Sportsday - Wednesday, 15 May as it happened

Ferdinand retires from England, Wigan Athletic relegated, Chelsea's Europa League final build-up, plus more sport.

15 May 2013 Last updated at 18:50

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  1. 1850: 

    That is it from Sportsday, we will be back at 08:00 BST on Thursday, 16 May. There is live text commentary now on the Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica.

  2. 1846: 

    Northamptonshire reach 91-4 at stumps in their Division Two game at home to Leicestershire from just 34 overs.

    Derbyshire v Sussex and Warwickshire v Yorkshire in Division One and the Division Two game between and Glamorgan and Essex are still in play.

  3. 1840: 

    Nottinghamshire finish on 273-9 on the first day of Division One clash with Surrey with Steven Mullaney top-scoring on 68 at Trent Bridge.

    In the only other game to finish for the day so far, Middlesex reach 293-8 in their Division One match with Somerset at Taunton.

  4. 1834: 

    While Andy Murray has been telling the media about his injury issues, tennis continues at the Italian Open and second seed Maria Sharapova has beaten Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-2.

    All eyes are now on the 'Centrale' court where Rafael Nadal is about to take on home favourite Fabio Fognini.

  5. 1829: 

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio tells his players their summer holidays could be cut short as he prepares for next season.

    Ahead of Sunday's final day trip to Tottenham, the Italian said: "I told them we can win, draw or lose with dignity, respecting the club's name and the fans who follow them. But if not, I will reduce their holiday.

    "I will give them the minimum I can give to them, which is four weeks, 28 days instead of probably 38, 40 or 41.

    "It depends because in some way we have to start to change the mentality."


    Lorcan Murray: As a Carlisle fan, not getting relegated has to be one of the best moments I have ever experienced!

    Matthew Head: As a Bournemouth fan, trophies are hard to come by so any chance to get one you take it over promotion or relegation every time.

    Andrew Borg-Fenech: You get remembered for winning the FA Cup. That's your place in history. Your name doesn't STAY on the last 3 places of the table.

    Stephen Porter: Pretty sure if you asked Portsmouth, they'd happily give up their FA Cup to still be in the Premier League.

    To have your say on Premier League survival v FA Cup succcess, go to Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  7. 1818: 

    Chelsea captain John Terry is a major doubt for tonight's Europa League final against Portuguese side Benfica.

    The 32-year-old was seen hobbling on a pre-match stroll with the team around Amsterdam.

  8. 1815: 

    You can now join our live text commentary as the build-up continues for Chelsea v Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam. There will be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live of the game, which kicks off at 19:45 BST.

  9. 1812: 

    Sam Warburton believes the large Welsh influence in this year's British and Irish Lions squad should help his role as captain and player.

    "[Coach Warren Gatland's] approach has been very similar. The way he manages players, communicates," he said.

    "It makes the transition for me as a Welsh player into the Lions squad a lot easier."

  10. 1806: 

    New Zealand all-rounder Andrew Ellis is ruled out of the Champions Trophy with a broken rib.

    Cricket New Zealand said: "The 31-year-old suffered the injury while training in Christchurch in preparation for both the ICC Champions Trophy and a three match one-day international series against England."

  11. 1801: 

    BBC London's Ian Ramsdale in Amsterdam ahead of the Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica: "With the areas surrounding the Amsterdam ArenA filling up with fans of both sides, I'm off back into central Amsterdam to spend the evening with what may be the majority of the Chelsea fans here.

    "There were reports that between 30,000 and 40,000 Chelsea fans would travel to the city, yet the official ticket allocation was only 9,800.

    "I have spoken to some fans who've paid hundreds of pounds for tickets since they arrived, but with there being no big screens provided, many of them will pack out pubs and bars across the city to watch the game and take in the atmosphere."

  12. 1757: 

    Mario Balotelli is not surprised Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City because of internal problems between his former manager and the club.

    The Italian striker told CNN: "I am not really surprised but when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I have played with, the best players.

    "I don't know why they didn't win. But obviously there were some problems inside. I am here (AC Milan) so I don't know."

  13. 1752: 

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is "100%" relaxed despite reports in Germany that he faces charges relating to a bribery case.

    Asked whether he was relaxed about the situation, the 82-year-old said: "Absolutely. 100%."

    He added: "Sooner or later somebody will look into it, which they have, and then they will have to make a decision on what they decide."

  14. 1747: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan does not believe Roberto Martinez should join Everton as they are not a big enough club for the Spaniard.

    "I just think he will go to a bigger club than Everton, in reality," he told Sky Sports News.

    "Throughout Europe there are some massive clubs and Roberto being what he is, he is so good. Sooner or later, I've always said he will go to a massive European club and he'll do well.

    "Whoever he goes to, Roberto is a brilliant, brilliant manager."

  15. 1742: 

    Brazilian tennis player Fernando Romboli is given a backdated eight-and-a-half-month ban for testing positive for two diuretics.

    The 24-year-old, who is currently ranked 452 in the world, is eligible to play again from today but loses all his results back to last summer.

  16. 1738: 

    Essex sign New Zealand Test player Hamish Rutherford as a replacement for Rob Quiney, who has been ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks with a shoulder injury.

    Head coach Paul Grayson said: "I was very impressed with how he played for New Zealand this winter against England and Hamish comes highly recommended from some good judges in the game, so will be a great acquisition for us I'm sure."

  17. 1734: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica: "One of the most familiar sights in and around the Amsterdam ArenA in the hours before kick-off has been legions of youngsters wearing Ajax tracksuits.

    "Many hope to be part of Ajax's future as they are at their academy. This is a club that prides itself on its wonderful track record of youth development and the academy is a short walk from the stadium."

    You can listen to live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 1945 BST and the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary.

  18. 1729: 

    Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins says he would like to play in London at some stage of his career.

    "It is a great place to be, a buzzing atmosphere and is pretty much the polar opposite to Wigan," the 24-year-old told BBC London 94.9.

    "I'd love to have the opportunity to live in London at some point. I'm sure I will in the future."


    Sam Winter: My club won the FA Cup in 1947, I know that and I'm 20. I can't say I can name every year we have been in the top flight.

    Chris Ivison: As a Man City fan I'd have given anything for a trophy when we were up and down. Trophy over survival any day.

    James Lever: To win the FA Cup you need to beat the best teams in England, to get promotion you only need to beat teams in the Championship.

