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Andy Cryer

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  1. Post update

    You can also follow live text commentary of both the League Cup quarter-finals and the FA Cup second-round replays on the BBC Sport website.

    For now though from Sportsday Live, I bid you farewell. Thanks for your company.

  2. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget to listen to BBC Radio 5 live's special Thierry Henry tribute show this evening, starting from 19:00 GMT. From 19:45 GMT, there will be live commentary on the League Cup quarter-final between Derby and Chelsea, but before that we will be hearing from former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips on what made Thierry Henry so special.

    Post-match - barring extra-time and penalties - it's a 5 live Football Social Henry Special, where fans are being asked to name their favourite Henry goal.

    You can get in touch via the phone on 0500 909 693, 85058 on text and @bbc5live on social media.

  3. Sheffield United v Southampton

    League Cup quarter-final

    - This will be the first meeting between Sheffield United and Southampton in the League Cup.

    - Southampton have failed to score in four of their last five trips to Bramall Lane in all competitions.

    - The Blades won the last meeting between these sides 2-1 away from home in the Championship in February 2009.

    Doesn't make great reading does it Southampton fans?

  4. Get tougher on diving, says Bloomfield


    Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield calls on the game's authorities to introduce retrospective bans for players found guilty of diving.

    "If there is one thing footballers hate, it is missing games, so if there is the possibility of that, then I am sure it would help to eradicate the problem," says Bloomfield in his latest BBC Sport column.

    The 30-year-old was booked for diving in a game five years ago, but insists he was fouled.

    "With no option to appeal against the card, and without slow motion video evidence, I had to take it on the chin and move on," he adds.

  5. Real Madrid in Morocco


    Real Madrid

    Not bad support for Real Madrid in Morocco... thousands are there to support them, according to the club.

  6. Sheffield United v Southampton

    League Cup quarter-final

    When the draw was made at the end of October, Southampton were flying high in second place in the Premier League, amid a fantastic run of 11 wins from 12 games in all competitions.

    While this quarter-final match-up is still a tough ask for League One Sheffield United, the Blades will take on a Saints side who have lost their early-season vigour after four successive defeats.

    An upset on the cards perhaps?

  7. Hartlepool announce takeover deal


    Hartlepool United have been taken over by TMH 2014 Limited after chairman Ken Hodcroft and his Increased Oil Recovery firm sold their controlling stake.

    "Peter Harris of TMH has taken over as chairman with Ken Hodcroft leaving the board and Russ Green retained as chief executive," a club statement read.

    BBC Tees Sport had earlier learned boxing promoter Denis Hobson was set to be part of a takeover at Victoria Park, with former Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore close to becoming manager, but it has yet to be confirmed that he is part of the TMH deal.

  8. Post update

    Real Madrid

    Real Madrid on twitter: Our last challenge of the year starts in three hours. Let's put the finishing touch on this great year!

    The European champions play their Club World Cup semi-final against Mexican side Cruz Azul in Marrakech later this evening.

  9. Trophies found

    Formula 1


    Trophies stolen from the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes have been found in a lake in Sandhurst, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

    About 20 of the 60 awards, which were taken 10 days ago when six men used a 4x4 to drive through the building's entrance, have been recovered.

    Many of the trophies are damaged.

  10. England lose to Sri Lanka


    England have lost to Sri Lanka by 87 runs in the seventh one-day international, to lose the series 5-2.

  11. Williams eyes 'electric' Aggborough


    Worcester City's George Williams is excited by the prospect of extending his side's FA Cup run in front of their own fans at a sold-out Aggborough against Scunthorpe on Wednesday night.

    City's FA Cup heroics, the first-round win at Coventry, followed by the second round 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe, have so far taken place on League One grounds.

    But 21-year-old defender Williams told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "I've never seen Aggborough full. It should be absolutely electric.

    "The fans have been great for us. Both at Coventry and at Scunthorpe. It was just like being at home they were so good. But having a full house will be a real boost."

  12. Post update

    Thierry Henry

    Arsenal FC ‏on twitter: Thanks for the memories @ThierryHenry.

  13. Derby v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    League Cup quarter-final

    Who is a fan of cup shocks? Yep, me too. Well tonight we could see a couple in the League Cup.

    While the history books paint a depressing picture for Derby - eight games without a win against Chelsea - the League Cup quarter-finals have been something of a recent stumbling block for the Blues.

    Three of their last four quarter-finals have ended in defeat, including last season's 2-1 reverse at Sunderland.

    The Premier League leaders versus the Championship high-fliers - should be a good one.

  14. Wales announce World Cup preparations

    Rugby Union

    Wales announce details of their warm-up games and other preparations for next year's World Cup.

    Warren Gatland's men are set to play a double-header against Ireland, with the matches taking place at the Millennium Stadium on 8 August and Aviva Stadium on 29 August, before hosting Italy at the Cardiff venue on 5 September.

    They will also undergo intensive training camps in Switzerland, Qatar and Poland ahead of the World Cup, which begins in mid-September.

