World Cup qualifiers, Japanese GP, Maria De Villota tributes

Team news ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifiers and tributes to Formula 1 reserve driver Maria De Villota.

11 October 2013 Last updated at 17:05

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    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live for what promises to be a vital day for England's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They entertain Montenegro at Wembley tonight, while Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are also all in action.

    But first we start with the biggest latest stories.

  2. 0802: 
    Maria De Villota

    Former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota has been found dead at a hotel in Seville, Spain. She was 33.

  3. 0807: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan says he rejected a £20,000 offer to fix a snooker match.

    The current world champion, a five-time winner of the event, said a proposal concerning a Premier League match was made by somebody he knew, 10 years ago.

    "Someone rang me and said he'd like to meet me over in the forest and have a walk through the woods," O'Sullivan, 37, wrote in his new autobiography.

    "What they were offering, 20 grand," he added, "I could get for a couple of nights' work."

  4. 0812: 

    Former England defender Sol Campbell criticises the lack of diversity on the Football Association commission set up to find ways of improving the national team.

    All eight members of FA chairman Greg Dyke's panel are white.

    "I wouldn't mind if they had some black players in there, black players who have actually done something for club and country," Campbell told BBC Sport.

    "Football is a diverse game and that should be reflected in the committee."

  5. 0815: 

    Tributes have been coming in following the sad news that former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota has been found dead at a hotel in Spain.

    Caterham reserve Alexander Rossi, an occasional analyst for BBC Sport, said: "Absolutely stunned and heartbroken to hear Maria De Villota has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out. We will never ever forget you."

    A statement from Mercedes added: "Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Maria de Villota following the tragic news of her passing.

    "Her courage, determination and hope were an example and inspiration to many. She will be sadly missed by our sport."

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  7. 0824:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson knows there can be no excuses if they do not qualify for the World Cup in Brazil with their fate resting in their own hands ahead of the last two qualifiers at Wembley.

    He said: "I don't think we've made excuses anyway. I would be saddened to think my time as national coach has been riddled with excuses. We've taken responsibility all along. We're not looking for excuses.

    "We're looking to play the game. We're ready for it. We believe in ourselves, trust in each other, have the right determination and motivation. What more can I say to describe where we are?

    "You can look at scenarios, winning 5-0 each game and playing great football, or the doomsday scenarios. But we'll take each game."

  8. 0829: 

    Sebastian Vettel is the fastest in the second practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix, with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber second.

    Lewis Hamilton is sixth fastest, Jenson Button is ninth, Paul Di Resta 14th and Max Chilton 21st.

    Visit our live text commentary from the Japanese Grand Prix here.

  9. 0834: 

    Ahead of England's World Cup qualifying game against Montenegro, we want you to tell us who should Roy Hodgson pick and why?

    Also, Steven Gerrard will be making his 106th appearance for the national side, moving him level with Sir Bobby Charlton.

    How important has Gerrard been for his country in the past and how important is he now? Where does he rank in England's all-time best players? Will England even qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil?

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

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    Azi Farni, BBC Sport pit-lane reporterMOTO GP
    Jorge Lorenzo

    BBC Sport took reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo to downtown Kuala Lumpar on Thursday night for a spot of local food in China Town.

    In an interview, to be broadcast at 0825 BST on BBC2 at Sunday, Lorenzo talked about broken collarbones, this year's title fight and the challenger to his MotoGP crown, Marc Marquez.

  11. 0843: 

    Throughout the day we will be assessing the World Cup qualifying picture and discussing which sides are likely to book their spots for next year's event.

    There will be 31 teams qualifying alongside hosts Brazil.

    Here are the countries that have already secured their places at the 2014 World Cup:

    Asia: Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea

    Europe: Italy and Netherlands

    North, Central America and Caribbean: Costa Rica and USA

    South America: Argentina and Brazil (hosts)

    Australia compete in the Asia section of World Cup qualifying.

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    Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen: So sad news emerging from Spain regarding Maria De Villota, my sincerest condolences to her family and friends.


    Some early thoughts on Twitter on England's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup, what you want to see from Roy Hodgson tonight and the international impact of Steven Gerrard, who is due to make his 106th England appearance.

    Dean Smith: Gerrard has failed to perform for England time and time again. One of the most overrated players of his generation.

    Marc Booker: Be brave, 3-5-2 with Walker and Baines wide and Barkley behind Rooney and Sturridge.

    Andrew Priestley: The outcome of tonight's match will directly determine how good (or bad) everyone's summer is next year. No pressure England.

    Let us know your thoughts on England, Steven Gerrard and the rest of tonight's international matches on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard

    The return of fit-again Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has lifted England's World Cup qualification hopes - much to the delight of his captain for club and country Steven Gerrard.

    He said: "When he came to Liverpool I was surprised after a lot of the things I'd read. He needed a manager who prepared the team around him, playing him as the main striker at number nine.

    "He's even better than I thought he was. I'd seen his games at Chelsea and a few flashes at Manchester City but he has been consistent - brilliant at Liverpool.

    "Daniel's razor sharp, has got great technique and can score any kind of goal. It's all about him being available and fit and I think he will do a lot of damage for Liverpool and England. He's confident but not arrogant or flash, He's got a lot of belief in his own ability and I don't blame him - he's got a lot of ability."

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    After the death of former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota at the age of 33, her family have released a statement.

    It says: "Dear friends: Maria is gone. She had to go to heaven with all of the angels. Give thanks to God for the year-and-a-half we had left together. Signed, the Villota family."

