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Summary

  1. New England women's boss Neville apologises for tweets
  2. Nations League: England face Spain & Croatia
  3. NI take on Bosnia & Herzegovina and Austria
  4. Wales face Denmark and Republic of Ireland
  5. Scotland up against Israel and Albania
  6. January transfer news and gossip

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By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

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And with that, we will leave you. Plenty to chew over this morning and afternoon.

Thanks for joining us. Feel free to read some of the biggest stories from today below.

Neville apologises for tweets about women

England face Spain & Croatia, Wales play Republic of Ireland

Defending champion Roger Federer reaches his 14th Australian Open semi-final

New Leeds United crest - your view

Seen the new Leeds United badge yet? It's a conversation-starter, it would seem.

Here's what you're saying via #bbcfootball

Lee Parkinson: I am not of fan of our new #lufcbadge , it just looks awful, should have gone back to a Yorkshire white rose. Can I just reiterate it looks awful and which 10,000+ people did they ask?

Simmo: I might not be too keen on the new #LUFC crest but it can’t be any more cursed than the old one.

Stewart: The only thing the new badge says about Leeds is 'We can use Clip-art'. Perhaps its an early April Fools joke for their supporters?

Leeds United
Leeds United

Nations League reaction: Michael O'Neill upbeat

Michael O'Neill
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been giving his reaction to his team's Nations League draw where they will face Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

"I think it's a good draw. They are two teams that I have not faced yet as an international manager," said O'Neill, who had turned down the chance to take over Scotland manager.

"Austria is a country that we prepared in for the Euros, so it will be nice to go and play there in a competitive game. Bosnia again are a strong team, but I think it gives us an opportunity for promotion in the Nations League and also the opportunity to win a place at Euro 2020."

Find out who faces who

Women in Sport 'disappointed' by Neville appointment

Women in Sport have released a statement following Phil Neville's appointment saying they "wish him well" but find it "disappointing the FA have opted for a coach who has no experience of the women’s game or working with female footballers."

They add: "This feels like a kick in the teeth to the team, who are at the top of their game and performing so well, and shows scant regard for the coaching pathway that others have to progress through in order to make it to the top."

Neville's appointment - your view

New England women head coach Phil Neville has apologised for previous tweets regarding women. Here's what you've been saying. Let us know what you think via #bbcfootball

Jaime Dodd: The FA is so misguided to appoint a man, with no managerial experience, to manage the women's team and to not even check his offensive tweets about women is the icing on the cake.

Johnny Magrinho: The FA is a complete joke. They’ve undermined the women’s game by appointing someone as under-qualified as Neville and then there’s an additional slap in the face when we see what he actually thinks about women from his tweets. Will he be charged? Not a chance.

David Thackaray: I am beginning to think that I am completely senile. Who are these people who appoint "names" to jobs which are guaranteed to alienate the most interested parties. If Neville thought it then, he thinks it now.

Leeds United's new crest - what do you think?

Leeds United
Leeds United

If you've not seen it, Leeds United's new crest has drawn some debate.

The club says: "The most significant reason for updating our crest is that, quite simply, it doesn’t say who we are.

"The abbreviation rather than spelling out Leeds United in full contributes to the crest being unrecognisable. We wanted to say who we are with pride: We are Leeds United."

What do you think? Let us know via #bbcfootball

Nations League: England draw Croatia and Spain

If you missed the inaugural Nations League draw earlier, this sums up who faces who quite nicely.

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Federer into 14th Aussie Open semi-final

Roger Federer
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While we were busy with the Nations League draw earlier, Roger Federer marched to his 14th Australian Open semi-final with a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych.

The Swiss, 36, will now face unseeded 21-year-old Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the last four on Friday.

You can read the full report here: Federer marches on

Neville a 'left-field appointment'

Aside from his past catching up with him, former England defender Danny Mills and ex-England goalkeeper Pauline Cope-Boanas have been discussing Phil Neville's appointment as the new England head coach on the 5 live Football Daily podcast.