  15. Brooking backs England boys


    Former England and West Ham midfielder Sir Trevor Brooking believes England can win the 2020 European Championship.

    Brooking, who retired as the FA's head of football development this summer, says the fact that the semi-finals and final will be held at Wembley will give England an edge.

    "For me 2020 is very realistic. I'm not saying a European Championship is easier, but we've got the semi-finals and the final and by then I think some good young players will have come through.

    "The group coming through will give us the capability to win games and that paints a positive picture for the group stage and certainly when you get to a knockout stage."

    Listen to Sir Trevor's full interview with the BBC Essex Drivetime programme.

  16. Get involved


    Tim Stubbs: Rebuilt reps? From effigies being hung in '98 to OBE & UNICEF ambassador via a sterling football career - David Beckham.


    Liverpool have agreed a £3m deal to sign Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from Malaga in January, reports the Daily Express.

    Ochoa was one of the stars of the World Cup last summer and had also been linked with a move to Arsenal.

  18. Mirallas injury update


    Everton forward Kevin Mirallas

    Everton forward Kevin Mirallas will have to wait until the end of the week to discover the extent of an ankle injury suffered in the win over QPR on Monday.

    "We are still doing some tests and nothing is conclusive yet," said Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.

    "It's clearly ankle damage and we are not going to find out until the next two or three days the extent of the injury."

  19. Post update

    West Brom on twitter: Wishing our former head coach Steve Clarke all the best in his new role as manager at @ReadingFC.

  20. Reaction to Steve Clarke's Reading appointment


    Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke on his appointment as Reading manager: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction. A big part of the work ahead is on the training ground and I look forward to meeting the players and getting onto the grass with them. There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters."

  21. Blues to sign Morrison permanently


    Birmingham City will sign defender Michael Morrison on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee on 1 January.

    The 26-year-old, who has been on loan at Blues since October, will sign a three-and-a-half-year deal when the transfer window opens.

    He was Gary Rowett's first signing as Birmingham boss and has played seven times for the St Andrew's side.

  22. Get involved


    Aidan: Shearer is without doubt the best English striker there has been as well as the best ever Premiership striker.

  23. Clarke confirmed as Reading manager


    Steve Clarke

    Steve Clarke is confirmed as Reading's new manager. You can listen to his news conference here.

  24. Shooting

    Richard Faulds, 37, MBE retires from competitive target shooting.

    In a 20-year career within the sport, representing Team GB on 61 occasions, he was in five consecutive Olympic Games, making three finals and winning Gold in 2000.

  25. New Cheltenham deal for Sterling-James


    Cheltenham Town winger Omari Sterling-James has signed a new contract that will keep him at Whaddon Road until the end of the 2015-16 season. The 21-year-old joined the Robins in the summer on a six-month deal after spells at Alvechurch and Redditch United and has made 12 appearances.


    Ajax boss Frank de Boer would seriously consider managing Liverpool should the opportunity arise, according to his brother Ronald, reports Fox Sports.

    He is quoted as saying: 'If Liverpool come now he would certainly think about it. He would certainly not close the door immediately, like he did two years ago."

  27. FA Cup free-kicks



    The FA Cup has seen some glorious free-kicks over the years - Nottingham Forest captain Stuart Pearce's 1991 belter against Spurs, Chelsea star Didier Drogba's winning dipper in the 2010 final, and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy's incredible twice-in-a-row effort against Ipswich in 1985, to name just a few. Many seem to defy logic, but can maths actually help explain how they were scored? Have a read here.

  28. BBC coverage

    You can follow live text and radio commentary here as England struggle in pursuit of Sri Lanka's 302-6 in the seventh ODI against Sri Lanka.

  29. Vallverdu to coach Berdych


    Dani Valverdu

    An interesting appointment in the world of tennis where Dani Vallverdu is to coach Tomas Berdych following his departure from Andy Murray's team.

    The Venezuelan became friends with Murray during their time together at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona and had worked with the Scot for the past five years.

    Murray announced last month that Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green had left the team, describing the split as "mutual" in a short statement.

  30. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    One thing not to miss this evening is BBC Radio 5 live's Thierry Henry tribute show.

    Before live commentary of Derby v Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-final, former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips will talk about what made Thierry Henry so special.

    Post-match - barring extra-time and penalties - it's a 5 live Football Social Henry Special, where we are asking for fans to name their favourite Henry goal. You can get in touch via the phone on 0500 909 693, 85058 on text and @bbc5live on social media.

    You can also listen to Sheffield United v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra in the League Cup.

  31. Get involved


    This week's League Cup quarter-finals include a couple of managers who are rebuilding their reputations after less than successful stints elsewhere. Bournemouth's Eddie Howe has taken the Cherries to the top of the Championship, while much maligned former England manager Steve McLaren is impressing at Derby.

    Can you think of other people in sport who have rebuilt their reputation? Let us know via #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only)

  32. Post update

    We are now going to focus our attention on tonight's football action and there is plenty to look forward to.

