Sportsday - Wednesday 4 September

Breaking news plus reaction and debate on FA chairman Greg Dyke's vision to improve the England team.

4 September 2013 Last updated at 19:02

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  1. 1859: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

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  2. 1855: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Glamorgan 158 & 237-7 v Kent 175

    From BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise: "When Glamorgan were stumbling on 15-2, Kent might have scented victory inside two days but a succession of solid partnerships mean that Kent will have a larger than expected target to chase to achieve only a second Championship win of the season.

    "Daniel Bell-Drummond, who has just had his contract extended by Kent, hit 78."

  3. 1851: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    Commenting on Greg Dyke's speech on the future of the England team, Clive Efford MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport, tells BBC Sport: "Greg Dyke has aimed a spotlight at English football and exposed its darkest worst kept secrets.

    "He speaks like a real football fan and anyone that cares about the state of our national game would be foolish not to listen to his extremely thoughtful and wise words. He is going to be a breath of fresh air and I am sure will be good for English Football.

    "We have just seen a record amount of money spent by Premier League clubs on transfers and less than one tenth of it was on English players. We cannot expect our national side to compete when there are so few opportunities for English players to develop their skills in our top division."

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    COUNTY CRICKET

    Hampshire 160-2 v Northamptonshire 438

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "A flat pitch may have done Rob Keogh no harm at all, but it doesn't look as if the surface will yield 20 Hampshire wickets.

    "While one tough chance went down in the gulley, there were no other opportunities for Northants to make inroads as Jimmy Adams showed glimpses of the form which got him a double hundred in April.

    "The highlight though remains Keogh's double hundred when his previous best was just 44. A good time for him to do it when he's out of contract at the end of this season."

  5. 1844: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid's new world record signing Gareth Bale, speaking to BT Sport: "When I was younger we always loved European football and Real Madrid were the dominant force.

    "I remember family holidays we'd go to Spain and bring back replica shirts and pretend to be their players in the park. The football they play, the team they are, it's great to be there. It's been a whirlwind few days."

  6. 1841: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Durham 245 & 212-6 v Sussex 112

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham are in a strong position having established a lead of 345.

    "Sussex were all out for only 112 in their first innings - their worst performance in four years - but Durham looked at one stage like they would struggle without their first innings lead of 133. They were 116-5 at tea before a timely partnership of 93 from Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard."

  7. 1837: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin: Rangers confirm to the stock exchange proposal to add four new board members in a bid to avoid EGM.

  8. 1827: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Somerset 103 & 231-4 v Derbyshire 298

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: "Derbyshire will have high hopes of recording a third win in four matches as Somerset closed the day just 36 runs ahead with four wickets down.

    "The visitors added 78 to their overnight total to finish on 298, a commanding lead of 195, but a far more resilient effort from Somerset second time around made them work hard for their wickets.

    "Although Chris Jones went early, Marcus Trescothick, James Hildreth and the not out Nick Compton all made sizeable contributions to see Somerset into credit."

  9. 1821: 
    CYCLING

    Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara wins stage 11 of the Tour of Spain, a 38.8-kilometre time trial as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali moves into the overall lead.

    Former world and Olympic time trial champion Cancellara finished ahead of Germany's Tony Martin with Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo third and Nibali fourth. The race finishes on 15 September in Madrid.

  10. 1818: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Surrey 145 v Middlesex 294 & 133-5

    Middlesex took the game by the scruff of the neck after lunch with Ollie Rayner claiming career best figures of 8-46 as Surrey were all out for 145. None of the Surrey batsmen could get to grips with the bounce. Rayner had a hand in all ten wickets taking two catches as well.

    Gary Keedy then took 5-42 in the evening session as Middlesex closed with a lead that is already worth 282. Surrey have a fight on their hands.

  11. 1812: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE
    Kevin Penny

    Warrington Wolves re-sign Kevin Penny on a one-year contract for the 2014 season plus a two-year option. The 26-year-old returns to his hometown club having spent this season at Swinton Lions.

    Penny said: "It's not fully sunk in yet. I am made up to be coming back into the full-time environment after a couple of years working in a normal job as well.

    "It won't be like going to a new club where you need to settle into the surroundings and facilities as I know a lot already so it will be easier for me and I'm looking forward to it."

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    Gavin Pritchard: Greg Dyke should be praised for showing levels of transparency and accountability that was missing under his predecessors.

    David Keel: Nice tactic by Greg Dyke. Set yourself a target to be achieved long after you've retired.

    Tony Ross: Premier League is killing the chances of international success. Champions League is the main event, clubs serve their own interests.

  13. 1759:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    On BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 BST Mark Pougatch will discuss Greg Dyke's first speech as FA chairman in detail with the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter and former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

  14. 1754: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich City's Elliott Bennett is not registered in Chris Hughton's squad for the first half of the 2013-14 season. In line with Premier League rules, all clubs had until 1700 BST to register their squads.

    Bennett is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained against Everton on the opening day. Registration re-opens for all players in the January transfer window.

  15. 1746: 
    FOOTBALL
    Ross Barkley

    Everton's 19-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley sets his sights on a long England career having been called up to the senior squad for the first time.

    "When Roberto Martinez told me I was over the moon," Barkley tells evertontv. "It was the best feeling ever. To get called up to your country's senior side, there is nothing better that can happen.

    "I think it will be a good experience being around top-class players like Phil Jagielka and Frank Lampard and learning from them all." Barkley could make his senior England debut in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley.

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    Greg Unitt: Why are we aiming for semi finals of Euro 2020? Why not aim to win 2014 World Cup?

    John Riordan: Don't England always aim to win the World Cup? They won't get anywhere near it in 2022.

    Neil Hooks: I have been saying for months it will do England a favour not to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Not good enough. Will make people wake up.

  17. 1733: 
    FOOTBALL

    Oldham manager Lee Johnson is charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. Johnson was sent to the stands by referee Eddie Ilderton during last Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Tranmere for his protests after the visitors were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time.

  18. 1725: 
    FOOTBALL

    Osasuna name Javi Gracia as their new head coach just a day after parting company with Jose Luis Mendilibar. Osasuna are bottom of Spain's La Liga after three straight defeats.