    De Villota suffered severe head and facial injuries in a crash while testing for the Marussia team last year when she collided with a lorry.

  16. 0909: 

    More information on the death of Maria De Villota.

    "We are assuming it was a natural death, but we cannot confirm anything," said a Spanish police spokeswoman.

  17. 0916: 
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France moves into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters in China after a 6-2 6-3 win over unseeded German Florian Mayer.

    Tsonga will play either Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils, who defeated Roger Federer earlier this week, in the semi-final.

  18. 0923: 

    Sussex wicketkeeper Callum Jackson, 18, signs a new one-year contract with the county.

    "Callum showed at the back end of the season that he was comfortable in the first-team environment," said Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson.

    "He has a lot of hard work in front of him but with a lot of determination there is nothing to stop him having a long and successful career."

  19. 0927:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    England manager Roy Hodgson knows he will be under scrutiny but is in confident mood ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland.

    He said: "It is a big responsibility when you take on the role of manager of an England team. We are England. We are one of the big nations and we are expected to qualify for World Cup and European Championships.

    "You know that when you take on the job and you know that if that doesn't happen there will be a lot of criticism.

    "We realise England expects. They expect us to play well in these two games, to win them and to get to the World Cup and that's what we'll be doing our level best to achieve. And I believe the players will deliver."

  20. 0933: 
    Chris Coleman

    Chris Coleman admits his career as Wales manager could be decided by their final two World Cup qualifying matches.

    However, FA of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford has said Coleman would not be judged "on just two games".

    Wales face Macedonia in Cardiff on Friday night and Group A leaders Belgium in Brussels next Tuesday.

    "I know there's added pressure, we've got to do this, we've got to do that, we've got to perform. My future's on the line," said Coleman.

  21. 0938: 

    Thirteen teams from Europe will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Each of the nine group winners will advance, while the eight best runners-up will play in four two-legged play-offs with the winners also qualifying for Brazil.

    However, the group runners-up with the worst record of all the sides finishing second will also be eliminated.

    Only Italy and Netherlands have qualified so far.

  22. 0944: 
    Mominul Haque

    Batsman Mominul Haque helps Bangladesh avoid the follow-on in the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong.

    New Zealand scored 469 in their innings, before Bangladesh, who were 8-2 at one stage on Thursday, ended on 103-2 at yesterday's close of play.

    However, Haque is unbeaten on a career-best 174, while Mushfiqur Rahim is on 50 not out with Bangladesh 276-4.

  23. 0950: 

    New Zealand rugby union bosses fail in their attempt to secure Sonny Bill Williams's services next year.

    It is understood that Williams, 28, who played for the All Blacks in their 2011 World Cup-winning campaign, will remain with Sydney-based rugby league side and recent NRL Grand Final winners the Roosters in 2014.

    The New Zealand Rugby Union had hoped that Williams, part of New Zealand's squad for the Rugby League World Cup, would play Super Rugby for the Waikato-based Chiefs.

    "We worked pretty hard to bring Sonny home," said New Zealand rugby general manager Neil Sorensen.

  24. 0955: 

    Jenson Button pays tribute to Maria De Villota, the former Marussia reserve driver who has been found dead in a Spanish hotel aged 33.

    "It is horrendous news," said Button. "Very tragic, the girl has been through so much, more than most people go through in their lives.

    "It has been tough for her but this is horrific news and a real shock to the whole paddock and the world of motorsport.

    "We saw her this year in Barcelona. We were doing some work for a children's charity and she was the first one to put her hand up to do it. She got a lot of other drivers involved and was doing a lot for the community. It's very, very sad."


    More thoughts on what formation and team you want to see from Roy Hodgson tonight when England play Montenegro, and Steven Gerrard's international career. The England captain will make his 106th appearance for his country tonight, bringing him level with Sir Bobby Charlton.

    Alex Whitmore: How can anyone say that Gerrard is overrated? A true servant to club and country with top quality.

    Josh Seldis: We need a brave attacking formation with lots of goals.

    Jamie Brown: 4-3-1-2, Rooney behind Lambert and Sturridge. Barkley and Wilshere alongside Gerrard. A quick start is important.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  26. 1009: 
    Belgium celebrate

    Belgium and Croatia are the only teams who can finish in the top two.

    They meet tonight, with Belgium needing to avoid defeat away from home to guarantee top spot.

    Chris Coleman's Wales side, who are bottom of the group, entertain Macedonia.

    Group A fixtures tonight: Croatia v Belgium (1700 BST), Wales v Macedonia (1945 BST)

  27. 1022: 

    Dani Pedrosa comes within two tenths of a second of the lap record at the Sepang International Circuit as he goes fastest in Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

    Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez and Britain's Cal Crutchlow are the next quickest with Jorge Lorenzo, the current record holder, only clocking the sixth fastest time.

  28. 1028: 

    South Africa recall Hashim Amla and bowler Dale Steyn for the two-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan to be played in the United Arab Emirates next month. Batsman Amla is returning to the shortest format of the game after a self-imposed exile, having played the last of his 15 matches at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka just over a year ago.

    The first Twenty20 international will be played on 13 November in Dubai, with the second two days later at the same venue. Before that the teams will compete in two test matches and five one-day internationals. The first test starts in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

  29. 1033: 
    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is to be asked to explain his comments after claiming he rejected a £20,000 offer to fix a Premier League snooker match. The 37-year-old says in his autobiography that he was approached during a 15-minute meeting with someone he knew in Epping Forest, Essex, about 10 years ago.