    League Cup quarter-finals and FA Cup second-round replays will be played out and you can follow live coverage across the BBC later.

  33. Vote results

    The votes are in and counted and Thierry Henry has been voted by you as the greatest Premier League striker ever.

    The former Arsenal man received 45.6% of the vote, followed by Alan Shearer with 30.2%. Didier Drogba got 8.7% of the vote, Ruud van Nistelrooy 5.6% and Wayne Rooney 3.8%.

  34. Jetpacks in golf?


    Rory McIlroy

    The number of people playing golf is falling and Rory McIlroy believes speeding the game up at grassroots level could reverse that trend.

    Sport England figures show the amount of 16 to 25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

    What other initiatives could help golf widen its appeal?

    We have been looking at your suggestions, from lowering the cost of play to more offbeat ideas. You can see the best here, including using jetpacks...

  35. Pietersen released by Daredevils


    Kevin Pietersen has been released by his IPL team, the Delhi Daredevils. Pietersen captained them this year as they finished bottom of the table, scoring just one 50 in 11 matches.

    Pietersen will now go into the auction - Delhi could buy him back if they wanted.

  36. De Gea's future is at Old Trafford


    Ander Herrera

    Manchester United are confident David De Gea's future is at Old Trafford.

    The Spanish keeper's contract expires in 2016 and the 24-year-old is aware of reports of interest from Real Madrid.

    United have not said if they have begun talks over an extension, although it would be normal practice as the deal is about to enter the final 18 months.

  37. Post update

    Director of Communications Adrian Bevington ‏on Twitter after it was announced he would leave the FA: "Emotional day after 17 years, but I'm ready for something new (whatever that will be). It's been an honour to work for The FA."

  38. Luton return an option for McGeehan


    Norwich midfielder Cameron McGeehan has said he would welcome the chance to return to Luton Town on loan.

    The 19-year-old played 18 times to help John Still's Hatters win promotion from the Conference last season.

    "I still talk to John every now and again and I could potentially go there on loan," the Canaries youngster told BBC Radio Norfolk. "But at the minute they're doing really well. If that comes to fruition it would be good."


    The Daily Mirror reports former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is close to the sack at Napoli with his team 12 points off leaders Juventus in Serie A.

  40. Appointments imminent at Hartlepool


    Hartlepool United are in advanced takeover talks and former Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore is close to becoming manager, BBC Tees Sport has learned.

    after 44 days in charge following the with Pools bottom of League Two.

    Moore, 61, has been out of work since in April after he admitted breaking Football Association betting rules.

    The potential takeover is believed to involve boxing promoter Dennis Hobson.

  41. Thierry Henry retires


    Thierry Henry

    Barcelona have said "Merci" to Thierry Henry today after he announced his retirement from the game.

    The French striker won a host of titles with Barça, most notably the 2009 Champions League as well as two Spanish League titles, a Club World Cup, a Spanish Cup and both the Spanish and European Super Cups.

    In all, he played 121 official games for the club, bagging 49 goals including two hat tricks (against Levante and Valencia) and scored twice in a 6-2 win at Real Madrid.

  42. Bevington to leave FA


    Adrian Bevington, the FA's director of communications and managing director of Club England, is to leave the organisation after 17 years.

  43. Thierry Henry classic matches

    France 2 Italy 1 - July 2000

    Thierry Henry

    Henry had not appeared in the World Cup final two years previous, but he made his mark at Euro 2000, scoring three goals and was named man of the match in the final. He did not score in Rotterdam, but hit the post early on and was a handful all night for the Italian back line. Were it not for the brilliance of Francesco Toldo, who kept Henry out numerous times, the match - which needed extra-time to find a winner - would have been over a lot sooner.

  44. Post update

    Thierry Henry on Twitter: Overwhelmed by all your messages and support. Thank you to all.

  45. Thierry Henry retires


    Thierry Henry

    0.45 goals per game? Not bad in front of goal then...

  46. Top stories

    A reminder of some of the top stories on the BBC website today:

    Football: Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football.

    Football: Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia has had his appeal against the summary of his report into the bidding processes for the 2022 and 2018 World Cups dismissed.

    Football: Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Swansea winger Jefferson Montero are among 41 people named in a match-fixing probe in Spain.

    Football: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has rejected talk of disharmony at Anfield.

    Cricket: Tillakaratne Dilshan's 18th one-day international hundred in his 300th match for Sri Lanka left England needing a ground-record run chase at the Premadasa Stadium.

  47. Post update

    Bojan and Thierry Henry

    Stoke City and former Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic: You've been a very special person in one of the most wonderful stages of my life. An example of professional & person.A LEGEND. Thanks Titi!

  48. Vote

    So, we had plenty of suggestions for who is the greatest Premier League striker ever and now is the time to vote for your favourite.

    Simply click on the option at the right of the page, having read the terms and conditions first. The vote will close at 14:15 GMT and we will bring you the results soon after.

  49. Rooney still believes


    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tells the Manchester Evening News his club can still win the Premier League title.

