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Summary

  1. England 'could be persuaded' to bid for 2026 World Cup
  2. Kevin Pietersen cleared for county return
  3. New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final
  4. Kane progress sensational - Carrick
  5. Get involved: Your sporting motivator

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    Euro 2016

    They think it is all over - it is now! The final whistle goes on Sportsday for another day.

    But with England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland all returning to international action this week - and all with have realistic hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 - we will be back tomorrow to look ahead to the matches.

    In the meantime, fill your boots with this feature looking at each of the nations' chances. See you tomorrow!

  2. Challenge Cup draw

    Rugby League

    Four Super League teams have entered the Challenge Cup at the fifth round stage - and the draw has just been made! Here it is...

    Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams

    Leigh Miners Rangers v York City Knights

    Bradford Bulls v Hull Kingston Rovers

    Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC

    Batley Bulldogs v Swinton Lions

    North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Halifax

    Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

  3. Delph joins England squad

    Football

    Is it still fashionable to be late? Probably not if it is because you've had a stomach bug.

    Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph finally linked up with the England squad earlier this afternoon after being delayed due to a dodgy gut.

  4. England will recover stronger - Robshaw

    Rugby Union

    England may have fallen short for the fourth successive Six Nations, but skipper Chris Robshaw insists they will learn from their experience. Which is handy with a World Cup on home soil looming....

    Robshaw
  5. I didn't know I was going to City - Robinho

    Football

    Robinho

    Arguably it is one of the Premier League's most eye-catching signings. Few Premier League fans could quite believe that Brazil superstar Robinho was leaving Real Madrid in 2008 for...Manchester City.

    City, of course, were then simply just a mid-table top-flight side. Almost seven years on, Robinho admits he was quite surprised by the £32.5m move too.

    "I knew I was going to play in England but I didn't know for which club!" says the 31-year-old, who was also linked to Chelsea before going to City.

    Now back at Santos, Robinho discusses his brief, but sometimes brilliant, time at Eastlands on City's official website.

  6. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Sport football analyst

    "Steven Gerrard called emotional/frustrated, whereas Diego Costa got hammered! Double standards?"

  7. Ekstrand likely to miss rest of year

    Football

    Watford defender Joel Ekstrand is expected to be out until December with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

    The 26-year-old Swede, who has played 25 times for the Championship promotion chasers, will undergo surgery on his left knee.

    He suffered the injury in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Ipswich.

    "The feeling for this type of injury is around the nine months mark to get back," said Hornets head of medical Richard Collinge.

  8. England have talent to win World Cup - Carling

    Rugby Union

    England have the talent to win this year's World Cup says former skipper Will Carling - but he questions whether they have got the mental strength.

    "We have a world-class front five, found some great talent in the backs which has transformed the way we play," Carling tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "But England have to learn to be consistent and perform three and four games in a row. That's a huge challenge for the players and the coaching staff."

  9. Brighton are not safe yet - Kayal

    Football

    Brighton & Hove Albion still have work to do to ensure their Championship status for next season, according to midfielder Beram Kayal.

    The Seagulls are currently 10 points above the relegation zone with seven games of the season remaining.

    "The job is not finished yet. We need to get more points to be safe," the 26-year-old Israeli told BBC Sussex.

    "The gap means we are more secure and gives us more confidence, but we still have work to do."

  10. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    MOTD presenter

    Martin Skrtel has denied stamping on David de Gea. And I don't have big ears.

  11. England players 'must take responsibility'

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    The players, not head coach Stuart Lancaster, must take the blame for England's failing to win the Six Nations for the fourth successive year, says ex-skipper Will Carling.

    "The players are the one who have got to be driving the team, leading the team and taking responsibility," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Stuart has been controlling in getting England back up off the floor since 2011 and he has done a very good job.

    "But the next stage, the crucial stage, is handing over the responsibility - and the accepting of responsibility - from the players."

  12. Every minute important for England - Carling

    Rugby Union

    More from ex-England skipper Will Carling on RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie's comments that four straight Six Nations near misses are "not acceptable".

    "What Ian is saying to the players is that against Ireland they weren't good enough and against Scotland they weren't ruthless enough - and that's where Championships are won or lost," Carling tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Every minute of every game is important - it's not just the finale. When you're playing for England everyone wants to beat you. You have got to have intensity and focus in every moment."

  13. Ritchie criticism right - Carling

    Rugby Union

    England

    Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie is right to describe England's fourth straight Six Nations runners-up finishes as "not acceptable", says former skipper Will Carling.

    "His criticism is harsh - but it is also true," Carling tells BBC Radio 5 live. "You have got to set the bar high and aspire to it.

    "What Ian has said is right, not from an arrogant point of view, but from the resources that England has and from the standard of the Premiership. Ian, quite rightly, is putting pressure on the players."

  14. The 6 o'clock (sporting) news

    Leaving work and not seen today's sporting news? Don't worry, you can catch up with our whistlestop tour of today's best content. Here are the 18:00 GMT headlines...

    Top story: England "could be persuaded" to bid to host the 2026 World Cup, says Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.

    Top video: Fenerbahce striker 'subs himself' after receiving abuse from his own fans.

    Top feature: All four UK teams & the Republic of Ireland have never qualified for the same European Championship. Could that be a step closer?

    Top Tweet: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has his say on South Africa's last-gasp defeat by New Zealand...

    Kevin Pietersen
  15. Get invloved

    #bbcsportsday

    Ben Lewis-Bloor: Skrtel has a point... No difference between Costa on Skrtel earlier in season which wasn't charged... FA set a precedent!

  16. Saunders out of Ryan title fight

    Boxing

    Bradley Saunders has pulled out of April's Commonwealth super-lightweight title fight with Dave Ryan in Newcastle after rupturing tendons in his hand.

    Saunders, 29, had surgery on Monday and promoters Matchroom told BBC Tees it is "too early to know when, or if, the fight will be rearranged."

    The rest of the card at the Arena on 4 April is unaffected.

    Unbeaten Saunders defeated Stephane Benito in Hull earlier this month to extend his professional record to 12-0.

  17. Tour tees up new Madeira date

    Golf

    Madeira

    The Madeira Islands Open is rescheduled for the end of July after last week's event was postponed due to extreme weather.

    The tournament will tee off again on 30 July after strong winds, dense fog and heavy rain made play impossible following the opening round.

