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15 October 2013 Last updated at 08:43

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. England play their crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday knowing their fate is in their own hands. Win, and they will be heading to Brazil next year. Meanwhile, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are also in action in the final round of qualifiers.

    There will be World Cup news conferences today - we'll have the latest from them and all the team news here in Sportsday. First, the top three stories on the BBC Sport website...

  2. 0803: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he was happy to have broken the all-time Formula 1 points record but admitted this year's championship is over.

    The Spaniard finished fourth in the Japanese Grand Prix to pass Michael Schumacher in the all-time points list. But he is 90 points behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel with 100 available.

    "Even if Vettel doesn't finish all of the races I need to win nearly all, so it's a matter of time [until Vettel is champion]," Alonso says.

  3. 0806: 

    Ashley Cole will not feature in England's final World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday because of a rib injury.

    The Chelsea left-back, 32, missed the win over Montenegro and has failed to recover in time to face the Poles.

    Everton's Leighton Baines is again expected to play after an impressive display on Friday.

  4. 0810: 

    England left-back Leighton Baines has defended the Football Association's decision to sell 18,000 tickets to Poland fans for Tuesday's decisive World Cup qualifier at Wembley .

    The FA hope doubling the 9,000 seats Poland are entitled to will prevent away fans from buying home tickets. It is a move which has been criticised by some England followers, however.

    But Baines said: "If away fans add to the atmosphere the home fans produce, it just adds to the occasion."


    Crystal Palace will make another attempt to sign Manchester City's Abdisalam Ibrahim when the transfer window reopens in January. The 22-year-old midfielder's loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset is due to end in December. (Daily Mirror)

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is considering a bid for Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, to provide competition for right-back Mathieu Debuchy. (talkSPORT)

    Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 31, has hinted he will turn down Arsenal and instead join Monaco at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

  6. 0824: 

    Many of Monday morning's newspapers are dominated by build up to England's crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley on Tuesday night. The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel says England manager Roy Hodgson, like Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, has proved his critics wrong.

    "He has done so, also like Wenger, in a very unusual way: by doing precisely what the critics asked of him," writes Samuel. "The critics wanted Hodgson to play in a less cautious style, which England did against Montenegro, winning 4-1. The critics preferred the attacking Andros Townsend to the more conservative James Milner — and Townsend was, by common agreement, Friday's man of the match."

    Samuel goes on to add that Hodgson was 'not too proud or stubborn' and that his first thought was 'not to prove a point but to win three.'

  7. 0831: 

    A place at Brazil 2014 might be in their own hands, but England have been here before, and the omens are against them.

    It is almost exactly 40 years since the Three Lions last needed to beat Poland in a make-or-break World Cup qualifier - but one man stopped them from securing the result they needed - goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski.

    Famously dubbed a "circus clown in gloves" by Brian Clough on TV before kick-off, his heroics helped Poland hold England in a game Sir Alf Ramsey's side needed to win to reach the 1974 World Cup finals. Read Tomaszewski's account of that night on the BBC Sport website.

  8. 0839: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith win the toss and elect to bat first against Pakistan in the opening Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

    The top-ranked Proteas pack their team with four seamers - Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis - while Robin Petersen and J.P. Duminy are be the two spinners.

    Pakistan hand debuts to opening batsman Shaan Masood, who is celebrating his 24th birthday, and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Masood scored a half century in a warm-up match against South Africa last week while Babar was drafted in after Abdul Rehman had a sore back.


    So looking ahead to Tuesday night, the scenario is simple - if England win they will be playing at next year's World Cup in Brazil. Draw or lose, then automatic qualification will depend on Ukraine's result against San Marino. England passed their first test on Friday by beating Montenegro 4-1, can they keep their nerve and secure the result they need against Poland?

    Also, what are your most memorable or frustrating make-or-break qualifying matches for major tournaments? England's game against Greece in 2002? Republic of Ireland's victory over Holland in 2001? Wales against Scotland back in 1977?

    Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  10. 0901: 

    Russia lead Portugal by three points and need just a point away at Azerbaijan to qualify for next year's World Cup.

    Portugal are assured of finishing runners-up whatever the final day results and should make the eight best runners-up play-offs.

