Rory Smith from The Times dissect and discuss the week's international football, including a preview of Scotland v England.

  74. Qatar to host 2019 World Championships?



    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis in Monaco: "Set for announcement of host city for 2019 World Championships. Qatar favourites. Should they get it?"

  75. Feud, what feud?


    Reports of a bust-up between close pals Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka appear wide of the mark.

    There was an apparent heated exchange of words between Wawrinka and Federer's support team during the closing stages of their epic ATP World Tour Final semi-final in London.

    The Swiss pair - due to team up to take on France in the final of the Davis Cup later this week (if Federer overcomes a back injury) - apparently spoke about the issue afterwards.

    But any fears their friendship may have cooled have been put to bed after Federer tweeted this pic of the Swiss team, including Wawrinka's cheeky gesture. The photo was then retweeted by Wawrinka. So rest easy Swiss tennis fans, all again seems well in their world.

    Roger Federer
  76. GB Track World Cup team announced

    Road Cycling

    Great Britain team for Track World Cup round two in London (December 5 to 7):

    Men's sprint: Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Callum Skinner, Matt Crampton*.

    Women's sprint: Jess Varnish, Vicky Williamson, Danni Khan*.

    Men's endurance: Steve Burke, Mark Christian, Ed Clancy*, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Andy Tennant.

    Women's endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott.

    *Indicates non-travelling reserves.

  77. GB Track World Cup team announced

    Road Cycling

    Five Olympic champions will take part in next month's Track World Cup in London - but Sir Bradley Wiggins is not among them.

    Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic road time-trial gold at the London 2012 Olympics, plans to target the team pursuit on the track at the 2016 Rio Games.

    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Laura Trott, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Steve Burke and Joanna Rowsell are selected in the Great Britain team, returning to the scenes of their Olympic triumphs in 2012, but Ed Clancy, unusually, is a non-travelling reserve.

  78. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    Daily Star

    Scotland v England is dominating today's back pages as you would expect. And it has led to some outstanding punnery from the Daily Star. A picture of steely-eyed England skipper Wayne Rooney is accompanied by a Scottish carbonated drink-inspired headline....

  79. Premier League responds to Ofcom investigation


    The Premier League issues a statement in response to Ofcom opening an investigation into how the English top-flight sells live TV media rights for its matches in the UK.

    The investigation has been launched after Virgin Media complained that the process is "in breach of competition law".

    "The Premier League currently sells its audio-visual rights in a way that is compatible with UK and EU competition law and will continue to do so. We will be able to demonstrate that as part of this process," says the statement.

  80. McCoy admits 300 winners dream over

    Horse Racing

    AP McCoy

    Champion jockey AP McCoy admits his quest for a record 300 winners in a season is likely to have been ended by injury.

    The 40-year-old Northern Irishman has been out for nearly two weeks and will be assessed again on Thursday.

    McCoy, who holds the jump racing record of 289 seasonal winners, said of the 300: "It looks very unlikely although you never say never and never give up.

    "I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's not going to be easy."

  81. Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin says watching the national team has become enjoyable again under the management of his ex-international team-mate Gordon Strachan.

    Scotland have won half of their 16 matches since former skipper Strachan took over in January 2013, and have made an encouraging start to Euro 2016 qualification.

    "It has been an incredible improvement under Gordon. He has been fantastic and he gets the best out of the players," Nevin tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "They are playing in a very positive way and every Scotsman now enjoys watching Scotland - we used to suffer watching Scotland."

  82. Player sells middle finger


    Here on Sportsday we like to keep you abreast of all the big breaking stories that are of importance in the sporting world. But occasionally we like to bring you stuff like this as well.

    Fox News is reporting that former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco is planning to sell his middle finger on eBay, weeks after he accidentally shot it off while cleaning his handgun.

    Canseco announced on his Twitter account Monday he is putting the finger up for auction.

    Jose Canseco

    "The eBay ad will read slightly used middle finger with 462 home runs, could be used as a stirring straw for drinks," former Oakland Athletics outfielder Canseco tweeted.