  19. 1720: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    Former FA chief executive Mark Palios responds to Greg Dyke's speech in which the new FA chairman targets the semi-final of the Euro 2020 Championship and winning the World Cup in 2022: "It's certainly a brave stance to take at the start of your tenure but having said that I'm delighted to hear it.

    "Whilst the FA has a lot of things on its agenda the one thing that stirs the nation, and probably the one thing that will judge Greg Dyke's tenure and the FA in the medium term, is whether or not they can turn around what seems to be a pretty grim prospect for England teams going forward.

    "I was pleased that he chose that as his topic but of course it is easy to talk about and is very hard to deliver."

  20. 1711: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is charged by the FA with misconduct.

    A statement on the FA's website reads: "It is alleged the Leicester City manager's language and/or behaviour following the end of his side's fixture at Charlton Athletic on 31 August amounted to improper conduct.

    "Pearson has until 18:00 BST on 6 September to respond to the charge."

  21. 1702: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United midfielder Romain Amalfitano joins French side Dijon on loan, the Magpies announce.

    The 24-year-old Frenchman joined from Reims in the summer of 2012 and made four appearances last season, all in the Europa League.

  22. 1700: 
    FOOTBALL

    New England Under-21 captain Andre Wisdom says the experience of playing and training alongside Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard will help him become a successful skipper.

    Reds defender Wisdom, 20, has been named as Young Lions manager Gareth Southgate's permanent captain and will lead the team out on Thursday for their opening European Championship qualifier against Moldova.

    "Steven Gerrard is a great captain for club and country," he said. "You can learn a lot from him, especially being young. Training with him every day I see the way he presents himself and the way he lifts teams in time of need for club or country."

  23. 1655: 
    SCHARNER RETIRES
    Paul Scharner

    Austrian defender Paul Scharner, who won the FA Cup with Wigan in May, has retired from football at the age of 33.

    He recently left Hamburg after agreeing a settlement for the remainder of his contract with the Bundesliga side, for whom he made just four appearances.

    Capped 40 times by Austria, the versatile Scharner scored 21 goals in 222 Premier League appearances during seven years in English football with West Bromwich Albion and Wigan.

    Surely the greatest Austrian to grace the English Premier League??

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    Ross Connell: It's not up to the clubs to play a certain number of English players - they are under no obligation to help the national team.

    Chris Laidlaw: One minute Greg Dyke says England should win the 2022 World Cup, the next he says he's worried about future.

    Jim Cornall: Funny how everyone mentions grassroots; to continue the field analogy, what we seem to be doing is importing plastic pitches.

  25. 1640: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Dai Young

    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, 46, signs a contact extension. The club has not revealed the length of the new deal, but Young says: "It's been great to have lots of players committing their own futures to Wasps in recent months with new contracts and I am happy to do likewise."

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    Simon Ashton, via text: Setting ambitious targets is good if they are realistic. The first target should be a date by which the commission will release its recommendations. We will get six months down the line and nothing will have happened because it is in the leagues interests for nothing to happen!

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    Sufiyan Shaikh: Why doesn't the FA make it necessary for clubs to play at least five English players?

    Caroline Sherratt: Too little too late Mr Dyke! Damage already done. FA should of intervened 10 years ago.

    Jon Wood: The problem with the England national team is lack of commitment.

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    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    Chris Waddle, who also played abroad for French side Marseille between 1989 and 1992, added: "We have to take a look at our game because it is going backwards.

    "You look at the England squad and you would probably say that the best players are the older players. Roy Hodgson should be spoilt for choices like Spain, Italy and Germany are. If you look at the England squad now, there is not enough strength in depth. We have to start investing in grassroots."

  29. 1628: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH
    Former England player Chris Waddle

    Former England player Chris Waddle, speaking before Greg Dyke unveiled his plans for improving the England national team, told BBC Sport's Gary Rose: "The money we generate in English football is probably the highest in the world, yet the England national team is nowhere near winning a tournament."

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    Daniel, Leek, via text: Biggest problem with the FA is it's run by bureaucratic businessmen and journalists like Greg Dyke. Glenn Hoddle head of youth development, Gary Neville as a youth coach and adopt German FA post 2000 policies for domestic clubs. I hope we fail to qualify for Brazil 2014, we've done nothing to deserve it.

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    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    Former England star Rodney Marsh, who played for Fulham, QPR and Manchester City in the 1970s: Greg Dyke sounded like he was addressing the AGM at the IBM shareholders meeting.

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    GREG DYKE SPEECH
    Greg Dyke

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: Dyke's speech told us what we knew about England's woes. What is radical is the FA has a chairman with the toughness to tackle the crisis.

  33. 1618: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League side Castleford Tigers confirm they have agreed terms with an unnamed club for the transfer of England half-back Rangi Chase.

    "Chase has also agreed personal terms with the club and will be presented by them in the near future," say the West Yorkshire club.

    New Zealand-born Chase, 27, has been heavily linked to ambitious Super League side Salford, who are expected to name a number of new signings on Thursday. The 2011 Man of Steel submitted a transfer request to Castleford last month.

  34. 1613: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    London Evening Standard journalist Patrick Barclay on new FA chairman Greg Dyke's maiden speech: "It was a very impressive - it was like listening to a Reithian speech on football. It was brilliant. The question of course is 'can these things which need to be enacted be enacted?'"

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    The Beast: Greg Dyke saying all our top players are based here. That's because they're not good enough to go to top sides abroad.

    Michael Dunthorne: Semi-final of Euro then win the World Cup? Should it not be other way round, semi-final of the World Cup then win the Euro?

    Martin Hart: Greg Dyke did a fabulous job of blaming everything on everyone else and blaming nothing on the FA.

  36. 1604: 
    BASKETBALL

    Great Britain's men win a thrilling overtime game 75-71 against Israel in their opening EuroBasket game.

    One more win may be enough for them to qualify for next stage. It is the team's best opening to a EuroBasket campaign.

    The team must finish in the top six to extend their funding from UK Sport beyond an initial 12-month period.

