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  1. Goodbye

    Wherever you stand on the Wayne Rooney debate, thank you for your contributions and, for now, it's goodbye from Sportsday. Have a nice evening.

  2. 'Rooney a popular figure'


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Wayne Rooney

    England manager Roy Hodgson has often spoken of the respect and affection in which his captain Wayne Rooney is held in the dressing room. You only have to listen to previous praise from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, although whether Rooney appreciated being called "the dad figure" is another matter.

    And if any further proof was needed it can be found in thefootage of Rooney coming back into the Wembley dressing roomafter becoming England's all-time record goalscorer. There is genuine delight among his team-mates at a character who is so popular with his England colleagues reaching that landmark.

  3. Who's the greatest?


    Sally Nugent

    BBC Breakfast sport presenter

    If this was a competition to decide which England player best represented the values of English football then I would say Sir Bobby Charlton - by a mile. 

    He is still working tirelessly to make the game better at every level - for professionals and for the young boys and girls playing for the first time. 

    But this is about the greatest ever England goalscorer and my answer to that is easy. 

    It's still Bobby - his goals helped England win a World Cup - the international team's greatest ever achievement. 

  4. Who's the greatest?


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    You can certainly make the case for Sir Bobby Charlton, perhaps the best English player of all time, Jimmy Greaves, the most natural finisher England have ever had, Sir Geoff Hurst, who produced on the biggest stage of them all and Gary Lineker, who raised his game when it came to World Cups. 

    Wayne Rooney

    You could even argue that at his very, very best, perhaps only for a period of two or three years, Michael Owen was as devastating a force as anyone England have ever had. 

    But if we are talking purely about goalscoring, then Wayne Rooney's record in an England team that has never really looked like challenging for the biggest prizes deserves to stand alongside any of the names above. 

    The only question against Rooney is his failure to score prolifically in major championships. But his team-mates may have to share some of the blame for that. 

  5. Lennon set for Chelsea test


    It looks like winger Aaron Lennon will play some part for Everton against Chelsea on Saturday.

    The 28-year-old's last match was for the Toffees on 16 May at the end of his loan spell at the club but he rejoined them permanently on deadline day from Tottenham for a fee of £4.5m.

    Aaron Lennon

    "I'm not worried about his physical state and he needs to play games now to sharpen up his play," said Everton boss Roberto Martinez. 

    "He's refreshed and is in a great position. He knows the football club inside out and is desperate to get back to Goodison.

    "From that point of view, I expect Aaron to be involved one way or another at the weekend."

  6. Reading's Tshibola signs new contract


    Midfielder Aaron Tshibola has signed a new contract that will keep him at Championship club Reading until 2019.

    The 20-year-old has featured in every match for Reading so far this season.

  7. 'We could go out of business'


    Torquay United could go out of business if some of the club's former employees win court cases against the club, says director of football Dean Edwards.

    The Gulls - in the Conference - were taken over by a consortium of local business people in the summer, but laid off a number of staff as they tried to cut costs.

    "We have a couple of people now who are trying to take us to court," Edwards told BBC Sport. "It's a problem. Ultimately it could finish the football club."

    One person has already won a case for unfair dismissal against the National League club, and they could face a bill of up to £250,000 if all the cases went against the Gulls.

  8. 'Look for another woman'


    Togo coach Tom Saintfiet says he won't select Emmanuel Adebayor after the Tottenham striker failed to respond to a call-up for an African Cup qualifier against Djibouti.

    "If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman," said Saintfiet.

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Adebayor played and scored in a qualifying win against Liberia in June but expressed his disappointment then that he was overlooked for the captaincy.

    Togo beat Djibouti 2-0 and lead their group.

  9. 'I want a massive name'



    Kell Brook is ready to pass his "toughest" test against Diego Chaves next month before trying to arrange fights with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

    The Yorkshireman will defend his IBF welterweight world title against Argentine Chaves in his native Sheffield on 24 October.

    Unbeaten Brook will then chase down the division's big names having so far failed to land the mega-fights he craves.

    "I want to fight a massive name in the spring next year," Brook said.

  10. Porter leaves PCA post


    Angus Porter has decided to leave his position as the Professional Cricketers Association chief executive.

    Porter, who has held the role since March 2010, has told his employers of his intended departure. A statement on the players' union website read:

    "After five-and-a-half years of outstanding leadership as chief executive of the PCA, Angus has let us know that he feels it is time for him to move on."

  11. Dier signs new Spurs deal


  12. Rabbitohs star heads for Catalans Dragons

    Rugby League

    As mentioned earlier (15:30) South Sydney Rabbitohs are to release back-rower Glenn Stewart from his contract early, so that he can join Super League club Catalans Dragons in 2016.

    The 31-year-old former Australia international will link up with three other players that are joining the French side from NRL clubs next term.

  13. Who's the greatest?


    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Take nothing away from Rooney's achievement, but international greatness should be measured by how a player performs at major tournaments. Rooney got off to a dream start at Euro 2004, but hasn't been able to replicate that form when it has mattered most. 