    "We have to believe we can win the title," he said. "It is still early days but we are getting better and better, the results are coming and there are a lot of games to go.

    "Christmas is going to be a very important time for us. If we can keep picking up points and winning games, then hopefully the other teams will drop points and we can be right in there going into the second half of the season."

  50. Classic Thierry Henry matches

    Real Madrid 0 Arsenal 1 - February 2006

    Thierry Henry

    It took a breathtaking solo effort from Henry to break the deadlock two minutes into the second half as injury-hit Arsenal became the first English team to win at the Bernabeu. After receiving the ball in the centre circle, Henry breezed past four players before steering a cool left-footed finish past Iker Casillas.


    Inter Milan vice president Javier Zanetti has opened the door for Mario Balotelli to return to the club, according to the Daily Star.

    Roberto Mancini back with Mario Balotelli? That could be fun...

  52. Get involved


    Chris Lawrence: Be a little more welcoming and offer support and advice to them. As a youngster every time I went to a club I felt unwelcome.

    Cameron Wallace: Bring in a shorter quicker version as cricket has done with 20/20.

    Andy G: Sad thing to say but relax the rules and "traditions" If you walk into my "local" club its like you've committed a crime!

    Rory McIlroy wants golf to speed up to help encourage youngsters to play the game. What do you think could be done? Tweet #whatgolfshoulddo.

  53. Bristol's Natalia joins Arsenal Ladies


    Arsenal Ladies have signed Spain international Natalia Pablos Sanchon from Bristol Academy.

    The 29-year-old forward, who played under Gunners boss Pedro Martinez Losa at Rayo Vallecano Femenino, scored nine goals in 19 appearances last season.

    "Natalia is a player I know very well," Losa told the Arsenal website. "She was a natural goalscorer in Spain and she has proven she can score in England too. She has a great character and will add a lot to our team."

    Natalia is the second player to move from the West Country to London this month, after defender Jemma Rose joined Arsenal last week.

  54. Nottingham Forest receive transfer windfall


    Nottingham Forest have won a £250,000 transfer fund to spend in the January window, despite being subject to a Football League embargo.

    Forest supporter Shaun Lander earned his side the prize as Sky Bet's Transfer Fund competition came to an end on Tuesday lunchtime, just over 24 hours after the Football League put Forest, along with Championship rivals Blackburn and Leeds, under an embargo for breaching financial fair play rules.

    That's useful, isn't it?

  55. Thierry Henry retires

    Thierry Henry

    Some nice Thierry Henry stats tweeted by the Premier League above. There wasn't a lot the Frenchman didn't do in England was there?

  56. Get involved


    Arm_inder: Could have been Suarez but know without a doubt King Henry was #greatestpremstriker.

    Joe Hunter: Shearer scored the most, Drogba scored the most important, Henry scored the most sublime.

    Arslan Malik: Thierry Henry #greatestpremstriker ever his goals assist everything he had was unbelievable #legend #TH14 #ThierryHenry.

  57. Herrera responds to match-fixing probe

    Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has responded to being among 41 people named in a match-fixing probe in Spain.

    He said on Facebook: "In an on-going legal process involving Real Zaragoza (Spain), the club I was honoured to play from 12 until 22 years of age, there are 41 people cited as possible witnesses, of which I am one.

    "I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results. If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I'll be happy to attend, as my conscience is totally clear.

    "I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch."

  58. White boots in front


    What has football become?

    White boots are now by far the most common among top-flight footballers, with almost 48% of players favouring that colour in the last round of Premier League action, according to a survey by the Press Association (PA).

    PA reporters were asked to make a note of the base colour of boots worn by all 220 players in Premier League starting line-ups. Our survey found 17 different varieties - in some cases there were two colours that had to be classed as the base.

    What is wrong with black?

  59. Brendan Rodgers news conference


    Mario Balotelli and Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Balotelli has scored two goals in 15 appearances for Liverpool this season

    Liverpool boss Rodgers was also asked about striker Mario Balotelli, who has yet to score a league goal for them since joining in the summer and was criticised by former Reds midfielder Paul Ince this week.

    "There are lots of opinions about Liverpool and Paul is someone who I respect and was a wonderful player and has managed so he knows the pressures of management," said Rodgers.

    "Mario is here as a Liverpool player and as the coach and manager I need to work to maximise what I can get out of the players, but that is the same with every single player. While he is here at the club that is all I will concentrate on."

  60. Brendan Rodgers news conference


    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Rodgers' team were knocked out of the Champions League and lost to Manchester United in the league last week

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has just been talking at a club press conference ahead of their Capital One Cup game with Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday. No surprises that a few of the questions were about his own position, which has come under severe scrutiny following the Reds' poor start to the season. Here is what he had to say...

    "As a manager you will always have tough periods but I have great confidence in how staff and players work. We just need a little bit of luck and a break and I think we will get that. When we get some consistent results we can push on. When you are manager at Liverpool, one of the great clubs of the world, there is always going to be pressure. Expectancy on us this year is based on how we worked last season.