    What more could one want for Christmas? Get your bids in now...

  83. Get involved

    via text on 81111

    Dave B, Derby: It's far from a friendly tonight and Scotland will be confident with the crowd behind them at Celtic Park. Chris Martin will be the man to watch tonight if he gets the start. It's like Benn v Eubank!!! Booomm!

  84. Experience is key - Gatland

    Rugby Union

    Warren Gatland

    Head coach Warren Gatland hopes the return of a few familiar faces can provide Wales with the know-how to cause a shock against world champions New Zealand.

    "It's one of the most experienced teams we have put out," says the Kiwi, who has named virtually the same team which narrowly lost to Australia.

    "A couple of decisions have been forced upon us. Gethin Jenkins has a hamstring strain, Bradley Davies hasn't trained for the first couple of days and Liam Williams had a bit of ankle knock at the weekend. It was a big call on him but he will start on the bench.

    "We are expecting another clinical performance from the All Blacks. We need to match their intensity and aggression."

  85. Wales name XV to face All Blacks

    Rugby Union

    Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys);

    Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Unattached), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

    Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), James Hook (Gloucester), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

  86. Wales name XV to face All Blacks

    Rugby Union


    Wales return to a familiar looking XV for the visit of the mighty New Zealand to Cardiff this weekend.

    Head coach Warren Gatland rang the changes for Saturday's limp 17-13 win over Fiji and has reverted to the majority of the side which faced Australia in their opening autumn Test.

    That means there is no place for either full-back Liam Williams or flanker Justin Tipuric - who, unlike the rest of their team-mates, impressed against the Fijians.

  87. Club president arrested


    Police say Marseille president Vincent Labrune is in custody as part of an investigation into the transfer of striker Andre-Pierre Gignac to the French league club in 2010, reports Associated Press.

    Former club president Jean-Claude Dassier and Marseille director general Philippe Perez have also been arrested.

    Judicial officials are trying to find out whether the club leaders took illicit commissions when Gignac signed from Toulouse.

  88. Olympic changes

    The International Olympic Committee announces 40 recommendations for changes in the way the Games are run.

    Among the key points is that that bidding for the Olympics is set to become cheaper, easier and more attractive for cities.

    Bid cities will no longer need to abide by extensive IOC rules, or carry alone the considerable financial burden of the bid if the recommendations are approved, as expected, at the IOC session in Monaco in December.

  89. Get involved


    Nick Clayton: El Clasico - because of the political history behind the game, and the fact they have always been top European teams.

  90. Scotland v England: countdown to kick off



    It's been a while since we had something about tonight's big game, so how about this offering from our friends at BBC Newsbeat.

    It is a comprehensive look at the the rivalry between Scotland and England, the oldest in international football, and features some great photographs, including these two.

    Recognise them? Full marks if you do. Above Bobby Robson and Jimmy Greaves celebrate an England win over the Auld Enemy in 1961, while below Scotland's Jim Baxter is hugged by delighted fans who invaded the pitch at Wembley after a 3-2 victory in 1967.

    Scotland v England

    Kick off at Celtic Park tonight is 20:00 GMT. You can hear all the build up from 19:00 on 5 live Sport and there is full text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  91. QPR star involved in racism storm


    Dutch football authorities are calling for a criminal investigation after a photograph Netherlands and QPR midfielder Leroy Fer posted online attracted a string of racist comments.

    Leroy Fer

    Fer posted the picture, which appears to have been taken by striker Memphis Depay, on Twitter. Both Fer and Depay are black, as are several of their team-mates.

    The website put the photo on its Facebook page, where it drew a stream of racist comments over the weekend.

    Fer, who plays for Queens Park Rangers, told Dutch daily De Telegraaf he was shocked by the reaction. "It feels like those people are saying `you don't belong in the Dutch team'," he said.

  92. Get involved

    via text on 81111

    Ahead of tonight's mammoth meeting between Scotland and England, we want to know your favourite footballing showdowns. Tweet using #greatestfootyshowdowns or text 81111. We want to know the big rivalries (teams or players) that really pump the adrenalin through your veins...

