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  1. Rooney dropped for England at Slovenia (19:45 BST)
  2. Germany v NI/Slovakia v Scotland tonight (also 19:45 BST)
  3. Your vote result: Henderson for England captain

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By Libby Dawes, Emlyn Begley and Andy Donley

All times stated are UK

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Some final thoughts from me

So that's the end of Sportsday after a flying visit from me. But as you well know, that's far from the end of the day's sport. In fact, it's only just getting started.

Click here to continue with the build-up for the England, Scotland and Northern Ireland World Cup qualifiers, from where you'll be able to find out all of the ways we'll be covering the matches live as well.

And of course, we'll be back with Sportsday at 08:00 BST tomorrow morning, hopefully looking back on a successful night's football for the Home Nations.

Cheers, and good night!

Some final thoughts from you


Martin McHugh: And we all know how well it went for McClaren when he chose to axe Beckham...

Wayne Falloon: Why do we always blame Rooney, in the Euro's, Sterling, Hart & Sturridge terrible and now Walcott's back, Mr One way!! Joke!  

Dave WoodundefinedWould there be all this hype around Rooney if he wasn't a Manchester United player? Somehow I doubt it.

Northern Ireland and Scotland are nearly there...

Slovenia v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Scotland 19:45 BST

England are ready...

Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

Quins to sign Montpellier fly-half

Rugby Union

Demetri Catrakilis
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Harlequins have agreed a deal to sign Montpellier fly-half Demetri Catrakilis ahead of the 2017-18 season. 

The 27-year-old South African was in the Montpellier side that beat Quins in last season's European Challenge Cup final.

"The fly-half position is hugely influential in the game and Demetri has all the physical and mental attributes required to dominate at the highest level," director of rugby John Kingston said.  

Woking boss slams 'charity' defending


Garry Hill
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Woking manager Garry Hill says his side are giving away so many goals his defence "seem to be a charity".

The Cards have lost three of their last four National League games, conceding 12 goals in total, and are now two points above the relegation zone.

"We have got low on confidence just as it looked like were turning a corner," Hill told BBC Surrey.

"The club and the supporters deserve a lot more. As a squad of players and a staff we need to act quick."

Read more of Hill's thoughts here.

McHugh retires after finger injury


Kevin McHugh
Donegal news

Did you see Kevin McHugh and his finger last week? Not sure? Believe me then you didn't - it's the type of thing that sticks with you.

The Irish footballer tore off his finger jumping over a fence, and then tweeted a picture of the grisly aftermath.

Unfortunately, the 36-year-old has been forced to retire, three games earlier than he planned to at the end of the League of Ireland premier division.

"The ring made a complete and utter mess of the finger, so there was nothing they could do for me," said McHugh.  

Read his interview with BBC News here. 

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Guten abend!

Germany v Northern Ireland 19:45 BST

Happy birthday Sir Bobby Charlton


Sir Bobby Charlton
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Wayne Rooney's benching has been accompanied by plaudits from both his fellow professionals and the media, with many labeling him as one of England's greatest.

One man who is certainly worthy of that moniker is the gentleman Rooney surpassed as England's highest goalscorer, and is within three strikes of doing the same at Manchester United.

What's more, it's Sir Bobby Charlton 79th birthday. Happy birthday to a legend!

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Can he make it 18?

Germany v Northern Ireland 19:45 BST

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Luke: Rooney's the one common denominator for the last 5 years of poor England performances. When he was injured England played well.

Trevor Priestman: Dropping Rooney shows Southgate should get it. No-one else has had the guts. Last time we looked good was Germany! Without Roo! 

Kamesh: Captain is a leader who leads by example, the moment he drags the team down with his performance he ceases to be a leader.

No reserve day for ODI series decider

England in Bangladesh

Away from football, England's cricket team face a crunch match in Chittagong tomorrow, with the ODI series against Bangladesh delicately poised at 1-1, with just one match left to play.

However, the decider faces becoming a damp squib, with heavy rain around the venue over the last two days.

And ESPN Cricinfo are reporting that the English Cricket Board have turned down their Bangladeshi counterparts' request to include a reserve day, to ensure the match is played. 

"The ECB were asked today whether it would be possible to schedule a rain day - we did consider the request," said the ECB spokesman.

"At this late stage, and on a compact tour, it is sadly not possible." 

Has Strachan had enough of Scotland?

Slovakia v Scotland 19:45 BST

Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan looking anything but cantankerous with assistant manager Mark McGhee

Gordon Strachan no longer wants to be Scotland head coach, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has suggested.

Scotland face Slovakia on Tuesday having slipped up in a 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania in World Cup qualifying.

"He has been rude, he's been cantankerous and I just feel he doesn't want to be there any more and he is showing that in every interview," Sutton said of Strachan on BBC 5 live.

"That's his body language and I think he wants out."

Can Northern Ireland produce a perfect performance in Germany?