    "We recognise the challenges of this season. We know what we had last season and this year that dynamic has totally changed. We know the challenges and the pressures that are on you could be unrivalled but we are relaxed and focused and even more driven to restore confidence to the team. We are looking to fight to improve that."

  61. Reading set to appoint Clarke


    Championship side Reading are set to appoint former West Brom head coach Steve Clarke as their new manager, BBC Sport understands.

    Clarke, 51, will replace Nigel Adkins, who was sacked on Monday following Saturday's 6-1 defeat by Birmingham.

    The ex-Chelsea assistant boss has been out of work since being sacked by West Brom 12 months ago.

    Reading, who have lost nine of their last 15 matches in all competitions, are 16th in the Championship table.

  62. Foxes plan for January


    Leicester City's new director of football Jon Rudkin began the task of masterminding Leicester City's vital transfer window activity today after the sacking of Terry Robinson, reports

    Rudkin has taken on the task of negotiating City's transfer dealings in January after the departure of Robinson on Sunday morning.

  63. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "FIFA Appeal Committee declares appeal lodged by Michael Garcia against Eckert's summary of his investigation into 2018/22 World Cups inadmissible."

  64. Tigers trio sign new contracts

    Rugby Union

    England duo Dan Cole and Tom Youngs have joined fellow international front-row forward Marcos Ayerza in agreeing new contracts with Leicester Tigers.

    The Premiership club have not revealed the length of the deals for prop Cole and hooker Youngs, both 27, or Argentine prop Ayerza, 31, but describe them as "long-term".

    Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "It is great news. They are genuine world-class players in key positions and are important parts of the senior core to the squad."

  65. Thierry Henry retires

    Stat attack

    Thierry Henry has scored 411 goals in 917 games in all competitions through his career.

  66. Post update


    Arsenal Ladies: We are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish striker @Natalia_Pablos7. Welcome to Arsenal! #NataliaSigns #ALFC.

  67. Get involved


    Alex Batt: 1. Thierry Henry 2. Alan Shearer 3. Didier Drogba or Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    Mahesh: Without a doubt the greatest to play in the premier league; King Thierry, the invincible.

    Hanzlah: Shearer has to be one, stats say it all. But the likes of Henry and Bergkamp have to be up there on ability.

  68. Classic Thierry Henry matches

    Arsenal 4 Liverpool 2 - April 2004

    Thierry Henry

    Arsenal's mighty 'Invincibles' were concerned their unbeaten run would come to an end when Liverpool surged 2-1 ahead only for Henry, who had already scored once, to inspire a fightback that maintained the Gunners' record. He set up the equaliser for Robert Pires before adding another two himself.

  69. Johnson apologises to Oldham fans


    Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson has apologised to supporters after his side's 4-0 loss at home to Yeovil Town.

    The Latics sat in the play-off places going into the game having lost just once in 15 League One matches.

    It was Oldham's heaviest home defeat since February 2011, when Peterborough beat them 5-0, and was also Johnson's first loss to father Gary - after beating him in their first encounter.

    "An awful performance. I can only humbly apologise," he said on Twitter. "I have read all your comments and take them all on board."

  70. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Complaint by World Cup whistleblowers Phaedra Al Majid & Bonita Mersiades over being identified in Eckert summary report dismissed by Fifa."

  71. Brendan Rodgers' news conference

    Bournemouth v Liverpool (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce is at Brendan Rodgers' news conference ahead of tomorrow's League Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth. Here are some of the quotes he has tweeted out.

    "We want to have a right go at all cup competitions this season. But also there is a long way to go in the league. We have great belief we can finish strong.

    "The result on Sunday was not so good but it was our best attacking game for a long time. I was more than happy with our attitude in the game.

    "Our dressing room is very strong. Our captain is a strong leader. Anything said about any unrest is totally untrue."

  72. Bournemouth v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    League Cup quarter-final

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth. We will bring you what he has to say shortly.

  73. Reaction to Nigel Adkins' sacking


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: "Steve Clarke remains the bookmakers' favourite to replace Nigel Adkins at Reading. Meanwhile club captain Jem Karacan tweeted on behalf of the Reading squad last night, following his departure.

    He said: "On behalf of the players, I want to thank the gaffer, Cros and Deano for everything they did here. They couldn't have worked any harder and earned massive respect from everyone here.

    "Now, we as players, have to take responsibility to go out there and perform - starting on Saturday."

  74. Uefa open disciplinary case against Celtic


    Uefa has opened a disciplinary case against Celtic after crowd disorder at a Europa League match in Croatia.

    Celtic fans set off fireworks and clashed with riot police during a 4-3 loss at Dinamo Zagreb last Thursday.

    Uefa says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on 19 February. On the same day, Celtic hosts Inter Milan in the first leg of a last-32 tie.

  75. Post update


    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas: Sad to see the end to the career of one of the best players I've ever played with. A true legend @thierryhenry! ;-)

    Watch Thierry Henry tell Cesc Fabregas what to say during a BBC interview here.