  11. 0907: 

    Motherwell defender Steven Hammell is determined to make the most of his chance after being called into the squad for Scotland's final World Cup qualifier against Croatia at Hampden on Tuesday.

    Gordon Strachan has brought Hammell, 31, in as cover for Rangers left-back Lee Wallace, who has a knee injury. Hammell has not featured in an international match since his debut in 2004.

    "I've waited a long time to start a game for Scotland. It's something I didn't think would happen because of the stage my career's at right now," Hammell tells the Daily Record.


    The Football Association's decision to increase away ticket allocation for England's World Cup qualifier against Poland means there will be around 18,000 Poland fans at Wembley on Tuesday.

    That means roughly one in five fans will be supporting the away side as England bid to secure their place at next year's tournament.

    Have the FA scored a ticketing own goal for such an important match? Or is it the correct decision to boost the attendance and improve the atmosphere? Let us know on Twitter #bbcsportsday or join the discussion on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  13. 0917: 

    South Africa are 66-3 at lunch after winning the toss on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

    Hashmi Amla was unbeaten on 30 at the break, with AB de Villiers also not out 11. Paceman Mohammad Irfan took two for 27.

  14. 0922: 

    India's Pankaj Advani hails a "huge moment for Indian sport" with Delhi primed to host the country's first snooker ranking event. World number 70 Advani and fellow countryman Aditya Mehta, ranked 72nd, have both qualified for the tournament, which starts on Monday.

    "It will be an eye-opener and will act as a catalyst to develop the sport," says Advani, the first Indian to reach the quarter-final of a ranking event.

    Advani, 28, plays Scot Marcus Campbell, while 27-year-old Mehta faces former world champion Peter Ebdon in the first round.


    Munraj Gill: Don't understand Wembley ticket debate. Home tickets went on general sale for weeks before selling out. No huge England demand

    Martin Bialkowski: I'm a Pole, I grew up in London and can't wait for tomorrow. We just want to enjoy it! Let's enjoy it together!

  16. 0927: 

    Graham Ford, who has had spells in charge of Kent and South Africa, is appointed as head coach of Surrey on a three-year deal.

    Surrey were relegated from the top flight of the County Championship this season and have been on the lookout for a new coach since Chris Adams was relieved of his duties back in June.

  17. 0928: 
    HOW THEY SEE IT- England v Poland
    Poland forward Robert Lewandowski

    Match of the Day's Alan Hansen says Borussia Dortmund's Poland forward Robert Lewandowski is the biggest danger to England's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.

    "Poland are an average team and not in the same league as the 1973 side who knocked England out of the World Cup, but in Lewandowski, they possess a player who is proven at the top level," Hansen writes in his Daily Telegraph column.

    "He is not a 'maybe' player, he is a guy who has scored four goals in one game against Real Madrid for Borussia Dortmund and earned himself a probable move next summer to Bayern Munich, so he is the one who could stop England going to Brazil."

  18. 0935: 

    Robert Lewandowski warns England that Poland have plenty to play for at Wembley on Tuesday even though they can no longer qualify for the World Cup.

    Waldemar Fornalik's team are fourth in Group H, six points behind leaders England with one game to go.

    "We're coming to England now, we're very aware that we'll have huge support from a great number of our fans who we hear are going to the game," says 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski in the Independent. "We'll be playing for our pride and we feel we owe our fans to give them something to cheer about again at Wembley. But we certainly won't be the favourites for this match."

  19. 0941: 
    MAKE-OR-BREAK QUALIFIERS- Wales v Scotland, 1977

    Wales, European Championship quarter-finalists in 1976, needed victory against Scotland to qualify for the 1978 World Cup finals.

    It was a game marred by a controversial Scotland penalty and the infamous Joe Jordan handball incident. The Scotland striker appeared to handle the ball in the Wales box under pressure from Wales defender David Jones as they challenged for Asa Hartford's long throw - and amazingly to the Welsh players, French referee Robert Wurtz awarded a penalty.

    Scottish skipper Don Masson calmly slotted home the spot-kick before Kenny Dalglish's late strike settled the tie to send Scotland to Argentina and leave Welsh fans heartbroken.

