Sportsday Live - Kenny Dalglish special

Dalglish sacked as Liverpool boss, John Ruddy and Andy Carroll named in England's 23-man Euro 2012, but there is no place for Rio Ferdinand, plus more.

16 May 2012 Last updated at 19:31

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  1. 1931: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    That's it for Sportsday Live today. Thanks for joining us on a manic day of sports news.

    We will reopen at 08:00 BST tomorrow with any overnight fall-out from Kenny Dalglish's sacking at Liverpool and the England squad as well as build-up to Saturday's Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich and much more.

  2. 1929: 
    CRICKET

    Nottinghamshire confirm that Alex Hales has accepted a sanction during an internal disciplinary hearing. The hearing followed a breach of club discipline, the details of which will remain confidential.

  3. 1927: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Liverpool player Terry McDermott on BBC Radio 5 live: "I havent spoken to him. I'm shocked, disappointed and saddened. It was unwarranted. They could have given him longer - maybe until Christmas. They pulled the trigger and prematurely in my view. Whoever comes in has to be top drawer."

  4. 1926: 
    CRICKET

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church at Surrey v Somerset: "A very good day for the Somerset batsman who took advantage of an excellent batting surface. Centuries from Arul Suppiah and James Hildreth saw the visitors close on 441-5 as the Surrey bowlers found there was no margin for error.

    "Suppiah and Hildreth both batted excellently and they were complimented by Nick Compton's 83. The Surrey bowlers stuck to their task but it was hard work as the boundary was found with regularity.

    "This was a good toss for Somerset to win and Surrey will look to stem the flow of runs tomorrow morning and then make full use of the excellent conditions when it comes to their turn to bat."

    Scorecards of this and every County Championship game are available on the BBC Sport website.

  5. 1923: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Jon Hare on Twitter: "What was Kenny supposed to do? Put the ball in the net himself? The performances were not bad, just the finishing."

    Indigo Pearce on Twitter: "Liverpool need a good manager in the transfer market! and im sorry, but daglish is not that!"

    Ralph Blackburn on Twitter: "Liverpool Fans are living in dreamland if they think they'll get Klopp/Guardiola."

    Luc Parry-Jones on Twitter: "Liverpool should go for a foreign manager. Lucien Favre should get a mention, his CV is amazing!"

    David Jones on Twitter: "Shows CL qualification is more lucrative than winning cups. Kenny said he'd rather win cups - don't think the owners agree."

  6. 1918: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm a little bit surprised. I thought he'd go on until January 2013.

    "At start of season, if you said to the Americans [club owners] they'd be in the Europa League, win the Carling Cup and be in the FA Cup final... the eighth-place finish has obviously disappointed them.

    "The Americans have spent a lot of money on club and given money to players. The players haven't achieved and, in some cases, underachieved."

  7. 1916: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says that it was not a mistake to hire Kenny Dalglish after the Scot was fired following 16 months in charge.

    "When Kenny was offered the role on a caretaker basis back in January last year, the club was at a particularly low point," Ayre says. "He helped piece the club back together and for that, everyone at Liverpool Football Club will be eternally grateful.

    "The football club is now in a much healthier shape than it was last January off the pitch."

  8. 1913:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:DALGLISH EXIT

    "With the shield of Dalglish removed, focus now on Liverpool owners FSG to show leadership, vision & the ability to make the right decisions."

  9. 1908: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Edward Hodson on Twitter: "When will Liverpool fans and owners realise they were lucky to reach midtable with their current squad."

    Stuart Lundstrom on Twitter: "Dalglish, Clarke, Comolli, Brukner, Cotton. New manager? More like a new heart at the club. Sincerely hope #FSG have a plan..."

    Graham Jenkins on Twitter: "so who's actually going to want to manage Liverpool the state we're in at the moment?"

    Ashish Sood on Twitter: "Kenny Dalglish's sacking is proof that a high position in the league is more valued than just winning silverware"

  10. 1903: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR midfielder Joey Bartonaccepts one Football Association charge of violent conduct, but denies a second.

    The one-time England international admits clashing with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero after being sent off on Sunday, but says he has no case to answer from a confrontation with Vincent Kompany.

  11. 1901: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ex-England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Big fan of Hodgson though. He is my idea of what an International manager should be. And we have found a manager that speaks English!!!"

  12. 1859: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read atWawickshire v Lancashire: "Lancashire should feel pretty happy with their efforts today, the close of play score isn't really a reflection on how well they bowled.

    "Leading the way first up this morning was the captain Glen Chapple and Ajmal Shahzad they bowled with aggression and accuracy which was well backed up by Luke Proctor and the spin twins Kerrigan and Keady.

    "They got their rewards after tea, a good final session which sets things up nicely for day two. The big concern for the Red Rose is a potential side injury for their captain.

    "He had to leave the field late on, fingers crossed it was just a precaution."

    Scorecards of this and every County Championship game are available on the BBC Sport website.

  13. 1857: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Big day for news. England squad looks decent but not sure about the decision to not take @rioferdy5"

  14. 1854: 
    TENNIS

    British number one Elena Baltacha is through to the second round of the clay-court ITF event in Prague. The world number 70 beat Spain's Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-3 6-1.

    She says: "It was probably the best match I've played this year and that was a really nice feeling, especially against a good young clay-court player like her."

  15. 1852: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin atWawickshire v Lancashire: "Varun Chopra's second century of the season was an impressively disciplined innings. He took few risks and resisted the temptation to hit out at Lancashire's spin attack when they bowled in tandem.

    "Along with Ian Westwood he was efficient at gathering singles and keeping the scoreboard ticking over without giving the bowlers much encouragement. Chopra only gave one chance before eventually falling to possibly his first really loose shot.

    "The wickets in the final session have got Lancashire back into the game to a point but the Bears will believe they have at least one more productive partnership in them which would lift them to a commanding total."

    Scorecards of this and every County Championship game are available on the BBC Sport website.

  16. 1850: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley at the same game: "A good day's cricket, the sun shone, and for once play ended on time, strange as all but five overs were bowled by the pacemen.

    "Sussex well in control at lunch, fine knock by Nash but once he went it was a struggle for Sussex, losing five between lunch and tea, as Worcestershire bowled a much tighter line and length.

    "Arif and Brown, then led a recovery, and it'll be interesting to see what a good score is on this pitch."

    Scorecards of this and every County Championship game are available on the BBC Sport website.

  17. 1850: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Sussex commentator Adrian Harms at Worcestershire v Sussex: "A day of fluctuating fortunes, where due to to a slow outfield the Sussex overnight score of 283-8 may be better that it looks.

    "Having won the toss Sussex will have been disappointed to have slipped from 101-1 at lunch to 167-6 at tea.

    "However the lower order batted with great application, and the partnership of 84 for the seventh wicket between Ben Brown and Naveed Arif may prove decisive in the match.

    "Earlier in the day Chris Nash had made batting look easy, his 84 being the quality innings of the day.

    "Sussex skipper Michael Yardy was surprised by how dry the pitch was after all the recent wet weather, and expects some turn later in the match, meaning Monty Panesar could have an important role to play as the game progresses."

    Scorecards of this and every County Championship game are available on the BBC Sport website.

  18. 1847: 
    FOOTBALL

    Full-backPatrice Evra tells BBC Radio Manchester that the Luis Suarez racism row and death of his brother have made this his "most difficult season" for Manchester United.

  19. 1846: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Joshua Lander on Twitter: "King Kenny has been dethroned. AVB to save the day?"

    Funk Space on Twitter: "Rafa for manager, Cruyff for Director of Football!"

    Yousuf Ali on Twitter: "Chelsea can start our rebuilding by bringing Clarke back to the bridge. It's no secret we've struggled without him."

    Lawrie Hurren on Twitter: "Think Kenny's sacking is as much about his terrible handling of the media as it is about PL results"

    Phillip Meng on Twitter: "I'd have no doubts that the top 3 on the #LFC list would be Pep Guardiola, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp."

    Zal Clemishton on Twitter: "#liverpool have nothing to offer an established manager apart from easy failure,apart from Benitez no big name will touch them"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  20. 1839: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague on Twitter: "About Rafa. There is no news whatsoever to tell. Nothing has changed with him in regards to Liverpool in the last weeks. Nothing to report. Pep Guardiola is definitively going on a sabbatical"

  21. 1837: 
    FOOTBALL

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Do feel for Kenny Dalglish. Absolutely loves that club. Unreasonable expectations in such a short time. How long will the next fella get?"

    And in reply to Ferdinand: "@rioferdy5 You've been one of the few in recent times to consistently rise to the big occasion. You will be missed!"

  22. 1835: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport football pundit Robbie Savage on Twitter: "@rioferdy5 how an earth your not in the squad is a joke ,if its purely footballing decision you have to be in its simple , joke decision !"

  23. 1832: 
    SPORTSDAY

    All the day's sports news is now available at Sportsday on BBC Sport Online and the BBC News Channel.

    They're live at Anfield, Wembley and Washington DC tonight to reflect the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Euros and Lamont Peterson's insistence that he will clear his name.

  24. 1832: 
    FOOTBALL

    Mixed emotions for England players following today's Euro 2012 squad announcement.

    Rio Ferdinand, who was left out, on Twitter: "Absolutely loved playing for england....to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order..."

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is in, on Twitter: "Dream come true"

  25. 1828: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    More from Scales: "Ultimately the players haven't performed as they should have done. It is a sad day when someone of Kenny's stature leaves the club. When the owners are looking at things from afar and seeing the reports and headlines from the media, they will not want that image for their football club.

    "The Suarez situation didn't help the club. But they were approaching 40 points behind the Manchester clubs and their home form has been as bad as anybody in the league. It is easy to see how the decision was reached.

    "It is a big, brave decision and perhaps it came a touch too soon. A club the stature of Liverpool demands a big name. Are the owners prepared to back a big name with funds or are they looking for a Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez? Rodgers would be the ideal candidate as a young manager with great ambition."

  26. 1826: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Liverpool defenderJohn Scaleson BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool fans will be devastated. Their hearts will be saying that but their heads may be saying this was inevitable. I'm not surprised he's gone because the silence has been deafening since he got back from America.

    "The manager is responsible for getting the players to perform. It is ironic that Liverpool players like Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll have been named in the England squad today."

  27. 1823: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator John Murray: "If you'd asked me a week ago I wouldn't have said it was inevitable but this week the hints were towards this happening with the trip to the States. It is a bold move. To sack Dalglish at Liverpool has something of the killing of Bambi's mother about it.

    "It will mobilise the Liverpool support. I wonder whether image played a part in this. It has not been a good season in terms of their image. I felt Dalglish set it up as 'them against us' with the Suarez affair. I'm not sure that played well for the club's image. Whatever happens Dalglish will have the best interests of Liverpool Football Club in his heart."

  28. 1822: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Valentine Inyama on Twitter: "I'd go for frank rijkaard"

    Declan Walsh on Twitter: "Don't think Kenny can be blaimed for the money spent, that was D. Camolli's department."

    Robert James Reid on Twitter: "Giving Martinez the @LFC job is wrong decision at this time. If cappelo or rijkaard are available get them. Both proven!"

    Harry Steane on Twitter: "Hang on, Brendan Rodgers has taken Swansea further than Martinez did, and has now finished above Wigan in the table! LFC job?"

    Paul Todd on Twitter: "We need a top quality manager and Martinez is not ! Louis van gaal"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  29. 1812: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    The full story on Kenny Dalglish's sacking as Liverpool manager is available to read on the BBC Sport website.

  30. 1809: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sport's Paul Plunkett on Twitter: "#Dalglish assistant Steve Clarke has also left Liverpool - his own decision #lfc"

  31. 1808: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Coming up at 1830 here on BBC Sport Online and the BBC News Channel: all the day's sports news in Sportsday.

    We're live at Anfield, Wembley and Washington DC tonight to reflect the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Euros and Lamont Peterson's insistence that he will clear his name. Join Katherine Downes, Katie Gornall, Dan Roan and Richard Conway at 1830.

  32. 1807: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Christian Bruty on Twitter: "Whoever we pick next needs to be a long term appointment for stability and not the manager merry-go-round #lfc"

    Joe Ross on Twitter: "As a blackburn fan I say bring king kenny back, we might win the league again (even if it is only the championship this time!)"

    Murray Rankin on Twitter: "How about Claudio Ranieri for next Liverpool manager. Experience of English football and currently available."

    Tim de la Haye on Twitter: "How arrogant are Liverpool fans-Guardiola? Instead of year break, go somewhere with massively unrealistic fans and poor squad"

    Vincent O'Rourke on Twitter: "lippi will be next into liverpool hot seat i reckon, he is free and will be keen"

    Mark Dorman on Twitter: "if #lfc looking for young manager/fresh start i'd go with carragher as player/mgr with gary mcallister as No2"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  33. 1800: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "#SFA's independent appeals body due to hear #Rangers appeal at Hampden shortly. Prospective owner Charles Green part of rfc delegation."

  34. 1758: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Max Munton, co-editor of Liverpool fans' website This is Anfield, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I think you do need to give managers longer to reach that sustainability of success. If you look at the most successful manager in the Premier League they have been at their club for a while.

    "Just because he's got this legendary status at the club doesn't mean he should get more time but I still think it is a hasty decision. I would go for Rafa Benitez again. He didn't finish off the job he started."

  35. 1756: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Hiran Ravat on Twitter: "If Liverpool are smart get Martin O Neill. He won't need millions and will get the current lot to perform....no brainer!"

    Meryl C on Twitter: "I really hope Mr Dalgish gets the plaudits he deserves for stepping in & lifting us Reds when times were so rough. Thank you."

    Nic Lawrence on Twitter: "Please don't let Roberto Martinez be the new Liverpool manager. It would be a terrible waste of a great manager"

    Gary Calvert on Twitter: "Kenny had to go, bought mediocre players at top prices. If he spent half on the players he bought may have been different"

    Scott Osborne on Twitter: "I know one appointment that would delight #LFC fans? How about shell out for Sami Hypia from leverkusen?"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1751: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sportsound on Twitter: "Sportsound at 6.10 pm - Gordon Strachan gives his reaction to Kenny Dalglish's sacking and we hear from Ken Stott and Irvine Welsh"

  37. 1749: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Dominic Hampton on Twitter: "So FSG unhappy with KD's purchases but they're good enough for England? Uh oh..."

    Mike Matthews on Twitter: "Bring back Rafa!!should never have gone in the first place!Job is too big for Lambert,Rogers and Martins.Hodgson all overagain"

    Wilbur Bob on Twitter: "I think Pep should step up to the plate, that would show owners mean business!"

    Martin Dillon on Twitter: "We needed stability, as a red, I'd like to have given Dalglish another season to prove himself, started to adjust to his style"

    Christos Allen on Twitter: "Were Liverpool really good enough to finish above Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs?....and even Newcastle?"

    Craig Jones on Twitter: "cant see Liverpool taking risks, I'm expecting a foreign big name to take charge around the start of June"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  38. 1744: 
    CYCLING

    Edinburgh could host the Tour de France's Grand Depart in 2017.

    The Scottish capital is being lined up to host the opening Tour prologue - a short time-trial stage - with Yorkshire bidding to host the Grand Depart in 2016.

  39. 1742: 
    FOOTBALL

    Goalkeeper Marton Fulop is one of five players let go by West Bromwich Albion, just days after his costly double-blunder marred Roy Hodgson's final game in charge against Arsenal.

    Albion also release Nicky Shorey, Joe Mattock, Somen Tchoyi and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.

  40. 1741:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:DALGLISH EXIT

    "Roberto Martinez has done brilliantly to come with a late run to keep Wigan up - but does that really make him the man to revive Liverpool?"

  41. 1741:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDALGLISH EXIT

    "It's been a crazy few days of football. What's next? Big job on at Anfield."

  42. 1739: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Hugh Dickinson on Twitter: "Anyone thinking Chris Hughton? He's the man who's got the best out of Andy Carroll, and knows what it is to win every game"

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Steve Clarke leaving is a bigger blow I think. Great assistant and supposed to be great in training."

    Samuel Brown on Twitter: "Just think if he won the FA cup, how different would things be? Did that first half cost him? I think so..."

    Hussain Cochin on Twitter: "A considerable contract to lure Guardiola to Liverpool. Worth a shot"

    Steven Johnson on Twitter: "Typical American spin. Liverpool are not moving forward. The glory days are gone and are not coming back."

    Antony Ashton on Twitter: "The next manager will suffer only because he's not kenny dalglish"

    Robert Bailey on Twitter: "Whoever gets the job, would like to see Carra taking on more of a coaching role at Liverpool- he is the natural heir to Kenny"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  43. 1736: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Liverpool defender John Scales tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm shocked but over the last couple of days when he went over to Boston the silence has been deafening. Everybody understands Liverpool's season was not good enough. They were 40-odd points off the two Manchester clubs. I really did think he would be given another season."

  44. 1733:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:DALGLISH EXIT

    "Hodgson is relaxed as England manager announcing his Euro 2012 squad as Dalglish is sacked by Liverpool. Football really is a strange game."

  45. 1732: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sport's Joe Wilson says that it looks like Kenny Dalglish has left Liverpool in wholesale changes at Anfield.

  46. 1729: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Guardian sports writer David Conn: "There has been blood on the carpet here at Liverpool now. Dalglish and Comolli are appointments they made so they are undoing those. Now there are a lot of empty spaces to fill at Liverpool, particularly Kenny Dalglish. They don't seem to have a manager lined up. It can make you look very decisive to sack a manger but it can also put you back to square one."

  47. 1728: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Apparently it took @GNev2 1 second to rule himself out of the Liverpool job....."

    Ex-Manchester United defender and new England coach Gary Neville on Twitter: "You causing trouble Michael!!"

  48. 1726: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Dave Jones on Twitter: "Dalglish can't talk about respect or being dignified"

    Fergus Moran on Twitter: "it wasn't kenny who let liverpool down, it was the players. FSG have to realise they now own a mediocre club"

    Dan Bradley on Twitter: "i don't think sacking kenny was the right choice, you can't ask for much better than 8th and a cup win with such a poor squad"

    Ben Franklin on Twitter: "Bring back Rafa and Joe Cole! Would not mind Martin O'Neil either. Martinez wouldn't cut it at this level, just like Hodgson."

    Tom Garry on Twitter: "why appoint a manager if you aren't going to give him time to rebuild? sometimes you have to go backwards before going forward"

    Jamie Di Biasio on Twitter: "I'm so disappointed Dalglish has gone. He simply needed more time. Could his handling of the Suarez affair been a catalyst?"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  49. 1719: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Kenny himself will be really seriously disappointed. If you talk to the majority of Liverpool fans who actually went to games they will say the team actually played really well. Major surgery wasn't required.

    "The fact is that the league form hasn't been good enough for the owners. It's disappointing they haven't got anyone lined up. Paul Lambert, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez have been mentioned as successors. They have done great jobs but it is very different at a club like Liverpool where you are expected to win every game. The current England manager Roy Hodgson found that when he went to Liverpool."

  50. 1718: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Ex-Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I personally think he should've been given another year. When you get to an FA Cup final and you win a bit of silverware you have done well. Kenny was trying to rebuild. Yes he spent an awful lot on a couple of players and you expect results right away but it takes time."

  51. 1717: 
    BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

    A bumper night of sports news and specials on BBC Radio 5 live. From 1900 BST, the focus will be on the sacking of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad. From 2030 BST, the Champions League final takes centre-stage, with former Cologne striker Tony Woodcock, ex-Fulham defender Moritz Volz and old Germany and Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann featuring on the show. From 2130 BST, there's a Heineken Cup preview show and following that there will be a look ahead to the first Test between England and the West Indies.

  52. 1716: 
    FOOTBALL

    One manager that will not be replacing Dalglish at Anfield is former Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll.

    He is Crawley's new manager after spending the past five months coaching at Nottingham Forest.

  53. 1706: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    So Liverpool confirm that Dalglish is sacked, rather than resigning. You are continuing to have your say on Twitter.

    Michael Rhodes on Twitter: "Rafa is a Liverpool hero, but the last thing the club needs is another great to tarnish their reputation."

    Paul Larkin on Twitter: "terrible signings, awful tactics, horrendous personality! Just sad we won't hear his deluded comments anymore! #LFC"

    Joseph Dennis on Twitter: "Owners need make a big statement with next manager and need to give him financial backing."

    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "I'm think Villas-Boas for Liverpool may be a decent outside bet"

    Ben Barkhoff on Twitter: "Kenny got more time than any other manager ever would have. Now whats important is to make the right choice for #LFC"

    Benny Profane on Twitter: "#martinez, 6 weeks ago he'd got his team planted in the relegation zone, give me a break will you!!!! #kenny'sking"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  54. 1704: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: "It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as manager. Of course I am disappointed with results in the league, but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans and the club to be back winning trophies.

    "Whilst I am obviously disappointed to be leaving the football club, I can say that the matter has been handled by the owners and all concerned in an honourable, respectful and dignified way and reflects on the quality of the people involved and their continued desire to move the football club forward in the same way as when they arrived here.

    "I would like to thank all of the staff at the club for their effort and loyalty. I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.

    "Finally, I want to put on record my heartfelt gratitude to Liverpool's fans, who have always given me and the club their unwavering support. Without them neither the club nor I would have achieved anything."

  55. 1703: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner: "Kenny came into the Club as Manager at our request at a time when Liverpool Football Club really needed him. He didn't ask to be Manager; he was asked to assume the role. He did so because he knew the Club needed him. He did more than anyone else to stabilize Liverpool over the past year-and-a-half and to get us once again looking forward. We owe him a great debt of gratitude.

    "However, results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change.

    "We are committed to delivering success for our supporters and our ambition remains resolute to return this great Club to the elite of England and Europe, where it belongs."

  56. 1703: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Liverpool principal owner John Henry: "Kenny will always be more than a championship winning manager, more than a championship winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club.

    "He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield.

    "Our job now is to identify and recruit the right person to take this club forward and build on the strong foundations put in place during the last 18 months."

  57. 1701: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Liverpool confirm that Kenny Dalglish is sacked.

    A statement read: "Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announced that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as manager after having his contract terminated.

    "After a careful and deliberative review of the season, the club came to the decision that a change was appropriate. It is not a decision that was reached lightly or hastily.

    "The search for a new manager will begin immediately."

  58. 1700: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sport presenter and Norwich fan Jake Humphrey on Twitter: "The #Liverpool news worries me, I can envisage Kenny moving upstairs and #Lambert coming in as boss. Wouldn't surprise me one bit... #NCFC"

  59. 1659: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Liverpool FC on Twitter: "An official statement from Liverpool Football Club will be released on http://www.liverpoolfc.tv and on LFC TV at 5pm tonight."

  60. 1656: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Ed Eelk on Twitter: "Capello for Liverpool? He's keen for top prem team, challenging for Europe."

    Billo on Twitter: "Ironic Dalglish departs Liverpool on the same day Hodgson announces his first England squad. What a difference a year makes."

    David Lim on Twitter: "Paul Lambert for #Liverpool manager role - he has European experience at #Dortmund & #Celtic?"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  61. 1653: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    More from Ingham: "It did take them five months to give him a permanent contract and then, of course they did sanction all that major spending. One of the main reasons they probably pulled the plug on him is because all the spending hasn't worked and raised questions about his judgement.

    "It looks like there is a new broom sweeping through Liverpool. I think Kenny Dalglish has paid a price for the Luis Suarez affair where even he will admit he made an error of judgement. In the end I think it was the refusal of Suarez to shake hands with Patrice Evra which completely humiliated the club and damaged Kenny Dalglish as well.

    "The thing about Kenny Dalglish is that he is so supportive of his players and in the end I think he took the You'll Never Walk Alone thing to far."

  62. 1652: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Radio 5 Live's chief football correspondent Mike Ingham: "It's not entirely a surprise. The writing was starting to appear on the wall. What makes it such a painful parting is that it is not just another manager leaving a club because Kenny Dalglish is completely revered at Liverpool - the greatest player to have ever worn the shirt for them, he was idolised on the Kop.

    "He went back with unfinished business to manage the team. It was a big emotional lure and after the unhappy years he suffered under Gillett and Hicks he brought harmony spirit and almost Bill Shankly like stability early on but he was never really FSG's number one choice. I think they sort of went with the flow because they understood the emotional pull."

  63. 1648: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Former Blackburn striker Kevin Gallagher on Twitter: Cant believe @kennethdalglish has been dismissed from #LFC,Top manager, Top Bloke."

  64. 1647: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Chris Johnston on Twitter: "Give Rafa the budget that Kenny got last summer and we'll be contenders for the CL places"

    Aaron Wakelin on Twitter: "Kenny should have gone a long time ago. Carling Cup win was lucky and he may as well have thrown £114m down the drain."

    Drew Murphy on Twitter: "Martin O'neill has to be the smart choice now Kenny is gone!"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  65. 1645: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR statement: "Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm that a full investigation in relation to Joey Barton's dismissal and subsequent events against Manchester City on Sunday will be carried out following the conclusion of his FA hearing.

    "The Club will be making no further comment at this stage."

  66. 1640: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Sports broadcaster Kelly Cates, Dalglish's daughter, on Twitter: "Devastated for Dad but incredibly proud of the job he's done. Thanks for all the lovely messages already. Have a good summer x"

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, who played under Dalglish at Newcastle, on Twitter: "Sorry to hear @kennethdalglish has lost his job at Liverpool . 1 of the best manager s I've worked under."

  67. 1636: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "The owners have been extremely disappointed with how the club has performed considering the outlay. You can't underestimate the way he is held by Liverpool fans.

    "He is a huge loss for Liverpool fans and there will be huge sadness among them. I think the owners are hopeful of making an announcement on a new manager pretty swiftly."

  68. 1635:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "QPR confirm full investigation in relation to Joey Barton's dismissal and subsequent events v ManCity will be carried out after FA hearing"

  69. 1634: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Chris Gnapp on Twitter: "Wow, Dalglish gone! Massive call by owners, they will never be allowed back in Liverpool."

    Matt Aish on Twitter: "After everything he has done for #LFC, Kenny definitely deserved another season."

    Matt Driver on Twitter: "I think its right that he's gone. Liverpool need a young vibrant manager (Martinez etc) to take them forward."

    Kev Roberts on Twitter: " In a way, I'm glad Kenny has gone, he was the man we wanted, not the man we needed. he'll be missed #YNWA"

    Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  70. 1629: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    BBC Sport's Tim Hague on Twitter: "So Kenny #Dalglish leaves #Liverpool. I'm hearing Roberto #Martinez is the Premier League manager approached."

  71. 1626: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "He's gone. Kenny Dalglish won the Carling Cup but #lfc owners Fenway clearly unhappy with poor PR, PL form and certain purchases."

  72. 1626:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:DALGLISH EXIT

    "Huge call by FSG as Kenny Dalglish leaves Liverpool. Once he left Boston without assurances the game was up."

  73. 1624: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Times journalist Oliver Kay on Twitter: "LFC owners have taken hell of a risk in sacking Kenny. Poor league season, but serious pressure on FSG to show they know what they're doing."

  74. 1623: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    Kenny Dalglish won 35 of his 74 games in charge since taking over as Liverpool manager for the second time in January 2011.

    The Reds won the Carling Cup this season but finished eighth in the Premier League table.

  75. 1621: 
    DALGLISH EXIT- GET INVOLVED

    Tom Todd on Twitter: "Odds on a Benitez return?"

    Darren Anderson on Twitter: "Steve Bruce needs a job. So does Alex McLeish."

    Luke Shirley on Twitter: "Villa may need to act quickly on new manager now that Dalglish has left Liverpool."

  76. 1620: 
    DALGLISH EXIT

    So Kenny Dalglish is no longer Liverpool manager. We will bring you the latest as we discover it.

    Do you think Dalglish should have left Anfield? Who do you think should replace him? Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  77. 1614: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Kenny Dalglish leaves his post as manager of Liverpool FC.

  78. 1613: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher on Twitter: "Not surprised Hodgson opted for Carroll after a strong finish - good idea to take Ruddy as well after a strong season.

    "The Downing selection was puzzling and I'm a bit surprised Jones made it - thought his form had deserted him by the end of the season. We should never have expected revolutionary selections today after all Hodgson's only been in the job 5 minutes. Needed longer to prepare

    "Agree with the opinion that Richards and A Johnson deserved to go. Johnson much more dangerous than Downing and scores more goals. I would have been happier with Ferdinand instead of Jones and Richards over Glen Johnson if I'm honest."

  79. 1612:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Expect Liverpool to make a statement by end of the day. Which way it will go still unclear, but Dalglish's future will become clearer. If FSG are about to part company with Dalglish it's a massive call by absent owners."

  80. 1605: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger are amongst the 20 players named by Denmark coach Morten Olsen for Euro 2012.

  81. 1551: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Riaz Hussain on Twitter: "There's enough in the selected squad to reach final of Euro 2012.Lets not forget we have 4 or 5 world class players included"

    Ben Serpa on Twitter: "Typical English fans- 2012 squad has 12 new faces from 2010 squad, and you all are still calling it a boring, "same" squad"

  82. 1543: 
    FOOTBALL

    Micah Richards, who was not selected in England's Euro 2012 squad, tells Manchester City's official website: "Of course my initial reaction is to be gutted but a manager is there to pick a squad and he cannot pick everyone.

    "No one will be cheering louder than me for England when the championships start. My really good mates from City and other clubs will be playing and of course I want my country to win.

    "I will take myself off on holiday and come back refreshed and ready to start again next season.

    "There is so much to look forward to starting with City's trip to China and Malaysia and then the Community Shield match against Chelsea. We are defending the Premier League title and we will be ready to be competitive in the Champions League.

    "Hopefully I will play my share of those games and will be selected for the England squad at some time in the future."

  83. 1537: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former England international Kyran Bracken wants the Rugby Football Union to buy cash-strapped Wasps and use the club as a breeding ground for the next generation of internationals. Wasps, who are forecast to lose in excess of #2million next season, are close to reaching a takeover deal with a consortium led by former flanker Ken Moss. "I realise there may be a conflict of interest which I believe can somehow be overcome, but think of the team they could create with young English players as the backbone," said Bracken. "I am not suggesting the RFU create an England team at Wasps, but that they use that franchise to their advantage with a few overseas players that can help improve the game of some of the younger ones with a priority to give the brightest kids in England a chance to play."

  84. 1535: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack Jewell on Twitter: "Rio for the Olympics?"

    Tristan Allen on Twitter: "Adam Johnson has shot himself in the foot by staying and Man City, any form of first team football and he'd be in that squad"

    Richard Waghorn on Twitter: "The Eng side has been sacrificed in favour of the Premier league. The squad has little that will change my mind on that view"

  85. 1530: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Len B on Twitter: "I'm amazed that Micah Richards is not included. Best Right-back this season, even United fans will admit he's been brilliant"

  86. 1528: 
    CRICKET

    Andrew Strauss insists he is "not even close" to thinking he has had enough of the England captaincy, despite his long and vain search for his 20th Test century. Strauss has made just one hundred in his last 49 Test innings. "I'm excited about the challenges ahead, to come out at Lord's again, and I'm hoping we will all show what we're capable of this summer," said Strauss.

  87. 1523: 
    FOOTBALL

    Striker Darren Bent has pledged his commitment to managerless Aston Villa and revealed a determination to get behind the new boss when he is appointed. The 28-year-old, who missed the last three months of the season after rupturing ankle ligaments, was linked with a move away in January. "People have asked if I was mis-sold the dream when I signed and if I'm honest I didn't think Ashley Young and Stewart Downing would leave in the same summer," he told the Birmingham Mail. "But I signed for Aston Villa because I wanted to be here and I still do. I was linked with a transfer out of here all through January and I didn't want that then and I don't want that now."

  88. 1519: 

    Peter Scott on Twitter: "17 players with champions league experience & 10 premier league winners.Plenty of countries would be envious of that!"

  89. 1514: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admits his side will have to stop the threat of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to have a chance of winning the Champions League on Saturday. "He is a very good striker and has a strong physical presence and he knows how to put himself about," the Germany international said. "We have seen this season in the Champion League how dangerous he is."

  90. 1512: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Davies on Twitter: "Rob Green getting in the squad highlights the dearth of real quality English goalkeepers around right now"

  91. 1501: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading make their first signing of the summer as they prepare for life in the Premier League by bringing in Nottingham Forest winger Garath McCleary on a free transfer. The 25-year-old was Forest's player of the year this season and has signed a three-year deal with the Royals. Royals manager Brian McDermott told the club's website: "It's important we have brought a player of Garath's quality through the door. It's an early signing for us, and a great one. We are absolutely delighted to get him. He's young, he's got an eye for goal, he's very quick and has got a real energy about him."

  92. 1455: 
    ATHLETICS

    Justin Gatlin runs 9.93 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Colorful Daegu Championships Meeting in South Korea today. The former Olympic champion ran 9.87secs in Doha last week. The 30-year-old, who served a four-year drugs ban from 2006-2010, finished well ahead of the field, with fellow American Mike Rodgers second in 10.06.

  93. 1448: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Hardy on Twitter: "I think we have a squad that will be hard to breakdown, but has the pace to hurt people, it will be the day of the underdog"

    Kiefer Outram on Twitter: "Best thing about this England squad is the development of new defensive partnerships like Lescott and Cahill"

    Adam Momoniat on Twitter: "Sir Alex has had a big part to play in Rio's exclusion because of his comments questioning Rio's fitness"

  94. 1445: 
    FOOTBALL

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tells the Arsenal website he will "play with no fear" in Ukraine and Poland after being named in England's Euro 2012 squad. "I'm obviously delighted, to be picked for your country at any stage is a massive honour and to be at a huge tournament likes the Euros is such a bonus," he told Arsenal.com. "I think I play with no fear, I run at players regardless of who they are and try to make a difference. I have a youthful enthusiasm and I am so excited about this that I will try and take any opportunity with both hands. I will just try and make things happen, although I know there are other players who can do that. It will just be nice to get the opportunity and I will see what I can do."

  95. 1442: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler on Twitter: "Ah well.....there's always the Olympic squad, I'll keep soldiering on.. #3lionsonourshirt"

  96. 1437: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Glenn Tosek on Twitter: "Everybody is really laying into Hodgson after his first team selection. No wonder it's a poisoned chalice. Give him a chance!"

  97. 1430: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Executive Director of The Football AssociationDavid Davies: "I think it was a very diplomatic performance from Roy Hodgson in the press conference. I think Rio will be very upset, putting it mildly. But Rio is always gracious - he was when he had difficult times with us and, boy, did we have some difficult times.

    "John Terry will absolutely get behind Steven Gerrard and the team. He is hugely patriotic. I know that very well. This could be his last hurrah for England. He will recognise this is an important time for him and he will want to be seen pulling together.

    "It was interesting that he referred to Phil Jones. I think he will play a vital part."

  98. 1429: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC football pundit Garth Crooks: "The fact that we've not heard from Rio says all we need to know. I think he'll be furious. Football managers have to take decisions for the team, not the individual. I think Roy Hodgson thought it would be toxic to have both in there.

    "I don't think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [is a surprise]. We all know his talent and he has a super temperament. I just hope it is not too much too soon.

    "I thought it was a piece of classic management to let John Ruddy have his wedding. You want players in the right frame of mind."

  99. 1428: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tim G on Twitter: "No matter what team Roy would have selected, many people would have complained. All we can do is get behind the team selected!"

    Simon Hicks on Twitter: "Hodgson needs to learn from Stuart Lancaster, should have left the big names and egos at home and tried players that want it"

  100. 1425: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson summing up England's preparations ahead of Euro 2012: "We have to be careful with what we do with the players in preparation. You can end up taking more out of them on the training field particularly after a long season without a winter break. I'd like to think we have enough players to deal with any injury situations. He (Wayne Rooney) got suspended and I'm not suggesting the suspension is wrong. But it's not very nice going into the first two games without a player who is world class."

  101. 1425: 
    FOOTBALL

    England boss Roy Hodgson on John Terry, who was selected for Euro 2012 despite a July court case awaiting him regarding allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, which Terry denies: "If we take the court case first of all, that's obviously very unfortunate for him but we must emphasise he is an innocent man until such time as he is proven guilty.

    "My decision with John Terry was based purely on footballing matters, I was given a free hand as to the squad I picked. I realised that when I selected him there would be people who would raise eyebrows but that's the decision that I've made, that's the decision I shall live with."

  102. 1422: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on John Ruddy's forthcoming marriage and the absence of Micah Richards from the squad: "He still is I hope (getting married). He offered to postpone the wedding but personally I think it's dangerous to postpone a wedding. I was considering Kyle Walker before he dropped out. In Phil Jones I have a player who is capable of playing right-back and centre-back. It was going to be one of Phil Jones or Micah Richards and I chose Jones."

  103. 1420: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC football pundit Mark Bright: "Looks like Roy doesn't think Rio is good enough, it's not about how many games he can play in short space of time or his form recently."

  104. 1414: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson's press conference is being dominated by questions about Rio Ferdinand. It is fair to say the England manager is getting a bit fed up. "There's 23 names in the squad and we're preparing for a tournament and we seem to be talking about one player until the cows go home."

  105. 1412: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Elliot Smith on Twitter: "Rio left out due to 'footballing reasons'? I guess that's why Downing was called up then - 'footballing reasons'."

    Michael Dickson on Twitter: "Gerrard Captain & Downing and Carroll in the team? Can someone remind Hodgson it is the England job and not the Liverpool job!"

    Danny Till on Twitter: "Steven Gerrard selected as captain, personally I'd have gone with Hart. Let Gerrard just go and play."

  106. 1411: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jean Olivier-Marty on Twitter: "I am very happy with Carroll, Downing and Johnson in the squad... as a France supporter..."

  107. 1410: 
    FOOTBALL

    England manager Roy Hodgson on John Terry's selection: "He has had that court case hanging over him a long time now and it has certainly not distracted him so far. I chose John Terry for purely football reasons and I didn't select Rio for football reasons."

  108. 1407:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:

    "Roy Hodgson on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 'He is a very, very exciting player. He's given one or two performances that have made quite an impression on me.'"

  109. 1405: 

    Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam on Twitter: "About time Steven Gerrard was made captain. Delighted for Liverpool lads in squad"

  110. 1404: 
    FOOTBALL

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Rio Ferdinand's omission from the Euro 2012 squad: "It's a football decision. He's only played for England once in the last year. It was a hard phone call to make, but it's based on football - nothing else."

  111. 1404: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Joe Boulton on Twitter: "So Steven Gerrard is England captain. That announcement should of been made 6 years ago."

    Kieran Lester on Twitter: "England squad stale and very boring..Just like the appointment of Roy Hodgson!"

    Adrian Parker on Twitter: "Good squad from Hodgson. Had to take same group as no time to establish new combos before tournament. After is time to change."

  112. 1400: 
    FOOTBALL

    England manager Roy Hodgson on his Euro 2012 squad: "It's not been an easy squad to put together but I'm pleased with the squad I've put together and I think it's a well balanced squad."

  113. 1359: 
    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard will captain England at Euro 2012. England manager Roy Hodgson: "I know him as a player and a person and how committed he is to the England cause. He will help me build the team unity and environment we need to thrive in a tournament."

  114. 1353: 
    FOOTBALL

    England Euro 2012 squad announcement press conference with manager Roy Hodgson coming up at 14:00 BST.

  115. 1352: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR striker Jay Bothroyd on Twitter: "Seriously how can Rio Ferdinand, Micah Richards and Peter Crouch not be in the Euro absolute joke!!!!"

  116. 1349: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who has been named in England's Euro 2012 squad: "Delighted to be named in the squad the icing on the cake after the weekends triumph. Thanx for all the tweets of congratulations"

  117. 1348: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Featherstone on Twitter: "Europe now knows our tactics! One up top, Gerrard behind, two wingers and a two holding. The Squad doesnt allow for any Plan B?"

    Tom Lane on Twitter: "England's four strikers have scored 52 goals between them, whilst Huntelaar and Van Persie have 59 combined."

    Ade on Twitter: "Tim Howard has got more goals and assists that stuart downing this season! Abysmal decision."

  118. 1346: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from John Ruddy, who has been named in England's 23-man Euro 2012 squad: "I think this call-up is a testament to the performance of all the lads at the club who have been brilliant to work with and also to Paul Lambert, who gave me the opportunity to come to Norwich and continue my development as a player."

  119. 1342: 

    Ben McNamee on Twitter: "Adam Johnson PL stats: 26 apps, 6 goals. Andy Carroll & Stewart Downing combined stats: 71 apps, 4 goals. Beggars belief."

  120. 1340: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ed Davenhill on Twitter: "No doubt Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon must be wishing their manager was given the England job now."

    Harry E. Fellows on Twitter: "Doesnt anyone think Jordan Rhodes fits the bill better than Carroll? Why not take a gamble on the highest scorer in England?"

    Bobby Churcher on Twitter: "I think Hodgson used Capello's old squad and some tracing paper to choose this squad. Same old boring players."

  121. 1340: 
    FOOTBALL

    A reminder that England have also revised their plans for next week, with Hodgson scrapping a planned training camp in Spain. Instead, the squad will meet up in Manchester on Wednesday evening before flying to Norway on Friday for their friendly in Oslo. Seven days after that, England face Belgium at Wembley.

  122. 1333: 
    GET INVOLVED

    JuveOldSchool on Twitter: "Let's gets behind Roy. Love Rio but too injury prone now. Thought Rickie Lambert and Lallana might have made it."

    Prajjwal Panday on Twitter: "No Grant Holt? Frankly I am bored of seeing the usual suspects in England Jersey. They are going to get booted out group stage."

    John Morrison on Twitter: "#HodgsonOut is trending! Hell fire #England fans are an unforgiving bunch!"

  123. 1333:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:FOOTBALL

    "The selection of Liverpool duo Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing has raised eyebrows. Carroll has been rewarded for a late season improvement that at least hinted at why Liverpool were persuaded to pay £35m for him. Downing has had a very poor season at Anfield after his £20m move from Aston Villa and can count himself fortunate to be travelling to Poland and Ukraine. The absence of Manchester City's Adam Johnson also illustrates how he has fallen off the radar for club and country."

  124. 1328: 
    FOOTBALL

    More good news for John Ruddy following his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad. He is still going to be able to get married, despite his wedding falling on the day of England's final warm-up game with Belgium at Wembley on 2 June.

    "It's all a bit surreal and hasn't really sunk in," says the Norwich keeper. "The Norwich lads had a night out and I was feeling a bit worse for wear when I got the call. That's why it took a while to sink in. I can't wait to get started. I'm due to get married on 2 June (when England play Belgium). I've already had the conversation and they don't want me to call it off. So I'm still going to get married and then link up with the squad after that."

  125. 1325: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Murray on Twitter: "I've had the same assists and goals as Downing this season in the prem. Does that mean I get a place in the team?"

    Benjamin Clarkson on Twitter: "Carroll and Downing are awful decisions, as is the absence of both Richards and Carrick. Dodgy start for Hodgson!"

    Alan Nicol on Twitter: "Same old same old.. What chance with that midfield (Downing?) and Johnson can't defend."

  126. 1325: 

    jazzygrumper on Twitter: "Thoroughly unimaginative England squad, with no pressure to do that well at the Euro's Roy should have been more adventurous!"

    Mike Smith on Twitter: "What no Micah Richards? this is a joke! one of the best defenders all season and no place for him, yet Downing does!! pathetic"

  127. 1323: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis says: "After the debacle of South Africa, everyone was clamouring for youth. I'm slightly surprised there are only four forwards considering Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two games."

  128. 1322: 
    FOOTBALL

    John Ruddy tells the Norwich club website: "It's a real honour for me and hopefully it's an indication as to how far I have developed as a player with Norwich City and how far we've developed as a squad at Norwich.

    "Playing for my country has been a dream of mine, of course it has.

    "I'm under no illusions as to the quality of Joe Hart and Rob Green and that I will be number three keeper. But I'm really looking forward to training with them and getting down to some hard work."

  129. 1320:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:FOOTBALL

    "As always England's squad selection is immediately followed by the names of those who their supporters feel should be in. Norwich City's Grant Holt was touted by many for one of the attacking slots but never seemed to be considered seriously, while Manchester City's Micah Richards will be bitterly disappointed to miss out, especially with Tottenham's Kyle Walker ruled out through injury. Richards was hoping to revive his England career after the departure of Fabio Capello, who never rated him. The revival will have to wait."

  130. 1320:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:FOOTBALL

    "The selection of Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a real early talking point in the England squad. It has been compared to Theo Walcott's shock - and ultimately pointless - selection for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The difference here is that Oxlade-Chamberlain has proved his talent and temperament in the Premier League and also by excelling for Arsenal against AC Milan in the Champions League. A bold choice by England manager Roy Hodgson."

  131. 1319: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Football Association executive director David Davies tells BBC 5 live: "Personally, I'm disappointed for Rio Ferdinand about the squad. Rio will feel he should have been in the squad. Roy has made a brave decision. Rio has had a long-standing back issue but he's played a lot of games this season and he will feel he should have been in."

  132. 1319: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Scott on Twitter: "No Micah Richards, Aaron Lennon or Johnson? Yet Downing and same old Frank Lampard? Had respect for Hodgson. Its all gone now."

    Michael Whyte on Twitter: "Downing? Has Hodgson not watched any football this year? Also Carrick should be a standby before Henderson?"

    Adrian Churchman on Twitter: "I'd have taken Adam Johnson over Downing. He has a better end product and scores goals. A much better pick. Pleased for Ruddy."

  133. 1311: 
    FOOTBALL

    Birmingham keeper Jack Butland is among the list of five standby players, which also includes Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Liverpool midfielder JordanHenderson.

  134. 1310: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael Hammond on Twitter: "I'm surprised that Mikel Arteta hasn't been mentioned much, he is eligible for the squad."

    Daniel Reynolds on Twitter: "Why not Gary hooper? The Celtic striker has scored 29 goals, not a bad season."

    Gaffa on Twitter: "The fact that Michael Carrick is not in the England squad tells you all you need to know about the state of English football."

  135. 1308: 
    BREAKING FOOTBALL NEWS

    England squad for Euro 2012:

    Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

    Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)

    Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)

    Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

    Standby players: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).

  136. 1306: 
    BREAKING FOOTBALL NEWS

    Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been left out of England's squad for Euro 2012, the Football Association have confirmed.

  137. 1306: 

    We are still waiting for the Euro 2012 squad announcement from the FA. This is due any time now, with a press conference with manager Roy Hodgson explaining his decisions at 14:00 BST.

  138. 1257: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Roberts on Twitter: "Think Aaron Lennon should go, since coming back from injury he has had a huge impact on the Spurs team"

    Tom Hogan on Twitter: "Hope reports of the Ox being incl are true! Plays without fear and will be a great addition to squad. Maybe replaces Downing?"

    Lewis O'Connell on Twitter: "Holt, Murphy and Shawcross have had all good seasons... why aren't they even getting a look in!"

  139. 1253: 
    FOOTBALL

    Right, we're about 10 minutes away from the announcement on Engalnd's 23-man squad for Euro 2012. The pre-announcement news is that Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is set to be included, while Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand is certain to miss out on the tournament and with fellow defender Kyle Walker, who has a toe injury. We're confident that Norwich keeper John Ruddy will also be included in the squad.

  140. 1247: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dean Anthony on Twitter: "No mention of Leon Britton or Stephen Caulker for the England squad? Both had massive seasons!"

    Tony on Twitter: "if its based on form, Joe Cole must go if he fits into Roy's planned formation."

    Scott Lyon on Twitter: "Why is no one talking about taking Jermaine Defoe? Only England striker that has delivered in a big tournament."

  141. 1240: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is included in England's Euro 2012 squad, reports Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay.

  142. 1234: 
    GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY

    Tests are also being conducted for the GoalRef system in Denmark and the Football Association hopes they will lead to the introduction of goal-line technology this summer.

    The International Football Association Board will hold a special meeting in Kiev on 2 July.

    The two Danish GoalRef trials will be held on May 20, when Silkeborg IF play SonderjyskE, and in the May 23 fixture between FC Nordsjælland and AC Horsens.

  143. 1234: 
    GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY

    Goal-line technology will be trialled live for the first time in Wednesday's Hampshire FA Senior Cup final in Southampton.

    Independent testers EMPA will put the Hawk-Eye technology through its paces in the fixture between AFC Totton and Eastleigh FC at St Mary's Stadium.

    The system will not be used by match officials for any key decisions, with only the EMPA observer in the stadium having access to the system readings during the trial.

  144. 1227: 
    FORMULA 1

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier describes Kimi Raikkonen as "a wild animal" who is allowed a relatively free rein within the team.

    Boullier says: "We try to keep politics outside and try to give our drivers what they need. We know Kimi doesn't like PR, doesn't like media. So why should we bother him with it?

    "He is a racer so he races for winning and hardly cares about the rest. Kimi is like a wild animal and you have to let him run the way he wants to go. We restrict his obligations to the minimum and I see that he is fine with it."

  145. 1220: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland squad:

    Backs - Joe Ansbro (London Irish), Mike Blair, Tom Brown (both Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby), Max Evans (Castres), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby) and Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)

    Forwards - John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Geoff Cross, Ross Ford captain (both Edinburgh Rugby), Ryan Grant, Richie Gray, Dougie Hall, Robert Harley, Alastair Kellock (all Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Euan Murray (Newcastle Falcons), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby), Tom Ryder (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks) and Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors).

    Unavailable through injury: Kelly Brown (Saracens), David Denton and Lee Jones (both Edinburgh Rugby)

    Rested: Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby)

  146. 1218: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland head coach Andy Robinson says: "One quarter of the squad has yet to start an international but we've seen from the manner in which Edinburgh and Glasgow have finished the domestic season that there's confidence that we will be looking to build on. This is a tough tour for Scotland. We'll be playing against three attack-minded teams on their own turf. But it's an important opportunity to start the rebuilding process after a disappointing Six Nations."

  147. 1215: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Five uncapped players have been named in Scotland's 28-man squad for their summer tour to Australasia.

    They are the Glasgow forwards Ryan Grant, Robert Harley and Tom Ryder and Edinburgh backs Tom Brown and Tim Visser.

    For the Tests against Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June, the party also includes experienced British and Irish Lions Ross Ford (the tour captain), Mike Blair, Chris Cusiter and Euan Murray.

  148. 1209: 
    FOOTBALL

    "I left Blackburn with regrets," Clement tells BBC Sport. "But I knew that teaming up with Carlo again was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. We had some great times at Chelsea and now we're really enjoying this very different challenge at PSG."

    The former Chelsea and Blackburn assistant coach adds that he is taking three French lessons a week in an attempt to speak the language fluently.

  149. 1201: 
    FOOTBALL

    Read an interview with Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach Paul Clement by BBC French football writer Matt Spiro.

  150. 1156: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tu Kai on Twitter: "England team for Euro 2012 - 3 GKs, 8 DFs, 8 MFs (at least 2 wingers), 4 FWs should be reasonable."

    Chris S on Twitter: "Got to think that the potential exclusion of Micah Richards is very harsh. Far superior to Johnson in my opinion."

    DJ on Twitter: "Surely Hodgson can't leave out Aaron Lennon? His pace in the Euros would be frightening!"

    James Agar on Twitter: "No idea why people are suggesting Holt and Zamora for England? Both average at best. Carroll, Welbeck and Sturridge = future."

  151. 1147: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stuart Pearce's squad (England 2-3 Netherlands, 29 February 2012, Wembley)

    Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United)

    Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

    Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

    Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

    Team: Hart, Richards, Smalling, Cahill, Baines, Young, Barry, Parker, Gerrard, Johnson, Welbeck. Subs (all used): Sturridge, Milner, Downing, Jones, Campbell, Walcott.

  152. 1143: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fabio Capello's final squad (England 1-0 Sweden, 15 November 2011, Wembley)

    Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), David Stockdale (Ipswich);

    Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Bolton), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham);

    Midfielders: Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal);

    Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Bobby Zamora (Fulham), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd).

    Team: Hart, Walker, Terry, Cahill, Baines, Walcott, Jones, Barry, Rodwell, Downing, Zamora.

  153. 1140: 
    FOOTBALL

    Less than 90 minutes until the FA announces Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for Euro 2012. Keep your thoughts and predictions coming on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  154. 1131: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan reports that Bournemouth have rejected a bid for striker Matt Tubbs from Rotherham. Boss Steve Evans confirms it was a "club record fee" for the Millers.

  155. 1121: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster hails Roy Hodgson's man-management skills and the way he over-hauled the Midlands club. Foster tells the club's official website: "You can only make wholesale changes if you are organised and Roy is always organised. England will benefit from that greatly, as everybody in the team knows their job. Your role is black and white and you know exactly what you need to do."

  156. 1114: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bolton chairman Phil Gartside reveals to BBC Radio Manchester that the newly-relegated side will slash their wage bill by half. He says: "If you look at our wage bill this year compared to what it was last year, allowing for a couple of people to come in, it will be up to 50 per cent of what we paid out last year."

  157. 1112: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Newcastle announce the signing of Italy lock Carlo Del Fava. The 30-year-old, who has won 54 caps for the Azzurri and appeared in the last two World Cups, joins the Falcons after his previous club Aironi had their licence revoked by the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) on financial grounds.

  158. 1100: 
    GET INVOLVED

    More strong views on the expected inclusion of Andy Carroll and exclusion of Rio Ferdinand in the England squad...

    Sarah MacDonald on Twitter: "England to be a laughing stock again in major tournament selecting Carroll. He has been dreadful all season."

    Bryan Beacom on Twitter: "It's an absolute joke that Rio Ferdinand isn't in the Euro squad. Clearly not a football decision - leave the politics out."

  159. 1054: 
    OLYMPICS

    London 2012 organisers confirm David Beckham will help bring the Olympic flame to Britain after he takes part in a formal handover ceremony in Athens.

  160. 1051: 
    CRICKET

    Leicestershire fast bowler Robbie Joseph extends his contract with the club until the end of the season. Joseph's initial deal expired in May but it has been extended following his impressive start to the County Championship campaign.

  161. 1048: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR striker Jamie Mackie signs a one-year extension to his contract, which now runs until summer 2015, the Premier League club announce.

  162. 1046: 
    OLYMPICS

    You can read athletics commentator Steve Cram's column on the BBC Sport website. Cram says: "The Olympics are all about people from all over the world coming together to enjoy fantastic sport. People who normally have no interest in that type of thing will, for a short period of time, be cheering on the GB hockey team or Britain's Aaron Cook in taekwondo, for example."

  163. 1040: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Simon Shaw will be the oldest player in the French Top 14 next season after signing a one-year contract extension with Toulon. The 38-year-old joined the Amlin Challenge Cup finalists after the Rugby World Cup in November last year, ending 14 seasons with Wasps.

  164. 1034: 
    GET INVOLVED

    More tweets are flooding in about the big talking points as England manager Roy Hodgson gets ready to name his Euro 2012 squad. You can join in via #bbcsportsday.

    Michael Jones on Twitter: "Wrong decision to take Carroll. Crouch, Davies and Holt have all scored more this season playing for less star-studded teams."