    "We were very keen to reschedule the tournament and the fact that we have managed to do so this quickly is testament to the desire and commitment of all parties to reach an agreement," Keith Waters, chief operating officer of the European Tour, says.

    Golf
  18. No risks with injured players - O'Neill

    Scotland v N.Ireland (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Northern Ireland have minor injury concerns over Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn and Blackburn defender Corry Evans ahead of Wednesday's friendly in Scotland.

    Michael O'Neill's side, who have earned nine points from four matches, continue their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign when they host Finland on Sunday.

    "Scotland is not a game to take a risk with players' fitness, not only because of the game on Sunday but also out of respect to the players' clubs as well," says O'Neill.

  19. O'Neill relishing Hampden test

    Scotland v N.Ireland (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland will use the trip to the "iconic" Hampden Park to give more young players the chance to prove they can handle international football, says boss Michael O'Neill.

    "It will be a good test for us because, often with a friendly international, it can be a little bit low key," he says ahead of Wednesday's friendly.

    "We have had a couple of those in the last few years and didn't get very much out of them. I think we will get a lot out of this game.

    "The nature of it being Scotland-Northern Ireland will add to that as well and hopefully a big crowd at Hampden."

  20. Striker Agyemang leaves Portsmouth

    Football

    Striker Patrick Agyemang leaves League Two side Portsmouth by mutual consent.

    Agyemang, 34, initially arrived at Fratton Park on loan in February 2013, having previously played for Gillingham, Preston, QPR and Stevenage.

    He scored eight goals in 69 appearances during his time at Pompey and played 14 times this season.

    "Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank Patrick for his efforts while at Fratton Park and wish him well for the future," a club statement said.

  21. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Sahil Oberoi: Martin Skrtel, like Jonny Evans in denial it seems. When will footballers learn to accept responsibility?

  22. Skrtel denies De Gea 'stamp'

    Football

    Some more breaking news....

    Skrtel 'stamps' on De Gea

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel denies a charge of violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

    The incident happened in injury-time during the Reds' 2-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

    The Slovakian, 30, was charged on Monday and faces a three-match suspension. But he claims the incident was accidental and not intentional.

  23. FA could change 2026 World Cup stance

    Football

    The FA does have the appetite to host the World Cup if the conditions are right, says chairman Greg Dyke.

    "All of us would love to have another World Cup. We would love it. But there's no point if you haven't got a chance and you've got to recognise that early on," he says."

  24. FA could change 2026 World Cup stance

    Football

    Greg Dyke

    A lot of circumstances would have to be right for the FA to consider bidding for the 2026 World Cup, adds Greg Dyke.

    "To make a bid you've got to get whoever is the government onside, and we don't know who that is yet because they have to underwrite it.

    "And certainly in the current government you wouldn't have got them onside because they were so badly scarred last time.

    "In the future if the government is onside, if David Gill says 'I think this is a straight and fair process' then obviously the FA board will look at it again but that doesn't mean to say we'll bid.

    "Also, there's a lot of money involved so if you haven't got a chance don't do it."

  25. FA could change 2026 World Cup stance

    Football

    Convincing "badly scarred" people to support an English bid to host the 2026 World Cup is not going to be easy, warns FA chairman Greg Dyke. Here's what he tells BBC Sport's Richard Conway....

    Conway: "So you could be persuaded to launch a bid for the World Cup?"

    Dyke: "It depends on the timetable really. It depends on how quickly it has to be done. But remember you have to get an awful lot of people onside and that's not going to be easy in England now because a lot of people got badly scarred in the process last time."

  26. FA could change 2026 World Cup stance

    Football

    The FA has previously said it would not bid to host another World Cup while Blatter remains in office.

    That stance was taken after England lost out to Russia in the race for the 2018 tournament.

    "At the moment the policy is, while Sepp Blatter is controlling it we won't bid," says FA chairman Greg Dyke.

    "Now if David Gill being in the executive committee can assure us there's a proper system and it's fair and all those things then we could be persuaded otherwise."

    The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup will conclude in May 2017. If Sepp Blatter wins re-election in May he will, in theory, be in office when the decision is made.

  27. FA could change 2026 World Cup stance

    Football

    England would love to bid to host another World Cup if the circumstances were right, says FA chairman Greg Dyke.

    But he says the FA will not bid for the 2026 tournament if Sepp Blatter is still the Fifa president.

  28. Germany to honour plane crash victims

    Football

    Germany's players will wear black armbands during Wednesday's friendly against Australia in honour of the victims of the Germanwings air crash.

    The plane, which was carrying 150 people, crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf earlier today.

    There will also be a minute's silence before kick-off in Kaiserslautern.

    "It's had an impact on everyone and it overshadows everything," said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach. "As a football family, we owe it to the victims and their families to pay our respects."

  29. Homegrown players going down

    Football

    England

    After the FA announced new proposals to limit the number of non-EU players in English football, the governing body has produced this snazzy bar chart to illustrate the decline in the average number of homegrown players.

  30. Cuthbertson may be 'one of the best'

    Rugby League

    Prop Adam Cuthbertson's bright Super League start suggests he could be "one of the best" Leeds Rhinos imports, according to team-mate Jamie Peacock.

    Cuthbertson, 30, has scored three tries in six games for the Rhinos since his winter move from NRL side Newcastle.

    "He's one of the best signings we've had, he fits straight into the team," forward Peacock told the BBC's Super League Show. "He's brilliant, he's a great worker but has great touches with the ball."

  31. On top of the world

    Olympics

    Olympics

    Here's Vinicius, the mascot of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, atop a Sugar Loaf mountain cable train car in Rio de Janeiro. Today marked the start of the 500-day countdown to next year's Games.

    Rubbish view, eh?

  32. Post update

    Football

    BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez: "In London today to speak to Mark Noble and Winston Reid as West Ham announce a commercial marketing deal at the Olympic Stadium.

    "The Hammers, of course, will be leaving Upton Park and moving there as they look to break into a European qualification spot.

    "This season, they look set to improve on the 13th-place finish of last term, and it will be interesting to see what the the two players have to say about Sam Allardyce with the manager yet to agree a new contract that ends in the summer."

  33. Cech to leave Chelsea?

    Football

    Goalkeeper Petr Cech's long-term future at Chelsea is in doubt after he suggested he could not spend another season as understudy to Thibaut Courtois.

