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Live Reporting

By Katie Falkingham

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Right, that's your lot from us today. Thanks for joining me this morning, it's been fun!

    Until next time.

  2. Blades for England?

    Chris Wilder

    While Phil has been answering your questions, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been facing the press.

    He sees no reason why some of his Blades players shouldn't be on the radar of England manager Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020.

    "I'm sure he wants to keep a close eye on one or two of our boys.

    "You never do yourself any harm by playing well and putting in good performances and the boys have done that consistently this season.

    "I don't believe he's selective to the big clubs either. He's doing a brilliant job with young players and I believe he'll pick players who are in form and who will do jobs for him in systems he might want to go with.

    "Obviously our system is different to most, or what a majority of England systems have been, but Gareth is such a good manager from a flexibility and tactical point of view and he will cover all bases.

    "I'm sure he'll have looked at a few of our players and think they might be able to do it but they have to be consistent in their performances right the way through.

    "There's a really good group of English players at the moment and a host of talent that will be pushing hard in the remaining games of the season to stake a claim and why shouldn't some of my players be in the frame?"

  3. Newcastle interested in Danny Rose

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    The mood at Newcastle is understandably buoyant after four points in the last two Premier League games, all achieved in injury time!

    Attention turns to Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Oxford United, with manager Steve Bruce's injury list including nine players.

    The Magpies have been left particularly short at left-back after season-ending injuries to Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems, and there is understood to be interest in Tottenham full-back Danny Rose.

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has rejected talk of a training ground bust-up with the England international, who was left out of Tottenham's 0-0 draw with Watford last Saturday.

    Danny Rose
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    That, unfortunately, is all the time we have to answer questions. We've been inundated, so thank you for sending them in.

    A little bit of transfer gossip coming up...

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    It would certainly be interesting to hear the thoughts of the managers who currently believe there are already too many games.

    My view is that it seems clubs (not necessarily the managers) don't mind more games providing they are the ones that bring in lots of money.

    I think the Champions League is already starting to get repetitive in the group stages without any further tinkering and while I get the arguments about the League Cup, it is still a big domestic trophy and killing it off would mean one less trophy for all the other teams to have a chance of winning at Wembley.

    I can see they may want to finesse it, getting rid of the two-legged semi-finals for a start, but I really hope it stays and all the teams take part.

  6. Phil McNulty Q&A

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    John Rushton asks: With all the injuries and complaints of overcrowded fixture lists, what are your thoughts on the expanded Club World Cup and Champions League plans, and the future of the League Cup?

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Hypothetical question Jamie but they have had injuries this season - remember they were without goalkeeper Alisson for the first part of the season. Fabinho, who was outstanding in the first few months, has also been out with a long-term injury.

    I do think if there is one player they cannot be without it would be Van Dijk. He is the world's best defender and is a huge figure in the composition of the team, a leader and world-class player.

    Then again, Klopp always seems to find a way.

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    Jamie asks: If Liverpool had injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane do you think they would be doing this well?

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    I think there is a lack of leaders in the team, Dave, leading to Everton being weak mentally when the going gets tough, as we have seen.

    I can see a strong holding midfielder with the edge being a priority, although of course Gbamin was bought as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye in that area and he has out injured after starting only one game.

    Ancelotti simply must find a leader on the pitch, though, because Everton do not have one at the moment.

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    Dave asks: There are of course many, but what do you think is Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest problem at Everton and what area do you think he’ll look to strengthen first?

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    England have got the great advantage of their group games being at Wembley then the semi-finals and finals also if they get there.

    Sorry to spoil the party, though, but I fear England's defence will let them down against opposition of the highest quality and that could even come as early as the last 16 when they could face Germany or World Cup holders France.

    Obviously I hope that gloomy prediction is wrong - it has been known.

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    Macca in Great Yarmouth asks: Hi Phil, honestly do you think England can win the Euros in the summer. Are they being over-hyped again?

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    I totally agree about the negative impact VAR has on supporters, with even players now hesitating to fully celebrate a goal.

    VAR is not going anywhere but I cannot for the life of me understand why referees have not been using the monitors. They are gathering dust at the side of the pitch.

    There needs to be better communication within the stadium and there has to be some sort of concensus on handball, which currently seems to differentiate between attackers and defenders - although that is a vagary of the law not VAR.

    There also needs to be some sort of discussion around some of the marginal offsides we have seen recently.

    All in all, I'm not a massive fan but it is here to stay. It simply needs improving,.

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    GoonerGirl1969·asks: I've been going to Arsenal for over 45 yrs. My love of the game is slowly diminishing due to the people making decisions for VAR. You can't celebrate a goal like you used to. Why aren't refs using the monitors? What would you do to improve it? I'd get rid of it.

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    Charlie asks: I’d be grateful for your thoughts on the following suggestion. All 20 Premier League and Championship clubs to be drawn away against clubs from League One and below in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Wolves are great to watch and how they have pulled it around after an indifferent start while juggling their Europa League commitments is a huge credit to Nuno and his players.

    They are only six points off the top four so that should be their aim and I also fancy them for a run in the Europa League.

    I think Wolves are in the top ten teams to stay although we must still strengthen as well.

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    Mark Ford asks: Hi Phil. Wolves are showing some utter grit and determination again this season. A real philosophy about how they play and play as a team. How far do you think they can go this season and next?

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Just don't see that happening James. The old law of supply and demand and the relentless search for success.