    Nigel Mawer, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's (WPBSA) disciplinary committee, says: "We are aware of what has been said in the book and will be writing to Ronnie O'Sullivan to ask him to explain his comments."

  30. 1043: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury has been speaking to Chris Waddle and the former England World Cup player has given a grim forecast on the future of the national team.

    Waddle says: "The level of England has gone down. Since 1990, it's not got better. When [Steven] Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard move on, and Ashley Cole is in his 30s, have we got the players coming through that are as good as they are? I'd say no."

  31. 1050: 

    Manchester United failed in an attempt to sign Mesut Ozil before the Real Madrid midfielder joined Arsenal for £42.4m last month, the Manchester Evening News reports.

    United admitted they were interested in the 24-year-old Germany international, but MEN Sport reports the club attempted to contact Ozil's agent hours before he completed the move only to be told he had already made his mind up.

  32. 1102: 

    England's Paul Waring moves to eight-under-par in the second round of the Portugal Masters, one shot behind joint leaders Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Julien Quesne of France. The 28-year-old from Birkenhead picks up shots at the first, fifth, sixth and eighth holes as he goes in search of a first European Tour title.

  33. 1114: 
    Sir Bobby Charlton

    England World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton is celebrating his 76th birthday and will no doubt be hoping Roy Hodgson's team can mark it by edging closer to qualification for next summer's World Cup by defeating Montenegro at Wembley.

    Charlton turned out 106 times for England, scoring 49 times. He made his debut against Scotland in April 1958 aged 20. In total, Charlton made 105 starts and played 100 full games.

  34. 1120: 

    Thousands of Manchester United fans are expected to attend Sir Alex Ferguson's only UK book signing of his new autobiography. The event will take place at Tesco's Stretford Extra store in Manchester on 24 October.

    The 71-year-old steered United to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League successes before retiring earlier this year.

    A Tesco statement says: "Sir Alex's autobiography has been one of the most eagerly-anticipated literary events of the year and the book will certainly be talked about not only by Manchester United supporters but football fans across the world."

  35. 1124: 

    Shrewsbury Town sign striker Liam McAlinden on a three-month loan from League One rivals Wolves. The 20-year-old will go straight into the Shrews' squad for Saturday's home clash with Gillingham.

  36. 1129: 

    Worcester prop Ofa Fainga'anuku receives a one-week ban following his dismissal in an A League game against Leicester. The 30-year-old Tonga international was sent off for receiving two yellow cards.

  37. 1133: 

    Former England striker Gary Lineker: No wonder they announced Glenn Hoddle early on @FA commission. Most of the others are utterly pointless. Expected better from Greg Dyke.

  38. 1138: 

    Newcastle are preparing a January move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards, report the Daily Mail.

    Toon boss Alan Pardew is a long-term admirer of the English right-back who was offered a new deal to extend his eight-year stay at City in the summer.

    But Richards, 25, wants assurances over his place in manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans before signing the four-year contract.

    For more football transfer speculation, visit our Gossip page.

  39. 1139: 

    Everton left-back Luke Garbutt's loan at Colchester United has been extended by a further month and the 20-year-old is now set to remain with the League One club until 10 November.

  40. 1142: 

    Italy are one of only two European countries to have already guaranteed World Cup qualification and are unbeaten in their eight matches.

    The fight for second place appears to be between Bulgaria and Denmark, with the former holding a one-point advantage and a better goal difference. If both of these two countries slip-up, Czech Republic or Armenia could still grab second place.

    Friday's Group B matches: Armenia v Bulgaria (1600 BST), Malta v Czech Republic (1830 BST) and Denmark v Italy (1915 BST).

  41. 1148: 

    Jean Todt, president of motorsport's governing body, the FIA, pays tribute to Maria De Villota, the former Marussia reserve driver who has been found dead in a Spanish hotel aged 33.

    Todt says: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the de Villota family. María was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety.

    "Above all she was a friend I deeply admired," he added. "Through her courage, strength and determination she transformed her personal misfortune on the track into a powerful message for road safety that was heard at race tracks and beyond around the world. María was a beloved member of the FIA family. Our thoughts go to her family today."

  42. 1156: 

    Hull KR forward Jason Netherton signs a new 12-month deal with the club which will enable him to qualifiy for a testimonial in 2014 to mark 10 years service.

  43. 1158: 

    Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa on the death of fellow Spaniard Maria De Villota: "She had gone through a terrible year but was just married and she was so happy. I spoke with her two days ago. Wherever Maria is, I am sure she will be smiling at us. A complete super woman."

  44. 1206: 
    Germany v Republic of Ireland

    Germany will qualify for the World Cup if they defeat Republic of Ireland or if second-placed Sweden fail to beat Austria.

    The Austrians also still have a chance of becoming the group runners-up.

    Tonight's Group C matches: Faroe Islands v Kazakhstan (1800 BST), Germany v Republic of Ireland (1945 BST), Sweden v Austria (1945 BST).


    So former England captain Gary Lineker calls most members of a new Football Association commission to improve the national team "utterly pointless" and says he expected better from FA chairman Greg Dyke. Do you agree with Lineker's criticism? Who should be on the commission? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  46. 1211:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS

    "The chances of a Murray headlining the O2 next month increase by the day. Jamie and his Australian partner John Peers have continued their hugely impressive recent run by reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. They beat Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Vasek Pospisil of Canada in a deciding Champions tie-break, and know that if they can win the title they will move into one of the eight qualifying positions for the World Tour Finals.

    Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did his chances of qualifying no harm, and increased the pressure on Roger Federer, by reaching the semi-finals of the men's singles."

  47. 1220: 

    Three-time Liverpool title-winning midfielder Jan Molby tells the Liverpool Echo that the Football Association have not put enough thought into the new commission to improve the national team.

    Molby says: "What I think most people accept is that England lack flair players. They don't produce enough young players who are technically good and confident on the ball. With that in mind, why is Howard Wilkinson on it? He was a defensive coach who hasn't managed for a decade.

    Why is former Leeds defender Danny Mills on it? Why didn't they get John Barnes on board? With his wealth of experience and knowledge he would have been ideal. There are others who fit the bill like Chris Waddle, David Platt or David Beckham. Surely, you want people who have played abroad and have a wide range of experiences."


    Do you agree with Gary Lineker's views that most member of a new Football Association commission to improve the national team are "utterly pointless". Who would you have on board? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew Priestley: Lineker should be on this new commission. He's played at the top & talks a lot of sense. But these comments haven't helped him.

    Gary Lansley: What I'd like to see from Gary Lineker is some ideas to improve the situation instead of persistent criticism.

    Keith Hampson: Dario Gradi is an inspired choice. Has a proven track record of cultivating young talent.

  49. 1235: 

    Everton chief executive Robert Elstone launches a defence of the Premier League in the wake of the debate around youth development in England. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has established a commission to examine how best to improve the fortunes of the senior national side and enable more home-grown talent to come through the domestic club system.

    Elstone says: "The Premier League has created the perfect environment to develop world-class players, a research and development laboratory with maximum stress testing and the potential for true Darwinian outcomes.

    "It is the political capital leveraged by the revelation that 'only' 30 per cent of total minutes played in the Premier League is English that has moved me to write. How many great players do we actually need to win a World Cup? The Belgians might do it with fifteen? 30 per cent is actually quite a big number when you consider they're playing in the most demanding league in the world. Maybe it's time to think quality and not quantity?"

  50. 1238: 

    Tom Burridge, BBC News, Madrid, on the death of Maria De Villota: "Maria was not only admired for competing near the very top of a male-dominated sport, but also for the way she had recovered from her terrible accident in the summer of 2012.

    "Here in Spain she was known for her strength of character and positive spirit, and the charity work she did away from the track, promoting road safety and campaigning against domestic abuse.

    "Next week her autobiography, entitled 'Life is a Gift' was due to be published, and only a few weeks ago she was interviewed on Spanish TV. She talked enthusiastically about her life, and the challenges that lay ahead."

  51. 1242: 

    Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle criticises the amount of money some clubs in the Championship are spending to try and get promoted. The Terriers, 13th in the table, are in their second season back in the league and Hoyle says he will not gamble the club's future on attempting to go up.

    Hoyle tells BBC Radio Leeds: "This season our wage bill has gone down to £9m. The top clubs in this league are paying around £25-30m and that is horrendous."

  52. 1245: 
    Holland celebrate

    Netherlands have already secured their spot for the World Cup and have won seven and drawn one of their eight games.

    But there is a three-way battle for second position, with Hungary currently occupying that place. They will be guaranteed a runner-up position if they claim a surprise win in Amsterdam against the group winners.

    Turkey and Romania are also still in contention and travel to Estonia and Andorra respectively today.

    Friday's Group D matches: Andorra v Romania, Estonia v Turkey and Netherlands v Hungary (all 1930 BST).


    Former England striker Gary Lineker calls most members of a new FA commission on the England team "utterly pointless". Do you agree? Who should be on the commission? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Simon Errington: Lineker never had a yellow card when playing, but I'm sure he'd get one now! Totally agree with him, though.

    Mike Oxbig: Excluding Hoddle, Dario Gradi is the only relevant choice. Why not get technically gifted players on it, isn't that the idea?

    Joe Beresford: Good choice with Gradi, I would have also added someone from Everton and Manchester United to boost youth credentials further.

  54. 1300: 

    New international president Brian Cookson starts talks to launch an independent investigation into the UCI's handling of doping scandals and begins a clear-out of the old regime. Director general Christophe Hubschmid leaves the organisation, along with Philippe Verbiest, the lawyer who had been the UCI's legal counsel since the 1980s.

  55. 1304: 

    Glasgow full-back Stuart Hogg is a doubt for Scotland's November internationals, after surgery on a wrist injury. Glasgow say Hogg will be out for "several weeks". Scotland play Japan on the 9 November, before matches against South Africa on 17 November and Australia on 23 November.

  56. 1306: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: It seems the addition of the name Howard Wilkinson to the new FA commission to improve the national team has not been a cause for rejoicing.

  57. 1308: 

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland with a calf injury.

  58. 1312: 
    England midfielder Tom Cleverley

    FA statement reveals Tom Cleverley is ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro on Friday and Poland next Tuesday.

    The statement adds: "Cleverley complained of a sore calf after training on Thursday afternoon and had a scan later that day. Following the results the England medical team confirmed he would miss the upcoming two matches and he has returned to his club for further treatment."


    More comments posted on the BBC Sport Facebook page after former England striker Gary Lineker says most members of a new FA commission on the England team are "utterly pointless".

    Mark Lennon Gary Lineker is spot on! It's the majority of the players on the pitch which is the problem, players put more effort into their club teams.

    Ray Cunningham Its a toothless talking shop. Whatever recommendations they come up with will need the Premier League's full backing.