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    Conrad, Halifax, via text: We weren't able to win the World Cup in Spain, Germany, Italy or France when conditions are more favourable for us. What chance of us winning in Qatar!

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    Will Russell: If Greg Dyke fears for the future then why is he raising expectations?

    Will Tysterman: Finally the FA wakes up to the long term problems. But they can't be fixed overnight. They need long-term solutions.

    Sir Oscar. England used to be respected as one of the best countries in world football. In recent years they've failed us.

  39. 1554: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke criticises the lack of Englishmen going abroad to play their club football.

    "Few English players go abroad - we're not a country like Belgium, the Netherlands, or even France, Spain or Italy, who export significant numbers of players," he says. "Almost uniquely among the top footballing nations , virtually all of our top players are playing in their home leagues. So most of the emerging players cannot get a game. We have got a serious problem."

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    FurstyFish: The FA need to look at what it can do. It does not need more committees of the great, good and overpaid. No 'vision' here.

    Gregory Taylor: Can we not coax Fergie out of retirement and get him coaching English players at youth level. So much experience wasted.

    Gaius Volusenus: Nothing like taking it one day at a time. Fundamental mentality change needed in the way we school our youngsters.

  41. 1547: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke defends his twin target of England reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and winning the 2022 World Cup.

    "Without targets what are we working towards? No doubt some will say these targets will burden the players with more pressure," he says. "I don't see it in that way. Top players must be able to handle pressure if they want to be winners. We want to be winners."

  42. 1543: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    Greg Dyke highlights the huge investment that Premier League clubs had made in academies but so far the game had not seen "a huge return on that investment".

    The FA chairman also points out the difficulties in getting clubs to release players to play for England squads at all levels and speaks strongly about the limited playing opportunities that eligible English players receive at club level.

    He says there are issues getting players out of academies and into first team line-ups. "If the best of our emerging young players can't get a game here then we have a serious problem," he adds.

  43. 1539: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke, in his maiden speech in the role, admits he fears for the future of the England team.

    "In the future it's quite possible we won't have enough players qualified to play for England playing regularly at the highest level in this country," he says.

  44. 1536: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke accepts that the Football Association "had not done as well as we should" in building a successful England team over the years.

    He warns that the England set-up has been weakened rather than strengthened after 20 years of the Premier League, but says his speech was "not designed to start a blame game".

    "As a former journalist it's easy to see that this speech could be written up as 'Dyke declares war on the Premier League'," he says. "It genuinely isn't that. We want to work hand in hand with the [Premier] League."

  45. 1534: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH

    New chairman Greg Dyke announces that he will set up an FA commission to ask three questions on how England can change its long-term prospects.

    The commission will ask why England are in the situation they are in, what could be done and how any changes can be implemented.

    The chairmen of the Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers' Association and League Managers' Association have all been invited to join the commission, and Dyke has urged all in the game to come forward to give evidence.

    "English football has a problem," he adds. "We have to find a solution together without damaging the Premier League. Without a solution it is hard to see England challenging in the years ahead."

  46. 1530: 
    GREG DYKE SPEECH
    Greg Dyke

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke says the England team should aim to reach the semi-final of the Euro 2020 Championship and win the World Cup in 2022.

    In his first speech since taking over the governing body, Dyke warns that England may not be able to compete seriously on the world stage without changes.

    "English football is a tanker that needs turning," he says.

  47. 1528: 
    OUCH!
    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney has uploaded this rather gruesome picture of the nasty forehead wound which has ruled him out of England's World Cup qualifying double header against Moldova and Ukraine.

  48. 1523: 
    BASKETBALL

    Great Britain's men take their EuroBasket opener against Israel into overtime after finishing deadlocked at 66-66 in normal time.

    The team must finish in the top six to extend their funding from UK Sport beyond an initial 12-month period.

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    Colin Rowlands: FA need to stop blaming clubs, sort out lack of development in younger players and stop looking for quick 'fixes' like quotas.

  50. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL

    Germany manager Joachim Low describes Real Madrid's decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal as "incomprehensible".

    The Gunners completed a £42.4m deal for the Germany midfielder, 24, on Monday following Real's signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham.

    "For me, it's incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers," Low says. "Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer."

  51. 1512: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's 14-year-old son Jose Mario signs for Fulham having previously played for youth team Canillas as a goakeeper, reports the Daily Mail.

    The report claims the contract is for one season because that is the longest a player of his age is allowed to sign when playing abroad.

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    Shortly, we will be bringing you all the key points from new FA chairman Greg Dyke's first major speech where he is expected to outline his vision for the England team. All day we have been asking you what you would change to improve the fortunes of the England national team.

    Philip, Nottingham, via text: The England squad is only ever 25/30 players. The top English players will be the same if there were 90% English players in the Premier League. It just means the English players that aren't good enough don't get the opportunity. The good ones still do and the league is a better standard. Win win.

    Flash, Lowestoft, via text: Adopt the MFR (minimum fielding rule) each Prem club has to have a minimum of six English players on field at any one time from 2016/17 season. Who has guts to deliver that?

  53. 1459: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    Great Britain's Paralympic champions David Weir and Jonnie Peacock have been shortlisted for the Paralympic Sport Awards.

    They head up the list of top athletes chosen by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for their achievements at London 2012. You can see the full list of nominees here.

  54. 1452: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    We have put your Twitter questions to two Ashes-winning players, with victorious England captain Charlotte Edwards and fast bowler Katherine Brunt answering your posers during their visit to BBC Sport.

    Who inspired you as a youngster? Bryan Edwards (‏@BryanEdwards12)

    Charlotte: "My dad did - he played at our local club in Cambridgeshire and was the reason I played cricket. My brother and uncle too - family were always the people who inspired me first - then role models like Graham Gooch and Ian Botham."

    Katherine: "I was inspired by what I saw on the television - watching someone run in fast and bowl as quick as they could. In terms of female role models, I remember going to watch my first game at Headingley and seeing (retired England international) Nicky Shaw play - she was a quick bowler then. That's my first memory - I never really followed women's cricket. My inspiration of women's cricket was when once I joined the England team as a 19-year-old."