    Andrew: Arsenal vs Manchester United in the late 90s/early 00s were titanic football showdowns. Fergie vs Wenger and Keane vs Vieira, need I say any more.

  93. McIlroy - 'I want to win'


    Rory McIlroy is aiming to round off his season by winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

    The world number one secured a second Race to Dubai title in three years on Sunday when none of his three nearest rivals were able to win the Turkish Airlines Open.

    Rory McIlroy

    "I'm very proud to have won the Race to Dubai again, the second time in three years," said McIlroy

    "But it would be nice to cap off the season with another win and I feel like I'm probably a little fresher than most of the guys. Hopefully I can use that to my advantage and put in a good performance this week."

  94. On this day

    2010: Fifa executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii were banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity for three years and one year respectively in relation to allegations of corruption over World Cup votes.

  95. On this day

    Roy Keane

    2005: Skipper Roy Keane left Manchester United after nearly 13 years at the club, following a fall-out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Republic of Ireland international helped the Red Devils win seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.

  96. On this day

    Joe Baker

    1959: Joe Baker made football history when he became the first player from outside the Football League to play for England. The Hibernian star scored in the 2-1 win over Northern Ireland at Wembley.

  97. On this day

    England play one of the home nations, Roy Keane finds himself at the centre of big news, and Fifa is embroiled in scandal. Not today, but on 18 November in years gone by. Some things never change....

  98. Sven feeling swell


    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will not have to worry about paying the gas bill for a while.

    The 66-year-old has been unveiled as the new coach of Shanghai East Asia on a rumoured £3.8m-a-year contract that puts him among the top earners in football management.

    Sven Goran-Eriksson

    The Swede was unveiled at the Chinese Super League club today, following his exit from fellow top-flight outfit Guangzhou R&F last week.

    "I am very happy and very proud that it is finally official," Eriksson said.

    Shanghai East Asia plan to spend around £50m on developing their side next season, according to reports in China.

  99. Nice little earner


    Giancarlo Stanton

    If you are one of those folk that gets in a lather about how much our sporting stars are paid, be thankful you don't live in America.

    Baseball team Miami Marlins have signed 25-year-old Giancarlo Stanton on a £208m ($325m) 13-year contract.

    "This is a landmark day," said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, with considerable understatement.

    The value of the deal makes it a record in USA sport, although the £187m ($292m) 10-year contract Detroit's Miguel Cabrera signed March is worth more annually.

  100. Get involved


    Steven Condie: Rangers-Celtic. Untouchable for passion on the pitch, hatred among fans and what the outcome of games mean.

  101. Get involved - Greatest showdowns

    Inspired by tonight's Scotland v England shootout, we want to know what you consider to be the greatest showdowns in world football.

    Maybe it's two heavyweight sides coming together like Spain and Germany, two world stars like Messi v Ronaldo, or two sworn enemies like Keane and Vieira.

    What have been your favourite match-ups from over the years.

    Let us know on Twitter, using #greatestfootyshowdown, text 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or the Match of the Day Facebook page or Google +.

  102. Capello's uncertain future


    Fabio Capello

    Fabio Capello has declined to comment on speculation that he is about to lose his job as manager of Russia after a run of poor results.

    The 68-year-old, reportedly the highest paid coach at the World Cup with a salary of around £5.6m, has been under fire since Russia failed to qualify for the second round in Brazil.

    On Saturday, Russia lost 1-0 in Austria, which promoted the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko to say he would "resolve issues" soon.

    Asked about it, Capello didn't say much, replying: "I don't have any information about that."

  103. Sanderson returns to Arsenal


    Lianne Sanderson

    News of a big signing for Arsenal. No, Arsene Wenger hasn't done some early work ahead of the January transfer window - it is Arsenal Ladies who have snapped up a big name.

    England forward Lianne Sanderson, 26, returns to the Gunners after a spell playing in the USA.

    Sanderson, who has scored 13 goals in 40 games for England, won five league titles, four FA Women's Cups and the Uefa Women's Cup in her first spell at Arsenal.