    Joe Eley It's a joke, where are the younger appointments? Surely, if there was a bit more diversity on the commission it would be of more benefit for English football in the long run.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  60. 1323: 

    Switzerland will qualify if they win away in Albania. A draw could also be enough for the Swiss if Iceland fail to beat Cyprus. Iceland are currently in second spot, but Slovenia, Norway and Albania are all still hopeful of ending as the runners-up.

    Friday's Group E matches: Albania v Switzerland (1930 BST), Iceland v Cyprus (1945 BST) and Slovenia v Norway (1945 BST).

  61. 1330: 

    Bangladesh enjoy a good third day in the first Test against New Zealand at Chittagong.

    New Zealand made 469 and Bangladesh, who resumed on 103-2, moved on to 380-7.

    Mominul Haque, playing in only his fourth Test match, top scored with 181, with Mushfiqur Rahim adding 67.

  62. 1334: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: England have played Montenegro on three occasions and scored three goals, but who were those three goalscorers? #EngvMont

    The answers will be revealed later today.

  63. 1341: 

    Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend says his unbeaten Warriors side will face their toughest test yet when they take on European champions Toulon on Sunday.

    The Scotstoun outfit have won five from five in the Pro12 this season but begin their Heineken Cup campaign in France against the reigning champions.

    "We've been pleased with our league form so far this season and we would like to continue that in Europe, but this is the ultimate test for us," said Townsend.

    "Playing the defending champions away from home is something we've been looking forward to since the beginning of the season."

  64. 1349: 

    BBC Sport's chief Formula 1 analyst Eddie Jordan pays tribute to former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota, who has died aged 33.

    "She was a wonderful figurehead," said Jordan. "She showed the world how she was going to beat [the setback of her horrific crash in 2012], find a new life and come back to motor-racing.

    "It is a very sombre place here [at the Japanese Grand Prix]. It's a very close community and everyone is thinking about the great sense of loss."

    Read more tributes to Maria De Villota here.

  65. 1356: 

    Andrew Selby says he is still hurt by his failure to win an Olympic medal in 2012.

    Amateur Selby, who will compete in the World Championships in Kazakhstan next week, was tipped to win a flyweight medal, but lost in the quarter-final in London last year.

    "It's why I became a boxer, to go to a Games and get a medal, but I couldn't do it and it still hurts to think about it," said the 24-year-old.

    "I want to go to Rio and get a gold medal. I have established myself as the world number one now and it is up to me to keep winning."

  66. 1401: 

    Russia and Portugal are likely to finish as the top two in Group F, with the former currently holding a one-point lead.

    The Russians travel to Luxembourg tonight and play away in Azerbaijan on Tuesday knowing two wins will seal their place in Brazil. If they drop points, Portugal, who end with home matches against Israel today and then Luxembourg on 15 October, will be hoping to capitalise.

    Israel, mathematically, are still in contention for second place but need to win in Lisbon and hope Luxembourg produce a shock result on Tuesday. Northern Ireland face Azerbaijan as they try to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

    Today's Group F matches: Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland (1700 BST), Luxembourg v Russia (1930 BST) and Portugal v Israel (2045 BST).

  67. 1407: 
    Paul Waring

    England's Paul Waring and South African Hennie Otto inspire each other to claim a share of the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

    Playing in the same group, Waring and Otto recorded 14 birdies and one eagle between them to finish 12-under-par at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Waring returning a flawless 63 and Otto a 64.

    Waring, who enjoyed the first top-five finish of his European Tour career in the Spanish Open in April and has had three more top-10s since, said: "I think the lovely weather's had a bit of a hand in it. I played nice, kept control of my golf ball well, hit it close a few times and holed a few putts."

  68. 1412: 

    Former England captain Andrew Strauss backs the decision to drop Hot Spot for the Ashes in Australia, and claims "no-one trusts" the system.

    Host broadcaster Channel Nine has opted not to use the thermal imaging technology which was at the centre of several controversial decisions during England's series victory this summer.

    "Hot Spot just creates confusion," Strauss told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Sometimes it shows up, sometimes it doesn't, so no-one really trusts it."

  69. 1417: 

    Frank Maloney retires from boxing after 30 years in the sport as a manager and promoter.

    Under Maloney's guidance, Lennox Lewis became the first Briton to win a world heavyweight title for almost a century in 1992.

    Maloney, 60, hoped to achieve the same with David Price but the Liverpool heavyweight was beaten twice by American Tony Thompson in 2013.

    "I have fallen out of love with boxing," said Maloney.

  70. 1421: 
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    Former Liverpool defender Jim Beglin, who helped the club win the 1985-86 league title, says Reds manager Brendan Rodgers deserves a new contract following the club's good start to the season.

    Liverpool are level on points with leaders Arsenal, and Beglin tells BBC Radio Merseyside: "Most of his signings have looked good, everything seems to be coming on another notch and I think he's been impressive.

    "I like listening to him. He's very shrewd in what he does and a very amiable character. I can understand it if they're thinking about a new contract because everyone is happy. He seems to be starting a whole new era."

  71. 1424: 

    Lock Michael Swift returns to the Connacht starting line-up for the Irish province's Heineken Cup Pool Three match against Saracens in Galway.

    The game starts at 2000 BST on Friday and Connacht's most capped player will captain the side against the current Premiership leaders.

    England's Owen Farrell returns at fly-half for the visitors who have a 100% record so far this season.

    David Strettle is back on the wing with George Kruis and Will Fraser the only forwards to remain after beating Wasps.