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    FOOTBALL

    England defender Gary Cahill on Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova: "To win well would be a bonus. We've had friendlies that have been big in their own right but these are the really important games coming up now, the lads are aware of that.

    "These are the games we're under a lot of pressure to go out and perform in and get wins, so it starts on Friday and hopefully we can do that leading into the second game against Ukraine."

  56. 1438: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Toby Flood

    Leicester fly-half Toby Flood will miss his club's Premiership opener against Worcester at Welford Road on Sunday. The England international was concussed following a high tackle on him during last weekend's pre-season friendly victory over Ulster.

    "We will integrate him back into rugby next week, and he may well play against Bath [on 14 September]," said Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill.

  57. 1427: 
    FOOTBALL

    England midfielder Michael Carrick insists Wayne Rooney would have made himself available for the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine if there was any chance of being fit.

    The Manchester United striker suffered a head wound in training ahead of last Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, an injury which is expected to keep him out for the next three weeks.

    "If there was a way of playing he would," said Carrick, Rooney's Old Trafford team-mate. "It is easy for people to look at the past and compare with what has gone on, but every situation is different. It was a bad cut. It wasn't nice to see. It is unfortunate but it is something that we will deal with."

  58. 1421:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke is about to deliver his first major speech in his role and former England defender Danny Mills says his arrival is a golden opportunity for the governing body to change.

    "Changing the rules at the FA has been very difficult in the past because of committees and because of the voting system," the ex-Manchester City defender tells BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams.

    "It simply doesn't work. This is an opportunity now. Forget about a vote. There are lots of highly skilled, high profile people that have done a lot of research. Greg Dyke will his have own ideas on the game."

  59. 1417: 
    FOOTBALL
    James McCarthy

    New Everton signing James McCarthy says he can handle the pressure of being the most expensive Scottish-born footballer.

    The 22-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Wigan for an initial £13m on Monday - eclipsing the £9.5m Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady.

    McCarthy, who is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, said: "I have had a few people on my case about it, and it's one I'm going to need to take in my stride. It's a new challenge."

  60. 1408: 
    FOOTBALL

    England defender Gary Cahill defends goalkeeper Joe Hart ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova at Wembley.

    Manchester City keeper Hart has been criticised for recent performances, but Cahill says: "For me he's one of the best there is I've trained with him for a long time now, I've seen him up close and personal and he's top drawer.

    "That's the way football is - you're not always going to keep clean sheets every single week. As defenders and goalkeepers there is always going to be a stage in your career you might make a mistake or two. But I think we'll see in the character, the way that he can bounce back and others can bounce back, that's the most important thing."

  61. 1403: 
    FOOTBALL

    Midfielder Christian Atsu expresses his delight after signing a five-year deal with Chelsea. The Ghana international's long-term future has been the subject of much speculation during the close season.

    Atsu said: "When Chelsea came for me, I saw a good opportunity to work with a massive club and a great coach."

  62. 1354: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    We have put your Twitter questions to two Ashes-winning players, with victorious England captain Charlotte Edwards and fast bowler Katherine Brunt answering your posers during their visit to BBC Sport.

    What do you hope your Ashes success will do for the women's game? Jason Craig ‏(@JasonCraig120)

    Charlotte: "Most importantly, it will inspire many girls to pick up a bat and hopefully they will have female role models now. We want a huge rise in participation through this - this is as important to us as winning the Ashes."

    Katherine: "We're all ambassadors for the sport and try to promote it as much as we can. Sometimes it can be as easy as just winning a game of cricket. Hopefully we have reached out to a lot of girls around the country by winning the Ashes."

  63. 1344: 
    FOOTBALL

    Germany coach Joachim Low criticises Real Madrid for selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

    "For me, it's incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers," says Low. "Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer.

    "Mesut is a sensitive player and he needs the faith from the club and the coach. It seems that was no longer 100% there at Real whereas Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger pulled out all the stops to get him."

  64. 1339: 
    FOOTBALL
    Ander Herrera

    Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera breaks his silence over reports in Spain that a group of 'Manchester United impostors' tried to sign him, saying: "I'm proud to wear the Athletic shirt. I didn't close any deal with United.

    "It's an honour that United made an offer for me and that Athletic wanted to keep me. Nobody told me at any point that United were going to pay the clause.

    "There are questions that United need to answer. I am very happy at Athletic. I am only thinking about having a good season at the San Mames stadium."

  65. 1330: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    Has your Ashes success received the coverage it deserves? Jason Craig ‏(@JasonCraig120)

    Charlotte: "I've been astounded by coverage we've had. We have won World Cups in the past but arguably earned more coverage from winning the Ashes this summer. We were overwhelmed by the support and media coverage we've received. The whole summer was about Ashes fever and, once the men won, it was on to us. It really spurred us on as a team."

    Katherine: "Playing in front of that full house in the T20 at Chelmsford, you could feel the atmosphere, and knowing the men weren't coming on after you was the best part. The crowd were there to watch us, support us and join in with our success. So for me the amount of coverage is going down the right path."

  66. 1325: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    What was your personal highlight of the Ashes this year? Chloe Harwood ‏(@ChloeSophia155)

    England Women win Ashes

    Charlotte: "It has to be the moment when we regained the Ashes at Southampton. Running onto the pitch when Lydia Greenway hit the winning runs is a moment I'll never forget. Running on with some of your best mates, all enjoying that success together and the celebrations that night in the dressing room will live with me for the rest of my life. Heather Knight's 150 in the Test should not be forgotten, but the most recent moment of winning is the most special."

    Katherine: "Enough said!"

  67. 1320: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Durham 245 & 22-0 v Sussex 112

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Sussex are skittled out in 18 overs in the opening session on Wednesday. They lost their last seven wickets for just 52 runs to end up 133 runs behind Durham.

    "Graham Onions did the early damage as he combined with wicketkeeper Phil Mustard to see off Luke Wells for 17 and Rory Hamilton Brown for four.

    "Mitch Claydon also helped himself to the wickets of James Anyon and Lewis Hatchett , while for the third time in his two championship appearances for Durham, young fast bowler Usman Arshad took two in an over."