    His World Cup record compares unfavourably to those of Gary Lineker and Sir Geoff Hurst, and his Euros record to that of Alan Shearer. That said, there's still time for Rooney to outshine them all in the next three years.

  14. Rooney - record-breaker


  15. Get Involved - England's greatest attackers

    BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

    Steve Watson: Lineker without a doubt, golden boot in 86 and scored vital goals. Rooney's seven goals in major tournaments just isn't good enough in 12 years as an international.  

  16. Hodgson made to wait


    England boss Roy Hodgson will not be given a new deal until after Euro 2016 to avoid the "unsavoury position" that emerged under Italian Fabio Capello, the Football Association has said.

    Capello, then the England manager, signed a new contract prior to the 2010 World Cup, but England lost to Germany in the second round.

    "Roy is very comfortable with the situation," said FA chief Martin Glenn.

    Hodgson's current contract runs out after Euro 2016.

    England manager Roy Hodgson
  17. Get Involved - England's greatest attacker


    Follow The Buzzards:  Player breaks goals record in other countries: lauded as a hero. Player breaks goals record for England: He's rubbish. Sigh.

    Naveed Afzal:  For me it's Michael Owen. Scored that wonder goal in 98, hat-trick against the Germans and won the Ballon D'or.

    Tim Rowley:  Alan Shearer would have beaten the all-time record if it wasn't for injuries and the rise of Michael Owen.

  18. Dier signs new Spurs deal


  19. 'Don't write off Cavendish'

    Road Cycling

    Matt Slater

    BBC Sport

    Mark Cavendish started this Tour of Britain by losing the first stage by about an inch and then launching into a defence of the sprinter’s art.

    His main point was that the Vuelta, with its emphasis on gear-grinding gradients, has forgotten that sprinters are good riders too, and a bunch sprint can make for great TV.

    It has taken three days but Cavendish can now point to some compelling evidence, although his star witness is teammate Fernando Gaviria, the winner of a thrilling fourth-stage sprint into Blyth.

    With Cavendish widely expected to be leaving Etixx – Quick-Step next season, this will no doubt prompt some to speak of a changing of the guard.

    But I am not ready to write off the Manxman just yet – he has made a nonsense of such predictions before – and it should be noted that it was Cavendish leading the celebrations even before Gaviria had crossed the line.

  20. Cavendish joy at team-mates win

    Road Cycling

  21. Cavendish helps Gaviria to win

    Road Cycling

    Mark Cavendish helped Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Fernando Gaviria to victory on stage four of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday.

    Fernando Gaviria wins stage four

    The Manxman guided the Colombian in the finale of the finish of the 217-kilometres route from Edinburgh to Blyth and Gaviria did the rest. 

    Cavendish was seen celebrating in the background as his team-mate triumphed ahead of German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

    The race finishes in London on Sunday.

  22. Italy suffer Morisi setback

    Rugby Union

    Italy centre Luca Morisi has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup because of a torn ligament in his right knee.

    The 20-year-old Treviso player suffered the injury during the friendly defeat against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

    Gonzalo Garcia picked up an ankle problem against the Welsh, but is expected to continue his rehabilitation with the rest of the squad.

    Italy centre Luca Morisi
  23. Rotherham to host Continental Cup final


    The final of this season's Women's Continental Cup will be held at Rotherham's New York Stadium, the Football Association has confirmed. 

    The match will be played on Sunday, 1 November, concluding the 2015 season.

    Arsenal Ladies have won the Continental Cup three times, before Manchester City Women beat the Gunners 1-0 in last year's final, played at Adams Park.

  24. Duggan blow



    Man City striker Toni Duggan will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury sustained against Liverpool Ladies.

    It is a blow for City as they prepare to face Liverpool in the FA WSL on Thursday.

  25. Sell-out


    Excitement is clearly growing in Carlisle in the build-up to the Cumbrian's League Cup third-round trip to Anfield.

  26. European clubs to help migrants


    The European Club Association says its members have agreed to give one euro for every ticket sold at this month's Champions League and Europa League matches to charities supporting migrants trying to enter the continent.

    The promise commits 80 clubs to donate money from their first home match in the group stage.

    Announcing the pledge, ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "this is a serious and big problem we have to face now in Europe and I believe football has a kind responsibility for these poor people". 

    Rummenigge says up to three million euros could be raised, with other members invited to contribute. The idea was first proposed by FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.

  27. Champions Yorkshire build lead

    Middlesex 106, Yorkshire 129-3

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

    "Having had their title defence confirmed this afternoon, Yorkshire are in a strong position on day one at Lord's.

    "Middlesex were all out just after lunch as Ryan Sidebottom claimed five wickets - three of which came in the first over of the day.

    "The leaden skies have now cleared and the sun has been out for most of the Yorkshire innings so far as skipper Andrew Gale has reached an unbeaten fifty."

  28. A legend returns

    Horse Racing

  29. 'Returning hero'

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    The 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy vowed he would never ride in a race again after temporarily coming out of retirement and winning the 'Leger Legends' contest on Gannicus at Doncaster.

    Northern Irishman McCoy, 41, was greeted like a returning hero as punters crowded for autographs and snapshots of the rider, who quit the saddle in April.

    After a career which yielded more than 4,300 victories, the jockey was soon back in the old routine, winning by two lengths on the 7-2 favourite trained by Brendan Powell.

    McCoy had been persuaded to compete one more time because the one-mile flat race raises money for injured jockeys.

    "This was very enjoyable, but a one-off," said McCoy, who has confessed to putting on about a stone in weight since his last race more than four months ago.

  30. Get Involved - England's greatest attackers


    John Mann: Greatest England attacker - what about Vivian Woodward...?

    Great shout John (you've either got a long memory or are very well read)

    For those not au fait with Mr Woodward, this is what he looks like...


    Born in 1879, Woodward's football career lasted from 1895 to 1920, during which time he scored 29 goals in 23 games for England and 57 goals in 44 outings for England Amateurs.

    On top of that, he captained Great Britain to gold medals at the 1908 Olympics in London and in Stockholm in 1912 - and served in the British army during the First World War.

    So now you know.

  31. Prince Ali to run for Fifa presidency


    Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is back in the race to be elected Fifa president having declared his candidacy on Wednesday four months after losing May's vote to Sepp Blatter. 

    "I've decided to launch my candidacy for the presidency of Fifa for the second time," he said.

    "We must take back the game we love. We must return to what makes football the greatest sport on Earth: hope, dignity, excellence and opportunity."

    Prince Ali will rival Uefa chief Michel Platini of France, and former Asia vice-president Chung Mong-joon of South Korea for the post.

  32. Who's the greatest?


    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    It’s so hard to compare eras. On the one hand teams used to be less defensive tactically and high scoring games were more commonplace; on the other, there were no games against San Marino or Andorra.

    Comparing competitive games and goals doesn’t help much. In the entire 1960s England only played 45 competitive internationals including Home Championship matches. In the decade starting in 2010 England have already played 38 competitive games.

    The records of Rooney, Charlton, Lineker, Hurst, Finney, Lofthouse, Shearer and Owen all deserve to be celebrated, but Jimmy Greaves's 44 goals in 57 appearances might just give him the edge.

  33. Get Involved - England's greatest attacker


    Wayne Andrews: For info: Top England scorers in competitive matches only (i.e. excl friendlies): Rooney 36, Owen 26, Lineker 22, Shearer 21.


    Leonard Harvey: I think in my lifetime it has to be Gary Lineker. He thrived under pressure in the big games like no other.

    Rodsta: No George Camsell? Scored in EVERY game he played for England at a rate of 2 goals/game. Shame on you.

    MA Issat: Top scorer doesn't mean best attacker. Despite being a Utd fan I'd still say Gary Lineker.

  34. 'No motive to leave'



    The Mirror: France midfielder Paul Pogba says he turned down the opportunity to leave Juventus this summer because he felt there was "no motive" to do so. The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Chelsea.

  35. Who's the greatest?


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Sir Bobby Charlton can be classed as England’s greatest all-round attacker but in my book the greatest striker was Gary Lineker, a scorer of 10 goals in two World Cup finals and a Golden Boot winner with six goals at the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

    And while he is best remembered for the agony of being left out of the 1966 World Cup final when England beat West Germany, he has a rival in the great Jimmy Greaves. 44 goals in 57 England games – what a record.

  36. McCoy returns ... and wins

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Record-breaking jump jockey AP McCoy came out of retirement for one race - and rode the winner of the 'Leger Legends' contest at Doncaster.

    The 20-time champion, on 7-2 favourite Gannicus trained by Brendan Powell, saw off the Billy Newnes-ridden Next Stop (16-1) to triumph by two lengths.


    McCoy, 41, who retired in April after a career which yielded more than 4,300 winners, has vowed this will be his last race.

    Jockey-turned broadcaster Luke Harvey was third on the 20-1 chance Big Storm Coming, with Gay Kelleway fourth on Swordbearer, in the one-mile flat race.

    McCoy was third in both races during his last competitive outing at Sandown in April.

  37. 'I won't take easy option'


    Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, who has scored seven goals in eight Euro 2016 qualifying matches, is struggling for first-team football at Norwich but says he is determined to fight for his place at the Premier League club.

    "I'm not going to take the easy option and go out on loan to a Championship team, play the long-ball game. I want to play against the best players in the world in the Premier League. 

    Kyle Lafferty

    "When I was a young boy I sat watching Match of the Day, dreaming of playing there, so I'm not going to throw my hat in now and take that easy option. 

    "I will just go back and work my socks off in training and keep on knocking on the manager's door."

  38. Kent going well in Cardiff

    Kent 259-4 v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Swalec Stadium:

    "Kent's current club and first-team captains dominated the afternoon in Cardiff as Rob Key made an excellent 94 and Sam Northeast (56no) reached his half-century before being dropped twice in the same over.

    "There were three wickets for David Lloyd, but the batsmen rattled along at four runs an over to leave the visitors well-placed to take maximum batting points."

  39. Terriers sign Bournemouth defender

    AFC Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward has joined Huddersfield Town on a 28-day loan. 

    "I think I now have good experience of what the Championship is all about and what it takes to win games and get up the division," the 30-year-old said.