  104. Ofcom launches Premier League investigation


    More on the breaking news that Ofcom has launched an investigation into the selling of the Premier League's domestic broadcast rights (see 09:26).

    Virgin Media is the complainant behind the investigation after claiming that not enough top-flight matches are made available for live screening.

    Ofcom, the regulating body for the UK communications industry, said it understood the importance of 15:00 GMT kick-offs on Saturdays to football fans and will be speaking to supporters' groups.

  105. Get involved

    Chad Ravag: #greatestfootyshowdown Third time lucky for AFC Wimbledon beating MK Dons in the JP Trophy this season! You know the history.

  106. No timescale on Baines return


    Leighton Baines

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he still does not know how long England left-back Leighton Baines will be sidelined with a slight hamstring injury.

    The 29-year-old withdrew from the Three Lions squad after injuring himself in training ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

    "Scans revealed Leighton has a grade one hamstring injury," says the Spaniard. "Those injuries depend on the individual and how quickly they can heal.

    "Leighton is responding well to treatment. It is too early to say how long he is going to be out but we remain very positive."

  107. Ofcom launches Premier League investigation


    An investigation into how the Premier League sells its domestic broadcast rights for matches has been launched by Ofcom.

    Ofcom, the body which regulates the UK communications industry, received a complaint from Virgin Media in September.

    "Ofcom may conduct an investigation where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is an agreement which has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the UK and/or the EU," it said.

  108. Scotland v England (20:00 GMT)


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Scotland defender David Weir, who played against England in the Euro 2000 qualifying play-off, believes both sets of players will be able to handle the atmosphere at tonight's friendly.

    "Of course it is only a friendly, but it is still a massive occasion," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "You have got to try approach the game professionally and try to play well. It is the team who plays best that wins rather than the team which is more passionate. But they will match each other in terms of passion tonight."

  109. Get involved


    Anakin_Skywalker: Nigeria vs Ghana, most recent memories are painful as a Nigerian 4-1 at Craven Cottage, 1-0 in the ACN in 2011.

  110. Tuesday's papers


    The Scotsman

    You can tell it's a big game tonight, because The Scotsman has a photo of Wayne Rooney on its front page. The England skipper is strolling along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of England's first game in Glasgow for 15 years.

  111. Little becomes Jersey FA's director of football


    Brian Little

    Former Leicester City and Aston Villa manager Brian Little has been appointed as the Jersey Football Association's new director of football.

    Little, 60, has not held a managerial position since leaving Gainsborough Trinity in 2011.

    "I have had a number of opportunities to return to football management, but the offers have not felt right, until I met with the JFA and this one arose," said Little, who also managed West Bromwich Albion, Darlington, Stoke, Hull, Tranmere and Wrexham.

  112. Tuesday's papers

    Daily Express

    Let's start our round-up of the papers with the Daily Express. No surprise that Scotland-England dominates the day, with Wayne Rooney admitting the most important thing during tonight's game is to cope with the 'intimidating' surroundings.

  113. Get involved

    It's not all about us you know. You have to do some work too and today, inspired by tonight's Scotland v England clash, we want to know what you consider to be the greatest showdowns in world football.

    Maybe it's two heavyweight sides coming together like Spain and Germany, two world stars like Messi v Ronaldo, or two sworn enemies like Keane and Vieira.

    Keane Vieira

    What would make your mouth water and get the pulse racing?

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

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

  114. 'The clock is ticking' - Lancaster

    Rugby Union

    While Roy Hodgson has Scotland on his mind, another England coach is pondering how to pick his players up and return to winning ways.

    Stuart Lancaster, to be exact, who has denied his team are in crisis but admits they must recapture momentum quickly in time for the 2015 World Cup.

    Stuart Lancaster

    Saturday's 31-28 loss to South Africa was England's fifth defeat in a row.

    "Losing knocks momentum," said Lancaster, whose side next face Samoa. "We can't sit and feel sorry for ourselves.