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    New FA chairman Greg Dyke will deliver his first major speech later. What is the one thing you would change to improve the fortunes of the England national team? Tweet us #bbcsportsday

    John Rourke: Get rid of ridiculous wages. Same faces that keep failing. Bring through young players sooner.

    Jake Waring: This has nothing to do with the Premier League. We've won nothing since 1966! Coaching at grassroots is the key.

    Chris Aveyard: The first thing the FA should do is appoint Glenn Hoddle to oversee youth development. Second is a winter break.

  69. 1308: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    Did yourselves or the Australian team receive any stick/banter from the crowd like they receive in the men's game? Stuart Eddicott ‏(@StuEddicott)

    Charlotte: "I'm in the ring so I didn't hear much! It was all really positive and there was a great atmosphere around the ground. The best bit was when Billy the Trumpeter played in the Test at Wormsley - he owned the ground for the day!"

    Katherine: "Being a boundary rider I think it's always playful and encouraging. It keeps you going and alive and interested in the game. The fans are good at supporting us. Talking about the trumpet fella, he started singing at the beginning of one of my bowling spells and all the crowd stopped to listen. It really fired me up and made me bowl harder than I had throughout the whole Test."

  70. 1304: 
    FOOTBALL
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

    Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United's squad is strong enough "to win everything" despite the team's indifferent start under manager David Moyes.

    "We won the League at a canter last season and we've not become a bad team overnight," says the 34-year-old defender in Wednesday's London Evening Standard.

    "We believe strongly in what we've got. And anyway, you can't judge the league after three games. We'll have to wait and see where we end up. We've got a strong enough squad to win everything."

    United have four points from three games under Moyes.

  71. 1255: 
    SWIMMING

    BBC Olympic sports reporter Nick Hope reports: "British Swimming have given the strongest indication yet that centres of excellence in Swansea and Stirling will lose their International Training Centre (ITC) status.

    "After winning just three of their targeted five medals at London 2012, the sport suffered a £4m UK Sport funding cut heading towards the Rio Olympics and have been investigating ways to reduce their operating costs."

  72. 1250: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    What's your favourite format of cricket? Matt Lewis ‏(@lew0017)

    Charlotte: "I love them all. But there's something special about Test cricket because it is few and far between for us. The Test match this summer at Wormsley against Australia was a very special occasion. It only comes around every two years and Test cricket is ultimately the hardest form of the game."

    Katherine: "Exactly the same reasons - Test cricket because there is so little of it. But it also allows you to get involved in the game more and really get into a bowling spell where you can figure someone out. But I also love T20 because it is short and sweet - and your job is done quickly!"

  73. 1246: 
    FOOTBALL

    Defenders Aaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern are doubts for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Portugal on Friday. Former captain Hughes, who plays for Fulham, has a groin injury while Hibernian's McGivern has a knock and did not train on Wednesday.

  74. 1242: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere says the future is bright for English football amid claims from national manager Roy Hodgson that he has only a pool of about 30 or 40 international-class players from which to choose.

    "There is a lot of pressure, but I think it's not just me - there are a lot of other players such as Tom Cleverley and Jack Rodwell who are all gifted players who bring hope to England in the future," Wilshere tells Zapsportz.com.

  75. 1235: 
    CHARLOTTE EDWARDS & KATHERINE BRUNT Q&A

    We have put your Twitter questions to two Ashes-winning players today, with victorious England captain Charlotte Edwards and fast bowler Katherine Brunt answering your posers during their visit to BBC Sport.

    Charlotte Edwards and Katherine Brunt

    Firstly, congratulations, great job! What more can be done to raise the profile of women's cricket in this country? Catherine Payne ‏(@catkins0203)

    Charlotte Edwards: "I think everything is being done. You will have seen from the crowds we are very well supported and have lots of media interest now, including games on television. Everything is being done to raise our profile."

    Katherine Brunt: "I agree with Charlotte. The fact we had a full house in the T20 at Chelmsford shows where we have come from. We have gone from attracting a few hundred supporters to a few thousand. Now we want to go on from there."

  76.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ahead of Greg Dyke's first major speech in his new role as FA chairman, what is the one thing you would do to improve the fortunes of the England national team? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Niall Pickering: Appoint a foreign manager with more flair. Worst problem with the team is that it is boring.

    Keely McDonough: Changing just one thing would not change the fortunes of the England team.

    Luke Heyes: Take a leaf out of the German, Dutch book and invest far more at grassroots level and in coaching.

  77. 1226:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Snow

    Former England player Danny Mills says the FA needs to seriously consider introducing a winter break.

    Speaking ahead of Greg Dyke's first major speech as FA chairman, Mills told BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams: "Rules need to come in hard and fast. There needs to be seriously big changes and I'd bring in a winter break as soon as possible.

    "I don't see why we don't fall into line with the rest of Europe. Everybody bangs on about how it's traditional and we need the Boxing Day revenue. I don't believe in that at all. If you are going to watch football at the end of May and early June, it just makes life a whole lot easier."

  78. 1223: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Britain's Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher is show jumping's new world number one rider after the 30-year-old rose 18 places on the latest world rankings list released by the sport's governing body, the Federation Equestre International.

    In addition, Great Britain team-mate Scott Brash breaks into the world's top 10 for the first time, climbing from 25th to ninth.

  79. 1211: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is charged by the Football Association following his side's 2-1 defeat by Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

  80. 1204: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace inform the Football Association that manager Ian Holloway will not appeal against a two-game ban and £18,000 fine. The 50-year-old former Blackpool boss was charged with improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute following comments made after his side's 1-0 defeat against Tottenham on 18 August.

  81. 1201: 
    FOOTBALL
    Former England player Tony Adams

    Former England captain Tony Adams says the high number of foreign players in the Premier League is like "buying the England team a ticket to oblivion".

    He was speaking after it emerged that 90% of spending during the summer transfer window was on foreign players.

    "I used to think that top-class foreign talent would have a positive effect on our young English players, that they would improve rubbing shoulders with them," Adams tells The Daily Telegraph. "However, the reverse has become true, it has had an adverse effect. Buying up all this foreign talent is like buying the England team a ticket to oblivion."