    Scott McCann: As a Liverpool fan! If relegation happened while the team won the FA Cup, I would simply roar them on to Championship success.

    To have your say on Premier League survival v FA Cup succcess, go to Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  20. 1721: 

    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says the Eagles must try not to think about the prospect of the Premier League.

    "We have got to get ourselves over the line and that is what we have got to focus on for the next two weeks," he told BBC London 94.9.

    "We are just at Wembley and just one game away from a massive prize. I want to get there. I don't want to nearly get there."

  21. 1715: 

    Ahead of tonight's Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica, the Portuguese side's winger Ola John reveals that Frank Lampard is the player they are most worried about.

    "He [has] played there for a long time, he can change the game with his goals, with his assists, a good pass," said the 20-year-old.

  22. 1710: 

    You can also watch BBC Weather's Darren Bett takes a look at the forecast for England's clash with New Zealand on the BBC website now.

  23. 1707: 

    You can listen to ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary from Lord's on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and via the BBC Sport website, mobiles and BBC Sport app starting at 10:45 BST on Thursday. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  24. 1704: 

    Captain Alastair Cook says England need to be at their best to beat New Zealand after drawing their three-Test series 0-0 earlier this year.

    "We all know cricket is not played on paper or on rankings. It's out there in the middle, 11 v 11," he said.

    "It doesn't matter what's gone on before or after. It's those five days.

    "We are fully focused on these two weeks of Test cricket versus New Zealand. We have to be at our best to win."

  25. 1659: 

    Britain's Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has not been selected for the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Belarus from 1 June.

    Joshua, who won gold at London 2012, has yet to sign a new contract with GB Boxing as he considers turning pro.

  26. 1655: 

    BBC Sussex's Jon Howick at Derbyshire v Sussex:

    "A late start but a good start for Sussex. after eventually starting three hours later than planned due to the weather. Two early wickets for the visitors, with Magoffin removing Hughes and Jordan dismissing Godleman early on thanks to support from the Sussex slips. Chanderpaul and Madsen are still battling at the crease for Derbyshire, who are 97-2 as the rain begins to fall again."

  27. 1652: 

    More from Andy Murray on his injury worries ahead of the French Open: "I have an issue with my lower back. It's been an issue for a while.'

    "I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.

    "I want to make sure it goes away. It's been a problem since the end of 2011 but it got bad during last year's clay season."


    Paul Skinback: The mentality of some people astounds me. The idea of being in any competition is to win it. FA Cup over staying up all day.

    Sulaiman Milo Sankoh: Winning the FA cup gets you medals and finishing 17th just gets you the media's attention. I want to show my kids what I won.

    Leon Walcott: Win a cup, for smaller clubs the chance of winning a trophy may never happen for years, getting promoted is more probable.

    Martin Liptrot: Older season ticket holders prefer FA Cup win, new international tv fans prefer the Premier League survival Vive la difference

    To have your say on Premier League survival v FA Cup succcess, go to Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  29. 1647: 

    BBC Sport's Russell Fuller at the Rome Masters: "Andy Murray says he would be "very surprised" if he was able to participate in the French Open, after he had to withdraw from his match in Rome today."

    Murray was playing Marcel Granolles but was troubled by a lower back injury which required on-court treatment and pulled out after the second set.

  30. 1628: 

    Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says his biggest regret is that he will retire having never won a Premier League title.

    Jamie Carragher

    The 35-year-old is preparing to play his final match for Liverpool against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

    "I've never won the league, that's a disappointment," said Carragher "I wish I'd won the title."

    "It's very simple. We weren't good enough. There's no fancy reason or excuse. The teams were better than us. A couple of times we were close, but Arsenal and Man United were better than us.

    "If you look at everyone there's always something somebody hasn't done. There's always more that could be achieved no matter what you've done."

  31. 1620: 

    BBC London's Ian Ramsdale in Amsterdam ahead of the Europa League final: "Fans are starting to gather in the 'fan zones' outside the Amsterdam Arena. There are two separate zones, one per club, outside the stadium. They have a couple of touristy have-a-go and take-your-photo attractions - and very loud music. The sun has come out too, so fans are flocking to take advantage of the green space, and meaning I don't need either of the two jackets I was wearing when I left in this morning's drizzle."

  32. 1616: 

    BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill at Glamorgan v Essex: "Essex produced a more consistent bowling performance to dominate an afternoon session truncated by showers. Stewart Walters added only three more runs to reach 67 before becoming one of two victims for Reece Topley. Glamorgan's hopes rest now with Jim Allenby who will resume unbeaten on 18."

  33. 1615: 

    BBC Sport's Kevin Hand at Middlesex v Somerset: "Led by the impressive Jamie Overton, Somerset fought back in the afternoon session to slow Middlesex's progress at Taunton. The young seamer took two of the wickets to fall after lunch having picked up the only one to fall in the morning. The ball offered far more to the bowlers than it did when they put Middlesex in first thing but Overton has clearly been the stand out performer with the hosts and, to some extent, has bailed out his more senior colleagues."

  34. 1612: 


    Division One

    Derbyshire 84-2 v Sussex

    Nottinghamshire 185-7 v Surrey

    Somerset v Middlesex 196-4

    Warwickshire 52-4 v Yorkshire

    Division Two

    Glamorgan 145-7 v Essex

    Northamptonshire 6-1 v Leicestershire - delayed

    You can listen to live radio commentary of all games on the BBC Sport website.

  35. 1608: 

    Vincenzo Nibali retains his overall lead in the Giro d'Italia after today's 11th stage. The Italian stays 41 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans with Sir Bradley Wiggins still in fourth, two minutes and five seconds behind the leader.

  36. 1604: 

    Garmin Sharp rider Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia ahead of Daniel Oss and current King of the Mountains leader Stefano Pirazzi.

  37. 1558: 

    Britain's Laura Robson and American Lisa Raymond are into the second round of the ladies doubles at the Italian Open after winning a champions tie-break against Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Penetta. Robson, who lost in the singles to Serena Williams on Tuesday, and Raymond lost the opening set 6-7 but fought back to level the match by winning the second set 6-4 and then took the tie-break 10-7.

  38. 1555: 

    Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia will be in charge of Bayer Leverkusen next season as the German side make their return to the Champions League.

    The 39-year-old made more than 300 Premier League appearances for Liverpool between 1999 and 2009 before finishing his career at Leverkusen,

    He was in joint charge with Sascha Lewandowski this season but Lewandowski will take control of the club's youth team next season.