  20. 0946: 
    HOW THEY SEE IT- England v Poland

    The front cover of the Polish daily newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, shown in the Guardian newspaper on Monday, imagines Poland's goalkeeper Artur Boruc as Leonardo da Vinci's Viturvian Man, but with 10 hands rather than four.

  21. 0949: 

    Chris Coleman praises James Collins for the way he marshalled Wales's young defence in Friday's 1-0 win against Macedonia in their World Cup qualifier.

    The West Ham centre-back was back in the squad prior to the clash after settling his differences with Coleman. "He [Collins] was brilliant. I could sense it before the game that he would stand strong," manager Coleman says.

    Wales's unsuccessful qualifying campaign ends against Belgium at Brussels's King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday.

  22. 0953: 

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says the Premier League's decision to turn down a seat on the Football Association's commission to improve England "speaks volumes".

    "The Premier League's priority appears to be maintaining its popularity around the world," Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mirror. "If that means bringing in the best players, the star names and the crowd pullers at the expense of young English talent then clearly the view appears to be that such a policy is acceptable.

    "The Premier League's decision to turn down a seat at the table looking at the way forward speaks volumes."

  23. 0958: 

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is considering his reduced central defensive options for Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Israel.

    Jonny Evans is suspended after his sending off in the defeat by Azerbaijan, while his centre-back partner Gareth McAuley is also banned.

    With Aaron Hughes ruled out by injury, Alex Bruce, Rory McArdle and Chris Baird are all in contention to start. Craig Cathcart looks certain to retain his place in the defence.

  24. 1008: 

    Roy Hodgson's decision to start Andros Townsend in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro proved a wise one as the Tottenham winger produced a man-of-the-match performance in England's 4-1 victory.

    Townsend was given his first-team debut by Terry Skiverton during a loan spell at Yeovil in 2009 and the former Glovers boss, now the club's assistant manager, says he could tell immediately that Townsend would become a star.

    Skiverton tells BBC Radio 5 live: "He just wants to get on the ball all of the time and drive at people. He can run and travel big distances with the ball at his feet. He help set up the first goal as well and he really helps to get the crowd off their feet."


    What are your most memorable or frustrating make-or-break qualifying matches for major tournaments? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook Page.

    James Osborne: England v Poland '91. We needed at least a draw to go to Euros & went 1-0 down. Lineker volley with 5 to go.

    Bashak: Nigeria against Kenya in 2009 - two late breathtaking goals did the magic.

    Selly: Italy 0-0 England 1997. Ince with the bandage on his head and Gascoigne the most mature performance.

  26. 1025: 

    Gareth Southgate calls for a cap on the number of foreign players at Championship clubs in an attempt to encourage young English talent flourish, reports the Daily Mail.

    England Under-21 manager Southgate says. "If foreign players are in the Championship they can't be of the highest possible level. But there is talent emerging and the lower division should be a breeding ground for English players.

    "I understand why Premier League clubs want to bring in the best foreign players but I think there should be a strong emphasis on the Championship being English or British-based players."

  27. 1028: 
    MAKE-OR-BREAK QUALIFIERS- Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, 2001
    Republic of Ireland

    A result that shocked the footballing world as Jason McAteer's 67th minute goal secured a famous win for 10-man Republic of Ireland over the Netherlands, ending the Oranje's qualifying hopes.

    Against a Dutch side that boasted names such as Mark van Bommel, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam, Ireland more than matched their opponents, even after Gary Kelly was sent off midway through the second half.

    Ireland went on to reach the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, losing to Spain on penalties.

  28. 1035:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerFOOTBALL

    If England fans were not buying all tickets for Poland game - what is problem with giving them to Poland fans? Will make a great atmosphere.

  29. 1042: 

    Former England Under-21 manager Peter Taylor is the favourite to replace Martin Allen as Gillingham manager, reports Kent Online. The 60-year-old, who was recently in charge of the Bahrain national team, guided the Gills to promotion in 2000.

    Allen was dismissed on Sunday, with Gillingham 17th in League One after four defeats in the last six games. Taylor was caretaker manager of the England senior side for one match in 2000, handing David Beckham the captain's armband for the first time against Italy.