  82. 1154: 
    SPORTSDAY - COMING UP

    New FA chairman Greg Dyke is preparing to deliver his first major speech in his role and we will have all the breaking news from what he has to say about improving the state of English football.

    Former England player Danny Mills has already had plenty to say and there is more from the ex-Manchester City player about winter breaks and what Dyke should be including in his speech.

    We also want to know what is the one thing you would do to improve the fortunes of the England national team. Tweet us at #bbcsportsday. In addition, we have breaking sports news and we will also be hearing from Gary Cahill and Michael Carrick ahead of England's World Cup qualifier with Moldova on Friday.

  83. 1146: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton deny reports that midfielder Marouane Fellaini paid £4m of the transfer fee to ensure his move to Manchester United went ahead.

    Reports suggest that the 25-year-old Belgium international agreed to forgo a sizeable loyalty payment to force through his dream move.

    But Everton's director of communications Alan Myers has tweeted: "For those asking: No Felli did not pay £4m of the transfer fee! The buying club will pay £27.5m."

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dave, Oxford, via text: At a recent friendly, almost every players' name got booed by parts of the England crowd. Liverpool boo Man Utd, Spurs boo Arsenal, everyone boos Ashley Cole. Fans are too divided by club football to get fully behind the national team. No wonder we don't perform at home, everyone is quick to blast a poor performance, but is the support there before they even kick off?

  85.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Henry Ashman: If England fail to qualify for Brazil it might encourage a bigger overhaul of the national system. Could be better long term.

    Louis Williams: Lack of English players playing abroad is a bigger issue. We have a very narrow football culture that other nations don't have.

    Josh Davies: The problem? Depth. Rooney is easily England's best player, but a similar quality player in Mata isn't even in the Spain squad.

  86. 1126:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Manchester City player Danny Mills says the FA is "too soft" for not punishing England players who pull out of internationals with "meaningless" injuries.

    "If you are not fit to play the international game, you cannot play for your club for five days," the former England international defender tells BBC 5 live's Phil Williams.

    "That rule is already there; it's just not enforced. They [the FA] just don't use it. Why not? It would stop meaningless pullouts. If you are not fit to play next Tuesday night in Ukraine, then you can't play the following Saturday or Sunday. I think the FA have been too soft in the past - not punishing players for pulling out of internationals.

    "Unfortunately the FA have created a monster by allowing the Premier League so much power. They never knew how powerful that monster was going to become. Somehow they have to wrestle back that power, take control of their game."

  87. 1120: 
    FOOTBALL
    Phil Bardsley

    Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley apologises for mocking the club's 1-0 home defeat by Fulham on the opening day of the season. The 28-year-old former Manchester United full-back was suspended by the Black Cats over a comment posted on social media which read: "Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!"

    But Bardsley, who is recovering from a broken foot, has now apologised and his ban has been lifted.

    "I would like to apologise to the club and supporters for my comments made on social media," said Bardsley. "I understand how they may have been interpreted and it was a serious error of judgement. I accept the punishment that has been handed to me by the football club and will now focus my attention and efforts on rehabilitation and regaining my fitness."

  88.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Nigel Sander: It doesn't matter what the FA do as they aren't in control of the Premier League. The PL will always look after themselves.

    Jonny Gutteridge: Surely the problem is that the young English players would rather sit on the bench for a top club than be a star man elsewhere.

    Jon Evans: We aren't producing talent? Hart, Caulker, Cahill, Gibbs, Walcott, Ox, Wilshere, Sturridge, Sterling, Barkley, Welbeck, Jones.

  89. 1112: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull prop Mark O'Meley retires with immediate effect because of a knee injury.

    The Australian front rower, 32, damaged knee ligaments in last month's Challenge Cup final defeat by Wigan Warriors, with scans ruling him out for the rest of the season. He was already planning to retire at the end of the campaign to return to his homeland.

  90. 1105:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former England player Danny Mills says new FA chairman Greg Dyke needs to make changes for the sake of the national team.

    Mills tells BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams: "Greg Dyke has the opportunity from grassroots level all the way up to say 'forget about voting this in, forget about making this little change or that little change, these are the new rules, this is what we've been looking at'.

    "They've done so much research over the past five or 10 years that they know what's right. They have to take it by the scruff of the neck and say 'change is happening - like it or lump it'."

  91.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike Nolan, via text: To get more kids playing regularly perhaps we should start trying to sort out some the football dads behaviour on the touch line. Save the aggression, the swearing and the showing off for when there aren't youngsters around to start copying and learning bad habits.

  92.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Today sees Greg Dyke make his first address since becoming Football Association chairman and he is expected to outline his vision for the England team.

    So how do YOU think England's fortunes can be improved by the suits at the Football Association? Do more English players have to be filtered into the Premier League? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter or 81111 on text to tell us.

  93. 1057: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning faces a three-match suspension after being accused of kicking Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

    Gunning has been charged by the Scottish Football Association over an incident during his side's 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat on Saturday.

  94. 1053: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Former Super League star Stanley Gene is appointed as head coach of Championship One side Gateshead Thunder for the 2014 season.

    Gene, 39, who played for Hull KR, Hull, Huddersfield and Bradford, joins Gateshead from Rovers where he coached the Under-19s Academy squad.

    "My ambition is to take the club to the next level and to continue the hard work that has been put in here already," says the ex-Papua New Guinea international.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael, via text: Perhaps supporters value "heart" above ability in players - thus sending the signal that technique matters less than character? Does the whole culture of football appreciation in England need to change?

  96. 1043: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton forward Kevin Mirallas reveals how he helped persuade Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku to join the Toffees on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

    "I was with Romelu in his room at the team hotel on Monday and I only left when I was sure he was joining us," Mirallas tells Everton's official website. "I was surprised to learn we were in for him, because there had been no inkling, but once I got word, I really went to work."

  97.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Steve Cork: I completely agree with Matt from Northampton on text (see 0856). I pester the Kent FA for their plans to develop Futsal.

    Matt Aish: If English players were good enough then they would play. Focus should be on making sure talented kids are supported.