Germany v Northern Ireland 19:45 BST

Johnny Evans
Press Eye

Jonny Evans says Northern Ireland will have to produce a to prevent Germany from winning Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Hanover.

Northern Ireland restricted the world champions to a 1-0 win at Euro 2016 as Germany missed a host of chances and keeper Michael McGovern starred.

"They never let us get near the ball," said Evans, 28, of the Paris game.

"The way they controlled the game against us, the timing of the pass, the angles they play at."

Send in your questions at #bbcfootball

Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

Should Wayne Rooney be playing? Is Jordan Henderson the right man to take the captain's armband? Will Gareth Southgate get the England job full-time?

There's certainly more questions than answers around the England team at the moment, but we'll be attempting to answer any you can think of via a Facebook live at 18:00 BST.

Send them in to #bbcfootball via Twitter.

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Welcome, captain Henderson

Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

Jordan Henderson
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Into the Rooney-shaped breach steps Jordan Henderson, Liverpool leader, and now England captain for the night.

However, Liverpool teammate and former England stalwart James Milner believes that Henderson is the ideal man for the role. 

“It is amazing and fully deserved,” Milner told Liverpool's website. 

“He is a top player with a top attitude. He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren’t going well for you, that’s when your strengths come through as a captain.

“He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He’ll be a great leader for England as well.”

Rooney absence 'a lift' for Slovenia?

Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

Wayne Rooney
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So, England head into their tie in Slovenia with captain Wayne Rooney on the bench.

Rooney admitted he is in a "difficult period" at the moment, but that hasn't stopped tonight's opponents feeling rather smug about his absence. 

"Wayne Rooney is world class, when a player like that does not start against you then, sure, it lifts your team," said midfielder Rene Krhin.

"He may not be in his best form but all our players know what he represents for England, what he is and has been for his country and what he is capable of."

Advantage Slovenia?

Under-21s victorious, will seniors follow suit?


Gareth Southgate and Jordan Henderson's England face a tricky tie in Slovenia at 19:45 BST, but their young counterparts have had no trouble in dispatching Bosnia-Herzegovina in Walsall, with the Under-21s finishing their match 5-0 victors. 

We're keeping Sportsday open a little later this evening as we look forward to that England match, as well as Northern Ireland and Scotland's World Cup qualifiers, but with Emlyn Begley off for a well-earned rest, this is Andy Donley taking the helm.

Just shy of three hours till kick-off, any pre-match nerves kicking in?

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Your thoughts on MOTD Facebook page on Wayne Rooney

John Kilminster: 11 men play but every time it's ONLY Rooney who gets the blame - it's always him by the media. He's been getting blamed for over a decade now. It's pathetic, it's a team sport not a one-man show!

Andrew Morris: Why has it taken till now, and why has Southgate been the only one brave enough to do what has been obvious to the rest of the country for a very long time?

Artois Deda: England made this decision a little too late. It took three years of deflated performances and the fans booed him. I feel the issue is English FA don't know what 'football' is.

Jeremy Walker: If he scores a few for Man United he could be back in the starting line up... but as a forward, not in midfield. Please not in midfield.

Richard Dannatt: I think if he cannot play as a striker then he shouldn't be playing.

Happy birthday to Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman who turns 28 today! #COYBIG

Shamsi and Wade fined for clash

South Africa bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade have been fined 25% of their match fee after clashing during the fourth one-day international.

The pair had a verbal exchange and then made contact as Wade ran for a single in South Africa's six-wicket victory, which gave the hosts a 4-0 series lead.

"Shamsi and Wade twice ignored the umpires' instructions by continuing to verbally and aggressively engage with each other for a prolonged period and in doing so, displayed behaviour which was deemed as contrary to the spirit of the game," the ICC said.

Matthew Wade
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GOOOOOAL! It's five for the #YoungLions, as @tammyabraham grabs his second of the day.

GOOOOOAL! It's five for the #YoungLions, as @tammyabraham grabs his second of the day.

When a surprise birthday present goes a bit wrong... GB hockey player Sam Quek opens up a parcel she wasn't meant to from her partner.

Correction - you found a parcel addressed to ME from Brazil that contains an official @_GBHockey ball that was you……

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Derek Marshall: Playing well, captain matters little; playing badly, he is key. Rooney couldn't lift them v Iceland; an Adams or Keane can do.

Colin Farthing: England have a lot of leaders in the squad already. They just need to hold and give but do it at the right time.

Don't think we haven't noticed what you've done there, Colin. I don't think we have the rights for the actual song so this will have to do...

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England go 3-0 up

Joshua Onomah has just pinged England Under-21s into a 3-0 lead against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Walsall.

I can understand Buttler's reaction - Vaughan


Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan says he understands why Jos Buttler confronted the Bangladesh players following his dismissal in Dhaka.

Buttler has been reprimanded and two Bangladesh players fined after the second one-day international between the two sides.

"He did not react like that because he is the captain, he reacted like that because he felt that the Bangladesh players had stepped on his turf," said Vaughan.