    The 32-year-old Czech Republic international has started just four Premier League games this season, with Courtois preferred as Chelsea's number one.

    "I don't know what the club's idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo," Cech told the Idnes newspaper. "But that can work for one season only. I don't want another one like this."

  34. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Your sporting motivator

    Parul Sharma: Roger Federer. Not a team sport player but simply his presence would do!

    Earlier you might have read that Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is considering asking Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to address his Europe side when they play the United States in 2016.

    So we want to know who you would pick to deliver an inspirational team-talk. Would you go for a rabble-rouser in the mould of Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday? Or a more explosive, expletive-ridden, effort a la Neil Warnock?

    Tell us which sporting hero you would like to hear in your dressing room and why. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  35. Scotland and Spurs legend Mackay remembered

    Football

    Dave Mackay

    Footballers past and present attended the funeral of former Hearts, Tottenham and Scotland captain Dave Mackay today.

    Dave Mackay

    The Edinburgh-born midfielder died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80 after a long illness. A cortege travelled from Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh for a remembrance service in the city.

    Hearts described him as their greatest-ever player, while Tottenham called him the "heartbeat" of their 1961 side.

    Dave Mackay

    Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes to Mackay at the service.

  36. Cup cancellation disappoints Exeter

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow says plans to cancel next season's LV= Cup is bad news for the club's youngsters.

    They lost to Saracens in Sunday's final, having won the trophy 12 months earlier, but the tournament is set to be cancelled next season because of a club fixtures pile-up following on from the World Cup.

    "For our younger guys it'll be a shame that they don't get a chance to have a go at this next year," Pellow told BBC Radio Devon.

  37. 500 and counting for Armitstead

    Road Cycling

    Lizzie Armitstead

    Commonwealth road race champion Lizzie Armitstead: 500 days to go until Rio 2016, most days between now and then will look like this, a lot of hours chasing still to do!

  38. Fit-again White aiming for World Cup

    Football

    England striker Ellen White has not given up on her World Cup dream after scoring on her club return for Notts County at the weekend after an 11-month injury lay-off.

    The 25-year-old missed most of 2014 with a serious knee injury and made her Notts debut in Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round win over Tottenham.

    "You can't not think about the World Cup because it is such an amazing achievement to be involved in it," White, who has 17 goals in 47 games for her country, told BBC Radio Nottingham. "Now I'm looking for form for Notts and minutes on the pitch and goals. Anything else is an absolute bonus."

    England's first match at the World Cup in Canada is against France on 9 June.

  39. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Your sporting motivator

    Michael Jordan

    Cameron France: Ray Lewis, he gets you pumped up without fail , just look how he inspired Baltimore Ravens to the 2013 Superbowl.

    Ekara: Michael Jordan. Reason - Michael Jordan! #sportinghero.

  40. 'Get ready to think you are useless'

    Football

    Speaking of motivational speeches, how about this one - Gordon Strachan says up and coming Scottish managers should "get ready for a lot of long nights where you think you are useless."

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley, Alan Archibald of Partick Thistle, Hearts' Robbie Neilson and Norwich City boss Alex Neil, who are part of a group undertaking their UEFA Pro Licence, watched Scotland's training session on Tuesday.

    Asked if he had any advice for the next generation of managers, current Scotland boss Strachan said: "Get ready for a lot of long nights where you think you are useless. I'm serious. And you have to deal with that.

    "You can only be called a good manager or a great manager, like Sir Alex Ferguson and those people, if you can hang in there for a long, long time. But it is a good way to learn. The best way to learn is being a manager and making mistakes."

  41. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Your sporting motivator

    Sportsday

    Time for a change of direction in our Sportsday chat.

    Earlier you might have read that Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is considering asking Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to address his Europe side when they play the United States in 2016.

    So we want to know who you would pick to deliver an inspirational team-talk. Would you go for a rabble-rouser in the mould of Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday? Or a more explosive, expletive-ridden, effort a la Neil Warnock?

    Tell us which sporting hero you would like to hear in your dressing room and why. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  42. Wolves will not sign fringe players - Jackett

    Football

    Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has said he will not add any players before Thursday's loan deadline unless they can play a part in the Championship side's promotion push.

    Jackett's side are eighth in the table and two points behind the play-off positions with seven games remaining.

    "If we feel there is someone that can improve our team, then we will sign a player," he told BBC WM 95.6.

    "But we won't take players floating on the first-team fringe. Those places are for young players. I wouldn't say there's anybody coming in imminently, But if there's a player there that will help us, short-term or long-term, then we will take them."

  43. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Wee Brenny Rodgers: Why is there any doubt about Kane starting? He is one of the most in form players in Europe let alone the PL. Absolute cert.

  44. Sky to show Mayweather-Pacquiao bout

    Boxing

    Football

    Sky Sports Box Office has been awarded the rights to show live coverage of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, 2 May.

    The pay-per-view channel will charge customers £19.95 to watch the bout. The fight, which has been the subject of on-off contract negotiations over six years, is expected to generate as much as £162m ($250m).

    American Mayweather, 37, and Filipino Pacquiao, 36, are considered to be the best two fighters of their generation.

  45. The road to Euro 2016

    Football

    Rep of Ireland

    Currently fourth in the group, consecutive home games against Poland on 29 March and Scotland on 13 June for Republic of Ireland look critical as both teams are currently above Martin O'Neill's side. Four of the Republic's remaining six games will be at home.

    In Poland, they face a side unbeaten in seven games if friendly matches are taken into account and with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski leading the line, their threat is evident.

  46. McClean worry for Republic of Ireland

    Football

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill could face an anxious wait over the fitness of James McClean.

    The 25-year-old Wigan midfielder limped out of Tuesday's training session in Malahide near Dublin and was taken for a scan on his left ankle. O'Neill said the scan was precautionary and expected the former Sunderland man to be available for Sunday's key Euro 2016 game at home to Poland.

    "He was just feeling it a little bit. We will see how he is," said O'Neill.

  47. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Shane Daly: "I'm an Irishman, but i would start Kane & Rooney, Let's see what Kane can do, simple just play both."

  48. Kane and Rooney to start?

    Football

    Reuters

    Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane up top against Lithuania on Friday, then?