    Peter Burdon: A four nation international tournament for Under 23s in-between World and Euro tournaments. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales youngsters battling it out!

  98. 1035:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Former England player Danny Mills

    Former England player Danny Mills says football in England is "broken'" ahead of Greg Dyke's first speech as FA chairman. Dyke is expected to outline his vision for the England team later.

    "The English game from junior level right through to the senior team is broken," ex-Manchester City defender Mills told BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams.

    "It's in a bad state of affairs. Just look at the transfer window. How many top English players were sold in the transfer window or wanted by other clubs? Virtually none. That speaks volumes. At the moment our senior team is simply not good enough to be wanted."

  99. 1029: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believes the Gunners have signed Real Madrid's second-best player with their deadline-day signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.

    "I was really surprised by Ozil's departure," Barcelona midfielder Fabregas, who left Arsenal for the Spanish side in 2011, tells Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

    "He seemed to me the second-best player at Madrid, after Cristiano (Ronaldo). He'll be great for Arsenal."

  100.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ty, Portsmouth, via text: The problem is at grassroots, 12 year olds playing on full size pitches is ridiculous. Youth coaches only interested in winning as no incentive to develop skills.

  101. 1019:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football writer Henry Winter says player quotas "need to be brought into English football" ahead of Greg Dyke's first address since becoming Football Association chairman.

    "I think there has to be. And because of European rules, it would have to be a gentleman's agreement," Winter tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "If England don't qualify for the World Cup, and I would say it's 50/50 at the moment, then Hodgson will get a lot of criticism, the players will get a lot of criticism, but the Premier League will also get criticism. Are they developing enough good players? We need to produce more talented, game-changing, young players."

  102.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Winfield: It is too easy to win an England call-up these days. Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend have not shown enough consistency yet.

    Derek Agar: Only way to solve the problem of lack of England footballers is to cap the number of foreign players to six per team, no excuse.

    Lee Cartwright: The £209,000 paid by Chelsea to West Brom for Isaiah Brown was a pittance. Why should clubs outside the top seven even waste time and money on developing players?

  103. 1011: 
    FOOTBALL
    Thomas Hitzlsperger

    Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton player Thomas Hitzlsperger retires from football. The 31-year-old ex-Germany midfielder says the decision has been prompted by a series of injury problems.

    "I've been sure about it for a few days. I won't be playing any more," he said.

    Hitzlsperger joined Villa as a teenager in 2000 after starting his career in the Bayern Munich youth ranks. He moved to Stuttgart in 2005, before having spells at Lazio, West Ham and Wolfsburg, with Everton his last stop.

    His last appearance for the Toffees was in the 3-1 home win over Reading on 2 March this year.

  104. 1009: 
    BASKETBALL

    Great Britain men's team head to the EuroBasket in Slovenia knowing the future of their Olympic funding hangs in the balance.

    UK Sport initially axed all support for the men's and women's programmes in December, but then offered a conditional reprieve in February.

    For funding to extend beyond an initial 12 months, they were set the target of a top-six finish at the EuroBasket. They begin against Israel on Wednesday in the first of five games in six days.

  105.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Conor, Yorkshire, via text: The problem isn't all necessarily down to the players or the clubs. The level of coaching in the UK is truly shocking. We don't develop a young player to be technical sound. We focus too much on winning the game. And not a lot on developing technical and tactical ability.

  106.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Today sees Greg Dyke make his first address since becoming Football Association chairman and he is expected to outline his vision for the England team.

    So how do YOU think England's fortunes can be improved by the suits at the Football Association? Do more English players have to be filtered into the Premier League? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter or 81111 on text to tell us.

  107. 0957: 
    CRICKET

    Zimbabwe needed just two balls on the second morning to take the last remaining Pakistan wicket as the tourists were bowled out for their overnight 249 in the opening Test in Harare.

    Pakistan number nine Saeed Ajmal had frustrated Zimbabwe as he reached the close of the first day on 49 not out, but hopes of a second Test half-century were ended as he was bowled with the first ball he faced from Tendai Chatara.

  108. 0948: 
    CRICKET
    Charlotte Edwards and Katherine Brunt

    Want to put your questions to two Ashes-winning cricketers? Well, here's your chance. Victorious England captain Charlotte Edwards and pace bowler Katherine Brunt are visiting BBC Sport today and are preparing to answer your posers later this morning.

    Submit your questions using #bbccricket on Twitter and we will put a selection of the best ones to the pair. Questions before 1100 BST please and the answers will appear in Sportsday throughout the afternoon.

  109.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan Sanderson: Send our youngsters abroad. Why aren't any of them going to second division Germany, Italy or even Spain? Lazy or scared?

    Lucas Zimmerman: The problem with English players in the Premier League is that they aren't all good enough, and those that aren't don't go play abroad.

    Chris Clarke: I again feel that if you are not playing in a top European league and a starting regular you shouldn't play for England!

  110. 0938:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football writer Henry Winter wants Greg Dyke, in his first address as FA chairman, to reinforce the point that the national game needs to have a successful pyramid system.

    "You should have the grass roots at the base, you should then have the clubs, the professional clubs and England at the pinnacle and everyone should be working towards creating a strong England team," Winter tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "At the moment, you talk to the Premier League and they think the clubs are at the top and England should be helping them."

  111. 0933: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin is unlikely to play again this season because of a calf injury.

    The loose forward, who is expected to be part of England's World Cup squad later this year, may have an outside chance of being involved if Wigan make the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on 5 October.

  112. 0927: 
    SAILING

    Oracle Team USA are docked two points and have three crew members banned in the most severe penalties in the America's Cup 162-year history.

    An international jury found them guilty of illegally modifying catamarans and also fined them $250,000 (£160,000).

  113.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dalbir Mahal: Not enough English talent in premier league? How about an annual team award for youth development and participation.

    Zenon Szulc: The problem is too few young English players are technically good enough. Change has to come at grass roots levels.

    Chris Parker: Out of the 18 matchday squad, four need to be eligible for England (retired don't count). Even used as a sub is experience.