  40. Coe asked to explain 'declaration of war' comment


    Sebastian Coe, the new IAAF president, is to be called to Parliament to be grilled about his claim that media investigations into widespread doping in athletics were a "declaration of war" on the sport.

    Lord Coe is to be called to the next culture, media and sport select committee hearing into allegations that hundreds of athletes had suspicious blood results which were not followed up by the governing body.  


    Committee member Damian Collins, Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said: "The plan will be to hold another session in the next couple of months and to have Sebastian Coe there.

    "I think the 'declaration of war' remark was inappropriate. The UK Anti-Doping president suggested it was because he was standing for the IAAF presidency - what we want to understand is what he actually thinks now he is president of the IAAF."

  41. Get Involved via #bbccricket

  42. Notts all out to confirm Yorkshire title

    Notts 204 all out v Durham

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge:

    "Nottinghamshire fought back on the first afternoon before being bowled out for 204, which confirmed Yorkshire as county champions.

    "Having been put in by the visitors, Notts lost six wickets during the morning session and it became 73-7 immediately upon the resumption, as Graham Onions trapped Brett Hutton lbw for one.

    "Thoughts of polishing off the rest of the innings were quickly put on hold as Steven Mullaney and Luke Wood set about the rebuilding mission with a stand of 92.

    "Shortly after the home side had brought up an unexpected batting point, the innings was closed out by Onions, who bowled both Jake Ball and Harry Gurney in the same over to finish with 5-56."

    Follow live text commentary and reaction to Yorkshire's title victory here.

  43. Stewart on the move

    Rugby League


    Australian Test forward Glenn Stewart is heading for Super League in 2016, with Catalans Dragons his likely destination.

    South Sydney revealed they have agreed to a request from the 31-year-old second rower to be released from the final year of his contract to enable him to extend his career overseas.

  44. Get Involved


    Andreas Watt: Be interesting to translate Rooney's caps into minutes on the pitch. Given that many of Charltons caps came pre substitution.

    Nick Hunt: Greavsie scored 26 of his 44 goals in just nine of his 57 appearances and just one at a World Cup. Perspective.


    Agustine: One goal in three world cups doesn't make the greatest attacker. Rooney may not even be top 10!

    Rob Kelly: Lineker - scored goals when offside favoured defenders and the professional foul was a tactic rather than a red card offence.

  45. Work of art


    Now here's a story you don't see every day.

    Nottingham Forest fan has, as you do, recreated the club's European Cup winning squad ... in Lego.

    Nigel Daws, 44, painstakingly recreated the detail and expressions of legendary figures Brian Clough, Peter Taylor, Kenny Burns and John Robertson, the Nottingham Post reports.

    "It takes quite a while to put together and can take me four to five days to complete, costing around £250 in materials, especially when you take into account recreating Kenny Burns' face can cost anything up to £5 alone," Mr Daws added.


    "Trying to find a mullet for Peter Shilton's hair was a real task, but I managed to take it from one of the Simpson's characters, while the facial expressions of John McGovern and Archie Gemmill were a particular challenge."


    Forest lifted the trophy in consecutive seasons in 1979 and 80.

  46. Get Involved


    Celine Robinson:  is there any doubt? Salt&Lineker all the way. Scored as many as Wayno in fewer apps.+ took care of Gazza. Top class

    Andy Owens: Wayne Rooney is top class. Deal with it. Comparisons are pointless given how the game has changed. Outstanding achievement!

    Kendra Rogers:  George Camsell - best goals per game ratio of 18 goals in 9 England appearances.

  47. BreakingYorkshire win County Championship


    Yorkshire have retained their County Championship title.

    After Yorkshire bowled Middlesex out for just 106 this morning, Nottinghamshire were the only side that could deny them.

    Notts needed to score 350 in their first innings against Durham to stand any chance, but have just been bowled out for 204.

    Follow live text commentary and reaction here.

  48. Looking good


    When you're buying your next replica kit,how about this one?


    That's right, it's the new Lederhosen-style kit released by German side 1860 Munchen in celebration of the Munich beer festival.

    Wonder how your five-a-side colleagues would react if you turned up to play in that.

  49. Italy blow

    Rugby Union

    Italian captain Sergio Parisse will not be part of the team when it travels to England for the Rugby World Cup.

    Parisse had fluid drained from his bruised left leg after getting injured in a 23-19 loss at Wales on Saturday in Italy's final pre-tournament run-out.


    Parisse will continue his recovery with Stade Francais, his club, and join the national team on a date yet to be determined.

    Italy gather in Rome on Saturday and begins their Rugby World Cup canpaign against France in 10 days time at Twickenham.

  50. Behind the scenes with Wayne Rooney

    BBC One

    Fresh from breaking England’s all-time goalscoring record, BBC One will tell the story of the real Wayne Rooney.

    With unprecedented access to his home and family, plus figures from world football, Rooney has allowed the cameras to go behind the scenes with him to deliver a personal portrait of the man behind the footballer.

    The one-off 60 minute film, ‘Rooney – The Man Behind the Goals’ will be shown on BBC One at 21:00 BST on Monday, 5 October.

    Rooney said: “I have been approached many times about allowing the cameras into our lives and always said no. But now seems the right time. This film is not just about my goals, it's about the people I care about the most, my team-mates, the people closest to me but most importantly, my family."

    Wayne Rooney and family (and Gary Lineker too)
  51. Hamburg launches bid


    Hamburg has formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Olympics.

    Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest are other declared bidders.

    The IOC deadline for formal submission of bid entries is 15 September.

  52. Gibraltar's answer to Rooney?


    England aren't the only footballing nation to have a new record goalscorer.

    Bristol Rovers midfielder Jake Gosling set a new mark for Gibraltar on Monday - his goal in their 8-1 defeat by Poland was his second at international level.

    Jake Gosling

    Gibraltar were only granted Uefa membership a couple of years ago and have played just 14 international matches, hence their modest goal tally.

    Gosling, who has scored two of Gibraltar's five international goals, has been speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall about his exploits with his national team.

  53. MP denies implicating Radcliffe


    An MP accused by British athlete Paula Radcliffe of implicating her in allegations of blood doping has said that was not his intention.

    Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman Jesse Norman suggested London Marathon winners and medallists and "potentially, British athletes" were under suspicion.

    Paula Radcliffe

    Radcliffe, 41, was not named but said she "categorically denies" cheating.

    Mr Norman said his comments were "taken out of context".

  54. Euro blow


    Sevilla will be without defender  Adil Rami for the start of their Champions League campaign, the Frenchman ruled out for up to six weeks with a groin injury.

    Rami will miss Sevilla's opening Group D matches at home to Borussia Monchengladbach and away to Juventus, as well as Barcelona's visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga early next month.

    However, he could return in time to face Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on 21 October.

  55. Ricciardo wants closed cockpits

    Formula 1

    Daniel Ricciardo believes it is time for Formula 1 to introduce closed cockpits in a bid to prevent any further fatalities.

    British racing driver Justin Wilson was killed recently when he was hit on the head by a piece of flying debris in an IndyCar race in Pennsylvania.

    Daniel Ricciardo

    "It is something I want to definitely go for - for me it is the last piece of the puzzle," said Red Bull's Ricciardo.

    "I don't care if the statistics say there have only been a few (deaths) in the last 20 years. Statistics cannot predict what is going to happen in the future so now we need to ignore tradition and go for safety."

  56. Notts bowling duo sign new deals


    Nottinghamshire bowlers Jake Ball and Brett Hutton have signed new contracts.

    Ball, 24, has signed a three-year deal, while 22-year-old Hutton has agreed a two-year contract at Trent Bridge.

  57. Who's the greatest?


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    England's greatest ever striker is Sir Geoff Hurst. 

    Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker were all outstanding over an extended period. Sir Bobby Charlton was used in midfield and up front. But the measure of greatness is the ability to produce when it matters. In English football’s entire history it has never mattered more than 30 July 1966. Hurst remains the only man to score a hat-trick in the biggest game of all.

    Sir Geoff Hurst
  58. Get Involved


    Simon George: Greatest England Striker, scorer in number; Rooney. In importance; @GaryLineker. Overall, Charlton, as he started in Midfield.

    Adam Smith:  Shearer retired from England at 29. Too early. He'd have beaten the record, banged in goals for the toon way in to his 30s.

    PtheP:  You might want to tell Ian (12:58 ish) that Sir Bobby played for Man Utd and everyone loves him!

  59. Rooney record-breaker


    Here's a lovely video of the moment Wayne Rooney makes a speech in the dressing room after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record, describing it as a "huge moment". 

    Rooney, who has netted 300 goals for club and country, scored a penalty in the 2-0 win over Switzerland to take his international tally to 50 goals.

    Wayne Rooney

    The England skipper was applauded into the dressing room by his team-mates and backroom staff before making his speech.

    Watch the video here.

  60. Northampton fans to protest at game


    Northampton Town fans are planning a peaceful protest before Saturday's League Two match against Oxford United over the club's protracted takeover and Sixfields Stadium redevelopment. 

    Cobblers chairman David Cardoza has been in the process of selling the club to an Indian consortium since June.

    The consortium's identity has still yet to be revealed, and the work to Sixfields' East Stand has stalled.

    "It's badly timed - let's hope it doesn't have an impact," said Cardoza. "The reason people are having their protest, the prospective owners are here to sort all these problems out. The fact they are protesting could work against us."

  61. Cowan-Dickie aims for England recall

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie hopes to force his way back into the England squad after missing out on selection for the World Cup. 

    Luke Cowan-Dickie

    The 22-year-old won his first cap against France last month but was one of the last players to be cut from Stuart Lancaster's squad.

    "I'm on the cusp now, I'm there or thereabouts," Cowan-Dickie told BBC Sport. "I think just a little more push this year, and hopefully I can make it more of a regular thing."

  62. Mathers retires after betting ban

    Rugby League

    London Broncos full-back Richie Mathers has announced his retirement, two weeks after receiving a six-month ban for breaching betting rules.

    The 31-year-old former Leeds, Warrington and Wakefield player had a year remaining on his contract with the Broncos.

    "The manner in which it has ended has had a traumatic effect on me and my family. I strenuously maintain my innocence," he said in a statement.

    Richie Mathers
  63. New-ball pair torment Notts

    Nottinghamshire 73-6 v Durham

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge:

    "Nottinghamshire struggled against the new ball prowess of Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions on the first morning of their County Championship match against Durham at Trent Bridge.

    "Both strike bowlers picked up two of the wickets to fall and there was no respite for the home side at the other end, as Jamie Harrison and Barry McCarthy, a 22-year old debutant, also struck to vindicate Paul Collingwood’s decision to field first.

    "Rushworth, the leading wicket-taker in Division One, removed Jake Libby in the first over of the day and when Brendan Taylor then drove to point, Notts were reduced to one for two for the second time in the week.

    "Steven Mullaney, who replaced Libby at the crease, batted throughout the remainder of the session to reach 24 not out at the interval, but saw four of his colleagues nick the swinging ball through to wicketkeeper Michael Richardson."

    Listen to live commentary on today's games  here.

  64. Who is the greatest?


    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Wayne Rooney is the greatest in terms of being top of the list. Geoff Hurst is the greatest because of what he did in the World Cup final for England. But purely in terms of being the greatest striker my hunch - and it can be no more than that because I never saw him play live - is that it is Jimmy Greaves. 

    Quite apart from his ratio of 44 goals in 57 appearances for England just look up his astonishing scoring record at club level, listen to anyone who did see him play, and consider that barring injury earlier in the tournament he would probably have been playing at Wembley on his country's greatest footballing day in 1966.

  65. Player 'forgets' he has match


    When League of Ireland side Longford Town tweeted the scoreline in their Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final against Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday night, it caused Pat Flynn to it seemed the defender had "forgotten" about the game..

    Despite the match having kicked-off, he seemed determined to make it to the ground to play and appeared to tweet his journey...

    He even got into a Twitter exchange with Shamrock Rovers, joking that he had stopped for a bite to eat on the way.

    He never made it to Longford, as they lost the tie 1-0.

    But it looks like it was just an elaborate wind-up by Flynn, who was reportedly injured for the game.

  66. Essex make solid start

    Essex 93-1 v Derbyshire

    Mark Footitt took the only wicket to fall as Essex had the better of the first morning against Derbyshire at Derby.


    The left-arm paceman, who is hoping for a place in England's squad to face Pakistan in the UAE, bowled Nick Browne, his 64th Championship wicket of the season.

    But teenager Dan Lawrence batted through the opening session for 43 not out, with Tom Westley on 17 at lunch.

    Listen to live commentary on today's games here.

  67. Get Involved


    Calum Reeves: Without injury it would be Owen. He's is the only English person to win the Ballon d'Or in his the age of 21.

    Ian:  If Rooney didn't play for Manchester United then the haters would be far less in numbers, jealousy is such a bad trait.

    Mark Abbott:  Englands greatest attacker has to be William the conqueror - played one - scored one - veni, vidi, vici.

  68. Croatia sack Kovac


    Croatia have sacked coach Niko Kovac after the country's hopes of reaching Euro 2016 suffered a setback following a 0-0 draw in Azerbaijan and a 2-0 defeat in Norway.

    "The Croatian Football Association's (HNS) executive board reached a unanimous decision to terminate our contract with Niko Kovac and his entire staff," said the organisation's president Davor Suker.

    "We will interview his potential successors in the next 10 days or so and come up with a candidate at the next HNS executive board meeting on 21 Sept."

    Niko Kovac
  69. Livermore escapes ban


    Some breaking news... Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore will not be banned after testing positive for cocaine.

    The 25-year-old was suspended by the Football Association and his club in May after failing a drug test, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.


    Livermore, who faced a possible two-year ban, tested positive following the death of his newborn child.

    Hull manager Steve Bruce last month told the BBC: "There's no question it was a mitigating factor."

  70. Facing a ban

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The chief executive of Towcester racecourse, Kevin Ackerman, is facing the prospect of being banned from all racetracks after he was found guilty at a racing-corruption hearing.

    Ackerman was one of four people, also including jockey Michael Stainton, convicted by a disciplinary panel over the running and riding of Ad Vitam in four races.

    The Towcester boss was found to have 'laid' bets online on the horse, when ridden by Stainton, knowing that he was not running to gain the best finishing position.

  71. How many can you get right?


    On your lunch break? Nibbling at your ham and cheese sandwich wishing you had something to keep you occupied?

    Well fret ye not. We have just the thing for you.

    Check out this quiz about England's record goalscorers.


    We've just tried it. Highest score so far in the office is nine. And before you ask, if you beat us it doesn't mean you can have a job here.

  72. Yorkshire poised to seal title

    Middlesex 92-7 v Yorkshire

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

    "Yorkshire are close to wrapping up their defence of the County Championship title, having reduced their nearest rivals to 92-7 at lunch on day one. 

    "With only five points required to seal the crown, Ryan Sidebottom got the visitors off to the perfect start taking three wickets in the opening over.


    "The toss was always going to be crucial given the 10:30 start times in September, with a greenish tinge to the pitch and leaden skies over the capital."

    Listen to live commentary on today's games here.

  73. Kent make bright start

    Kent 127-2 v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff:

    "Kent made a positive start after winning the toss, with a century stand between club captain Rob Key (61 not out) and South African newcomer Sean Dickson.

    "Both played attacking shots after Michael Hogan removed Daniel Bell-Drummond in the second over, but Dickson fell to David Lloyd for 59 in the over before lunch."

    Follow today's County Championship action in our dedicated live text commentary, where you can also listen to ball-by-ball radio coverage of all five games.

  74. Get Involved - England's greatest attackers

    BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

    Lewis Gwynne: Messi 48 goals 104 caps. Ronaldo 55 goals 120 caps. Rooney 50 goals 107 caps. And everyone is trying to put him down. 


    John Tatman: Until he turns up in Euro's & World Cups without getting sent off & mouthing at fans he's not a great.

    Carl Scott: Let's nor forget Bobby was a midfielder so it just shows how poor our strikers have been since the days of Greaves/Lineker to even get close to it

  75. Birmingham sign ex-Aston Villa defender


    Birmingham City have signed former Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old was a free agent after leaving Leyton Orient in the summer.

  76. Get Involved - England's greatest attacker

    BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

    Luke Skidmore: David Nugent. 1 cap, 1 goal. Jimmy who?

    Matthew Davies: Heskey has got to be up there!  

    Emmet Curran: Henry VIII

    Something tells me you're not taking this seriously folks are you?

  77. A racecard to keep hold of

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    This could be a collector's item in years to come - a racecard for what may well be the last ride on a racecourse for 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy.


    The 41-year-old Northern Irishman retired in April but agreed to return for one contest only - the 'Legends' flat race (15:35 BST), which raises money for injured jockeys.

    His mount Gannicus is a general 7-2 favourite, although Commissar - to be ridden by three-time Derby winner Johnny Murtagh - is attracting support from punters at about 6-1.

  78. Relive a great sporting moment

    Rugby Union

    Radio 5 live is well worth listening to at 21:00 BST.

    Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, former England coach Sir Clive Woodward gives a unique insight into the dramatic final victory against Australia in 2003.

    Woodward watches the final back and records his thoughts and emotions as the drama unfolded. He explains the reasons why certain decisions were made and the planning and execution of the winning drop goal by Jonny Wilkinson.


    The 2015 World Cup kicks off in nine days' time, on Friday, 18 September, when England take on Fiji at Twickenham.

  79. First athletes for Rio selected


    The first Team GB athletes to be officially selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been announced today.

    A total of eight athletes have been selected across six of the 10 sailing events, the British Olympic Association has announced.


    London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills (pictured) and Saskia Clark are paired together again in the 470 Women’s class while Luke Patience, who also won silver three years ago, teams up with two-time World Champion Elliot Willis in the 470 Men’s event.

    London 2012 Olympian Alison Young returns in the Laser Radial, while 2015 Laser world champion Nick Thompson earns his first Olympic appearance to round off the first wave of sailing selections for Rio.

    Bryony Shaw and Giles Scott have also been selected.

  80. Anglo-American Cup?


    Here's an interesting one... The MLS is in talks with the Premier League over setting up an Anglo-American Cup that would involve the winners of the English top flight and the FA Cup.

    MLS commissioner Don Garber believes popularity in football grows in the United States when the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool cross the Atlantic for pre-season tours.


    Over the last two years all three clubs have participated in the International Champions Cup but Garber is hoping to create a more formal competition in which the most successful English teams compete - possibly every year. 

    "We have been talking to the Premier League," Garber said. "I would love to find a way that we could play our cup champion and our league champion against an FA Cup and league champion in a tournament and play it in New York City every year."

  81. AFC condemns crowd trouble


    Malaysia v Saudi Arabia

    The Asian Football Confederation's president has condemned the crowd trouble which forced a World Cup qualifier between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia to be suspended three minutes before full-time.

    The visiting Saudi Arabia team were leading 2-1 in the Group A Asian qualifier when play was stopped after fans launched flares and fireworks on to the pitch.

    "This sort of behaviour is deplored by all those who seek to protect the best interests of football in Asia and help us in our aim to be the game's leading confederation," said AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

    Fifa has yet to announce any sanctions following the incident.

  82. Get Involved


    Simon Richardson: Let's have a stat in Rooney's favour. Most clearances from corners by a striker? I bet he comes out ahead of Lineker et al.

    Michael Johnson: A fit Michael Owen hands down. Would be on 60+ goals 150+caps and won England a major trophy if he'd never had injury problems.  

    Mark Slater: Sir Tom Finney was the best 76 games 30 goals and NO yellow cards never mind a red , True Gentleman.

    Sir Tom Finney
  83. Who's the greatest?


    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport presenter

    Do we measure goals by their quantity or their weight? Geoff Hurst scored the most important goals in England's history and Gary Lineker has a golden boot to his name. Having said that, scoring 50 goals to break a record that has stood for nearly 50 years is something Mr Rooney can be rightly proud of. 

  84. Who's the greatest?


    As well as you lot, we've been asking our BBC experts to give us their opinion on England's greatest ever striker.