    Roy Hodgson failed to keep his notes out of the sight of nearby photographers during this this morning's England training session, and the names 'Rooney' and 'Kane' were circled on his piece of paper...

  49. Derby's Buxton set to miss run-in

    Football

    Derby County defender Jake Buxton is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing surgery on a back injury.

    The Rams are, however, hopeful that top scorer Chris Martin will be able to return to action after the international break following a hamstring problem.

    "We are still waiting on Chris," first-team coach Paul Simpson told BBC Radio Derby. "Jake could be out for up to eight weeks, so that is a blow."

  50. Lineker welcomes FA proposals

    Football

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Hugely encouraged and applaud FA initiatives. Encouraging our young English talent in opportunity, facilities and coaching."

    The FA announced on Monday proposals to improve the quality of home-grown players and increase their chances of playing in the Premier League.

  51. Second 'not acceptable' for England

    Rugby Union

    Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie says England's second-placed finish in the Six Nations was "not acceptable".

    England were edged out on points difference by Ireland, the fourth successive time they have been runners-up under head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    "I don't think that is acceptable at all," says Ritchie. "We should be, as a country, winning more, in terms of whether it's Grand Slams or Six Nations Championships."

  52. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Vienna

    Sepp Blatter

    "Fifa presidential challenger Michael van Praag in attack against Sepp Blatter, who is watching on at Uefa congress in Vienna. 'I cannot look away.. responsibility to clean the mess.'

    "Van Praag is calling for change in Fifa leadership in front of Blatter. "Beautiful heritage of international football [has been] tarnished.

    "Van Praag openly critical of Fifa leadership for presiding over 'corruption, bribery and nepotism.'"

  53. England news conference

    Football

    More from Michael Carrick on the Premier League's man of the moment Harry Kane: "From the start of the season to the level he is playing at now, he has gone up two or three levels.

    "What has impressed me the most is that as the spotlight has increased on him, his performances have only improved and improved. That's a good sign.

    "I'm sure that shows that this season is not a one off - I think he's got a big future ahead of him."

  54. England news conference

    Football

    Michael Carrick on his chances of starting as England's holding midfielder against Lithuania: "It is a certain position that I'm used to and suited to playing. So if that's what manager wants to do then great - that's where I'm comfortable."

  55. England news conference

    Football

    More from Michael Carrick, who, at 33, doesn't plan to hang up his international boots any time soon: "I am enjoying my football. You get to a certain age and you don't know how long you have left. I feel great at the moment and have certainly got another year in me. It is special to be involved [in the England team].

    "I love seeing the younger lads coming into the squad and performing with an enthusiasm and energy. There is a good feeling around."

  56. England news conference

    Football

    Next to earn Michael Carrick's praise are his Manchester United and England team-mates Phil Jones and Chris Smalling: "Both have been terrific and have come on a lot this season. They're turning into really top centre-halves."

  57. England news conference

    Football

    More from Michael Carrick who, like Gary Cahill, is singing the praises of Harry Kane: "The progress Harry Kane has made has been sensational, he's gone up two or three levels. His performances keep improving."

  58. England news conference

    Football

    England

    Speaking now at the England news conference is Michael Carrick: "It's great to be back with England. We've had a good week at Manchester United and when things are going well you just want to keep playing games.

    "Credit to the manager and staff here for putting a run together after the World Cup. We have real positive feelings around the squad.

    "I feel great at the moment and happy to be involved, it's very special to be part of the England squad."

  59. England news conference

    Football

    England

    Last bit from Gary Cahill, who is relishing the Wembley atmosphere on Friday: "It's fantastic to know that at Wembley on Friday we'll be playing in front of a full-house. Hopefully we can put on a good performance."

  60. England news conference

    Football

    More from Gary Cahill about Harry Kane and having to juggle international and domestic commitments: "He comes across as a top professional and I am sure whatever he his asked to do he will do. Whether you are asked to play for the senior England side or the under 21s you want to go and play and it is as simple as that.

    "He has got his taste of the seniors in this meet up and I am sure there will be many more."

  61. England news conference

    Football

    Harry Kane and Gary Cahill in England training

    More from Gary Cahill on new England team-mate Harry Kane: "To score a hat-trick in the match leading up to your first England call up is ideal. His confidence must be sky high.

    "Is he ready to start? That's down to manager of course. We have four top strikers all chomping at the bit and who are all capable of starting - Harry is in that bracket. I'm sure he feels ready to play."

  62. England news conference

    Football

    England defender Gary Cahill on regaining his place in the Chelsea XI after being overlooked in favour of Kurt Zouma: "I've been working hard to get back in the side. I want to play football and at the moment I'm doing that so I'm happy."

  63. England news conference

    Football

    England defender Gary Cahill on the impact of new-boy Harry Kane in training: "Really good. I've played against him three times this season - and he has been a real handful each time. He is a fantastic talent. He can hold the ball up, he can run in behind, he has two good feet. He has all the key attributes that a striker needs."

  64. England news conference

    Football

    England defender Gary Cahill: "We meet up positive. We are playing well and going in the right direction. We are looking forward to it, we have 10 days together as we prepare for two games."

    England play Lithuania on Friday in a Euro 2016 qualifier, before facing Italy in a friendly next Tuesday.

  65. England news conference

    Football

    Right, here we go. England defender Gary Cahill, showered and changed after training, strolls into the media room and takes his chair. Ready? The questions start firing...

  66. FA's Gill voted on to Fifa committee

    Football

    Talking of Uefa elections, it is has been a busy day for Europe's leading football administrators in Vienna.

    Now they have decided to elect ex-Manchester United chief executive David Gill as Britain's Fifa vice-president.

    FA vice-chairman Gill beat Trefor Lloyd Hughes of Wales to the post after winning by 43 votes to 10.

    Earlier FAW president Hughes accused his English counterparts of reneging on an agreement to let him become the next British Fifa vice-president.

  67. Blatter welcomes Platini re-election

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Twitter: Congratulations to Michel Platini for his re-election as Uefa President - great sign of confidence from the European football community.

  68. England news conference

    Football

    England players Michael Carrick and Gary Cahill will be speaking shortly in a news conference. We'll have their quotes in Sportsday as soon we get them.

  69. Who's next for Scotland?

    Football

    Scotland

    Scotland's next Euro 2016 qualifying match comes at home against a side not yet even granted full Fifa membership - Gibraltar - so another three points look likely.