    Vinnie Sung: Rather stay in the prem! If you go down you lose your best players and those parachute payments don't last forever!

    Phillip Weatherston: It depends who you support. As a Liverpool fan I would rather no cup and stay up. As a Wigan fan, maybe not so bothered

    Adam Tungatt: An FA Cup win means more than staying up. When Pompey won in 2008 it was the best day and look at us now. Wouldn't change it.

    Send us your views on staying in the Premier League via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  40. 1535: 

    Lampre's Venezuelan rider Miguel Ubeto has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

    Cycling's governing body the UCI said Ubeto had tested positive in a urine sample collected from him in an out-of-competition test on 16 April.

  41. 1523: 

    Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has won the Musidora Stakes at York for the eighth time after the 4-6 favourite Liber Nauticus triumphed to strengthen her Epsom Oaks credentials.

    Ryan Moore guided the winner home from Romantic Settings and Woodland Aria in what was her only her second career start following a debut success at Goodwood last September.


    Mithu Patel: Stay in Premier League every time. FA Cup victory lasts a week while staying in the Premier League lasts all season!

    James Attenborough: Mufc were relegated in the 70's yet look at the success before and a trophy over survival all day long!

    Dan Gray: No brainer. Wigan winning the Cup will last forever and when is it going to happen again? Relegation can be mended in a few months.

    Would you rather win a trophy or stay in the Premier League. Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  43. 1501: 

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum confirms spinner Bruce Martin and seamer Doug Bracewell are going head to head for a place in the first Test against England.

    The first of the two-match series begins at Lord's tomorrow and the tourists have just one selection decision to make before the toss. Bracewell had been hoping to nudge ahead of Neil Wagner in the pecking order, but he has performed strongly in the tourists' warm-up fixtures.

    "Wagner definitely plays," McCullum said. "It's either Martin or Bracewell for the last position, otherwise it's the same team from back home.

  44. 1458: 

    Also in Rome today, Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond are in action against wildcards Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Penetta in the women's doubles first round. It is 5-5 in the opening set.

  45. 1450: 

    Drama in Rome as Andy Murray wins the second set 7-6 to pull level at one set apiece each against Marcel Granollers in the Italian Open - but then the Scot decides to retire immediately because of the hip injury which troubled him throughout the match, leaving the crowd shocked.

  46. 1446: 

    Champion jump jockey Tony McCoy is set to return at Ludlow on Thursday after nearly a month out with broken ribs.

    The Northern Irishman, who was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, was injured in a fall at Cheltenham on 18 April and spent a week in hospital.

  47. 1442: 

    If you have ever wondered what it is like to go around the North-West 200's Triangle circuit at speeds of up to 125mph, you can watch as Carrickfergus rider Alistair Seeley gives you an insight.

    The 33-year-old British Supersport competitor is hoping to add to his eight NW wins at this week's event.

  48. 1438: 

    South London-born NFL prospect Lawrence Okoye impresses San Francisco 49ers team-mates in his bid to make their playing squad.

    The former rugby player finished 12th in the discus final at London 2012 and is now under the tutelage of former NFL Europe coach Jim Tomsula in a bid to transform himself into an American Football player.

  49. 1435: 

    It is not the end of Andy Murray's participation in this year's Italian Open - for the time being at least. Marcel Granollers fails to hold his serve as he aims to clinch a straight-sets win and Murray takes the next game to lead 6-5 after losing the opening set 6-3.

  50. 1433: 

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's SportsDirect company website claims that the club are preparing a bid to sign Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

    The England striker recently signalled his desire to leave Old Trafford for the second time in three years having been left out of several key games, including United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

  51. 1428: 

    Could this be the end for Andy Murray? Opponent Marcel Granollers is serving for the match against the Briton in their Italian Open second-round tie.

  52. 1426: 

    The live text commentary of today's action in the Giro d'Italia continues on the BBC Sport website. The breakaway are well into the long climb up Sella Campigotto with the gap up to five minutes and 40 seconds but there is still a long way to go. Team Sky have moved up towards the front of the peloton and slotted in behind the Astana squad.

  53. 1420: 

    Andy Murray is showing signs of recovery as he battles back to a 4-4 in the second set against Marcel Granollers. But the Briton, looking troubled by a hip injury, still has a big task to overturn his Italian Open second-round match having lost the first set 6-3.

  54. 1419: 

    You can watch as Marussia driver Max Chilton spends a day with Chelsea FC's youth team at their academy, as the two sports try to learn from each other.

    Chilton was joined by 10 of the country's young race and rally drivers as they attempted some football training skills, while they showed their Chelsea counterparts racing techniques in a simulator.

  55. 1412: 

    Adrian Morley could return for Warrington in Friday night's Super League game against Hull FC. The England international has been out of action since suffering a torn bicep in February but has been named in the 19-man squad for the game.

  56. 1408: 

    Andy Murray has lost eight straight points since his enforced break for on-court treatment to a hip injury. The Briton looks dejected as he trails 6-3 4-1 to Spain's Marcel Granollers in their Italian Open second-round match.

  57. 1405: 

    Jockey Frankie Dettori said he was "very ashamed and embarrassed" after being banned for six months after testing positive for cocaine.

    In an interview with Channel 4 News just days away from his return to riding on Monday, Dettori confirmed for the first time that he had taken cocaine.

    "I'm very ashamed and embarrassed, and paid a very big price for it, you know," he said. "I spent six months not doing the thing that I love, racing."

  58. 1401: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica: "The Europa League Final takes second place behind the Champions League on the European football agenda but there is a real major occasion feeling around Amsterdam today.

    "Supporters of Chelsea and Benfica are flooding into this vibrant city and the Amsterdam ArenA is a venue fit for any footballing occasion."

    You can listen to live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 1945 BST and the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary.

  59. 1359: 

    Andy Murray, who looks to be hampered by a recent hip problem, hits back straight away with a break of his own against Marcel Granollers. But the world number two then gifts three break points to the Spaniard, who takes advantage on the second to lead 2-1 in the second set. The Scot is now receiving some treatment on that hip injury.

  60. 1355: 

    Division One

    Derbyshire v Sussex - delayed

    Nottinghamshire 78-2 v Surrey

    Somerset v Middlesex 109-1

    Warwickshire v Yorkshire - delayed

    Division Two

    Glamorgan 103-3 v Essex

    Northamptonshire v Leicestershire - delayed

    You can listen to live radio commentary of all games on the BBC Sport website.