  76. Meet the Championship's Diego Costa


    Chris Martin is revelling in the responsibility of being the Championship's Diego Costa.

    Both are spearheading their respective team's magnificent start to the season as a lone striker in a tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 system, both are in superb goalscoring form, both are 26 years old, and both are yet to convince at international level.

    And they could face each other tonight in the League Cup quarter-final at the iPro Stadium.

    Find out more about the Scotland international in BBC Sport's feature here.

  77. Dan Walker's Tuesday Team News

    It is that time of the week again. Football Focus presenter Dan Walker wants your Tuesday Team News. This week he is looking for Christmas themed footballers.

    Get #ChristmasXI & #TTN into your reply and he will choose the best.

    How about Noel Hunt?

  78. Thierry Henry retires

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Once you enchanted all of us - now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry #ArsenalLegend.

    Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel: @ThierryHenry congratulations on an amazing of the best I've faced over the last 23 years! Good luck with your next adventure!

    Is there anyone who doesn't like Thierry Henry. Actually Republic of Ireland fans don't answer that one...

  79. Thierry Henry retires


    Thierry Henry

    French national newspaper L'Equipe is running a poll to determine where Henry should be ranked in their list of the nation's greatest ever players.

    After just over 30,000 votes, 23% think he is third while one in five people have placed him fifth.

    Only four per cent of voters believe he is outside the top 15.

    Henry was ranked 15th in an identical poll conducted by bi-weekly magazine France Football in 2004.

  80. Get involved

    Text 81111 (UK users only)

    Andrew from Richhill: Thierry Henry was a great Premier League striker and goal scorer, but he comes a close second to the greatest PL striker, Eric Cantona. The Frenchman's ability, skill, flair, presence and quality has never been seen in the PL since. He was the final piece in Sir Alex Ferguson's jigsaw at Old Trafford, and gave the club the belief to go and win trophies. Proud to be able to say I was there when he scored THAT chip vs Sunderland in 1996 too.

  81. Get involved


    Conor Matchett: I'll never forgive Henry for his handball, Van Nistelrooy is the greatest for me, best poacher in the EPL's history.

    Wulengme M Gonshing: Only Aguero has the potential as at now to surpass Thiery Henry... That's if he manages to stay injury free.

    David Simmonds: 1. Shearer 2. Henry 3. Drogba. Longevity and the goals in key games set them apart from the rest.

  82. Time for Rio to make a big decision?


    Rio Ferdinand

    Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has been talking about Rio Ferdinand's fortunes at QPR on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I'm sure he has that every morning he wakes up. He'll go to training and think 'Shall I call it a day? Is this it? Is this how you feel when you come to the end of your career'. I knew it, I played a game here against Wigan and straight after the game I said to my wife, 'that's it, I'm not playing another game of football.'

    "Maybe Rio is starting to come to that time when he has to make a big decision. I think he is frustrated. It got off to a bad start. He went into a team that was probably disorganised.

    "He's not found himself back in the team since his ban. But I think with Rio, and you speak to the QPR people, he's been fantastic around the place with his professionalism, and he will get his opportunity over Christmas, I'm sure."

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    Stat attack

    Some stats on Thierry Henry's Premier League career compared to some of the other top strikers in the league.

    Henry's 121.79 minutes per goal is better than Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer. He also provided the most assists out of that list, with 74.

  84. Pietersen dropped by Daredevils


    Kevin Pietersen has been dropped by his IPL team the Delhi Daredevils, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    Pietersen, whose contract was worth around £800,000, is reported to be one of four players leaving the IPL franchise in a clear out following their poor season last year.

    He would be able to enter the IPL auction early next year in a bid to find a new club but is unlikely to attract such a high deal.

  85. Post update

    Thierry Henry

    Arsenal striker Theo Walcott: A true inspiration to me in my career. Thank you @ThierryHenry & good luck in your new path.

  86. Jefferies leaves Dunfermline


    It seems as though this is the day to leave your job if you are a manager in Scotland.

    Jim Jefferies is the latest casualty after resigning as manager of Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic.

    His contract, and that of assistant Neil McCann, was due to expire at the end of the season but Jefferies has opted to leave the Fife club now.

    The former Hearts boss has been in charge at East End Park since March 2012, during which time the club entered and exited administration.

  87. Get involved


    Electric Kid: Have specific blocked out times for junior 4 balls so three or four groups can play together and then speak about the game after.

    Christian: How about a timer. Players should have a set time to take their shot. This would add urgency and pressure.

    What would you do to encourage more youngsters to play golf? Let us know via #whatgolfshoulddo.

  88. Howe urges Cherries to show quality


    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final against Liverpool gives his players a perfect chance to showcase their skills.

    The Cherries lead the Championship, are unbeaten in 12 games and knocked out West Brom in the previous round to reach the last eight for the first time.

    "I think it is a showcase for the club and a showcase for the team," Howe told BBC Radio Solent. "The result is always in the lap of the gods, but we want to see the principles of our play coming out."

  89. Reaction to Nigel Adkins' sacking


    There has been plenty of reaction to Reading's sacking of manager Nigel Adkins.