    Gibraltar have one win from eight games in their history so far - against Malta - but have conceded 21 goals in their last four matches, scoring none.

    They are also Scotland's final opponents in October, which could be handy if qualification comes down to goal difference, but Gordon Strachan will be viewing the trip to Dublin to face the Republic on 13 June as key.

    However, as fans might recall from a promising Euro 2008 qualification campaign that was derailed by defeat against unfancied Georgia, Scotland will need to be wary on their return to Tbilisi.

  70. Scotland news conference

    Football

    On a more serious note, Gordon Strachan believes creating a "club ethos" can only benefit the Scotland squad as they aim to reach Euro 2016.

    "I think that will benefit us," says the ex-Celtic boss. "If we can replicate the same thing, with the same system and the same players, then they become familiar with what we are trying to do. That can only help us improve."

  71. Scotland news conference

    Football

    Gordon Strachan is in a typically mischievous mood as he talks to the media ahead of Wednesday's home friendly against Northern Ireland.

    When asked if he has good memories of playing Northern Ireland, the ex-Scotland skipper replies: "Not really, I was never really that good against them."

  72. Say cheese

    Football

    Pedro Rodriguez

    The start of the international break is a time when Twitter timelines are jam packed with footballer selfies as they meet up with their national team colleagues. Here is David De Gea with some of his Spain team-mates ahead of their Euro 2016 fixture against Ukraine.

  73. Kung Fu football?

    Football

    Tim Cahill

    Here's former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill and actor and martial artist Jackie Chan.

    According to Cahill's Instagram page, the two have swapped roles for an upcoming documentary, with Cahill "learning Kung Fu and Jackie learning football."

    Tim Cahill
  74. Scotland can create 'something special'

    Football

    While we still wait for Gordon Strachan to appear, let's recap on what his assistant Mark McGhee said earlier.

    McGhee believes qualification for Euro 2016 is the only criteria for the Scotland squad to be judged.

    "I think we have the opportunity to create something special," said McGhee.

    "That something special can only be qualifying. If we do then we can consider it to be a bit more special than it has been recently."

  75. Scotland news conference

    Football

    The cameras are pointing at the top table. The assembled journalists have their recording devices in their hands.

    Now we're just waiting for Scotland gaffer Gordon Strachan to stride into the room. That should be almost as quick as it takes for you to boil the kettle.

    Stay tuned to hear what 'Wee Gord' has to say ahead of this week's friendly against Northern Ireland.

  76. And the winner is...

    #bbcsportsday

    England

    Earlier we asked for your comedy captions to go with this picture. Well, a panel of expert judges (basically the two names you see at the top of this page) have decided, and the winner is....

    George Craven: "Wayne, I reckon Kane's going to score more goals for England than you.." "Well, I reckon he's now vice-captain, Gaz."

    Top work George. Go forth and bask in the glory.

  77. The 1 o'clock (sporting) news

    Been grafting away all morning? Don't worry, you can catch up with our whistlestop tour of today's best sporting stuff. Here are the 13:00 GMT headlines...

    Top story: New Zealand reach the World Cup final for the first time with a dramatic penultimate-ball win against South Africa.

    Top video: Fenerbahce striker 'subs himself' after receiving abuse from his own fans.

    Top feature: Man City fourth, Reds miss out: How season will unfold (possibly) - according to chief football writer Phil McNulty.

    Top Tweet: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has his say on South Africa's last-gasp defeat by New Zealand...

    Kevin Pietersen
  78. No doping crisis - GB pair

    Athletics

    Two of British athletics' brightest young talents deny the sport is in crisis after a winter of global headlines about doping.

    Allegations about systematic doping in Russia made by a German documentary in December were followed by news of a long ban for top US coach Jon Drummond,

    But GB sprint pair Dina Asher-Smith and Richard Kilty said they were proof that athletes could win clean.

    "[Doping] is disgusting, I have to work really, really hard," Asher-Smith said. It's unfair to all the athletes who work really hard to say the sport's in a crisis ."

    "I race against convicted dopers at almost every Diamond League meeting or major championships and it's not nice or fair," Kilty said. "But the best thing you can do is go out there and beat those guys, knowing you can have full pride in doing it clean."

  79. Cook suffers second MCC failure

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook

    England Test captain Alastair Cook suffered his second failure as the MCC resumed their match against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi.

    Having made only three in the first innings, Cook was caught at mid-wicket off pace bowler Jack Brooks for five.

    The left-hander did not manage a single boundary in his last competitive knock before England head to the West Indies.

  80. Simeone signs new Atletico deal

    Football

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "Simeone at Atleti: La Liga, Copa del Rey and Europa League winners, and Champions League finalists. All on limited budget. Best coach in the game?"

  81. Simeone signs new Atletico deal

    Football

    Diego Simeone

    Diego Simeone extends his deal as manager of reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid until 2020.

    The ex-Argentina midfielder guided Los Rojiblancos to their first Liga since 1996, as well as last season's Champons League final where they were beaten by neighbours Real Madrid.

  82. You can count on me - Platini

    Football

    Michel Platini

    Michel Platini was known for his leadership on the field - now the ex-France and Juventus midfielder believes he is the right man to guide Uefa to success.

    "I am proud to be your team-mate, proud to be the captain of this winning team and proud of our achievements," he tells the Uefa Congress in Austrian capital Vienna.

    "And I am excited to be taking on the challenges that await us over the next four years. I know that I can count on you. And you know that you can count on me."

  83. Uefa chief Platini wants "strong Fifa"

    Football

    Following the news that Michel Platini has been elected unopposed as Uefa's president for a third term (see 12:07), our French-speaking colleagues have been furiously translating his triumphant address.

    "We Europeans want a strong Fifa - a Fifa that is respectable and respected - since Fifa is and always will be football's supreme authority, the sport's ultimate governing body," says the 59-year-old ex-France international.

  84. Barkley needs break not Under 21s

    Football

    While Germany boss Joachim Low wants Liverpool's Emre Can to play at the European Under-21 Championships, another Merseyside-based youngster should not travel to the tournament - according to his manager.

    Ross Barkley needs a "proper break" in the summer instead of going to the Czech Republic with the England squad, says Everton gaffer Roberto Martinez.