You can download it right here: Neville a left-field appointment.

Vaughan backs 'humble' Neville

Phil Neville - Kick It Out statement: Will he face a charge?

'Raises more questions than answers'

Phil Neville
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Phil Neville

This is a strongly worded statement from Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, regarding Phil Neville's appointment and the circumstances around the 'sexist tweets' he has apologised for.

“Kick It Out have serious concerns over a recruitment process that has resulted in the appointment of someone with no record of management or experience in women’s football," it reads.

“In light of recent action taken in response to historical social media comments made by current football participants, the question must now be asked – will The FA be charging Neville for posting discriminatory comments on social media?

O'Neill out to avenge Denmark play-off defeat

Martin O'Neill
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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill admits there is a sense of "deja-vu" after being drawn against Wales and Denmark, who his team have faced recently. They drew and beat Wales in the 2018 World CUp quialifiers and were beaten heavily against Denmark in the play-offs.

Asked if there was a sense of revenge playing Denmark again so soon, he told Sky Sports: "Yeah, it's still fresh in the memory so we want to try and avenge that."

On the prospects of playing in the Nations League, he added: "There is competition attached to these games, promotion and relegation and it will all effect qualifying for the European Championship so I'm in total agreement with it, once I found out the rules!"

Aug: England women’s boss Mark Sampson denies accusations of racist comment and bullying Sept: Sampson sacked by FA… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Nations League: O'Neill out to avenge Denmark defeat

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill admits there is a sense of "deja-vu" after being drawn against Wales and Denmark, who his team have faced recently. They drew and beat Wales in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and were beaten heavily by Denmark in the play-offs.

Asked if there was a sense of revenge playing Denmark again so soon, he told Sky Sports: "Yeah, it's still fresh in the memory so we want to try and avenge that."

On the prospects of playing in the Nations League, he was positive, adding: "There is competition attached to these games, promotion and relegation and it will all effect qualifying for the European Championship so I'm in total agreement with it, once I found out the rules!"

And on his new contract until 2020, he added: "I had conversations with the FAI board who wanted me to continue in the job so let's see how we progress."

Leeds reveal new crest

📸 | Our new crest #MOT #LUFC 6 months of research 10,000 people consulted Ready for the next 100 years Watch vid… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Neville apologises for previous tweets

New England women's manager Phil Neville
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New England women's manager Phil Neville

Away from the Nations League, new England women's head coach Phil Neville has released a statement apologising for previous tweets, which have drawn a lot of attention since he was appointed last night.

“Following comments made a number of years ago I would like to clarify that they were not and are not a true and genuine reflection of either my character or beliefs, and would like to apologise."

He continued: “I am fully aware of my responsibilities as the England Women’s Head Coach and am immensely proud and honoured to have been given the role. I am now looking forward to the future and will work tirelessly to try and help bring success to the team.”

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Here's some reaction to the draw.

Miles Taylor: Hmmm, Spain and Croatia. Probably don't make the finals, probably don't get relegated.

Steve Slack: I was hoping we’d draw Spain, a good test and an even better away trip!

Grundy: The best thing that has come from the Nations League twitter trend is that I've learnt how to say "I have no idea what is going on" in over 30 languages.

Who faces who League A?

And finally...

Group 1: Netherlands, France, Germany.

Group 2: Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium.

Group 3: Poland, Italy, Portugal.

Group 4: Croatia, England, Spain.

Who faces who in League B?

Group 1: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Group 2: Turkey, Sweden, Russia.

Group 3: Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria.

Group 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Wales.

Who faces who in League C?

Group 1: Israel, Albania, Scotland.

Group 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary.

Group 3: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Norway, Slovenia.

Group 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania.

Who faces who in League D?

Group 1: Andorra, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Georgia.

Group 2: San Marino, Moldova, Luxembourg, Belarus.

Group 3: Kosovo, Malta, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan

Group 4: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Armenia, Macedonia.

Nations League: When will the games be played?

Specific fixtures will be announced by Uefa in due course, but this is when matches will take place. Teams in League A and League B only have four matches so will play on four of the six matchdays.

Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018

Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018

Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018

Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018

Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018

Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018

Nations League Finals draw: early December 2018

Nations League Finals: 5–9 June 2019

Uefa EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019

Uefa EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

Nations League: a quick recap

So, some interesting draws for the home nations, in the first Nations League.

England will face Croatia and Spain in League A, Group 4.

Northern Ireland take on Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Austria in League B, Group 3.

Wales face Denmark and the Republic of Ireland in League B, Group 4.

And Scotland are up against Israel and Albania in League C, Group 1.

Nations League: England to face Croatia and Spain

David de Gea's Spain are in store for England
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David de Gea's Spain are in store for England

Tough gig for Gareth Southgate's men. Croatia and Spain await!

So too will Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and the Croatian side.
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So too will Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and the Croatian side.

Nations League: League A

League A completed

Group 1: Netherlands, France, Germany.

Group 2: Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium.

Group 3: Poland, Italy, Portugal.

Group 4: Croatia, England, Spain.

Nations League: League A

Group 1: Netherlands, France,

Group 2: Iceland, Switzerland,

Group 3: Poland, Italy,

Group 4: Croatia, England

Nations League: League A

Group 1: Netherlands,

Group 2: Iceland,

Group 3: Poland,

Group 4: Croatia

It's former Portugal international Deco who is helping draw League A
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It's former Portugal international Deco who is helping draw League A

Nations League: League A up next

So Wales and the Republic of Ireland are drawn together in Group 4 of League B. Should be tasty.

Up next is League A, which includes England. Again, it's four groups of three teams, who'll play each other home and away this autumn.

League A
Uefa

Nations League: League B

Group 1: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Group 2: Turkey, Sweden, Russia.

Group 3: Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria.

Group 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Wales.

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Nations League: League B

Group 1: Czech Republic, Ukraine

Group 2: Turkey, Sweden

Group 3: Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland

Nations League: League B

Group 1: Czech Republic

Group 2: Turkey

Group 3: Northern Ireland

Group 4: Denmark

Ex Liverpool and Czech Republic international Vladimir Smicer
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Ex Liverpool and Czech Republic international Vladimir Smicer is helping with this draw.

Nations League: League B up next

So that's League C done. Scotland will play Israel and Albania home and away over the course of the autumn. They will fancy their chances in both ties, surely?

League B is up next, including Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Here are the pots to be drawn from. It will be four groups of three teams.

League B
Uefa

Nations League: League C completed

Group 1: Israel, Albania, Scotland.

Group 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary.

Group 3: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Norway, Slovenia.

Group 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania.

Nations League: League C

Group 1: Israel, Albania,

Group 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece,

Group 3: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Norway,

Group 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia,

Nations League: League C

Group 1: Israel

Group 2: Estonia, Finland

Group 3: Cyprus, Bulgaria

Group 4: Lithuania, Montenegro

Nations League: League C

It's Finland's all-time most capped player Jari Litmanen, once of Ajax and Liverpool who is drawing this League.

Don't forget Group 1 will only have three teams, hence the delay in the first team being drawn out for that group.

Group 1: tba

Group 2: Estonia

Group 3: Cyprus

Group 4: Lithuania

Nations League: League C up next

League D is done, now it's League C with Scotland included.

There will be one group of three teams and three groups of four teams.

League C
Uefa

Nations League: League D completed

First ever Nations League drawn

Group 1: Andorra, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Georgia.

Group 2: San Marino, Moldova, Luxembourg, Belarus.

Group 3: Kosovo, Malta, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan

Group 4: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Armenia, Macedonia.

Nations League : League D

Group 1: Andorra, Kazakhstan, Latvia

Group 2: San Marino, Moldova, Luxembourg

Group 3: Kosovo, Malta, Faroe Islands

Group 4: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Armenia

Nations League: League D

Group 1: Andorra, Kazakhstan

Group 2: San Marino, Moldova

Group 3: Kosovo, Malta

Group 4: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein