Sportsday Live - Monday 8 October

Roy Hodgson & Gary Neville in a 5 live coaching special, plus Cole & Suarez reaction.

8 October 2012 Last updated at 21:10

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  1. 2100: 

    The Football Association's new national football centre at St George's Park will officially open on Tuesday and the final word goes to the FA's director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking.

    He says: "I'd like to think with St George's Park that we have the opportunity for a massive resource development.

    "What we hope to do here is develop a resource where anybody wherever they might be they can come on to our coaching network to see session and see what to do."

  2. 2050: 

    England coach and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville: "Repetition is key in football. You have to repeat those same three or four key messages because you don't get that much time with the players on international duty.

    "If we get a more coaches of higher quality into this country we will get better players."

  3. 2038: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I met with England rugby union boss Stuart Lancaster last Thursday and spent three hours with him.

    "We were discussing our experiences because he came into a situation after the 2010 World Cup where things didn't go so well and he had a lot of problems to deal with.

    "He has produced an incredible power point presentation on how he set about changing the mentality and culture."

  4. 2024: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I don't think my wife considers this a part-time job!! There is a difference in terms of contact hours with players when in charge of a national team rather than a club side.

    "As a national coach your time is limited so you have to make sure you put on relevant sessions to make sure the players feel they are properly prepared.

    "You probably spend more time talking with the players. At a club there is always tomorrow but I've got a limted amount of time with them so I try to learn how they think and feel."

  5. 2015: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "Your modern day sportspeople expect advice, help and people suggesting how they can become better. He we have a facility where we can develop better coaches first of all and, hopefully, they can produce better players."

  6. 2009: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson has entered the fray at St George's Park. His side enjoyed their first training session at the FA's new football centre today.

    "A lot of players couldn't take part as some of them played yesterday and some were injured. We had 10 outfield players and three goalkeepers out on a wonderful pitch," says Hodgson. "It was fantastic."

  7. 2002: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says striker Luis Suarez is being treated unfairly after Stoke boss Tony Pulis accused the Reds player of diving.

    Rodgers said: "I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suarez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game.

    "At this moment there seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else."

  8. 1941: 

    FA head of grassroots coaching Les Howie says: "The support out there for grassroots coaching is probably better than it has ever been before."

  9. 1923: 

    The FA is putting plenty of focus on coaching, especially coaching at grassroots level. David Sheepshanks, chairman of St George's Park, added: "This is all about learning and developing and, if we are to make coaching as special as we want to make it, then we have to embrace it."

  10. 1916: 

    A bit about St George's Park - it cost more than £100m to develop, is the home of 24 England teams, has 12 full size pitches, a grass replica of the Wembley surface and an altitude chamber to mimic a variety of playing conditions.

  11. 1911: 

    David Sheepshanks, chairman of England's National Football Centre at St George's Park, says: "This is a genuine legacy project. I know that has been said a lot in the last year but this is for the long term."

  12. 1904: 

    Radio 5 live are at St George's Park - the Football Association's new national football centre - and they are asking if it will usher in a bright new era for the England team. You can let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday


    Phil Redfern on Twitter: "The amount of Stoke hate being published is sickening, biased media at it's finest."

    Charlie G K on Twitter: "Suarez like Tony Pulis has his own way of playing football and at least he does not hurt people."

    Loz Crouch on Twitter: "Stoke don't "need to do" anything re their physical game. If they foul they get cards. TP wants the same treatment for divers."

  14. 1856: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy, who plays in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final this week, has admitted he has not touched a club since Europe's Ryder Cup win in Medinah.

    "I'm still trying to come down from the high of it," said McIlroy. "I haven't touched a club since the Ryder Cup so I am going to get to the course a little early tomorrow [Tuesday] to hit a few balls and see if it's still there. And I will make sure I am in the right time zone!"

    McIlroy will go head-to-head with Tiger Woods on Wednesday in the new eight-man event, and said: "This will be the first match we have had head-to-head and it's a match I would really like to win.

    "It's a bit different to the Ryder Cup because it's medal match play and it will be a bit more relaxed than the final day of a major, but I think we will both be trying to beat each other."

  15. 1846: 

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes Rio Ferdinand should be recalled by England and could play at the 2014 World Cup.

    "He's still the best English defender out there," Pallister told BBC Sport. "England lack an authoritative figure in the centre of defence and I think that's what Rio could provide.

    "He's definitely still good enough. His understanding and reading of the game has been one of his biggest strengths. He sometimes makes the game look very easy. Instances like him getting isolated against Tottenham's Gareth Bale are very few and far between."


    Gary Patrick on Twitter: "Shelvy? What about Mark Noble? This season's stats says it all!"

    Joe Gadsby on Twitter: "As much as I hate Suarez, Stoke need to actually learn to play football rather than just playing rough to scare the opposition."

    Eddie S-Barnes on Twitter: "Anyone in Suarez's shoes will dive for cover when you see a bunch of marauding Stoke players charging at you!"

  17. 1839: 

    Leicester chairman Peter Tom has accused Rugby World Cup officials of betraying the Tigers' contribution to English rugby after Welford Road was included in a list of potential tournament venues.

    "We are hugely disappointed," Tom said. "Welford Road is home to the best-supported and most successful club in the history of the professional game in this country and, as such, we believe is worthy of Rugby World Cup status.

    "That the organisers of RWC2015 do not think this an appropriate venue for its fixtures is disappointing and confusing both for the professional club game in this country and for its supporters."

  18. 1829: 

    Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark has called up Hearts forward David Smith and Livingston's Stefan Scougall to his squad for the Marbella Cup games against the United States and Canada.

    Smith, who is on loan at Raith Rovers, joins Tynecastle team-mates Dale Carrick, Kevin McHattie and Jason Holt in the squad for the Spain trip.

    Midfielder Scougall comes in after Celtic's Callum McGregor and Rhys McCabe of Sheffield Wednesday joined Bristol City defender Joe Bryan in withdrawing.


    Luke Harding on Twitter: "Jonjo Shelvey is an appalling player, barely Premiership class let alone international class. Roy has really lost it!"

    kolokennethk on Twitter: "Shelvey has the spark that playing Gerrard and Lampard together don't. He'd add pace to the 3 Lions cog."

    Bobby Baker on Twitter: "Cleverley plays for a top club! Shelvey plays for a mid table club! That's the difference!"

  20. 1817: 

    The International Cricket Council has launched an "urgent investigation" into match-fixing allegations.

    India TV has alleged six match officials were willing to fix games ahead of the World Twenty20 Cup in a programme broadcast on Monday and cricket's governing body has called on the broadcaster to hand over evidence that could help its investigation.

    It added: "None of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20."

  21. 1813: 

    Ryan Shawcross returned to the England fold after a two-year absence today with Gary Neville claiming his old Manchester United team-mate is the best possible example for youngsters to follow.

    "He is a great story and the fact he is in the England squad this week is something I am proud of," said Neville, speaking at a coaching clinic at St George's Park.

    "I remember playing with him when he was 16. He was a raw talent but someone who really wanted to make it. He wanted to use the last ounce of his energy to become a professional footballer.

    "He had to leave Manchester United to get his chance. Not giving in and continuing to fight is a huge strength and he has been absolutely fantastic for Stoke."

  22. 1805: 

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has refuted the suggestion that Steven Fletcher's return to the squad could inspire some resentment within the Scotland camp.

    "I don't think it does," the former Rangers, Blackpool and Liverpool player said.

    "You want your best players available. He is one of our best players and it is good to see him back involved. What happened has happened, it's done and dusted. Let's move on.

    "It's up to the manager if he plays but for us, it's good to have him in the squad because he adds to the quality that we already have."


    David Lindskog on Twitter: "How can you give a player a three-match retrospective ban for diving when it is only a yellow card offence during a match?"

    Hamsta on Twitter: "Well earned call up for Ryan & Jonjo. Hodgson's youth experiment looks very exciting."

    Josh Bond on Twitter: "Sick of of average Liverpool players being selected for England. Yes, we know you used to manage them Roy!"

  24. 1756: 

    Scotland assistant coach Peter Houston insists Steven Fletcher is not guaranteed to play in the World Cup double-headers against Wales and Belgium.

    "I haven't spoken to the manager regards whether he is going to play or not," said Houston. "I think the biggest thing at this early stage is making sure everyone is fit.

    "It might be that he is picked in two games, it might be that he is picked in one game, he might not be picked at all. It is something that has not been discussed."

  25. 1752: 

    For those of you who love facts, and Premier League facts to boot then The Independent has collated a number of 'incredible' Premier League records. Inspired by Brad Friedel's 310 consecutive Premier League appearances, which ended this weekend, the newspaper lists its top 10 records, from most consecutive Premier League wins (Arsenal: 14) to fastest Premier League hat-trick (Robbie Fowler: Four minutes and 33 seconds).

  26. 1741: 

    Former Liverpool midfielder Ian Callaghan believes manager Brendan Rodgers is restoring a style of football fans can associate with more, but accepts it may not produce results until they find a regular goalscorer.

    Callaghan, the club's record appearance maker, has said allowing Andy Carroll to leave on loan to West Ham without lining up a replacement was a mistake.

    "I feel as though we do need a regular goalscorer and that is probably one of the reasons why Liverpool's position now doesn't reflect how they've played," he said.

    "I don't suppose they should have got rid of Carroll really, even if he didn't fit into Brendan's plans. When things weren't going right there could have been Andy Carroll, who is terrific in the air, but the thing was no-one came in."


    Gary Mould on Twitter: "Why always Suarez. What about Gareth Bale - his was worse."

    Sean King on Twitter: "Shelvey is easily as good as Cleverley, Shelvey's only crime is he doesn't play for the media darlings at Old Trafford."

    big luv on Twitter: "Bertrand deserves his call up for England, future world class player. Shelvey on the other hand is overrated."

    Alex Dobrashian on Twitter: "Suarez dived in the match, but Stoke's tackling on LFC players could have caused serious injury. Where is Pulis's views on that?"

  28. 1729: 

    Warrington Wolves prop Paul Wood has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after he had a testicle removed after rupturing it in Saturday's Grand Final defeat by Leeds Rhinos.

    "It was a bit embarrassing at the time," said the 30-year-old. "I've been playing for 13 years and I've never come across anybody wearing protection in the groin area, but it's definitely something I'll look into now.

    "Luckily it was the last game of the season and now we have five or six weeks off. I'll be back to full training and playing again. I can't help but laugh when I speak about it.

    "It was a Grand Final and the adrenaline was pumping and I didn't want to come off and feel that I'd not given it every bit of effort that I've got. I'm going to take so much stick about it."

  29. 1723: 

    Blackburn defender Grant Hanley has pulled out of the Scotland squad to face Wales and Belgium with a groin injury, while Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass is doubtful for the World Cup qualifying double header after suffering an ankle problem.

    Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston confirmed Hanley's withdrawal after the first training session at their Mar Hall base ahead of Friday's game in Cardiff.

  30. 1715: 

    Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are set to face each other at this week's Turkish Airlines World Golf Final after the world's top two players were drawn in the same group. It means world number one McIlroy and 14-time major winner Woods, the world number two, will play each other at least once in the new £3.2m eight-man event.

    Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar complete Group One, with Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and US Open champion Webb Simpson in Group Two.


    Aiyesa Dare on Twitter: "Shelvey is not an England material but Liverpool really enjoying the privilege that Hodgson was once their manager."

    Brian Chadwick on Twitter: "Why has Roy Hodgson called Jonjo up. Barry is fit and Richards has played well for both England and City = joke."

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Shelvey is the most overrated English player around. Being one of the top performers in a mediocre L'pool side means nothing."

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "Bertrand deserves his call up. Outstanding performances when he is called upon to come into the team at LB and LW."

  32. 1700: 

    Scotland midfielder Scott Brown is optimistic he will be fit to face Wales on Friday - and has not ruled out playing against Belgium too.

    Brown missed Celtic's weekend win over Hearts to rest his ongoing hip problem. "I'm not too bad, I'm getting there slowly," he says. "I'm going to try for Friday first of all and see how I am. I'll take everything one step at a time and Wales is the most important game now."


    Were Ryan Bertrand and Jonjo Shelvey the right men for Roy Hodgson to call on for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers? Tell us via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

    Billy Price on Twitter: "Shelvey fully deserves his England call-up. Shows he can be the next Gerrard with the goals he's scoring. Future LFC captain."

  34. 1648: 

    Steven Caulker is happy that manager Andre Villas-Boas has given him the chance to shine at Tottenham this season after being sent out on loan for the previous three seasons.

    "You want to know that if you are playing well and you are training well you will be in the team," Caulker says. "It's not nice when there are favourites, I think the manager has brought that into the team and I am happy. When I came back he said I was in his plans, so I have to trust that and be patient and so far it has worked well.


    The diving debate continues to rage and here are some more of your comments. Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

    Rob on Twitter:‏ "Hansen is correct. The only way to deal with diving is retrospective bans, it's too difficult in real time for refs to judge."

    Max Saito on Twitter:‏ "Stoke were lucky to get away with 6 bookings yesterday. Pulis needs to think about that before criticising players for diving."

    Sean Giblin ‏on Twitter: "Rodgers and Gerrard must be so frustrated after they have been defending Suarez and trying to rebuild his reputation recently."

  36. 1634: 

    Andy Murray insists he does not expect to finish the year as world number one - but believes he has a chance in 2013. Roger Federer has tipped the Scot to take over his mantle as the best player in the world following his US Open win.

    "It will be very difficult to finish the year as number one," says Murray ahead of his attempt to win a third Shanghai Masters title in succession. "I think Novak (Djokovic) is too far off and guaranteed that. I will keep working hard and focus for the rest of the year and hopefully have a chance next year."

  37. 1628: 

    Aaron Cook warns he could turn his back on Great Britain and compete for another nation following his Olympic snub. Despite numerous appeals Cook was controversially overlooked by the sport's national governing body who selected Lutalo Muhammad for London.

    "In three years I may be under a different flag," Cook tells BBC Radio 5 live. "My dream is to win an Olympic gold in Rio for Team GB but it's going to be extremely difficult for me to move forward after everything that's happened."

    You can listen to a full interview with Cook on 5 live at 18:15 BST.

  38. 1615: 

    Championship club Dewsbury have signed St Helens second rower or centre Scott Hale, 20, who made four Super League appearances since making his debut in 2011. He is the Rams' ninth signing under new coach Glenn Morrison.

  39. 1609: 

    South African loose forward Danie Rossouw signs for France Top 14 rugby union club Toulon, club president Mourad Boudjellal confirms.

    Rossouw agreed a deal until June 2014 and will join his new club next February after the end of the Japanese championships where he is currently playing with Suntory Sungoliath.

    The 34-year-old joins compatriots Bakkies Botha and Joe va Niekerk in the southwestern French side who are currently leading the Top 14.

  40. 1602: 

    Ryan Bertrand and Jonjo Shelvey are added to the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland. Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs misses out having suffered an injury at the weekend.

  41. 1600: 

    England coach Steve McNamara says he is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a captain to succeed Jamie Peacock, despite losing two obvious candidates ahead of the autumn internationals.

    McNamara will announce his new skipper during the squad's high-altitude training camp in South Africa, but has been forced to rule front rowers Sam Burgess and James Graham out of contention because of injury and suspension.

    "They are both strong leaders and very influential members of our squad," McNamara says. "But we've still got plenty of strong candidates. We'll get together when we hit South Africa and when we address the group we'll announce it at that stage."

  42. 1550: 

    Ninth seed Nicolas Almagro loses in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. The Spaniard, bidding for one of the last four slots at the ATP World Tour Finals, is defeated by Germany veteran Tommy Haas 4-6 7-6 (74) 6-2.

  43. 1544: 

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez "goes down too easily" and is making decisions hard for referees, says former Reds defender Alan Hansen.

    Stoke City boss Tony Pulis wants the Football Association to punish Suarez for what he says was a dive in the goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday.

    "There's no doubt about it that he goes down very, very easily," Hansen tells BBC Sport. "The English game is littered with players who go down easily."

    Agree with Hansen? Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  44. 1538: 

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he was close to leaving Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli out of his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

    Prandelli was annoyed that Balotelli chose to have eye surgery just before the last two qualifiers, ruling him out of the matches against Bulgaria and Malta.

    He says he considered omitting Balotelli from the 27-man squad "but then I thought of the games he has played for his country and I was comforted."

  45. 1529: 

    Double Commonwealth champion David Carry announces his retirement from swimming after ending his career at London 2012.

    Aberdeen-born Carry, who made his international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, swam to a new personal best time to qualify for the Olympics, where he competed in the final of the men's 400m freestyle, finishing seventh.

    "After 10 years in the sport, I am thrilled with how I performed at the Olympics - it was a fitting end to my career," says the 31-year-old.


    You have been sending us your views on diving and here are a few more.

    Dane Le Page on Twitter: "Losing interest in the Premier League. There is more talk about diving, elbows and handshakes than the football. Overpaid primadonnas."

    Paul Thomas on Twitter: "Lots of crass comments about Luis Suarez. Fouls are a form of cheating to stop better players scoring. Stoke are cheats."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  47. 1514: 

    British boxer Nathan Cleverly is looking to send out a statement of intent when he defends his WBO light-heavyweight title against Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles next month.

    The fight at the Staples Center will be Cleverly's fourth title defence and his first outside of the United Kingdom and the 25-year-old wants to prove his credentials to the rest of the division.

    He says: "This is a statement from me to show that I'm going to the States and taking a fight against an unbeaten fighter that has everything to gain. Basically the decision to go to America to fight was to gain exposure in the States and potentially set-up the unification fights that I'm tracking down for early next year."

  48. 1504: 

    Braehead Clan are the second Elite League side to take advantage of the National Hockey League lockout by signing Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller.

    The 28-year-old American has registered 85 points in 322 regular-season and play-off games in the NHL and was part of the Anaheim Ducks team which won the Stanley Cup in the 2007/2008 season.

    Miller says: "I am happy to have signed a contract with the Clan and I look forward to getting over there and working with the guys."

  49. 1455: 

    London Broncos appoint former Hull KR hooker Ben Fisher to their coaching staff for 2013.

    The 31-year-old Australian spent the 2012 season on loan at Catalan Dragons after ending his lengthy career at Hull KR, but will now hang up his boots to become an assistant to London head coach Tony Rea.

    "Ben is a person who has displayed the character attributes needed to be effective as he transforms his experiences as a player into his abilities to coach," says Rea.

  50. 1449: 

    Port Vale manager Micky Adams chooses to name his side for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game at Walsall tomorrow night early to allow fan the chance to decide whether or not to attend the match.

    "We have to make changes, either through injuries or players being very close to suspension," he says. "Sam Johnson will start in goal, I think that will be his debut. We are going with Adam Yates, John McCombe, Richard Duffy and Rob Taylor in our back four.

    "Jennison Myrie-Williams, Chris Shuker, Ryan Burge and Ashley Vincent will play in midfield, with Tom Pope and Ben Williamson up front. Subs will be Gareth Owen, Louis Dodds, Ryan Lloyd, Kingsley James and Joe Davis."

  51. 1442: 

    Red Bull's dominant display in Japan at the weekend is down to a range of things and not just a new aerodynamic device giving more speed on the straight, says team principal Christian Horner.

    Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has won the last two races in Singapore and at Suzuka, an improvement that coincides with the deployment of a new 'Double DRS' system on the rear wing.

    "As with all these things, there's never a silver bullet and I think it would be very difficult to say the car's performance here is purely down to a rear wing," Horner says. "I think we've made progress in all areas and it's about chipping away at the detail."

  52. 1434: 

    Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is called up to the Republic of Ireland squad, with manager Giovanni Trapattoni facing an injury crisis.

    Trapattoni is facing up to the loss of central defender Sean St Ledger and midfielder Glenn Whelan, who are both due to have scans this afternoon. The pair suffered hamstring injuries while playing for Leicester and Stoke respectively over the weekend and are rated as extremely doubtful to be fit for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.

    In addition, Sunderland winger James McClean has been ruled out of the clash with the Germans at the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening after a scan on Wearside revealed the extent of the hip injury he suffered during his club's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

  53. 1426: 

    MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman tells the Bournemouth Echo he is unaware of any official approach from Bournemouth for manager Karl Robinson.

    Robinson has been linked with the Cherries as a potential successor to Paul Groves, who was relieved of his duties on Wednesday.

    "There hasn't been any official approach from Bournemouth, no. Not that I am aware of," says Winkelman.

  54. 1421: 

    Gary Neville admits there is no quick fix to improving the standard of young English players.

    Tomorrow marks the official opening of St George's Park (SGP), the FA's new £100million state-of-the-art coaching hub near Burton. SGP will be responsible for coaching the coaches, and ensuring the grass-roots game has access to the best facilities in an effort to trigger across-the-board improvement that should eventually have a positive impact on the Premier League.

    But Neville cautions against expecting too much too soon, saying: "There is no quick fix. People will be sceptical about SGP, as they are about everything in life, but you don't just pluck a player from the top of a tree."

  55. 1413: 

    Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic will miss the next three Championship fixtures after the club decided not to appeal the red card he received during Saturday's game against Huddersfield Town.

    "At the time, from the other side of the pitch, I thought it was harsh," says Blues boss Lee Clark.

    Zigic will miss Birmingham's next three league fixtures against Leicester City, Millwall and Leeds United.

  56. 1404: 

    Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal gives Brazilian-born defender Douglas his first call-up, adding him to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania.

    The 24-year-old, who joined Twente Enschede in 2007, got Dutch nationality in November 2011 but had to wait until August this year to become available for the Dutch team.

    Van Gaal had named a 20-man squad on Friday and said he would leave open the door for Joris Mathijsen, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, if the defender saw action with his club Feyenoord at the weekend. However, Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman kept Mathijsen on the sidelines for Sunday's 2-2 draw at Groningen.

  57. 1356: 

    You are still giving your views on diving. You can keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

    David Howard on Twitter: "So insulting the FA warrants a charge, but elbowing and stamping on players is fine? No wonder everyone thinks they're a joke."

    James Ash on Twitter: "If van Persie wants to get banned, I guess he needs to tweet 'Yes, I elbowed Cabaye and loved it!' before the FA takes action."

    Andy Loch on Twitter: "Does nobody understand Suarez was fouled before his ridiculous lunge? so shouldn't have had to dive as it was penalty anyway."

  58. 1351: 

    The eleventh seed Richard Gasquet from France advances to the second round of the Shanghai Masters after beating American Brian Baker 6-3 6-2.

  59. 1330: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins says his side must stop learning and start doing after they again surrendered the lead at the weekend.

    Adkins also says England Under-21 defender Nathaniel Clyne and Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Ramirez will miss international duty this week through injury, while Frazer Richardson is also set for a spell on the side lines with a thigh problem.

    "I keep going on about learning but we need to learn a lot quicker and keep the ball out of the back of the net," Adkins told BBC Radio Solent. "We need to do better than we did."

  60. 1326: 

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has admitted regret over the length of his international exile, but vowed to put his disagreement with Craig Levein behind him and focus on helping Scotland reach the World Cup finals.

    Fletcher is back in the squad for the qualifiers against Wales and Belgium after ending an 18-month impasse between himself and the manager.

    "I had a good chat with the manager when he came to visit at the training ground last week and, while it was important we discussed the past and put it to bed, it was more important that we focused on the future," he said.

    "I am desperate to play for Scotland again and, like Craig, I regret that it has taken this long to come about. I'm sure we have both done a lot of thinking during the last two years, but the country comes first."

  61. 1320: 

    You can catch up with the top five catches from week five of the NFL on the BBC Sport website, including a stunning take from Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne against the Green Bay Packers

  62. 1311: 

    Dunhill Links champion Branden Grace has pulled out of this week's Portugal Masters. The South African won at St Andrews a week after also capturing the Vodacom Origins of Golf title on home soil. He will play at the BMW Masters in Shanghai on 25-28 October before the WGC-HSBC Champions at Missions Hills in Shenzhen.

    Grace could be playing as many as eight weeks in a row with the Singapore Open, South African Open and DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to follow and then possibly three more in his home country.

  63. 1301: 

    The FA say there will be no further action taken on the various incidents from the weekend regarding Robin Van Persie, Chiek Tiote or Robert Huth.

    It is believed that match referee Howard Webb did not see the incident between van Persie and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye during Sunday's game, but on reviewing television evidence he did not deem it worthy of a sending-off offence, so no further action will be taken.

    In the cases of Newcastle midfielder Tiote, who appeared to stamp on Tom Cleverley's leg, and Stoke defender Huth, who was involved in a similar incident with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, both incidents were seen by officials at the time and therefore no further action can be taken.

  64. 1258: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo will join up with the Portugal World Cup squad despite suffering a suspected sprained left shoulder during Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the weekend.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo will join the Portuguese squad today [Monday]," Real Madrid said in a statement on their website. Ronaldo "will remain under observation" at their base in the Portuguese city of Obidos but is expected to play the two qualifiers against Russia on Friday and against Northern Ireland on 16 October.

  65. 1253: 

    Double Commonwealth champion David Carry has announced his retirement from swimming. Carry, who made his international debut at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, swam a new personal best time to qualify for the Olympics where he competed in the final of the Men's 400m freestyle.

    "After 10 years in the sport, I am thrilled with how I performed at the Olympics - it was a fitting end to my career," said Carry, who recently married fellow swimmer Keri-Anne Payne. "To swim so well in my last competition was fantastic but it's now time for a new chapter in my life."

  66. 1241: 

    Warrington prop Paul Wood, who suffered a ruptured testicle early in the second half of his side's Grand Final defeat to Leeds on Saturday, but played on for 20 minutes before going to hospital after the game, tells BBC Radio Manchester the injury was "one of those things".

    "I think it sounds a lot worse than it is," he said. "But I must admit it does smart a bit when you get hit down there."

  67. 1232: 

    Chelsea's Ashley Cole is charged with misconduct by the FA for comments he made on Twitter last week. Cole has been charged with making a comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

    He has until 1600 BST on Thursday to respond to the charge.

  68. 1230: 

    England assistant coach Gary Neville has warned his players not to take San Marino for granted in Friday's World Cup qualifier. San Marino have never won a qualification game and their only victory in 22 years came in a friendly against Liechtenstein in 2004.

    "My mentality when I played in games of this nature was always to scare myself," he said. "It was a preparation tool. I thought of what might happen, and believe the world would collapse if I didn't win this game.

    "That is what I used to do when people tell you it is a certainty. But I can't stand here as an England coach and say England shouldn't do anything but win on Friday. Nobody can."

  69. 1217: 

    Former England international Ebony Rainford-Brent tells BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast what she thinks went wrong in Sunday's World Twenty20 women's final after they lost by four runs to Australia in the final in Colombo.

  70. 1205: 

    Swansea say their defender Jazz Richards has been added to Chris Coleman's Wales squad for this week's double-header against Scotland and Croatia. The 21-year-old, who made his debut against Mexico in May, joins team-mates Ashley Williams and Ben Davies in the squad.

  71. 1156: 

    There are still plenty of views coming in on the subject of diving.

    Hanif Mulla on Twitter: "Singling out Suarez for diving?? How about Bale, Young, Wellbeck? Is it because they're British? They're just as guilty."

    Steve Dodd on Twitter: "Suarez does what so many others do, he's just not very good at it. It ruins the game."

    Wale Ayeni on Twitter: "If Pardew's calling for a retrospective ban for RVP, I suppose SAF can ask for same against Tiote for the stamp on Cleverley."

    You can keep your views coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  72. 1136: 

    David Price tells BBC Sport that Audley Harrison will be "a big threat" when they fight for the former's British heavyweight title in Liverpool on Saturday.

    Price, an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008, is unbeaten in 13 pro fights while Harrison, the 2000 gold medalist, has not delivered on his amateur promise, losing five of 33.

  73. 1120: 

    Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski could be out for at least a month and miss his side's World Cup qualifier against England in Warsaw on 16 October after he injured his ankle in Borussia Dortmund's 1-1 draw at Hanover 96 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

  74. 1117: 

    Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom says the club is surprised and disappointed by the decision not to include Welford Road among potential venues for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

    "Welford Road has hosted many, many major occasions over the years, including visits from South Africa, Australia and Argentina national teams in recent seasons. It is home to the best-supported and most successful club in the history of the professional game in this country and, as such, we believe is worthy of Rugby World Cup status," he said.

    "It is the largest designated club rugby stadium in England, an iconic home of the sport in this country and home to the most successful club in the history of a thriving, competitive and successful league structure yet it will not be at the table when it comes to hosting a global rugby event in this country.

    "That the organisers do not think this an appropriate venue for its fixtures is disappointing and confusing both for the professional club game in this country and for its supporters."

  75. 1113: 

    Millwall have pledged to call in police to investigate claims that four Bolton players were subjected to racist abuse during Saturday's match between the two sides.

    Bolton forward Marvin Sordell claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans and he also alleged that three other Bolton players were also abused. Scotland Yard say no official complaint had been made, but that any allegations would be investigated. Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

  76. 1107: 

    QPR owner Tony Fernandes says Mark Hughes is the "right man" to manage the Premier League's bottom club. .

    Fernandes tweeted: "For all QPR fans. Fans who analyse properly. I am not changing anything. No team except the first game has outplayed us... Mark is the right man."

  77. 1104: 

    More on the day's hot issue of diving.

    Ronny Mousse on Twitter: "Suarez "dive" stupid but Pulis needs to take a long hard look at his own players behaviour : no room for thuggery either."

    Brynner Okolo on Twitter: "RVP's elbow should take paramount over all other weekend issues."

    Jarrad Pickering on Twitter: "Bale clearly taking evasive action as it looked like Guzan was about to put him into row Z. Suarez is just a blatant cheat!"

    Keep your views coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1100: 

    South African Branden Grace is up to 37th in the world after making the Dunhill Links Championship his fifth victory of the season. He began 2012 in 271st place.

  79. 1054: 

    Barnsley boss Keith Hill is outraged by the decision to award Leeds a match winning penalty in the 1-0 loss at Elland Road on Saturday.

    Referee Darren Deadman gave the spot-kick, despite Stephen Foster appearing to foul Lee Peltier outside the box.

    "It was all down to one major decision the referee has made, and he made the wrong one," Hill told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  80. 1050: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says his decision to end Brad Friedel's record run of Premier League games and play Hugo Lloris was merely "rotation".

    French goalkeeper Lloris played in Spurs' 2-0 win over Aston Villa halting Friedel's string of 310 consecutive games over eight years.

    Villas-Boas says: "We wanted to give a continuous run of games for Lloris bearing in mind the Panathinaikos match and two France games coming up. It keeps his form high and allows us to count on two great keepers. So we are fortunate that we can do this rotation."

  81. 1046: 

    The inaugural eight-man Turkish World Finals featuring world number one Rory McIlroy and 14-times major winner Tiger Woods will go ahead as planned this week despite violence in the region, organisers say.

  82. 1039: 

    Huddersfield confirm defender Joel Lynch is withdrawing from the Wales squad for this week's World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia because of a knee injury.

    Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson says: "Joel will wear a brace for the next four or five days to help the healing process."

  83. 1034: 

    Luis Suarez is still upseting you with his tendency to go to ground easily. But the chat on Twitter is now all about how we stop players diving.

    Hashim Ali on Twitter: "Diving is just as much a part of the game now as being overly aggressive in tackles,If u accept one u must accept the other."

    Joel Willis on Twitter: "I think Suarez gives me another reason to dislike him every week."

    Ed Trevor-Jones on Twitter: "Would a decision review system work in the #EPL? Could stop diving, works well for rugby, tennis and cricket."

    Keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1024: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo sprains his left shoulder during Real Madrid's 2-2 clash with Barcelona on Sunday making him a doubt for the World Cup clash with Northern Ireland on October 16.

    The Spanish club says: "Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a sprained left shoulder. He will undergo more tests with doctors over the next few hours."

  85. 1020: 

    BBC Test Match Special summariser Alec Stewart has named his World Twenty20 team of the tournament with Chris Gayle and Shane Watson at the top of the order.

  86. 1013: 

    South Africa's team manager calls claims Kevin Pietersen was coaxed into sending provocative text messages about England team-mates "irresponsible and unfair".

    England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier accused South African players of a "definite policy".

  87. 1009: 

    Number ten seed Marin Cilic of Croatia beats Poland's Lukasz Kubot 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters Men's Singles.

  88. 1005: 

    Bristol Rovers ban former director Kevin Spencer from attending matches because of "persistent criticism" of the club.

    Spencer resigned in 2006 following a boardroom split, which also saw the exit of ex-managing director Mike Turl.

    A club statement says: "The board feels that the only way to move on is to exclude him from future events."

  89. 0958: 

    Luis Suarez's 'dive' against Stoke is stirring up the emotions amongst you on Twitter. Keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

    Rob on Twitter: "Suarez is and always will be the boy who cried wolf, so hard for refs to judge situations involving him now. His own fault."

    Sam Johnson on Twitter: "Surely managers trying to get players banned is the same as players trying to get other players booked, don't want/need it."

    David Bruce on Twitter: "The problem with punishing diving needs to be a FIFA-led plan as diving is a world wide problem."

  90. 0951: 

    Owen Coyle will today discuss his future as Bolton boss with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside - but looks set to remain in charge at the Reebok, says the Bolton Evening News.

  91. 0945: 

    The organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup are considering using the Olympic Stadium as one of their venues. It is on the long list of 17 potential grounds under consideration to host the 48 matches.

    Other notable venues are Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, St James' Park and Old Trafford.

  92. 0940: 

    Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson is unimpressed with Brendan Rodgers' decision to appear in the TV programme Being: Liverpool.

    He says in the Daily Mirror: " I have to say - I'm sorry - it's tawdry. And it's a real error of judgement for him to have agreed to appear in it."

  93. 0933: 

    The debate this morning is what should be done to stamp out diving in football following Luis Suarez's dubious tumble on Sunday. Here are some of your latest views.

    Alex Roberts on Twitter: "Pulis should focus on keeping his players under control first before criticising others. What about Huth's stamp on Suarez?"

    Martin Sharp on Twitter: "Total lack of balance in reporting. Suarez dive gets more coverage than Huth stamp, RVP elbow and Bale dive combined. Biased."

    Keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  94. 0928: 

    Britain's Heather Watson beats world number 81 Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open.

  95. 0923: 

    Usain Bolt is vowing to defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay Olympic sprint titles in Rio rather than try the long jump.

    He says: "Rio is about going and defending my titles. I don't want to try any different events at Rio because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again - to do the three-peat, that is the focus."

  96. 0918: 

    Andre Villas-Boas sets his sights on halting Chelsea's unbeaten run after guiding Tottenham to an impressive fourth straight Premier League win on Sunday.

    Chelsea won the Champions League two months after Villas-Boas left and they have started this season in supreme form, dropping just two points from their opening seven games.

    He said: "It's obviously going to be a difficult game but we are showing good levels of competence and we hope to profit from the fact that we play at home."

  97. 0912: 

    Your interesting views on 'diving' are filing up our Twitter timeline. Keep them coming.

    Matthew Duffy on Twitter: "Suarez, RVP, Bale and Huth should all recieve punishment. But they won't, the FA are weak."

    Seamus O' Keeffe on Twitter: "Why isnt Bale's blatant dive causing as much outrage? Suppose its easier to have a go at a foreigner? Cultural prejudice?"

    Kevin Richards on Twitter: "Divers should be booked retrospectively, at half time and after the game. If a 2nd yellow, off and banned. Ends it quickly."

    Keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  98. 0905: 

    World number one Victoria Azarenka warns she is planning to finish her breakthrough season with a flourish after ending a seven-month win drought at the China Open.

    She says: "I have two more tournaments to play. It's going to be about 10 more matches, so I'm looking forward to maximizing that potential in all of them."

  99. 0900: 

    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is refusing to get upset about his Scotland snub. He has not been named in a squad since the Carling Nations Cup in May 2011, when he pulled out with a hamstring problem after citing exhaustion.

    He said "I think when I first came up to Celtic I probably took it for granted that I would always be in the squad or playing - it felt like I was just part of the set-up. But now I haven't been involved for a long while, so it's just at the back of my mind."

  100. 0854: 

    Marlon Samuels brilliant 78 run knock in the West Indies World T20 victory over hosts Sri Lanka has seen him leap 20 places to 18th in the batting rankings in ICC T20 batting rankings.

  101. 0850: 

    Rising British star Jack Laugher, 17, claims the third world youth title of his career with a comfortable victory in the three-metre springboard at the World Junior Diving Championships.

  102. 0846: 

    It seems there was more than one 'diving' incident that angered you this weekend!

    Travis on Twitter: "If we're talking about Suarez diving, surely we should mention Gareth Bale's shameful simulation with Brad Guzan yesterday."

    Michael Turner on Twitter: "Just saw the Bale incident, how about putting that on par with Suarez?"

    Louise Walker on Twitter: "I was at Anfield yesterday, It appeared that Stoke were playing rugby! Pulis needs to look at Huth stamp on Suarez"

    Keep telling us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  103. 0841: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will stress England manager Roy Hodgson must be careful with Andy Carroll ahead of this month's World Cup qualifiers.

    He said: "Andy is really lacking in match practice. What I will speak to Roy about is his fatigue level."

  104. 0837: 

    The debate about Luis Suarez's 'diving' antics is getting you all hot and bothered. Keep your views coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "It's a disgrace, players do it time and time again and get nothing, a 2 match ban would be perfect."

    Jon-paul Pritchard on Twitter: "As an LFC fan, yes Suarez did himself no favours. Horrific stamp by Huth gets no press at all though. Maybe TP didn't see it?!"

    Sam Unsworth on Twitter: "Suarez wonders why refs never believe him, just a matter of time before he'll leave, no one likes to see a cheat in there team."

  105. 0831: 

    McLaren's Lewis Hamilton apologies to team-mate Jenson Button after accusing him of showing a lack of respect by 'unfollowing' him on Twitter.

    He tweeted: "My bad, just found out Jenson never followed me. Don't blame him! Need to be on Twitter more."

  106. 0828: 

    BBC Sport's Alan Shearer is raving about Wayne Rooney's performance in Manchester United's 3-0 win at Newcastle.

    Shearer tells The Sun: "When he is in this mood, he still ranks for me among the best in Europe. His touch, passing and energy make Manchester United tick."

  107. 0817: 

    Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry plans to reclaim his place in the England side.

    Barry was forced to miss Euro 2012 with an abdominal injury and is not in the manager's latest squad for the matches against San Marino and Poland.

    He says: "I have not spoken to the England manager, but I understand why I am not in it. My season hasn't really got going, and I am still getting over the injury."

  108. 0813: 

    Luis Suarez is under the spotlight again with Tony Pulis accusing him of 'falling over' in a bid to win a penalty against Stoke. Should the FA start banning players they believe have dived?

    Tell us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  109. 0809: 

    Darren Sammy hopes winning the World T20 title will inspire West Indies to "start something special".

    He says: "Hopefully it's a step in the right direction and we've made the people proud. I'll always cherish this moment."

  110. 0805: 

    Ashley Cole reports for England duty today with former national team striker Alan Shearer calling for him to be left out of the match with San Marino.

    Shearer told the BBC: "I think the FA can put a big statement out here by actually not fining him but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino."

  111. 0800: 

    As always we start with three items making Monday's gossip column.

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday as Falcao scored in Atletico Madrid's 2-1 victory over Malaga. The 26-year-old striker has been linked with a possible January move to either the defending Premier League champions or Chelsea. (

    Tony Fernandes insists he will not sack Mark Hughes as QPR boss, despite the Hoops having not yet won a single Premier League game. (The Sun)

    Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw says Alan Shearer has the credentials to be considered for the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park, but that his popularity among fans should not be a decisive factor. (The Guardian)

  112. 0800: 

    There was plenty of Premier League controversy this weekend with Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie respectively facing accusations of diving and using the elbow.

    Elsewhere, Ashley Cole and Lewis Hamilton are involved in new Twitter spats.

    Happier news for the West Indies though - their fans are likely to be waking up with a sore head after celebrating their World Twenty20 win.

    A big of international football lies in wait - the home nations are preparing for their latest World Cup qualifiers.


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