  61. 1353: 

    Momentum stays with Marcel Granollers as the Spaniard's brilliant cross-court winner breaks Andy Murray's serve in the opening game of their second set. Murray lost 6-3 in the first set of their Italian Open second-round match in Rome.

  62. 1348: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater reports: "French rider Sylvain Georges, 28, has failed a drugs test at the Giro d'Italia.

    "The drug he's tested positive for is Heptaminol, a substance that widens blood vessels. Cyclists have tested positive for it before, but the biggest previous case was French swimmer Frederick Bousquet who was the world record-holder for 50m freestyle at the time."

  63. 1346: 

    Radio 5 live Sport's John Southall reports from Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica: "It's a mild, breezy afternoon in Amsterdam, the city centre is a mix of the blue of Chelsea, the red of Benfica and hundreds of cyclists going about their daily business.

    "The question now for the Chelsea fans in the city's coffee shops is will they afford Rafael Benitez any credit if their team win tonight. After the semi-final victory he headed straight down the tunnel leaving his players to celebrate. Will he be applauded if Frank Lampard lifts the trophy tonight... unlikely. A buzz of anticipation in Amsterdam and the sun is now shining!"

    You can listen to live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 1945 BST and the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary.

  64. 1341: 

    It is not going to plan for Andy Murray as he loses the opening set of his Italian Open second-round match against Spain's Marcel Granollers. The world number two does not look comfortable on the clay - his least favourite surface - as Granollers takes the first 6-3 in Rome.

  65. 1339: 

    The live text commentary of today's action in the Giro d'Italia has begun on the BBC Sport website.

    The climax to yesterday's stage was a brutal, lung-busting affair, with Rigoberto Uran upstaging his Team Sky team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins. Today, the bunch are rewarded with an opening 70km which is largely downhill before a category two climb up Sella Campigotto awaits. This stage has breakaway written all over it.

  66. 1336: 

    BBC Sport's Kevin Hand at Taunton: "Middlesex dominated the morning session having been put in by the hosts on a very green pitch at Taunton.

    "The in form opening pair of Chris Rogers and Sam Robson put on 76 before the latter fell in a much needed outstanding spell from youngster Jamie Overton.

    "Somerset need a good start to the afternoon or they may regret their decision to field first."

  67. 1332: 
    Premier League ticket

    The Premier League earlier confirmed there will be a third-place play-off match between Chelsea and Arsenal if the pair end the season with identical records.

    The Premier League later tweeted a picture of a first run of tickets that were printed in case of a Manchester United v Newcastle play-off in 1996 if both teams finished on the same points and records. However, Manchester United eventually won the title by four points.

  68. 1326: 

    Andy Murray loses serve first in his Italian Open second-round match against Spain's Marcel Granollers. The Briton trails 5-2 as his opponent, who is ranked 37th in the world, closes in on the first set.

  69. 1324: 

    BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill at the Swalec Stadium: "An absorbing, evenly balanced morning session with Glamorgan reaching 97 for 3 in 28 overs after being sent in by Essex. Stewart Walters found his form with an elegant unbeaten 64 from 65 balls with 8 fours. David Masters again led the Essex attack with two for 27 in 11 overs."

  70. 1319: 

    BBC London's Mark Church at Nottinghamshire v Surrey: "A tough morning of cricket at Trent Bridge. Under gloomy skies Surrey won the toss and stuck Nottinghamshire in before Jade Dernbach immediately bowled Alex Hales in spectacular fashion for four.

    "Michael Lumb and Ed Cowan were forced to work hard for their runs but the took the home side past 50 until Cowan was bowled just before lunch by Stuart Meaker for 15. Lumb though has played very well and is still there unbeaten on 29."

  71. 1315: 

    Harry Redknapp claims he knew Rio Ferdinand would become one of the best defenders in the world from a young age in the wake of the Manchester United centre-half announcing his international retirement today.

    QPR boss Redknapp was in charge at West Ham when Ferdinand made his England debut in 1997 and the 34-year-old went on to make 80 more appearances for his country while playing for Leeds and at Old Trafford.

    "We knew from day one he was going to be a special player," Redknapp told talkSPORT. "He was lightning quick and graceful on the ball. He had everything."


    David Grimsdell: As an Arsenal fan I would rather win the FA Cup than be fact I would rather win ANYTHING!!

    Alan Johnston: It's about foundation for future not history. 17th in PL infinitely better than FA cup. Who won cup in 2005? I can't remember

    Thomas Giles: Win the cup and go down all day. As a Birmingham fan we had a day I will never forget. Prem football will come again, a cup may not!

    We are asking would you prefer to win the FA Cup and get relegated or finish 17th and lose in the cup final? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook.

  73. 1305: 

    Andy Murray has begun his Rome Masters campaign against Spaniard Marcel Granollers, we will bring you the latest news on the match as it happens.

  74. 1303: 

    Warrington will be without full-back Brett Hodgson for at least a fortnight after he was told he needs minor knee surgery.

    The 35-year-old has missed only one game so far this year but limped out of the Wolves' 52-6 Challenge Cup win over Salford on Sunday and will now sit out Friday's Super League home game against Hull and the derby with St Helens at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.

  75. 1256: 

    British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson is to leave his post in June for family reasons, after almost eight months in charge.

    Gordon Farquhar reports: "Peter Eriksson's departure is a considerable blow to British Athletics. He'd become a much respected and trusted member of the high performance team, and his softer style of management was welcomed by those who struggled with the full-on approach of his predecessor, Charles Van Commenee.

    "It was felt he was ideally placed, with his knowledge of the British system, to maintain and build on the teams successes at the 2012 games."

  76. 1250: 

    BBC London's Ian Ramsdale reports from Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica: "Amsterdam has been flooded with fans of both sides this morning; the Chelsea supporters adorned in blue with Benfica's continent wearing their clubs red kit.

    "The city's many squares, waterfronts and bars are densely populated with both sets of supporters. Many travelling fans have also invested in the specially made half-and-half scarves, knitted with today's date and the city's name, and they're probably quite useful too; this morning's drizzle has stopped, but it's still a cold, cloudy day here."

  77. 1240: 

    More on the news that Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

    The 26-year-old France international is being held by Scotland Yard's sex crime squad together with two other men who were arrested in Fulham, west London.

    They are being questioned over allegations that a 34-year-old woman was raped by three men last Monday in west London. The allegation was passed to the Met from Kent Police on Wednesday.