    Kwong Wing Tse on Twitter: "England are going to be direct so taking Carroll does make sense. Crouch and Carroll - not many defences are going to like that!"

    Andrew Watkin on Twitter: "Really hoping that Joe Cole is the dark horse. He was signed by Roy at Liverpool and could play on the left when we go defensive."

  165. 1026: 
    CRICKET

    England spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed agrees to join Surrey as a bowling coach and mentor on a month-long deal. Director of cricket Chris Adams, who he played with at Sussex, tells the club's official website: "He will be a magic guy to have around in terms of the environment in the dressing room. He is one of the best people I've ever come across in terms of assessing the mood of a side and having a positive influence on tactics, both before and during a game."

  166. 1021: 
    BOXING

    In his first TV interview since his failed drugs test came to light, Lamont Peterson insists to BBC Sport that he is not a cheat but could have made a mistake with a medical procedure. He says that the 'pellet' inserted into his hip area was not performance-enhancing or taken in the hope of it boosting his abilities.

  167. 1009: 
    OLYMPICS

    Swimmer Keri-Anne Payne says winning the Olympic open water title requires 'hardness', explaining: "I think to be an open water swimmer you have to have a certain amount of 'hard' to you. So many things are thrown at us on so many occasions, you just have to kind of get on with it. Because I know if I didn't do it, another 30 girls who would happily get in - maybe not happily - but they'd get in and they'd do it. You need to be the ruthless one. If that means swimming through jellyfish and swimming past dead animals and things, then you just have to get on with it."

  168. 1002: 
    GET INVOLVED

    The debate rages on regarding the England squad announcement and news that Andy Carroll is set to be named...

    Charlie Munton on Twitter: "Right decision to take Carroll. He's been useless most of the season, but is in deadly form now- and that's all that matters."

    Josh Knight on Twitter: "Don't think Andy Carroll should start - will put England in the wrong mind frame. But from the subs bench, he gives a real plan B."

    John Kreft on Twitter: "Carroll has had two decent games out of about 50. Hate to say it but even Crouch has been more consistent."

  169. 0957: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell speaks to the MCC's new chief executive Derek Brewer, who says the club have drawn a line on the rows over the redevelopment plan Vision for Lord's, which led to the resignation of Sir John Major from the MCC Committee. Brewer adds: "It's a question of looking forward."

  170. 0949: 
    OLYMPICS

    Australian women's basketball star Lauren Jackson, who has won three most-valuable player awards in the WNBA, admits she would love nothing more than an Olympic gold - having lost the gold medal final three times in a row to the United States, dating back to Sydney 2000. She says: "It's my top priority. It's the only thing I haven't achieved in my career, and it's turned out to the hardest."

  171. 0944: 
    CYCLING

    Tom Boonen, the season's top one-day racer, decides to skip the Tour de France to focus on Olympic gold in London instead. The winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders says: "I missed the last two Olympic chances so I am really looking forward to try this new experience and try and get the best from it."

  172. 0940: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Following the news that Andy Carroll is set to be picked by England, you can let us know whether you think it is the right move. Tweet us via #bbcsportsday

    James Dougall on Twitter: "Selecting Carroll puts massive pressure on Hodgson from the off. Possibly the poorest form of any Premier League striker this season."

    Jeremy on Twitter: "The reason I'd prefer Carroll to go over Holt is Carroll has had loads of pressure so he's used to it whereas Holt's had none."

  173. 0931: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Carroll is set to be named in the England squad, which will be announced later today.

  174. 0925: 
    GET INVOLVED

    The debate over the England football squad announcement - and Rio Ferdinand's expected exclusion - goes on...

    Matt Bennett on Twitter: "If it's because Ferdinand won't play with Terry, then the wrong man's going. But I think we look safer at the back with Terry."

  175. 0916: 
    RUGBY DEBATE

    Former Great Britain rugby league player Bobbie Goulding says on 5 live Breakfast's debate about League and Union: "Rugby League has a greater simplicity but the two games are so far apart it's unbelievable. Rugby league should not have scrums - it should just be a handover. The rugby union scrum is very competitive."

  176. 0912: 
    RUGBY DEBATE

    Former England rugby union player Matt Dawson discusses the two codes of rugby as part of the debate taking place on 5 live Breakfast. He says: "I love rugby league as well as rugby union. There are two ways of watching them; live and on the television - and they are very different. Rugby union is much better live on television and vice-versa with rugby league."

  177. 0910: 
    CRICKET

    Australia captain Michael Clarke will get the chance to put his driving skills to the test when he gets behind the wheel at the International Rally of Queensland. He will join the BP Ultimate team and drive in two stages of the rally on the Sunshine Coast from May 25-27. Clarke says: "It's pretty well known that I have a passion for driving, but a part of me has always wondered what it would be like to go up against the best in the business."

  178. 0904: 
    BOXING

    British lightweight boxer Natasha Jonas qualifies for London 2012 after winning her World Championships quarter final in China against Norway's Ingrid Egner by 23 points to 9. Jonas becomes the first British fighter to qualify for the Games as women's boxing makes its historic debut at the Olympics.

  179. 0902: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Grant Holt is receiving support as England manager Roy Hodgson gets ready to name his Euro 2012 squad...

    Neil Rose on Twitter: "Grant Holt has to go ahead of Carroll, Crouch and Welbeck!"

    Chris Mullis on Twitter: "I still think that Holt should go to Euro 2012 - unlike Davies and Carroll, he combines target man with goals."

  180. 0855: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports that the FA told Joe Cole a couple of weeks ago that he was on the England Euro 2012 squad pre-list. Do you think Cole should be given a surprise call-up? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  181. 0849: 
    RUGBY

    Are you a Union or League fan? Have your say in an hour-long debate about the two sports from 0900 BST on 5 live Breakfast. when Nicky Campbell will be taking your calls. Rugby Union's governing body the IRB is changing its laws to speed up the game - leading to a heated debate among fans of both codes.

  182. 0843: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Australian playmaker Quade Cooper will start his first game in nearly seven months on Saturday following major knee surgery, opening the door for a possible Wallabies return for their Wales series. Fly-half Cooper, who limped out of the World Cup in October after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Wales, is named for Queensland Reds against Golden Lions.

  183. 0833: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Catalans Dragons sign Newcastle Knights back rower Zeb Taia on a three-year contract.

  184. 0831: 
    FOOTBALL

    When asked if it is politics or on-pitch reasons that have reportedly cost Rio Ferdinand his England place, former striker Darius Vassell tells Radio 5 live: "It could be a combination of both." Discussing strikers, he says: "I personally would love to see Daniel Sturridge get the nod."

  185. 0828: 
    GET INVOLVED

    A lot of debate already about the England squad - particularly the strikers. Get involved via #bbcsportsday

    Steve Andrade on Twitter: "If Andy Caroll gets picked but Grant Holt doesn't then I think there's something wrong there..."

    Sam Simmons on Twitter: "If Zamora gets in ahead of Crouch and Holt, I'll be amazed. He's had a bad season and there are better target men out there."

  186. 0820: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Carroll's inclusion in the England squad for Euro 2012 would not impress BBC pundit Danny Mills, who tells Radio 5 live: "Andy Carroll's selection would be indicative of what this country's become. You play two or three good games and get in the England squad. It used to be two or three seasons. His scoring record has been woeful."

    GET INVOLVED: Who do you think should be in England's Euro 2012 squad? Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday.

  187. 0806: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rio Ferdinand's expected absence from England's Euro 2012 squad is discussed by BBC pundit Danny Mills on Radio 5 live. Mills says: "I'm a little bit surprised. I was expecting John Terry and Rio both to be involved. It's a blow, I think."

  188. 0800: 
    TRANSFER GOSSIP

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday live. Here are the top three stories from this morning's gossip column.

    Striker Robin van Persie could be forced to see out the remaining year on his contract at Arsenal if he turns down a new deal. (the Sun)

    Van Persie's agent allegedly held discussions with Juventus over a four-year deal worth £6m a season ahead of the striker's contract talks with Arsenal. (Metro)

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle are chasing French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 22, from Montpellier. (talkSPORT)

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