  30. 1044: 

    It is time for the first Question of Sport Teaser of the week - since Steve Cram won in 1983 who are the four men who've won World individual gold for Britain on the track?

    Send your answers to #QSTeaser on Twitter and we will reveal the four this afternoon.

  31. 1049: 

    Top Flat and jump jockeys will be racing against each other at Limerick on Monday to help raise money in aid of paralysed riders JT McNamara and Jonjo Bright.

    McNamara, from Limerick, suffered serious spinal injuries in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival while Antrim-based Jonjo Bright was hurt in a point-to-point race. Sponsors, jockeys and owners are all donating fees and prize money and organisers hope to raise more than 350,000 euros (£300,000).

    The Flat and National Hunt Champion Jockeys Handicap (15:55 BST) offers a rare chance to see jump jockeys such as AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty take on Flat colleagues including Joseph O'Brien, Johnny Murtagh, Kieren Fallon and Tom Queally.

  32. 1059: 
    World Cup

    Bosnia lead Greece on goal difference and need to beat Lithuania away to assure themselves of first ever appearance at major finals, as even goalshy Greece should beat Liechtenstein at home.

    The Greeks will be assured of at the very least second regardless of the way the results pan out and a place in the play-offs.

  33. 1102:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Former Derby County manager Nigel Clough

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy on the latest in Sheffield United's search for a new manager: "Sheffield United would have to be patient if they really want Nigel Clough to be their next manager.

    "Clough is still waiting for compensation to be sorted out by Derby County, who sacked him just over a fortnight ago and although he is the bookies' favourite for the Sheffield job, I understand Clough wants the financial situation of four members of his backroom also finalised. They are on gardening leave. The process may take some time.

    "There is no indication Clough really wants the job. He has been in management for nearly 15 years - 10 with Burton Albion and almost five at Derby - and he may prefer to recharge his batteries once he gets resolution with Derby, rather than go straight back into management."

  34. 1109: 

    Fulham owner Shahid Khan indicates he is prepared to be patient with Cottagers manager Martin Jol, despite the club making a start to the season that "nobody is happy with".

    The London outfit's opening seven Barclays Premier League fixtures this term have yielded just two wins and a total of seven points, and talk has been rife of Jol's job being under threat.

    Regarding the Dutchman, Pakistan-born American billionaire Khan - who purchased Fulham over the summer - tells the Daily Mail: "Martin is a very experienced coach. He's a good guy. We've gotten off to a start nobody's happy with, whether you're a fan or you're Martin. "We want to do better but I'm not the kind of person who's going to act on impulse."

  35. 1113: 

    League Two side Bury sack manager Kevin Blackwell.

    Blackwell had been under pressure following a run of seven matches without a win, culminating in a 2-0 defeat at home to Morecambe on Saturday.

    The Shakers are a point and two places above the bottom of the table.

  36. 1120: 

    Aiden McGeady admits the job of Republic of Ireland manager has become "a poisoned chalice".

    The 27-year-old Spartak Moscow winger believes whoever succeeds Giovanni Trapattoni will come in for criticism no matter what he does.

    Asked if Ireland could play a more expansive game than the system to which the Italian was so rigidly committed, McGeady says: "We could probably end up playing two centre-backs wide, two full-backs pushing on and losing and getting absolutely hammered by all you journalists and everyone on TV still. You can never really win. It is probably a bit of a poisoned chalice, the manager's job, same as in England as well."

  37. 1125: 
    Former Bury manager Kevin Blackwell

    Kevin Blackwell is the third manager in four days to lose his job after David Weir was dismissed by Sheffield United and Gillingham parted company with Martin Allen.

    There have been eight managerial changes since 13 July, but Bury are the first League Two club to sack their manager this season. Blackwell, 54, had previously managed Leeds, Luton and Sheffield United.

  38. 1131: 

    England boss Roy Hodgson was in the happy position of having a fully-fit squad available for training ahead of Tuesday's vital World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was part of the group that trained at Arsenal's London Colney complex on Monday morning following his call-up on Saturday.

    Hodgson has 22 players available now that Ashley Cole has been ruled out with a rib injury and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker is suspended.