  78. 1231: 

    Dan Roan, BBC Sport's chief sports news correspondent, reports from Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica: "Amsterdam comes to a standstill as entire Chelsea squad go on 30 minute-long pre-match walkabout around city centre.

    "John Terry goes on stroll but limping heavily and sources close to defender tell us he'll play no part tonight.

    "Frank Lampard spends long time signing autographs for fans amid reports he's signed a new one-year contract. Club refusing to comment."

  79. 1228: 

    Division One

    Derbyshire v Sussex - delayed

    Nottinghamshire 48-1 v Surrey

    Somerset v Middlesex 64-0

    Warwickshire v Yorkshire - delayed

    Division Two

    Glamorgan 76-2 v Essex

    Northamptonshire v Leicestershire - delayed

    You can listen to live radio commentary of all games on the BBC Sport website.

  80. 1222: 
    Alan Wright

    Conference side Southport have appointed former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers defender Alan Wright as their new manager. He replaces Liam Watson, who resigned at the end of the 2012-13 season and later became boss of relegated AFC Telford.

  81. 1217: 

    Queen's Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is arrested on suspicion of rape, police say.


    Paul Thompson: He may be in his mid-30s but Ferdinand (and Terry for that matter), could still do a job for England. Weakness at centre-back.

    Kushal Malde: Most United fans regard Rio as Fergie's best ever centre back. Better than Stam, Vidic, Pallister and Bruce. Absolute legend

    Paul Handscombe: Moore, Charlton, Hughes, Butcher, Adams. Campbell, Walker all better defenders for England

    After Rio Ferdinand's international retirement, do you think he will be remembered as one of the greatest England centre-backs of all time?

    Give us your view on Facebook or tweet to #bbcsportsday.

  83. 1205: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Amsterdam: "The chance of Frank Lampard extending his Chelsea stay after months of speculation now looks very good, especially with Jose Mourinho expected to return to Stamford this summer.

    "And the club's all-time record goalscorer understandably holds a special appeal for their fans. One Bulgarian Chelsea supporter waited outside the deserted Ajax ArenA in the rain after training last night - just to catch a glimpse of Lampard. He was also given a hero's reception outside the team hotel today."

  84. 1159: 

    A verdict in the racing corruption inquiry involving prominent Flat jockey Eddie Ahern, former West Brom footballer Neil Clement and four others is now due on Wednesday 22 May.

    The British Horseracing Authority finished hearing evidence in the case earlier this month, and had originally hoped to announce the findings last week, but a later date has now been set for the disciplinary panel to meet.

  85. 1156: 

    Britain's Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell will make his professional boxing debut at Craven Park, the home ground of Super League side Hull KR, on 13 July. Kell Brook will also be in action in a rematch with American Carson Jones.

  86. 1152: 
    Frank Lampard

    BBC Sport's chief sports correspondent Dan Roan is in Amsterdam ahead of Chelsea's Europa League final tonight.

    He has tweeted a picture of Frank Lampard being mobbed outside the club's hotel in the city.

  87. 1146: 

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the double Olympic 100m champion, will compete at the Great CityGames Manchester for the first time on 25 May.

    The 26-year-old Jamaican won gold at London 2012 to become one of only three women to have ever retained the 100m title.

  88. 1142: 

    Hatem Ben Arfa is confident Newcastle will rediscover the form of last season when they return to action in August.

    The Magpies will bring down the curtain on a desperately disappointing campaign on Sunday when Arsenal visit St James' Park.

    They could yet finish as high as 10th if they beat the Gunners, but they have narrowly avoided relegation. "When we are all together next season, we can really do well," the Newcastle midfielder said. "Then, we can go again and I think we can have a season like we did last season. Of that, I'm sure."


    Raymond Okpara: There's no history book for premier league survival but there will always be a record book for the prestigious FA cup.

    Matt Robinson: Easy to see why some clubs no longer respect the FA Cup, significantly greater financial reward for finishing 17th in the PL.

    Sam Pearce: Pompey lifted the FA cup and what followed nearly destroyed us... but given the chance I would do it all again!

    We are asking would you prefer to win the FA Cup and get relegated or finish 17th and lose in the cup final? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook.

  90. 1128: 

    Warwickshire and Yorkshire's Division One game has been delayed by rain and there will be no play before lunch at Edgbaston. Derbyshire v Sussex is also delayed.

    Northants skipper Stephen Peters will sit out their home game against Leicestershire after suffering an injury during pre-match net practice. Rob Keogh has been drafted into the team by the Division Two leaders, but the start has been delayed by rain.

  91. 1123: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - Who are the only two Major League Baseball teams to have all the letters MLB in their names?

    We will reveal the answer around 1400 BST so get yours in.

  92. 1119: 

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner promises Jamie Carragher there will always be a job for him at the club after he retires as a player this weekend.

    The 35-year-old will make his 737th and final Reds appearance against QPR on Sunday before moving into television punditry next season.

    "We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool," he told the Liverpool Echo.

  93. 1113: 

    Performance director Neil Black will oversee head coach duties with British Athletics for the remainder of the summer and lead the GB & Northern Ireland team at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

  94. 1111: 
    Mario Gotze

    Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is optimistic of having injured Germany midfield star Mario Gotze back from a hamstring injury in time for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on 25 May.

    The 20-year-old limped out of Dortmund's 2-0 semi-final defeat at Real Madrid on 30 April with a torn hamstring and Klopp says next week will be key to see whether Gotze runs out for the Wembley final, in what will be his last game for Dortmund.

    "We will intensify training and the plan is that he will begin to train with the team next week," said Klopp. "Then I hope everything stays as it is, after that we will decide whether it works or not."

  95. 1103: 

    British Athletics confirms that head coach Peter Eriksson will be leaving his post at the end of June just seven months after his appointment.

    Eriksson asked to be released from his contract in order to return to Canada to be with his family.

    He said: "Words cannot describe how disappointed I am to take this step. There is no bigger job in athletics anywhere in the world, At present I have no plans, but accept that if I am to take any other job in sport it will be a step down'."

  96. 1058: 

    Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read sits out Nottinghamshire's game against Surrey because of a neck injury - the first Championship fixture he has missed since September 2006.

    James Taylor captains Notts in his absence, with Riki Wessels behind the stumps.

  97. 1053: 

    Malaga newspaper says manager Manuel Pellegrini has agreed a two-year deal with City.

  98. 1053: 

    Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has urged manager Neil Lennon to remain at Parkhead after guiding the club to a second successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.

    Lennon has been linked with a switch to Everton, following news of the impending departure of David Moyes to Manchester United.

    "For me, he has been great," Wanyama said. "I've learned a lot from him.

    "He has put a strong team out there and he is still a very important manager for us."


    Jon Murray: Why should Rio even be considered? Didn't do anything special in a major tournament, Jack and Bobby Charlton are two of the best.

    Peter Chapman: Ferdinand is a class act. Footballing centre back - should have had more caps.

    Greg Matthews: Rio is not and never has been good enough to lace John Terry's boots. Rio not world class, not missed.

    After Rio Ferdinand's international retirement, do you think he will be remembered as one of the greatest England centre-backs of all time?

    Give us your view on Facebook or tweet to #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1041: 

    Olympic cycling gold medallist Joanna Rowsell has not given up on Bradley Wiggins's Giro d'Italia hopes yet.

    She told BBC Radio 5 live: "We're not even half way through. The first week had a bit of everything, punctures and crashes, but he still beat all of the main rivals in the time trial and a lot more can happen, so there's still all to play for and I'm going to be glued to the TV for the next week and a half."

  101. 1036: 

    From BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty in Amsterdam, ahead of tonight's Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica.

    "Chelsea - for a few days at least - have the opportunity to be the holders of the Europa League and Champions League if they beat Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena tonight.

    "Interim manager Rafael Benitez loves getting his hands on European trophies and victory may finally get him some affection from those Chelsea fans who made him unwelcome at Stamford Bridge.

    "Even last night he was still being asked whether he would apologise for supposedly unflattering remarks he made about Chelsea while at Liverpool - remarks he has denied making.

    "Why?" asked Benitez. "The manager has to defend his club and I'm defending Chelsea now."

  102. 1032: 
    Lions squad

    The British and Irish Lions have released their official squad photo ahead of their tour of Australia.


    Neil Harvey: Has to be better winning the FA Cup than finishing 17th. Who ever remembers the team that finished 17th??

    Benjamin Holman: History doesn't remember an extra year in the Premiership, just winners. Look at Portsmouth.

    Joe Owen: As a Wigan fan I would not trade the FA Cup for survival. League seasons come and go, but winning the FA Cup is permanent.

    We are asking would you prefer to win the FA Cup and get relegated or finish 17th and lose in the cup final? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook.

  104. 1020: 
    Ryan Taylor

    Newcastle United utility man Ryan Taylor is heading for the United States today for surgery.

    The 28-year-old was bound for Denver, Colorado, and the clinic of renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman after suffering a second anterior cruciate ligament injury of the season.

    Taylor revealed his imminent departure via his Twitter account last night.

    He tweeted: "All ready for my long flight to Denver tomorrow. Loads asking am I going to see Dr Steadman? I sure am. I'm over to have my ACL repaired again. Then the recovery begins to get back."

  105. 1015: 

    More from Joe Ansbro on his retirement from rugby: "To gain international recognition with Scotland has been an immense honour, and victories over South Africa and Australia stand out," he said.

    "Playing this great game at the highest level is a privilege, and I will always look back on my career with fond memories.

    "Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and supporters of London Irish; thank you to everyone at Northampton Saints, the RPA (Rugby Players' Association) and the wider rugby community for the support I received before and after my injury."

  106. 1012: 

    Scotland international Joe Ansbro has spoken on his retirement from rugby.

    The 27-year-old London Irish centre broke his neck during a pre-season friendly against Munster last August, and despite undergoing extensive rehabilitation he has been advised to quit on medical grounds.

    "It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional rugby," he said.

    "I have been fortunate enough to play top-level rugby for both Northampton Saints and London Irish."


    After Rio Ferdinand's international retirement, do you think he will be remembered as one of the greatest England centre-backs of all time?

    Give us your view on Facebook or tweet to #bbcsportsday.


    After Wigan Athletic's relegation, we want to know: Would you rather win the FA Cup and be relegated from the Premier League or finish 17th and lose in the FA Cup final?

    Vote on our Facebook poll or tweet your view to #bbcsportsday.

  109. 0958: 

    West Ham United are poised to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

    The paper says West Ham have planned talks with their former striker - who is on loan at Upton Park from Liverpool - before he plays for against Reading on Sunday in the Hammers' final game of the season.

    A £17m fee for the 24-year-old's services has already been agreed between Liverpool - who signed him from Newcastle for £35m - and West Ham.

  110. 0953: 

    Uncapped Wasps back Elliot Daly has been called into a Barbarians squad to face England and the British and Irish Lions.

    The Barbarians have also confirmed that Saracens and South Africa hooker Schalk Brits, Exeter's Australian lock Dean Mumm, Italian prop Andrea Lo Cicero and Fijian wing Timoci Nagusa will line up for them this summer.

    Northampton's Samu Manoa will join up with the Barbarians squad for the Lions game in Hong Kong after playing for Saints in the Aviva Premiership final.

    Daly is one of three uncapped players - joining Wasps team-mate Sam Jones and Ulster's Jared Payne - in a 28-man squad for the fixtures at Twickenham on 26 May 26 and Hong Kong on 1 June.

  111. 0951: 

    Scotland and London Irish centre Joe Ansbro has retired due to the neck injury he sustained in August, the Scottish Rugby Union have announced.

  112. 0949: 

    Second-placed Middlesex have pacemen Toby Roland-Jones and James Harris back as they look to capitalise on a blank week for leaders Durham in their game against Somerset at Taunton in Championship Division One.

    Yorkshire recall former England fast bowlers Ryan Sidebottom and Liam Plunkett for the game at Edgbaston against champions Warwickshire, who have Chris Woakes and Chris Wright back from England Lions duty.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport.

  113. 0948: 

    Essex travel to Glamorgan in Championship Division Two without Australian batsman Rob Quiney, who may be unable to play again this season after injuring his shoulder while fielding against Lancashire.

    Leaders Northants, who have three victories from their four games so far, bring in all-rounder Matthew Spriegel and wicketkeeper Ben Duckett to replace Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy, who are on duty for Scotland, for the home fixture against winless Leicestershire.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport.

  114. 0948: 

    Surrey have had only two days to recover from Monday's five-wicket home defeat by Durham as they travel north to take on Notts at Trent Bridge.

    Veteran seamer Jon Lewis is added to the Surrey squad as they look to continue a run which has seen them go unbeaten in Championship games at Trent Bridge since 1992.