    "I accept the clock is ticking but I don't buy that this will define how the World Cup will go."

  115. Browned off


    Scotland skipper Scott Brown isn't finished yet. He goes on to tell the Daily Record: "To be perfectly honest this fixture means much, much more to us than it does to the English boys.

    "We are brought up with a different mentality in Scotland. We are brought up to believe beating England is as good as it gets.

    "We're going into a game against our arch enemy and that's the best thing any Scot could experience."

    England, if they didn't already know it, could be in for one heck of a battle.

  116. England's sense of superiority - Brown


    Scott Brown

    A clash between the Auld Enemy really doesn't need spicing up. But Scotland skipper Scott Brown is clearly taking no chances.

    In a remarkable interview in today's Daily Record, Brown says he is - and this is the polite version - 'cheesed off' that the English 'couldn't care less about Scottish football'.

    "We know the English really don't bother about us. they have this sense of superiority that comes with thinking how much better they are than us," he said.

    "And that's why we go into a game like this absolutely bursting to prove a point."

  117. Pakistan fight back


    Pakistan claimed wickets before lunch to reduce New Zealand to 295-6 on the second day of the second test.

    Corey Anderson and overnight century-maker Tom Latham both played loose drives against the Pakistan seamers and departed in the first three overs, before James Neesham chipped to short midwicket off legspinner Yasir Shah (2-70).

    Pakistan v New Zealand

    New Zealand resumed at a healthy overnight 243-3 but Latham - who had batted beautifully throughout the first day - couldn't add to his overnight 137 before Rahat Ali found the outside edge off a full pitched delivery.

    Pakistan lead the three-Test series 1-0.

  118. Garcia turns to tennis champ


    Plenty more footie talk throughout the day but let's switch our attentions to golf for a moment. Or is it tennis?

    Take your pick really, for world number six Sergio Garcia has announced that he has roped in former French Open tennis champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his caddie fornext month's Thailand Open.

    Ferrero, also Spanish, topped the tennis rankings in 2003 after winning the French Open and retired in 2012 after 14 years on the men's tour.

    Ferrero Garcia

    "I've played golf with him many times but he never caddied for me before," Garcia said. "We just talked about it and decided to do it. He is excited about it."

    Garcia, aiming to defend his title in Thailand, will face stiff competition at the Dec 11-14 event with twice US Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open champion Martin Kaymer and former world number ones Lee Westwood and Ernie Els.

  119. Stat attack


    England and Scotland have met 111 times.

    England win 46, draws 24, Scotland wins 41. England have scored 195 goals, Scotland 170.

    Last win in Scotland for Scotland: May 1985, 1-0 (Richard Gough). England's last win north of the border: November 1999. 2-0 (Paul Scholes 2).

    The first ever match between the sides was at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in November 1872. It wasn't a thriller, finishing 0-0.

  120. A trip down memory lane


    England v Scotland

    Want to get straight in the mood ahead of tonight's big game? Thought so.

    Then we suggest having a gander at this terrific video looking back at some of the most memorable clashes between Scotland and England.

    Jimmy Greaves's hat-trick in 1961 features, as does Scotland beating the world champions in 1967, England keeper Ray Clemence's mistake in 1976, Scottish fans destroying the Wembley pitch in 1977, and Paul Gascoigne's famous goal at Euro '96.

    It's all there and you can see it right here.

  121. There's more

    Ronald Messi

    There are also plenty of other international friendlies to get the pulses racing, Argentina-Portugal (or Messi v Ronaldo, as it's being billed), Germany-Spain, and the Republic of Ireland-USA.

    Plus we'll have all the breaking sports news as it happens.

    Settle back, put your seatbelts on, and enjoy the ride.

  122. Morning all

    So then, we're sat in Salford with one of those half and half scarves around our necks - part Saltire, part St George.

    The reason, of course, is because tonight one of the most mouth-watering games in international football takes place, when Scotland meet England.

    A crowd of 60,000 is expected at Celtic Park to watch the latest edition of the world's oldest fixture and that's what we'll be focusing on during the course of the day.