    Former Reading player Lawrie Sanchez told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It's always disappointed when someone gets the sack. I heard someone say Nigel Adkins had no substance. That's ridiculous, he was a good manager.

    "Before he came to Reading he got promoted four times in five seasons and took Southampton to the Premier League. When he came to the club there was a new owner flexing his muscles, he was promised money to turn it around but all of a sudden the bottom fell out and he had to sell his top earner."

    Who next: "You need to have your next move in place and I would assume they would move for Eamonn Dolan. The team is the best of the academy, it would be the natural move. It's a big step up, he will know the players."

  90. No Toon future for Ben Arfa


    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew tells the Newcastle Chronicle Hatem Ben Arfa still has no future at Newcastle United - despite his loan deal being terminated at Hull City.

    The Frenchman is back in Paris after the move to the KC Stadium did not work out. Ben Arfa played eight times for the Tigers but did not impress.

    When asked about his future, Pardew said: "He won't be coming back here, that's all I can say."

  91. McGlynn leaves Livingston


    John McGlynn has left his manager's position at Scottish Championship club Livingston by mutual consent.

    The former Raith Rovers and Hearts boss took charge of the West Lothian outfit in September last year, becoming their fifth manager since Gary Bollan was sacked in February 2012.

    Player-coach Mark Burchill has been appointed caretaker manager until a new manager is appointed. Livingston are four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

  92. Sacking Rodgers would be "madness"


    Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp tells the Liverpool Echo it would be "madness" to sack Brendan Rodgers.

    The Reds are out of the Champions League and in the bottom half of the Premier League table ahead of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final trip to Championship leaders Bournemouth.

    "A few months ago Brendan was manager of the year and now look at the pressure he is under," Redknapp said. "I don't think they should change him. That would be madness. I like Brendan, I think he is good. But he has made mistakes this season and he is suffering for them."

  93. Get involved


    Lucy Covey: Without a doubt Thierry is the greatest striker ever in the premier league!

    Olly Turner: Alan Shearer, 260 goals, strong, great in the air, top free kick taker, deadly right foot.

    Jonsos RaRaRa: Henry for #greatestpremstriker many saying that others have more goals.but look at the number of games it took Henry to get that many(258)!

    Is Thierry Henry the greatest Premier League striker ever? If not, who is? Let us know your thoughts via #greatestpremstriker, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Stat attack

    Thierry Henry

    Anyone still doubting how good Thierry Henry was? Here are a few more stats to help convince you.

    - He was Arsenal's leading scorer (39) and assister (19) during their Premier League record 49 game unbeaten run. Invincible.

    - He holds the record for most Premier League goals at a single ground (114 at Highbury).

  95. Get involved


    Max Wright: Had more proper 9 hole courses and make buggies cheaper to rent.

    Jay: Golfers should use jetpacks to move around the course instead of walking/using golf carts.

    Now that would be worth watching Jay.

    After Rory McIlroy suggested golf needs to speed up, we want to know your thoughts on #whatgolfshoulddo to attract younger players?

  96. Post update

    Former golfer Gary Player on twitter: Congratulations @McIlroyRory on your phenomenal year & our player and personality of 2014. Now for the Grand Slam.

  97. McIlroy wins another honour


    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy is named the 2014 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year after a stunning season on both sides of the Atlantic.

    The Northern Irishman won the Race to Dubai and topped the PGA Tour money list, as well as winning the Open Championship and US PGA Championship as he reclaimed the world number one spot.

    The 25-year-old also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and adds the honour to the Golf Writers Trophy he was awarded last week.

    Just the Masters next then, Rory...

  98. Post update

    Gary Lineker on twitter: Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance.

    The tributes just keep coming...


    We have already brought you the back pages from this morning's newspapers but here are some of the stories making the headlines.

    Daily Star: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a bid for Fiorentina's Colombia World Cup wide man Juan Cuadrado, 26, who is unhappy in Italy.

    Daily Mirror: Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, has returned to Tottenham after compassionate leave but is expected to be farmed out on loan in the January transfer window.

    Daily Mail: Atletico Madrid want to re-sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, on loan at AC Milan, but only if he comes for free.

  100. Thierry Henry retires

    Thierry Henry

    What a career.

    Thierry Henry, who also played for Juventus, Barcelona and Monaco, scored 175 Premier League goals and is fourth on the list of all-time scorers.

    He won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners, where he played between 1999 and 2007.

    He added the Champions League trophy with Barcelona in 2009 and returned to Arsenal for four matches on loan from the Red Bulls in 2012, coming on as a substitute to score the winner against Leeds in the third round of the FA Cup.


  101. Post update

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on twitter: Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. Top player. Top guy. #Legend.

    Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin: Congratulations @ThierryHenry on a great career. True @arsenal legend!

  102. Get involved


    Nicholas Allen: Shearer definitely was the greatest. His ability to be in the right place at the right time, all the time is unbeatable.