    Bottom of the table Derbyshire have named an unchanged squad for their home game against Sussex, who must manage without England player of the year Matt Prior, who will be on Test duty at Lord's on Thursday.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport.

  115. 0944: 
    Andy Murray

    While Laura Robson was knocked out of the Italian Open by Serena Williams on Tuesday, Andy Murray gets under way in the second round when he plays Spain's Marcel Granollers on centre court at about 13:00 BST.

  116. 0938: 

    Chelsea have declined to comment on reports that midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed a new one-year contract to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge, reports the Press Association.

    Lampard, who joined from West Ham in 2001 and whose current deal expires at the end of the season, is poised to captain Chelsea in tonight's Europa League final with Benfica in Amsterdam in the likely absence of John Terry.

    Speaking last week, prior to netting his 202nd and 203rd Chelsea goals in the 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa, Lampard said: "I've always said that I wanted to spend all of my career here so I think everyone knows that."

  117. 0936: 

    Werder Bremen have parted company with Thomas Schaaf, the longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga, after 14 years.

    The club announced on Wednesday that the 52-year-old Schaaf was leaving "by mutual agreement" with immediate effect. A replacement has not yet been announced.

    Sports director Thomas Eichin said the club decided that it wants a "new beginning".

    Werder won the 2004 Bundesliga title under Schaaf and were the German Cup winners in 1999, 2004 and 2009.


    James House: ‏It's a shame for English football that one of the best defensive partnerships ever have both retired early.

    Andrew Priestley: Anyone saying that Rio Ferdinand isn't good enough for England needs to go and re-watch the games he played this season. Solid.

    Andrew O'Brien: ‏Re: Rio Ferdinand. Is it possible to retire from a role you've not been offered? If so, I retire from being the future Pope.

    What are your thoughts on Ferdinand's retirement. Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  119. 0922: 

    Former Chelsea striker Clive Walker has spoken to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of tonight's Europa League Cup final against Benfica.

    He said: "Chelsea have been favourites for quite a while now and although a cup final is always a one-off situation where you have to stay focused, Chelsea have been in good form of late, they've come up with some great results.

    "The one thing with interim managers is you never know how long they will last. Robbie di Matteo was an interim and ended up getting the job. It certainly looks like Rafa Benitez will be moving on and of course Roberto Mancini is available now, so a lot of talk is about the next manager at Chelsea."

  120. 0918: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "The big three-day Dante meeting starts at York with many eyes on the sky as morning rain saw the going change to good, good to soft in places.

    "Classic clues will be on offer at the fixture, with Epsom Oaks third favourite Liber Nauticus - trained by Sir Michael Stoute - favourite for the Musidora Stakes, Wednesday's feature race at 14:45 BST.

    "There are likely to be several non-runners because of changing ground conditions."

    You can check any withdrawals, the latest going and results from around the UK and Republic of Ireland on the BBC Sport website.

    There is commentary on four races on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra between 13.40 and 15.20 BST.


    Former Everton manager Howard Kendall has told BBC Sport he believes ex-Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson, currently on the Goodison coaching staff, would be the perfect David Moyes successor.

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has also been linked with the role. After Wigan's relegation what do you think is in store for the Spaniard? Tweet #bbsportsday.

  122. 0910: 

    While Rio Ferdinand's international retirement will take all the headlines today, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has spoken about Jamie Carragher's decision to quit the game.

    He told the Liverpool Echo: "To spend 16 years in the first team at Liverpool is testament to Jamie's professionalism.

    "He really is an extraordinary person and a man of remarkable integrity.

    "His love for the club is such that he has always put Liverpool first. In moments of adversity he's been there, lifting players around him."


    Adam McSharry: Ferdinand is right to quit England after how he was treated. Still the best centre back in England by a country mile.

    Adewunmi Sanjay: Rio has effectively retired from England duties long ago, he just made it official so Hodgson won't bother calling him up.

    Simon Marshall: As much as everyone is saying Rio is past it, aren't they forgetting he was selected in team of the year? Great defender.

    What are your thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's international retirement? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  124. 0858: 

    The build-up to Chelsea's Europa League final against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena this evening continues.

    The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel writes "if Benitez blows it against Benfica, he'll be a failure at Chelsea."

  125. 0857: 

    Roberto Mancini's Manchester City sacking continues to attract a lot of the column inches in the newspapers.

    The Sun's Martin Blackburn reports "Mancini's knack of winning trophies papered over simmering tensions in the Manchester City dressing room."

    Oliver Holt, in the Daily Mirror, writes that "Mancini's strengths as Man City manager became weaknesses when it suited those who sacked him".

  126. 0848: 

    Former Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh has told BBC Sport that Roberto Mancini's sacking suggests his successor will have little time to focus on anything other than short-term success.

    He said: "Youth programmes are pretty much dead because when a new manager comes in, if he knows in two years he hasn't been successful, he's gone."

  127. 0844: 
    Gus Poyet

    The Daily Telegraph is claiming Fulham are considering a bid to bring in Gus Poyet from Championship side Brighton as a replacement for boss Martin Jol.


    Paul: Rio retiring from England he still playing? Didn't he retire from Man Utd about five years ago?

    Nathaniel Elfrith: Rio retires from international football. Effectively happened a few years ago.

    Nick Rose: I thought Rio had retired ages ago? He's not played for years and shouldn't have been considered either, he's the past!

    Tweet your thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's international retirement to #bbcsportsday.

  129. 0841: 

    Speaking about Wigan's relegation, Whelan told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's very unusual to win the cup and then get relegated, I don't think it's ever been done before.

    "But the writing was on the wall when we lost to Swansea at home. But it's football and we have to fight our way back next season. We've got so many matches next season, we've got Europe and 46 games in the Championship I think.

    "It's a fantastic challenge and a challenge we have to take on board and get on with and fight our way back."

  130. 0839: 

    More from Wigan chairman Dave Whelan on Roberto Martinez.

    "The whole town would like Roberto to stay on. He's been a brilliant manager for us," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "He is being chased regularly by some very big and wealthy clubs around England. We'd all love him to stay, we'll have talks and we will persuade him if we need to persuade him."

  131. 0836: 

    In more global transfer news, French website Sport 24 is reporting that Monaco will aim to tempt striker Carlos Tevez, 29, away from Manchester City this summer.

    Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claim interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez would consider a move to Napoli next season to replace Walter Mazzarri.