  72. 1431: 

    Wales take a first-half lead in their Uefa Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Lithuania in Bangor.

    The hosts go 1-0 ahead with a 21st minute penalty from Manchester United's Tom Lawrence.

    Wales have made a poor start to the qualifying competition and are fourth in Group One after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against San Marino last month.

    England are second in the same group after a 4-0 win over San Marino on Thursday.

  73. 1435: 
    Edin Dzeko

    The battle for automatic qualification is between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece, who are both level on 19 points with two matches to go.

    Bosnia-Herzegovina end with a home game against Liechtenstein and then travel to Lithuania, while Greece play home matches against Slovakia today and Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

    Today's Group G games: Lithuania v Latvia (1630 BST), Bosnia-Herzegovina v Liechtenstein (1900 BST) and Greece v Slovakia (1945 BST).

  74. 1439: 

    Jenson Button: #RIPMariadeVillota. Such an inspirational woman. My thoughts are with her family at such a difficult time.

    Former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota has been found dead at a hotel in Spain. She was 33.

  75. 1443: 

    Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is among the replacements for Friday's Heineken Cup opener with Leicester at Ravenhill.

    The 29-year-old South African, who signed a new three-year deal on Tuesday, has not played for Ulster this season because of international duty.

    Leicester give a first-team debut to wing Miles Bejamin after an injury-blighted first year at the club.

    Dan Bowden takes Anthony Allen's place in the centres, with Geoff Parling fit to take up a second-row berth. The game starts at 2000 BST with live coverage on BBC Radio Leicester.

  76. 1447: 

    Cardiff City call a board meeting for Monday following their decision to place head of recruitment Iain Moody on gardening leave.

    The club have denied reports they asked manager Malky Mackay to resign after Moody was suspended, with 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov brought in as his acting replacement.

    It is understood Mackay, 41, has given up hope of keeping Moody at the club but will not leave himself. Cardiff are yet to comment.

  77. 1451: 
    Tom Lawrence

    Manchester United striker Tom Lawrence scores his second goal from the penalty spot to put Wales 2-0 ahead against Lithuania in their European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Bangor.

  78. 1455: 

    England's New Zealand-born Rangi Chase says he has found some English heritage which he hopes will end the debate over his controversial selection.

    The 2011 Man of Steel switched allegiance two years ago on residency grounds and will represent England in the Rugby League World Cup.

    In the previous 12 months before he changed countries, he had played against England both for New Zealand Maori and the Exiles.

    "One of my aunties has given me my family tree and it actually comes from England," said the half-back, 27.

  79. 1459: 

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will be out for between two and three weeks with the calf injury which has ruled him out of England's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro, reports The Times' James Ducker.

  80. 1503: 

    Some comments on the BBC Sport Facebook page about the members on a new FA commission.

    Marcel LeSinge: What we need is up-to-date knowledge and a couple of people who will be awkward and challenging - not consensus-seeking.

    Lawrence Wright: I'm in my 40s and this committee of mediocrities ensures I will never see my beloved England win a major tournament in my lifetime.

    Tim Little: Dario Gradi should have been approached 25 years ago to handle England's youth development. And, to be honest, without the Premier League on board the Commission is doomed to be a talking shop.

    Keep your thoughts coming in and they could appear on this page later today.

  81. 1507: 
    England celebrate

    England currently top the group and hold a one-point advantage over Ukraine and Montenegro with two matches left.

    Roy Hodgson's side face Montenegro on Friday and Poland on Tuesday and will qualify for Brazil with two Wembley victories.

    Ukraine entertain Poland tonight, with the visitors needing to win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

    Today's Group H matches: Moldova v San Marino (1700 BST), Ukraine v Poland (1900 BST) and England v Montenegro (2000 BST).

  82. 1510: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a January move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino as he steps up his bid to recruit emerging English talent, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    The 20-year-old has scored five goals in seven club appearances this season, including the winner in a 2-1 victory at Manchester United on 28 September.

    For more transfer news, read our Gossip page.

  83. 1514: 

    Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez: Very sad news today from Maria. All my thoughts with her family.

    Former Marussia reserve driver Maria De Villota has died aged 33.

  84. 1520: 
    Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic fights back from a set down to move into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters, where he will play France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Djokovic beat Tsonga's countryman Gael Monfils, the man who eliminated Roger Federer earlier in the week, 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4.

    Elsewhere, Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina defeated Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-3 and the first set in the quarter-final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka has gone to a tie-break.

  85. 1524: 

    Jack Wilshere's comment that only English people should play for England was "unhelpful and misguided", says the chairman of the Football Association's race equality advisory group. Yunus Lunat says Wilshere needs to clarify his views on the issue.

    Wilshere spoke out after England boss Roy Hodgson said he was monitoring Belgium-born midfielder Adnan Januzaj. "Wilshere is entitled to his opinion but needs to be clear in his definition of 'English' players," said Lunat.

  86. 1528: 

    The Heineken Cup begins this weekend.

    BBC Sport's rugby union expert Jeremy Guscott has given us his pool-by-pool verdict and says defending champions Toulon will face a stiff challenge from Clermont Auvergne and Saracens.

    Click here to see BBC Sport's coverage of the opening weekend's matches.

  87. 1532: 
    Juan Mata

    Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, are top of Group I on goal difference ahead of France and have a game in hand.

    That will be played tonight when they entertain Belarus, and the match will go ahead despite an explosion caused by a faulty generator at Real Mallorca's stadium on Thursday. Two ground workers suffered serious burns in the incident.