    "We need to look after him," the Spaniard tells the Liverpool Echo.

    "Do that and we will have a player completely new for next season after the experiences he has had this season."

  85. Emre Can 'should play' at Euro U21 Champs

    Football

    Emre Can

    Here's a line from Germany boss Joachim Low that will prick up the ears of Liverpool fans.

    Reds defender/midfielder Emre Can should play at this summer's European Under 21 Championships, says Low.

    "Emre Can, Kevin Volland, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka all have a big future, but they should play at the tournament," he adds.

  86. Germany to give fringe players run out

    Football

    The world champions face the Asian champions when Germany host Australia this week. And, despite naming a strong squad, Germany boss Joachim Low says he will give opportunities to his fringe players.

    Low confirms Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer - who was voted as world's third best player earlier this year - will not play against the Socceroos in Kaiserslautern.

    But he adds that he is "thinking of putting" Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in his starting XI.

  87. Mason call-up 'truly deserved'

    Football

    Ryan Mason is not the only one delighted with his call-up to the England squad - his team-mates are happy too. Fellow midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is the latest Spurs player to offer his congratulations...

    Ryan Mason called up to England squad
  88. Platini re-elected as Uefa president

    Football

    Michel Platini, wearing a dark Uefa blazer and loose blue tie, is addressing the Uefa Congress following the announcement of his third term as the European governing body's president.

    Unfortunately, we don't speak French to tell you what he is saying. But we will bring you the translation of any decent quotes when we get them...

  89. BreakingPlatini re-elected as Uefa president

    Football

    Michel Platini

    Michel Platini is re-elected as Uefa president until 2019. He stood unopposed.

  90. England training

    Football

    England

    Lunchtime caption competition?

    What has Gary Cahill said to have Wayne Rooney giggling? #bbcsportsday

  91. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Liamjhicks: Anyone else think it's crazy that Falcao is sitting on around 300k a week not doing much and is actually asking to leave?!

  92. England training

    Football

    Harry Kane

    Here is the man of the moment - Harry Kane - getting stuck into his first England training session.

    England
  93. Pietersen grateful for Sunrisers support

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen says he is "hugely grateful" to Sunrisers Hyderabad and the IPL for being allowed to make a county cricket return.

    "My focus is now very much on the upcoming season in England and I'm absolutely determined to score as many runs as possible," he says.

    "I've never made any secret of my overwhelming desire to once again represent England and I'm going to do everything in my power to earn a recall to the international set-up.

    "To once again put on that England shirt would be a privilege and an honour, but now I have to focus on performing domestically and give myself the best possible chance of meriting selection."

  94. Pietersen's knockout return

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen's agreement to leave Sunrisers Hyderabad means he will miss all their IPL fixtures in the regular season.

    However, the 34-year-old will be recalled should they reach the knockout stages of the competition which starts on 19 May. The IPL final takes place on 24 May.

  95. BreakingPietersen cleared for county return

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen's return to county cricket is closer after he was released from his contract with Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    It means he can now join a county side - with Surrey thought to be the front-runners for his signature - as he steps up his quest for an England recall. Sunrisers confirmed the move in a joint statement with the player on Tuesday.

    Pietersen, sacked by England in February 2014, last week told BBC Sport he would "do anything" to get back in.

  96. Get involved #bbcsportday

    How do we improve home-grown players?

    Sam J. Frampton: Limiting wouldn't guarantee English players become better. I'd rather see higher quality coaching.

  97. England training

    Football

    England

    England: The team warms up at St Georges Park at the start of today's training session.

    Is the national team training next to a golf course? That giant flag behind them looks like it belongs on the 11th green at Augusta...

  98. Falcao wants out?

    Football

    Falcao

    It seems the ignominy of playing for the under-21s was too much...

    Radamel Falcao wants to leave Manchester United in the summer even if he is offered a permanent deal, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    According to the newspaper, the Colombian striker is understood to have indicated his intention to leave Old Trafford - after being largely being frozen out this season.

  99. Scotland prop to join Falcons

    Rugby Union

    Newcastle Falcons have signed Scotland prop Jon Welsh from Pro-12 side Glasgow Warriors on a two-year contract.

    Loose-head Welsh, 28, has four caps and was part of head coach Vern Cotter's squad for the recent Six Nations.

    "I think Newcastle are a club with a big future. For me personally, it's the challenge of being able to come and compete in the Premiership," he said.

  100. England training

    Football

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    England

    "Wayne Rooney and Dominic Solanke with England men's and youth player of year awards for 2014.

    "Chelsea youngster Solanke will train with England seniors today. Milner, Jagielka and Baines doing gym work. Delph not yet linked up with squad."

  101. Hamilton's brother to race in BTCC

    British Touring Car Championships

    Nicholas Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton's brother will become the first disabled person to race in the British Touring Car Championships.

    Nicolas Hamilton, who has cerebral palsy, has joined the British AmD Tuning team and will compete in five races in 2015.

    "Whilst I'm aiming to improve as a driver, I'm also hoping to inspire others to strive for their own personal goals," said Hamilton.

  102. Tuesday's headlines

    Been grafting away all morning? Don't worry, you can catch up with our whistlestop tour of today's best sporting stuff. Here are the 11:00 GMT headlines...

    Top story: New Zealand reach the World Cup final for the first time with a dramatic penultimate-ball win against South Africa.

    Top video: Fenerbahce striker 'subs himself' after receiving abuse from his own fans.

    Top feature: Man City fourth, Reds miss out: How season will unfold (possibly) - according to chief football writer Phil McNulty.

    Top Tweet: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has his say on South Africa's last-gasp defeat by New Zealand...

    Kevin Pietersen
  103. Not special yet - McGhee

    Football

    Assistant manager Mark McGhee believes qualification for Euro 2016 is the only criteria for the Scotland squad to be considered "something special".

    Scotland play a friendly with Northern Ireland on Wednesday to warm up for Sunday's qualifier with Gibraltar.

    "I think we have the opportunity to create something special," said McGhee. "That something special can only be qualifying. If we do then we can consider it to be a bit more special than it has been recently."

    The game is live on BBC Radio Scotland, with live text coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  104. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    How do we improve home-grown players?

    Lachlan Keay: It's useless building a £105 million pound facility whilst the grassroots program isn't getting the attention it needs...