    Spanish newspaper Marca says Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, 30, was left fuming after team-mate Jerome Boateng showered him with beer following Saturday's match against Augsburg. Ribery's Muslim beliefs forbid him from any contact with alcohol.

  132. 0835: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith speaks about Rio Ferdinand's international retirement on BBC Radio 5 live.

    "It was Ferdinand who instigated it. The feeling was his time had come to an end and he can concentrate on his club career.

    "It is a sad way to end a glittering international career.

    "He made no secret of his desire to extend his Manchester United career. That is what this hints at."

  133. 0831: 

    Other transfer rumours around include......

    The Peterborough Telegraph are reporting Aston Villa are ready to make a £4m move to sign former Essex League striker Dwight Gayle, 22, from Posh, who are understood to want a bigger offer.

    Liverpool want Spain Under-21 international striker Cristian Tello, 21, from Barcelona as part of any exchange deal involving keeper Pepe Reina, 30, says the Daily Mirror.

    Tottenham and Fulham are on standby to battle it out for Udinese-owned striker Matej Vydra, 21, if Watford fail to win promotion from the Championship, according to the London Evening Standard.

  134. 0830: 

    Manuel Pellegrini will take Malaga midfielder Isco, 21, with him to Manchester City if he gets the job vacated by the sacked Roberto Mancini, reports the Metro.

    The Daily Mail reports that Pellegrini could face a battle to keep striker Sergio Aguero, 24, who has told team-mates he wants to leave the Etihad Stadium.

  135. 0829: 

    The Birmingham Mail is reporting Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is growing increasingly resigned to leaving the club this summer.

    He said: "I won't ask to go, but at the same time I have to sit down with the manager, the chairman and my agent and just go from there really.

    "If it's going to be another season like this and looks like I'm not going to play, then I have to play football. It's as simple as that.

    Darren Bent

    "I've obviously got a good relationship with the fans and the football club, but at my age I can't have another season like this because time is running out."

  136. 0828: 

    There is plenty of transfer gossip around in this morning's newspapers. Here are some of the highlights.

  137. 0826: 

    Wigan's Premier League relegation will raise the inevitable questions about manager Roberto Martinez's future. The Latics' fate was sealed with a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday night.

    Martinez has been linked with the vacant Everton job but he was reluctant to discuss his future after last night's clash at the Emirates Stadium.

    What do you think Martinez's future has in store for him? Share your views at #bbcsportsday.

  138. 0823: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan talking to BBC Radio 5 Live about Roberto Martinez: "Everyone in Wigan hopes Roberto stays with us. We respect him," he said.

    "We will talk at the end of the season. Roberto is so honest, I am very honest, whatever he says we will accept and we will honour."

  139. 0821: 

    The Guardian says Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted that the Bundesliga champions have no interest in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27.

    "I don't know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga," Sammer said.

    "I can't answer that. I can answer that we have great respect for Wayne Rooney but there has been no contact with him. There is no contact and he's not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not."


    What are your thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's decision to retire from England duty? Share your views at #bbcsportsday.

  141. 0816: 

    Peter Eriksson is set to quit his job as head coach of UK Athletics only seven months after taking over from Dutchman Charles van Commenee, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  142. 0814: 

    Managing director of club, Adrian Bevington said: "On behalf of The FA I'd like to thank Rio for his commitment to England. He came through the ranks from the U17s team and earned 81 senior caps for England, an amazing achievement.

    "He has had a great career with the national team and was part of three World Cup squads.

    "Rio has explained his decision to the England Manager Roy Hodgson and we wish him all the best for the future."

  143. 0812: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson also said: "I appreciated the call from Rio to inform me of his decision, which clearly he had spent much time considering before reaching this point.

    "I wish him all the best in his club career, and I'm sure the former managers he played under and every England fan will join me in thanking him for his service."

  144. 0811: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson said: "It is important to pay tribute to someone of Rio's stature and the achievements he had in a senior international career with England over 14 years at the highest level.

    "To have captained his country, to play at three World Cups and indeed score in one of those, marks him out amongst a very special group of players."

  145. 0810: 

    Rio Ferdinand made his England debut against Cameroon at Wembley in 1997, which at the time made him the youngest ever defender to play for England.

    He represented England at three World Cups, France '98, Korea/Japan '02 and Germany '06, and only injury immediately prior to the tournament prevented him from making it four in South Africa.

    Ferdinand, who lifted the Premier League title for the sixth time on Sunday, earned 81 caps for England.

  146. 0808: 

    More from Ferdinand on his decision to retire from international football: "The team looks in great shape and there is an influx of young, talented players coming through the ranks which bodes well for the future.

    "I regard it as a great honour and a privilege to have represented my country at every level from U17s upwards.

    "I have always been very proud to play for England. I would like to wish Roy and the team all the best for future tournaments.

    "A big thank you to all the fans, managers, coaching staff and players that I have worked alongside - the journey has been incredible "

  147. 0805: 

    On his decision to retire from England, Rio Ferdinand said: "After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football.

    "At the age of 34, I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let the younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career."

  148. 0801: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from England duty.

  149. 0800: 
    Laura Robson

    Britain's Laura Robson lost her first ever meeting with world number one Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday night.

    The defeat dents the 19-year-old Briton's hopes of being among the 32 seeds at this month's French Open.

  150. 0759: 

    The fall-out to Roberto Mancini's Manchester City sacking continues, with his assistant manager David Platt following him out of the exit door on Tuesday night.

    Former England midfielder Platt, 46, was offered the chance to stay on at City, but turned it down.

    "With regret Manchester City announce that David Platt has this afternoon left his role as assistant manager at the club," read a statement published on City's website on Tuesday.

  151. 0757: 

    Chelsea's interim boss Rafael Benitez insists his critics will recognise he has been a success if the Blues win the Europa League by beating Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena this evening.

    Benitez has been an unpopular figure among supporters since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November.

    But he has the chance to bring a major European trophy to Stamford Bridge before leaving the club.

  152. 0756: 

    Elsewhere in the world of sport, Bradley Wiggins competes in stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia, having slipped to two minutes and five seconds adrift of leader Astana's Vincenzo Nibali.

    First, a run through of the top stories over night.

  153. 0756: 

    Good morning and welcome to another Sportsday live from the BBC Sport Centre. Plenty to talk about today, with Wigan's Premier League relegation, the build-up to Chelsea's Europa League final tonight and the continued fall-out to Roberto Mancini's sacking.

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