    Matthew Burns: Henry is probably the PL's greatest ever, and scored 2 goals every 3 games. Shows how far ahead Ronaldo & Messi are.

    Jacques: Henry's overall skills, pace, goals etc. is better than any other PL striker. Best overall striker PL has ever seen!

  103. #whatgolfshoulddo

    Rory McIlroy

    If football isn't your bag, here is another debate you can get your teeth into this morning.

    Rory McIlroy has called for a faster version of golf in a bid to attract young players to the sport and we want to know what you would do to change golf to appeal to young people? Tweet #whatgolfshoulddo and we will include the best ideas here.

  104. Post update

    QPR striker Charlie Austin on twitter: Thierry Henry is a legend of the game! He scored so many goals for Arsenal and throughout his career and was one of a few reasons why Arsenal went the season unbeaten! Enjoy your retirement.

  105. Thierry Henry retires

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Thierry Henry handball
    Image caption: Henry's controversial goal in a 2009 play-off denied Ireland a place at the 2010 World Cup

    Former Stoke midfielder, Rory Delap - now a coach with Derby - was part of the Ireland squad that was denied a place in the 2010 World Cup by the Thierry Henry "Le Hand of God" play-off goal. Here is on BBC Radio 5 live discussing the recently-retired striker and that goal...

    "There are a few greats who spoil that with what they do. I'm sure he regrets that. There is still a lot of feeling back home. The fact that people stopped buying Henry hoovers shows how far it went and how horrible a thing it was to happen to the country. You don't mind getting beat by greatness - and that is what he had - but it is disappoiting that people remember that over all the great things he did. But that will in the top players is to win at all costs and sometimes you have to take the bad with the good."

  106. Tottenham v Newcastle (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    League Cup quarter-final

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham.

    He said: "We have a really big week in front of us in terms of two really big games. We will be trying to win them both.

    "We are looking forward to Wednesday night and are excited about this game. It should be a cracking match.

    "We've played really well in the cup and it's proved a turnaround to our season. Some players have made a name for themselves."

  107. Classic Thierry Henry matches

    Inter Milan 1 Arsenal 5 - November 2003

    Thierry Henry

    Arsenal arrived at the San Siro knowing defeat would result in a group exit from the Champions League and man of the match Henry duly delivered. With the score delicately poised at 2-1, Henry fired a sublime third with five minutes to go, prompting a late collapse by Inter.

  108. Sri Lanka v England


    You can follow a live text commentary on England's final One Day International in Sri Lanka here. The hosts won the toss as they look to finish the series, they have already won, in style. Click here for live coverage.

  109. Get involved


    We want to know whether Thierry Henry was the greatest ever striker in the Premier League?

    Huzaifa Moosa: Without doubt, the best ever striker for the premier league is Cantona. His skill and vision whilst on the ball was super.

    Tioluwalope: How can he be the greatest PL striker? Even Wayne Rooney has more Goals PL goals.

    Graham Borley: He was the best all round striker to ever play in the PL. His pace, skill, composure where unquestionable.

    Let us know your thoughts via #greatestpremstriker, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  110. Football Daily podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Want something to listen to on a cold Tuesday morning? Well how about the Football Daily podcast from BBC Radio 5 live?

    Mark Chapman is joined by Phil Neville and Conor McNamara and react to the Champions League draw with Julien Laurens and Graham Hunter before assessing the situation at Rangers following Ally McCoist's resignation.

    There is also an interview from Bournemouth's Steven Fletcher ahead of their Capital One Cup quarter final with Liverpool and Steve McClaren before Derby host Chelsea.

    Have a listen.

  111. Back pages


    While the Independent and the Sun lead on Wayne Rooney's belief that Manchester United can still win the Premier League.

    The Sun
  112. Back pages

    Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror's back page headlines on former Liverpool Paul Ince warning his old club they need to get rid of Mario Balotelli.

  113. Back pages

    Daily Mail

    The Daily Mail and the Daily Star both go in on Steve McLaren's words of warning about diving ahead of Derby's League Cup quarter-final with Chelsea. Be interesting to see if there any theatrics this evening...

    Daily Star
  114. Post update

    First though, and you may have seen these before this morning, a quick flick through today's back pages.

    We will bring you the latest from Alan Pardew's Newcastle United news conference as soon as we have it ahead of their League Cup quarter-final with Tottenham.

  115. Post update

    Thierry Hnery

    A nice tribute towards Thierry Henry from former employers Arsenal. The first of many I'm sure...

  116. Post update

    Thierry Henry

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Sportsday. We have another busy day of sport ahead, including League Cup quarter-final build-up, FA Cup replays, One Day International cricket and all the breaking Premier League news.

    We will also bring you the best from social media as well as all the stats and debate on Thierry Henry's career.

    Stay tuned.

  117. Post update

    Farewell Thierry. Thanks for the memories.

    After a 20-year career spanning five clubs, which saw him win the Champions League, the World Cup and a league title in three different countries, Thierry Henry has called time on his playing days.

    We will be looking back on the former Arsenal striker's career.