  105. 'Limiting the number of foreign players will help'

    Football

    The FA

    Lee Canoville, a former Arsenal defender who left the club in 2001 having made just one senior appearance in four years, has welcomed the FA's proposals to limit the number of non-EU players playing in the Premier League.

    "If the FA can limit the number of foreign players in a squad, that will help," he said. "A world-class player is entitled to come and play in the Premier League. But players who are not quite ready? What is the difference between our lads who are not quite ready? A rule needs to come in.

    "Something obviously has to be done, because who knows in 10 more years what is going to happen, The Premier League will still be going, I am sure, it will still be exciting and brilliant but everyone wants that buzz back when we can look forward to the World Cup and European Championships.

  106. Reading fans get carried away with the FA Cup

    Football

    Fa Cup

    There is FA Cup fever in Reading as semi-final tickets went on sale this morning...

    Reading

    ...the tickets for the game against Arsenal at Wembley went on sale at 10am, with some fans having queued since 2am. Dedication.

  107. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    How do we improve home-grown players?

    Mic Medeska: Have we watched the England squad? They'd be mid table at best. I don't care who plays in PL as long as they're the best.

  108. Mason's delight at England call

    Football

    Ryan Mason

    Hot on the heels of Harry Kane, fellow Tottenham man Ryan Mason was called up to the England squad on Monday after Adam Lallana's withdrawal through injury.

    England are training at St George's Park today, with some players expected to speak to the media later.

  109. Wales FA 'really upset' with English rivals

    Football

    Football Association of Wales president Trefor Lloyd Hughes is not happy with his English counterparts. Again.

    "The English FA have really, really upset me," he says.

    Why? Because he has accused his English counterparts of reneging on an agreement to let him become the next British Fifa vice-president. Now the English FA's David Gill - the ex-Manchester United vice-chairman - is also going for the post.

    Earlier this month, Hughes said he was "livid" with his English counterparts over their plans to enter a Great Britain team at the 2016 Olympics.

  110. You won't miss a thing

    Formula 1

    Lee McKenzie

    BBC Sport

    "Off to Malaysia later. Every session is live on BBC. I'll bring you practice sessions on BBC Two and we have qualifying and race on BBC One."

  111. What's significant about 5,000 palm trees?

    Formula 1

    Malaysia

    It is the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend and we have picked out some of the more interesting, and quirky, facts about the race. Take a look.

  112. Madrid ban fan after alleged Bale car attack

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Seeing our team lose at their fiercest rivals brings the worst out in most of us. Long face, one-word answers, screaming at the dog. But going to the training ground to vent your spleen at the players? Extreme.

    But that is what a handful of Real Madrid fans did after the El Clasico defeat at Barcelona. Gareth Bale was allegedly targeted by the irate 'fans', with the trunk of the Welshman's car appearing to feel the brunt of their anger.

    His vehicle was apparently attacked as he left Madrid's training base, with the European champions quickly identifying and banning the aggressors.

    The Bernabeu club says it has also notified Spain's National Anti-Violence Commission and will take "any applicable legal action" against the individuals.

    Watch the video here.

  113. New Zealand into World Cup final

    Cricket

    Cricket

    It was a thrilling finish to the Cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa! This is how the winning moment was described in our separate dedicated live coverage page.

  114. Beard calls for Liverpool response

    Football

    Liverpool Ladies boss Matt Beard has told his players they cannot afford to dwell on their FA Women's Cup exit.

    The reigning league champions begin their title defence against Sunderland on Wednesday, just three days after their 3-1 cup loss at Birmingham.

    "We have got to show a united front, bounce back and start well on Wednesday," Beard told BBC Sport. "We have got to show a little bit of belief within ourselves and make sure that we respond well."

  115. Cricket World Cup

    Cricket

    Oooh this is tense! New Zealand need 12 runs from six balls. Will they do it? Follow the tense closing stages in our dedicated live page.

  116. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    How do we improve home-grown players?

    Tony Metcalfe: Proposals by Greg Dyke will inflate cost of British players even more. Raheem Sterling's agent will be delighted.

  117. New Zealand closing in on victory?

    Cricket

    AB de Villiers

    New Zealand are closing in on victory at the Cricket World Cup, they need to score 34 more runs (D/L) to beat South Africa. Follow the action via our dedicated live coverage page.

  118. Diego Costa out of Spain squad

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa pulls out of the Spain squad with a hamstring injury.

    The 26-year-old will miss Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and next Tuesday's friendly in the Netherlands.

    The Brazil-born player had a scan on Monday after limping off in Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.

  119. 'Foreign players reduce English players coming through'

    Football

    Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "We want the best players. But we are starting to get foreign players in the Championship and League Two. That reduces the number of English players who can come through the system.

    "It matters to the English game. Harry Kane is adored. Fans will always have an affinity to the local lad or English players. It bridges the gap between superstar and fan, between the exceptional and the normal.

    "It is very important that those links stay there."

  120. Platini fears 'dark days' of hooliganism

    Football

    Football

    Uefa chief Michel Platini warns of a return to the "dark days" of hooliganism unless public authorities in Europe help govern the game.

    The Frenchman says there is a rising trend of "nationalism and extremism" being "observed in our stadiums".

    He reiterated calls for a European sports police force to avoid events witnessed in the "not-so-distant past. "A past where hooligans and all manner of fanatics called the shots in certain European stadiums," he adds.

  121. Lotus sign up development driver

    Football

    Hong Kong's Adderly Fong joins Formula 1 team Lotus as a development driver.

    The 25-year-old will also undergo a development programme while taking part in the GP3 and GT Asia series.

    "I'll be able to learn how an F1 team operates during race weekends as an integral part of the team and these invaluable experiences are going to lay the foundations of my future development as an F1 driver," says Fong in a statement.

  122. Get involved

    How do we improve home-grown players?

    So Greg Dyke's had his say, but how do we go about improving the quality of home-grown players? Do you agree with Dyke's proposal?

    Should we limit the number of foreign players in the Premier League, or do they actually enrich it? Do our players become better by playing alongside those from overseas? Would Dyke's proposal be good or bad for clubs in the Football League?

    Have your say via #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 (UK only) or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  123. Gerrard to give Ryder Cup speech?

    Golf

    Steven Gerrard

    Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is considering asking Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to address his Europe side when they play the United States in 2016.