  39. 1135: 

    A road adjacent to Manchester United's Old Trafford is to be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way in honour of the club's long-serving manager who retired in May after nearly 27 years in charge.

    Ferguson, who is now a director at the Premier League club, will also be given the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony on Monday.

    The 71-year-old Ferguson says "to have a part of Trafford carrying my name is truly humbling."

  40. 1143: 

    A host of former World Championship medallists have lost their Lottery funding for the 2014 season, UK Athletics announce.

    Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows, who won 1500 metres silver and 800m bronze respectively at the 2009 World Championships, and Andy Turner, the 2011 world 110m hurdles bronze medallist, are among the leading names to have been dropped from the World Class Performance Programme under the strict new guidelines set down by UK Sport.

    Yamile Aldama, the 41-year-old Cuba-born triple jumper who won world indoor gold last year, has also left the programme, along with Phillips Idowu, whose removal was a foregone conclusion following his decision to take an indefinite break from athletics.

  41. 1148: 

    Gillingham chairman Paul Scally tells BBC Radio Kent he had no choice but to sack manager Martin Allen. Former Leicester manager Allen, who led the Gills to the League Two title last season, was dismissed on Sunday with the club 17th in League One - one point above the relegation zone.

    Scally says: "It's easy to be patient and keep holding off. The directors and I felt if we didn't make a change fairly quickly we'd be at Christmas and the position may not have been one we could rectify."

  42. 1153: 

    Former Anderlecht manager Ariel Jacobs is appointed coach of French side Valenciennes. Jacobs, 60, replaces Daniel Sanchez, sacked last week by the club who are bottom of the French top flight with just four points from nine games.

  43. 1156: 
    World Cup Group H

    England lead Ukraine by a point but must realistically beat Poland at Wembley to assure themselves of a place in the finals as the Ukrainians are away at pointless San Marino.

    Montenegro could still mathematically finish second but they would have to beat Moldova, need San Marino to pull off a huge shock and hope for a 12-goal swing.


    Tom Heath: Hopefully 18,000 Poles will inspire the England fans to get right behind the team and create an imposing atmosphere for once.

    Andrew Priestley: The ticket decision will be considered inspired if England win, but if they fail to win it will be cited as one of the reasons.

    Have the Football Association made the correct decision to increase Poland's ticket allocation for the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on Tuesday night? Will it make for a better atmosphere, or a more intimidating one for England players? Let us know on Twitter #bbcsportsday or join the discussion on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  45. 1207: 

    Contract talks with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will continue despite poor recent results, according to Irish Football Association president Jim Shaw.

    O'Neill, who takes charge of his final contracted match against Israel on Tuesday, has been involved in tentative negotiations with the board but pressure on him has increased following disappointing defeats to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifying. Some fans have started to question if he is the right man to take the side forward, despite repeated warnings that he is overseeing a period of transition for the side.

    "We have started the process and it will go on through October and possibly beyond," Shaw tells the Belfast Telegraph. "I personally haven't changed my view and still want Michael to continue and believe he remains the right man for the job."

  46. 1212: 
    Boxer Curtis Woodhouse

    Boxer Curtis Woodhouse is named assistant manager of Northern Premier League Division One South club Goole AFC. The 33-year-old played for Sheffield United, Birmingham and Peterborough before launching his boxing career.

    Former Birmingham City player Curtis Woodhouse

    Goole, 11th in the table, also announce former Watford defender David Holdsworth, who played with Woodhouse at Sheffield United and Birmingham, as the club's new manager.

  47. 1219: 

    The 2012 Derby winner Camelot, who narrowly missed out on racing's Triple Crown last year, has been retired.

    Owners Coolmore Stud say the colt, who also won the 2,000 Guineas before a second to Encke in the St Leger at Doncaster, will start a breeding career in 2014.

  48. 1224: 

    Hashim Amla and J.P. Duminy lead South Africa's fightback as the Proteas progressed to 152-4 at tea on day one of the opening test against Pakistan.

    Amla was batting on 71 with eight fours and Duminy was shaping up well on 36 after paceman Mohammad Irfan's twin strikes had reduced the Proteas to 43-3. Amla and AB de Villiers (19) looked threatening as they added 61 runs for the fourth wicket stand before Pakistan struck through an unusual run out.