    We'll be dropping them in as the day goes on, starting with this chap...

  85. BBC secures NFL rights

    American Football

    The BBC and NFL have agreed a new two-year rights deal to include live coverage of all three International Series game at Wembley as well as the league’s world-famous showpiece event, the Super Bowl.

    The new deal also includes a weekly highlights show on BBC Two and online, ‘The Road to the Super Bowl’, which will run from the final Wembley game at the start of November until the climax of the season in February.    

    Katy Perry

    The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl next year, an event as famous for its legendary half-time entertainment as the action on the field. Super Bowl 50 takes place in San Francisco on 7 February 2016 and will be live on BBC TV, radio and online.

    BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: “NFL has a growing fan base in the UK and I’m delighted that the BBC can bring it free-to-air for our audience."     

  86. And the winner is...


    The vote has closed and the results are in.

    Drum-roll please...

    You have voted Gary Lineker the greatest England attacker of all time (33% of the vote), with Jimmy Greaves second (24%) and Sir Bobby Charlton third (17%).


    Record-breaker Wayne Rooney was behind Alan Shearer, in fifth.

    Thanks to all who voted - and keep tweeting to #bbcsportsday and posting at the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page about your all-time favourite forwards.

  87. Get Involved - England's greatest attackers

    Post at the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

    Ricky Rees: Shearer, 13 goals in 11 games plus he scored against the top European teams, outside the box as well as inside poaching. Complete package.


    Shabtai Libby: Levy Rooney is top class. If we had that quality in every position we could have trophies.

    Matt Hedges: Shearer was always my favourite. Bullied defenders.

  88. Trescothick marches on


    Marcus Trescothick will extend his famous career into a 24th season after agreeing a new contract with Somerset.

    Club captain Trescothick, who will be 40 on Christmas Day, has played for his native county since making his first-class debut as a teenager in 1993 (see the fresh-faced chap below)


    The 2005 Ashes-winning opener is one of four players to have signed new deals at Somerset, who have confirmed a one-year contract for him and two-year agreements with Max Waller, Jack Leach and Josh Davey.

    News of Trescothick's deal comes a day after fellow golden oldies Paul Collingwood - who turns 40 next year - sign a contract extension at Durham.

  89. Williams gets chance

    Rugby Union

    Liam Williams is set to start Wales' World Cup opener against Uruguay, with full-back Leigh Halfpenny out injured.

    Williams has not played since having foot surgery in June, but coach Warren Gatland has no concerns over the 24-year-old's fitness levels.


    Gatland, though, did say the Scarlets back has been in pain during training.

    "We want him to start against Uruguay because he's going to need some rugby," said Gatland, whose side face the South Americans in Cardiff on 20 September.

  90. Get Involved


    Sorry 3 Colours, you'll be delighted to know we've got loads more to get through.

    To everyone else, keep your choices for England's greatest attacker of all-time coming - unlike 3 Colours, we're loving them.

  91. Get Involved - England's greatest attacker


    Brian Halliwell: Gary Lineker is greatest English goal scorer 48 goals in 80 apps including five hat tricks, compare to Wayne Rooney's 50 goals in 107 apps.

    Jack Shardlow:  If we're going for goals-to-game ratio, best striker is 'Own Goals'! Never played a game for us, but has somehow got 49 goals.

    Dabiel Kinrade: Rooney. World Cup goals? Write off all against San Marino he needs to score 70 to have any merit.

  92. Get voting

    You have 10 minutes left to take part in our Sportsday vote.

    We have listed England's eight highest goalscorers of all-time.

    We want to know who you think is the greatest. The vote closes at 11:30 BST.

  93. Better than Ronaldo


    And those at the San Marino FA clearly have a good sense of humour because they followed it up with this...

    Which, translated, mean: Goals for San Marino in September: 1. Goals for Cristiano Ronaldo in September: 0. San Marino – better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

  94. Yes, it's a goal


    Remember we told you earlier about San Marino scoring their first away goal in 14 years last night (08:40)?

    Well, this is how the San Marino FA marked the occasion on its official Twitter account.

    Lovely. So let's not spoil it by mentioning that their opponents Lithuania went on to score a stoppage time goal and win 2-1...

  95. Get Involved


    ATAWACADAOWA: anyone care to mention Dixie Dean? None of the others anywhere near his record,60 in one league seas… 

    (William Ralph Dean, to give him his proper name, scored 18 goals in 16 England appearances)

    Dixie Dean

    Grundy:Alan Shearer for me, mainly because of Euro 96. Also, the striker from your teen years is usually your fave.

    Nick Hunt: Easier to score goals in Charlton's day. Football wasn't so tactical then - every team is well coached. Give Rooney his due!

  96. 'Touched by support'


    Radcliffe on Twitter, following her "categorical" denial yesterday of any form of cheating.


    The 41-year-old Briton said questions raised during a parliamentary select committee "effectively implicated" her in the Sunday Times'allegations of blood doping in athletics.

    Jesse Norman MP suggested London Marathon winners and medallists and "potentially British athletes" were under suspicion. Radcliffe was not specifically named.