    If Spain win tonight then they will only need to draw their last qualifying match, at home to Georgia on Tuesday.

    Tonight's Group I match: Spain v Belarus (2100 BST).

  88. 1535: 

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley: Shame that the FA's 150th anniversary dinner in London is same night as England v Wales Women's World Cup qualifier at Millwall. Players/staff can't go.

  89. 1540: 
    Wembley Way

    Radio 1 sports reporter Simon Mundie is on a wet and windy Wembley Way gathering the thoughts of England fans arriving early for the World Cup qualifier with Montenegro.

    Jon Greenaway: "There's always that bit of anxiety at Wembley. I think we will struggle, I really do."

    Phil Large: "As long as Joe Hart doesn't let any simple goals in I hope we're alright, but these conditions won't help."

    Ian Cox: "Montenegro can't be taken lightly. It's all about the first half performance, we need to come out firing. Recent performances don't fill us with confidence though."

  90. 1543: 

    Sheffield Eagles sign prop forward Ben Jones on a one-year deal from fellow Championship side Dewsbury Rams.

    Jones, 25, has previously played at Super League level with the then-named Harlequins after coming through the ranks at the Leeds Rhinos Academy.

  91. 1547: 

    Williams development driver Susie Wolff is the latest person to pay tribute to Maria De Villota, who has died aged 33.

    "She had such a spirit for life and what she came through was a testament to her strength of character and her positive outlook," said Wolff.

    "After the accident, she was so behind me and had such a lust for life. She was so happy to be alive and that she'd survived it.

    "She had so many great plans for the future. She was just an incredible lady."

  92. 1551: 

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter: FA Commission should be one-man operation, just Greg Dyke interviewing Hoddle/Gradi/Barnes/Lineker etc, finding solutions and forcing action.


    Greg Dyke, Glenn Hoddle, Greg Clarke, Danny Mills, Dario Gradi, Howard Wilkinson, Ritchie Humphreys and Roger Burden make up the FA commission.

    But former England striker Gary Lineker says most members are "utterly pointless". Do you agree? Who should be on the commission? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Stuart Mitchell: Only Hoddle and Gradi to me are relevant choices, need more from clubs with history of producing youth like Manchester United and Everton.

    Jack Poskett: The new FA panel causing controversy for being white and wrong ages. What matters is vibrant passion from them, which it lacks.

  94. 1558: 

    Wales win their Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Lithuania by a 2-0 margin after two penalties from Manchester United's Tom Lawrence. The win means Wales have seven points from their opening five matches in Group One.

    Elsewhere, in Group Nine, Northern Ireland, who have lost their opening two matches, trail 1-0 at home to Belgium.

  95. 1602: 
    Sergio Aguero

    Brazil qualify as hosts with the other nine South American countries playing each other twice in a league format.

    Argentina, who have only lost once in their 14 matches so far, have already secured their place and Colombia will join them if they beat Chile on Friday night.

    However, Chile will advance themselves if they win that match and Ecuador and Uruguay also draw.

    The top four sides qualify automatically with the side that comes fifth set to play a two-legged play-off against Jordan, who have progressed to that stage through the Asian qualifying system.

    Next matches: Colombia v Chile (2200 BST) Ecuador v Uruguay (2200 BST), Venezuela v Paraguay (2200 BST) and Argentina v Peru (0000 BST on Saturday).

  96. 1605: 

    Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: Told that England XI tonight is Hart; Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Gerrard, Lampard; Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge. Wilshere on bench.

    Live commentary of England v Montenegro is on BBC Radio 5 live at 2000 BST. All the build-up from 1900 BST while there is the 6-0-6 phone-in on 5 live at 2200 BST.

  97. 1608: 

    An eagle on the par-five 12th has taken Scotland's Chris Doak up to tied third on the second day of the Portugal Masters.

    Doak, 35, has four holes left to play in his second round and is on 11 under, one shot behind clubhouse leaders Paul Waring and Hennie Otto.

  98. 1614: 

    BBC Radio Sheffield sports editor Paul Walker: Sheffield Wednesday close to signing a goalkeeper from a Premier League club, identity not known yet. In other news, Owls beat a Man City side 3-1 behind closed doors today.

  99. 1621: 

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill responds to his side's surprise 3-2 defeat in Luxembourg last month by adopting a new-look 3-5-2 formation for the World Cup qualifier away to Azerbaijan (1700 BST).

    O'Neill adds Craig Cathcart to his usual central defensive pairing of Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley, asking Shane Ferguson and Lee Hodson to play the wing-back roles. Chris Brunt returns from suspension in central midfield, meaning no place for winger Niall McGinn, who is deemed fit despite ankle trouble.

    Northern Ireland: Carroll - Evans, McAuley, Cathcart - Hodson, Davis, Norwood, Brunt, Ferguson - Ward, Paterson.

  100. 1627: 
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal becomes the final man to reach the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters in China.

    Spain's Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 and next plays Juan Martin Del Potro. Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet in the other semi-final.


    Three-and-a-half hours to kick-off at Wembley and the fans are beginning to arrive for England v Montenegro.

    James Jones: Rain at Wembley later. Someone please tell Roy not to use an umbrella!

    Mashidur Miah: The weather is giving the doom & gloom feeling to most people. I'm staying positive and going for a 5-0 win to England.

    Ian J Barritt: Go for it Roy. Start Barkley & Townsend!

  102. 1637: 
    Jurgen Klinsmann

    USA and Costa Rica have already secured their places at the 2014 World Cup, with USA, who are coached by ex-Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann, one point clear at the top of the final group.