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Michael Vaughan defends Jos Buttler's reaction following his dismissal in Bangladesh.

Rooney is still our leader - Henderson


Jordan Henderson
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Jordan Henderson has said Wayne Rooney's absence from the starting line up "changes nothing". 

“Wayne is very experienced and, for me, he has been one of the best players in the world for many years," said the Liverpool captain. 

"He sets an example to all of us on and off the field. He is someone we all look up to as a captain and a leader for his experience and the type of person that he is.

"He is massive for this team and just because he is not playing [against Slovenia], it won’t change anything. I am sure people will make a big deal of him not starting but, in football, teams change tactically for different opposition and for different reasons.

"This doesn’t change anything for us as a team in terms of Wayne not starting. He is our captain, he leads by example and he’ll be ready to come on and make an impact when given the opportunity."

NI need to play 'perfect game'

Germany v Northern Ireland (19:45 BST)

Northern Ireland will need to be "perfect" against Germany tonight if they are to pick up a famous result, says Jonny Evans.

The sides meet again in World Cup qualifying, four months after the world champions beat Michael O'Neill's side 1-0 at Euro 2016.

"They controlled the game against us, the timing of the pass, the angles they play at, they never let us get near the ball. 

"We will have to play almost the perfect game, we will have to defend but hope that on the break we can put the ball in the box and make more of an opportunity.

"I think in the past we'd have gone to Germany and sort of just surrendered but I don't think we'll do that. We will go there with the belief that we can get something and I think that's a big indication of how far Northern Ireland have come."

Jonny Evans
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'We still believe in ourselves'

Slovakia v Scotland (19:45 BST)

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher says they are still hopeful of reaching the World Cup despite Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Lithuania.

Tonight they go to Slovakia and Fletcher said: "We showed great character at a goal down to come back and get the equaliser, it might turn out to be a massive point. 

"We still find ourselves second in the group and we come here confident. 

"Slovakia aren't in a good place just now, and with them being second seeds in the group, if we could win here then it would be massive. 

"Even coming here and not losing would put us in a strong position in the group with plenty of games to play. 

"We're not ruling ourselves out. We're still in this group and still fighting, there's still a long way to go and we still believe in ourselves."


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MixItNFixItMan: Is Henderson better than drinkwater? will we have another situation where the captain doesn't get dropped?  

Jamie 'Bon' Hignett: The problem England have always had, is players are picked on merit and not long as this happens we'll suffer

Geoff Naylor:  As the standard overal is so poor I consider the international break as two weeks without football.  

You all seem very disillusioned. What can we do to help? Maybe talk about rugby? Cricket? Scotland? 


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Good start for England Under-21s

England Under-21s lead their Euro 2017 qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0.

John Swift and Tammy Abraham have scored the goals at Walsall for England, who have already qualified.

'Qualification is at stake but also how the support view Strachan'

Slovakia v Scotland (19:45 BST)

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland in Slovakia

It is early in the World Cup qualifying campaign for a defining moment, but the Stadion Antona Malatinskeho in Trnava will be the backdrop to an occasion that will shape the mood of Gordon Strachan's remaining time in charge of the national team.

Drawing at home to Lithuania on Saturday has clarified and sharpened a sense of frustration among Scotland fans.

Hopes of finishing second in Group F seemed to diminish sharply when the visitors took the lead, but a late equaliser and Slovakia's ongoing failure to match their performances with their status as the second seeds have kept Scotland hanging on grimly to their ambitions.

Strachan insisted, since the general expectation, given their qualifying record, was that England would top the group, that nothing has changed for his side. The most likely target remains second place and potentially a role in the play-offs, but other aspects have, critically, altered.

Read more here.

📸 The #YoungLions line up to face Bosnia & Herzegovina at @WFCOfficial's Banks's Stadium

📸 The #YoungLions line up to face Bosnia & Herzegovina at @WFCOfficial's Banks's Stadium

Williams is latest England player to be injured

Chris Jones

BBC rugby reporter

England have lost another flanker for the autumn series after Mike Williams broke his arm.

The uncapped Leicester player was being touted as a possible openside flanker by England head coach Eddie Jones, but will now be out for up to three months.

James Haskell, Jack Clifford and Sam Jones have already been ruled out, leaving Maro Itoje as the likely option to join Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola in the back row.

England start their autumn campaign against South Africa at Twickenham on 12 November.

'Buttler did nothing wrong'

England captain Jos Buttler did not do anything wrong when he reacted angrily during the second one-day international against Bangladesh, says former skipper Michael Vaughan.

Buttler was reprimanded for reacting to what he called a "send-off" by Bangladesh after his dismissal.

The 26-year-old was out lbw as England, chasing 238, were all out for 204.

"He didn't react because he was captain - he thought Bangladesh stepped on his turf," Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I don't think he did anything wrong. When the opposition comes at you what are you to do?"