    Europe will face the US at Hazeltine in Minnesota when Gerrard is set to be playing in the US with LA Galaxy. Clarke's predecessor Paul McGinley asked ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to speak to his players during their 2014 success.

    "If I did something like that, he'd be someone I'd consider," said Clarke.

    Will the speech last longer than 38 seconds though....

  124. Post update

    Football

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Vienna

    Football

    "All very presidential from Sepp Blatter in Vienna, speaking to Uefa delegates. No mention of the looming May election."

    Sepp Blatter is speaking at Uefa's annual congress, where Prince Ali of Jordan, Michael van Praag and Luis Figo - all hoping to oust Blatter as Fifa president in May's elections - are also present.

  125. Ennis-Hill announces return

    Athletics

    Jessica Ennis Hill

    Jessica Ennis-Hillis to return to action for the first time in almost two years since giving birth to son Reggie.

    The London Olympic heptathlon champion, 29, will compete in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames.

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson, 22, will also feature in the street event held on Manchester's Deansgate on 9 May.

  126. Sturridge out for England

    Football

    Phil Jones

    Daniel Sturridge, pictured here alongside a classic Phil Jones facial expression, has been ruled out of England's Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania on Friday with a hip injury.

    The Liverpool striker, 25, also misses the friendly against Italy in Turin on Tuesday, 31 March.

    Sturridge sustained the problem during Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

  127. Post update

    There's so much to be said about how we go about improving the quality of English footballers, but there's plenty of other stuff going on in the world of sport so time now to bring you up to date with the latest headlines.

  128. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Jon Ellis: Limiting the number of Non EU players has to be good for the British players. Loads of British talent waiting for a chance.

    Phil Reynard: If the Premier League has to restrict foreign imports then they'll just raid our Championship youth talent which isn't fair.

  129. 'Don't prevent good foreign players coming over'

    Football

    Arsenal

    Former Arsenal striker John Hartson says the FA need to be careful about bringing in new rules as foreign players can help to improve their English counterparts.

    "The best players I ever worked with were Dennis Bergkamp and Henrik Larsson," says the ex-Wales international. "I learned so much from them.

    "Having 12 English players in a squad may not be a bad rule but you don't want to prevent good foreign players coming over and playing in this country. By that, you could miss out on a couple of really good foreign players who could be of benefit to the Premier League."

  130. 'Kane the answer is in itself part of the problem'

    Football

    Is it a good plan? This is what Owen Gibson in the Guardian has to say:

    "Whatever English football's problem, all of a sudden Harry Kane seems to have become the answer. Which in itself is part of the problem. Even before his first England cap the prolific Spurs striker has been invoked by the FA chairman, Greg Dyke, as a challenge to other clubs to promote homegrown talent from within rather than spending their broadcasting bounty on ever more overseas players.

    "Dyke is clearly aiming for his legacy to be both a long-overdue shot in the arm for the embarrassingly threadbare grassroots facilities in this country as well as some progress on the intractable basket of issues stymieing the development of young English players.

    "His problem is that to complete the first he will almost certainly need the Premier League's cash and on the second he will need their goodwill. His tenure is likely to be defined by how persuasive he can be in delivering both."

  131. FA's plan to improve English players

    Football

    Greg Dyke

    Right then, so what's this Greg Dyke home-grown proposal all about?

    The FA chairman has warned Premier League football is in danger of "having nothing to do with English people" and, to combat this, English football's governing body has revealed plans to toughen the rules on home-grown talent.

    Under the proposals outlined by the FA on Monday:

    • A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - down from 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
    • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
    • At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their club from the age of 15.
    • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England.
  132. LATEST GOSSIP

    Daily Mirror

    Manchester United and Manchester City lead the queue to sign midfielder Gareth Bale, 25, from Real Madrid but the Welshman says he will stay at the Bernabeu. (Mirror)

    Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, has instructed his agent to find him a new club - with Paris St-Germain and Barcelona possibly interested. (Daily Star)

    Bournemouth will make a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, this summer if they are promoted to the Premier League. (the Sun)

    Hungry for more goss? Then pop on over to our gossip column.

  133. What the papers say

    The Sun

    The Sun

    Finally, on the back page of the Sun is a report that Liverpool and Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in signing Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao on loan.

    That brings us nicely on to what stories are dominating today's Gossip column...

  134. What the papers say

    The Mirror

    Daily Mirror

    On the back page of the Mirror are comments from former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who warns Raheem Sterling "he is risking the wrath of Liverpool fans with his contract standoff".

    "The longer it continues the more frustration there will be and it paints him and his advisors in a bad light," says Carragher.

  135. What the papers say

    The Guardian

    Guardian

    Greg Dyke's homegrown proposals are also back page news in the Guardian.

    The article describes Dyke's plans to get tough on overseas-player quotas, but adds: "The proposals, designed to tackle a "grim picture" for young English players, are likely to put him [Dyke] on a collision course with top Premier League clubs who believe their investments in academy systems will bear fruit without the need for tougher quotas."

  136. What the papers say

    The Daily Telegraph

    Daily Telegraph

    "Give us more home-grown heroes" screams the headline on the back page of the Daily Telegraph.

    In the article itself, Henry Winter writes: "Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, is demanding that clubs search for the home-grown hero inside to see if they have a Harry Kane - and then play him. Dyke is targeting an increase from the current 35 per cent of English players in the Premier League to "over 40 per cent".

  137. Hello!

    Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Sportsday.

    It is a talking point as old as the Premier League, and probably a fair few years older than that - how do we produce the England stars of the future?

    Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, hopes he has the answer, having unveiled new proposals to limit the number of non-EU players in the Premier League in the hope of improving the quality of home-grown players and, as a result, the England team.

    "How many other Harry Kanes are around in the youth teams of Premier League clubs," Dyke asks. "It was almost by chance that Tim Sherwood became manager at Tottenham for a time and put him in the side - otherwise he would still be out on loan at Millwall or somewhere else."

    We'll get into the nitty gritty of the proposals over the next hour but first, let's take a look at what's leading the back pages of today's newspapers...

  138. Finding the next...

    "How do we find the next Gazza?"

    Paul Gascoigne

    "How do we find the next David Beckham?"

    David Beckham

    "How do we find the next Harry Kane?"

    Harry Kane

    We are always asking the question, but have we got the answer?