    Honduras could also claim automatic qualification over the weekend if they beat Costa Rica on Friday and Mexico then draw with Panama.

    Each team has two qualifying matches remaining and the top three countries qualify, with the side who comes fourth playing in a two-legged play-off against Oceania winners New Zealand.

    Next matches: Honduras v Costa Rica (2200 BST), USA v Jamaica (2330 BST), Mexico v Panama (0230 BST on Saturday).

  103. 1640: 

    Sportsday will be shutting down a bit earlier than normal tonight, at 1700 BST, so the place to follow all of the evening's World Cup qualifying action is our live football text page, which is already up and running.

  104. 1645: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on the difficulty of naming his side for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Montenegro: I've been with Sami Hyypia (Bayer Leverkusen manager) this week and that was one of his questions.

    "As a coach, he asked about leaving players out and how difficult the task is.

    "There is no easy way because if people are as keen and enthusiastic to play as you want them to be, when you tell them you've gone for somebody else there is no soft way of doing that."

    Live commentary of England v Montenegro is on BBC Radio 5 live at 2000 BST. All the build-up from 1900 BST while there is a 6-0-6 phone-in on 5 live at 2200 BST.

  105. 1651: 

    Thousands of remaining tickets for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are to be offered to those who missed out on initial applications.

    Seats at the rugby sevens, badminton, hockey, table tennis, squash, bowls and weightlifting competitions have the best availability.

    Limited tickets also remain for some sessions of athletics, boxing, rhythmic gymnastics and for the opening and closing ceremonies.

    The remaining tickets for the opening ceremony start at £180, with those remaining for the closing ceremony ranging between £80 and £200.

  106. 1653: 

    Cardiff City confirm the departure of former head of recruitment Iain Moddy, who is replaced by Alisher Apsalyamov, 23.

    "Ultimate recruitment decisions of course remain the domain of the manager [Malky Mackay] and majority shareholder," said a club statement.

    Club owner Vincent Tan added: "I have every faith in Malky and his team to lead us through the challenges of the Premier League. I have supported him in the past and will do so in the future for many years to come."

  107. 1659: 

    Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini starts for Belgium away to Croatia despite a wrist problem, while striker Romelu Lukaku, on loan at Everton from Chelsea, also starts the World Cup qualifier, which kicks-off at 1700 BST.

  108. 1659: 

    Former England striker Gary Lineker: Whatever happens, England will be brilliant. Tactics spot on, passing superb, spirit exemplary, faultless in every way. Come On England!

  109. 1702: 

    And that is it for Friday's Sportsday Live which is giving way to the BBC Sport text commentary on tonight's World Cup qualifiers. The service is already up and running so sit back and enjoy the action. Thanks for your company and have a great weekend.

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World Cup Qualifying - European

Group A

World Cup Qualifying - European Group A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Belgium 10 14 26
No movement 2 Croatia 10 3 17
No movement 3 Serbia 10 7 14
No movement 4 Scotland 10 -4 11
No movement 5 Wales 10 -11 10
No movement 6 Macedonia 10 -9 7

Group B

World Cup Qualifying - European Group B summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Italy 10 10 22
No movement 2 Denmark 10 5 16
No movement 3 Czech Rep. 10 4 15
No movement 4 Bulgaria 10 5 13
No movement 5 Armenia 10 -1 13
No movement 6 Malta 10 -23 3

Group C

World Cup Qualifying - European Group C summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Germany 10 26 28
No movement 2 Sweden 10 5 20
No movement 3 Austria 10 10 17
No movement 4 R. of Ireland 10 -1 14
No movement 5 Kazakhstan 10 -15 5
No movement 6 Faroe Islands 10 -25 1

Group D

World Cup Qualifying - European Group D summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Netherlands 10 29 28
No movement 2 Romania 10 7 19
No movement 3 Hungary 10 1 17
No movement 4 Turkey 10 7 16
No movement 5 Estonia 10 -14 7
No movement 6 Andorra 10 -30 0

Group E

World Cup Qualifying - European Group E summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Switzerland 10 11 24
No movement 2 Iceland 10 2 17
No movement 3 Slovenia 10 3 15
No movement 4 Norway 10 -3 12
No movement 5 Albania 10 -2 11
No movement 6 Cyprus 10 -11 5

Group F

World Cup Qualifying - European Group F summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Russia 10 15 22
No movement 2 Portugal 10 11 21
No movement 3 Israel 10 5 14
No movement 4 Azerbaijan 10 -4 9
No movement 5 Northern Ireland 10 -8 7
No movement 6 Luxembourg 10 -19 6

Group G

World Cup Qualifying - European Group G summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Bos-Herce 10 24 25
No movement 2 Greece 10 8 25
No movement 3 Slovakia 10 1 13
No movement 4 Lithuania 10 -2 11
No movement 5 Latvia 10 -10 8
No movement 6 Liechtenstein 10 -21 2

Group H

World Cup Qualifying - European Group H summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 England 10 27 22
No movement 2 Ukraine 10 24 21
No movement 3 Montenegro 10 1 15
No movement 4 Poland 10 6 13
No movement 5 Moldova 10 -5 11
No movement 6 San Marino 10 -53 0

Group I

World Cup Qualifying - European Group I summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Spain 8 11 20
No movement 2 France 8 9 17
No movement 3 Finland 8 -4 9
No movement 4 Georgia 8 -7 5
No movement 5 Belarus 8 -9 4

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