  114.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Francis, Caernarfon, via text: The Premier League is not a great competition. Only 10% of the clubs compete for it. 20% of the clubs use it as a stepping stone to the CL and 70% use it as a cash cow. The problem with England is that the players aren't interested and the managers pick "names" rather than a team.

  115. 0919:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Graham Taylor on the state of the England set-up ahead of new FA chairman Greg Dyke's first address: "I feel sorry for some of the players because there is a lot of pressure put on them at times from certain club managers, because if they do withdraw, they can get a good rest and be better for their club.

    "The clubs have taken over to a great degree."

  116. 0914:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Graham Taylor

    Former England and Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor says top-flight managers are not interested in the fortunes of national teams.

    "If you are a club manager, the club comes first, because that is who you are working for," Taylor tells BBC Radio 5 live. "If you can find better players abroad, you will buy them from abroad, because your job is to be successful as a club manager and the international team doesn't come on your radar."

  117.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: The Premier League is too obsessed with making money and with it's own marketable image to care about helping Home Nations achieve success.

    Mike Davies: Dyke should work on winning respect back for the FA before trying to put forward any big changes.

  118.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Today sees Greg Dyke make his first address since becoming Football Association chairman and he is expected to outline his vision for the England team.

    So how do YOU think England's fortunes can be improved by the suits at the Football Association? Do more English players have to be filtered into the Premier League? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter or 81111 on text to tell us.

  119. 0902: 
    FOOTBALL
    Hope Powell

    Hope Powell says she is disappointed to be no longer working for the Football Association following her sacking after 15 years in charge of the England women's team.

    "I was on the road for 15 years, enjoyed the job immensely. I am adjusting now and I just have to get on with it," she tells BBC Breakfast. "They wanted a fresh outlook and I have to respect that. My skillset was in football and hopefully I will get opportunities in the future."

  120. 0856: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sacked coach Hope Powell admits she did not expect to lose her job if the England women's team struggled at Euro 2013.

    Long-serving Powell, 46, was sacked by the Football Association last month after England were eliminated at the group stage of the summer tournament.

    "No, to be honest," Powell tells BBC Breakfast when asked if she knew a bad tournament would have ramifications. "But it is what it is and I am here. I'm not in a position to talk about my former employer. it's confidential and something I don't want to discuss."

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt, Northampton, via text: For a start, the FA need to introduce small sided football until the age of 14/15 to develop more technical players. Then they need to get those players into the youth academies and stop so many foreign players taking their places. Introduce Futsal to schools and local teams and along with better coaching, they will produce higher quality players. Yes it will take time, but I believe that it's the kind of system you need in order to win trophies at international level. Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Germany all play Futsal and look how talented their players are!

  122. 0844: 
    OVERNIGHT

    Gareth Bale is not certain to start for Real Madrid despite being the world's most expensive player, says the Spanish club's assistant coach Paul Clement.

    Wales international Bale, 24, who joined the Spanish side for £85.3m from Tottenham, could make his debut at Villarreal on 14 September.

    But Clement tells BBC Sport: "There's a lot of competition for places - no-one will be guaranteed anything."

  123. 0839: 
    OVERNIGHT

    Unbeaten centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara took England to a six-wicket win over Ireland in the one-day international in Dublin.

    Chasing 270 to win, England slipped to 48-4 as Tim Murtagh (3-33) ran through the top order. But captain Morgan (124) combined with Bopara (101) for a world record fifth-wicket stand of 226 to see England home with seven overs remaining.

  124. 0834: 
    OVERNIGHT
    Andy Murray

    Let's have a quick recap on the main stories which you may have missed overnight. Unless you're a dedicated tennis fan (or a night-shift worker) you were probably asleep when defending champion Andy Murray reached the last eight of the US Open.

    The Briton beat Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in a 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 6-4 win to set up a quarter-final against Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday.

  125.  

    Daniel Gray: I strongly believe that if you can't get a game for your club side, you shouldn't even be considered for your country.

  126. 0825: 

    The major problem facing the FA is the Premier League will clearly not want to damage the success of its own competition. So how can the two bodies work together for the benefit of both?

    BBC Sports Editor David Bond says there has been talk of a voluntary agreement between the FA and the Premier League to put England first - particularly in those seasons which culminate in international summer tournaments. Will that happen?

    Read David's analysis of the problems faced by the English game ahead of new FA chairman Greg Dyke's speech.

  127.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So how do YOU think England's fortunes can be improved by the suits at the Football Association? Do more English players have to be filtered into the Premier League?

    But it is not just England who need to improve on the world stage - is it Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales fans? Do your national set-ups need a radical shake-up too?

    Pretend you are walking the corridors of power at your governing body and tell me what proposals you would introduce to change your nation's fortunes. Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or 81111 if the good old text message is your preferred method of communication.

  128. 0815: 

    While the specifics of Dyke's proposals remain unknown, topics of discussion could include a winter break for domestic leagues, clubs releasing players for international duty and rescheduling key league games ahead of England fixtures.

    But one of the main strands of his speech could consider the playing opportunities English players currently have. During the summer transfer window, there was a striking scarcity of English players moving to Premier League clubs, despite the 20 sides spending a combined £630m.

    Of last year's top seven clubs, Chelsea were the only team to pay a transfer fee for an English player - the £209,000 they handed West Brom for 16-year-old Isaiah Brown. While Andy Carroll, who cost West Ham £15.5m from Liverpool, was the only Englishman to command a fee of more than £8m.

  129. 0810: 

    Today sees Greg Dyke make his first address since becoming Football Association chairman and he is expected to outline his vision for the England team.

    At London's Millbank Tower, it is believed he will call for those involved in the game to work together for the good of the national side and discuss the FA's own work in trying to make England teams a force on the world stage.

  130. 0805: 

    Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday Live. The transfer window might have closed but there is no post-deadline day depression here. We're talking the future of the England team and US Open tennis among plenty of other things - so why would you go anywhere else?

  131. 0800: 
    Paul Gascoigne

    Gazza's tears. Steve McClaren's brolly. David Batty's missed penalty. The England senior team has provided plenty of heartbreak for patriotic football fans in recent years.

    But new FA chairman Greg Dyke is determined to end those moments of misery - starting from today.

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