    De Villiers played a defensive stroke and Younis Khan threw the ball back to Adnan Akmal from first slip. The alert wicketkeeper whipped the bails off in a flash with de Villiers not dragging his backfoot fully back into the crease.

  49. 1235: 

    England are lining up friendlies with Australia and Germany at Wembley in November if they avoid the World Cup play-offs, according to the Sun newspaper.

    Australia sacked Holger Osieck following a 6-0 friendly defeat against France last Friday. The Soccerroos, who are captained by former Blackburn, West Ham and Everton defender Lucas Neill, have made tentative contact with Dutchman Guus Hiddink about the national team coaching job.

  50. 1241: 

    Coming up at 1330 BST, England manager Roy Hodgson will hold his pre-match news conference ahead of Tuesday night's crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley. You can watch the news conference live, here in Sportsday.

    Meanwhile, Scotland, who play Croatia on Tuesday (2000 BST) will also have their pre-match news conference at the same time, with all the updates also here in Sportsday.

  51. 1247: 

    Wayne Rooney shares a joke with his England team-mates as they spend Monday morning being put through their paces by manager Roy Hodgson ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier Poland. England need a win to guarantee their place at next year's World Cup.

  52. 1255: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is ready to rival former club Everton in the chase to sign Chesterfield's highly-rated midfielder Tendayi Darikwa, the Daily Telegraph reports. Moyes made a personal scouting mission to watch Darikwa in Saturday's game against Fleetwood and will step up his interest after first becoming aware of the 21-year-old at his old club.

  53. 1303: 

    Scotland fall 1-0 behind in their European Under-21 Championship qualifier away to Georgia, midfielder Valeri Kazaishvili breaking the deadlock.

  54. 1309: 
    Poland v England

    England manager Roy Hodgson is due to hold his pre-match news conference at 1330 BST ahead of Tuesday's crucial qualifier against Poland, who have not beaten England in the last 15 attempts.

    Liverpool's Glen Johnson and Manchester City's Joleon Lescott started the most recent game between the two teams which ended in a 1-1 draw last October, Kamil Glik's second-half equaliser denying England a World Cup qualifying victory in Warsaw after Wayne Rooney had given the visitors the lead.

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart later took responsibility for conceding the equaliser. He said: "I came and didn't get there and the lad did a decent header. It's my fault. I should have punched it or stayed in goal. I didn't do either and it cost us. They were knocking on the door, but it was never going to open unless there was a mistake."

    Poland v England
  55. 1317: 

    Poland's World Cup qualifying campaign results:

    11 Oct 2013: Ukraine 1-0 Poland

    10 Sep 2013: San Marino 1-5 Poland

    06 Sep 2013: Poland 1-1 Montenegro

    07 Jun 2013: Moldova 1-1 Poland

    26 Mar 2013: Poland 5-0 San Marino

    22 Mar 2013: Poland 1-3 Ukraine

    17 Oct 2012: Poland 1-1 England

    11 Sep 2012: Poland 2-0 Moldova

    07 Sep 2012: Montenegro 2-2 Poland

  56. 1322: 
    Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck

    Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck stretches during England's training session at Arsenal's training ground ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Poland at Wembley.

  57. 1325: 

    It is standing room only as England manager Roy Hodgson prepares to hold his pre-match news conference. The bank of television cameras are pointing at three empty chairs, one of which will be occupied by captain Steven Gerrard. Hodgson is due to appear with the Liverpool midfielder in the next few minutes.

  58. 1330: 

    Scotland fall 2-0 behind away to Georgia in their European Under-21 qualifier, Jambul Jigauri scoring in the 70th minute.

  59. 1335: 

    Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard are running late. The assembled media are talking amongst themselves while the bank of television cameras continue to point at three empty chairs.

  60. 1340: 

    Lewis Macleod scores from 25 yards for Scotland, who trail Georgia 2-1 in a European Under-21 qualifier with 10 minutes remaining.

  61. 1346: 

    The Football Association has tweeted a picture of England captain Steven Gerrard speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Dennis at Wembley. The Liverpool midfielder will also speak to the media in a news conference coming up imminently.

  62. 1348: 

    Roy Hodgson, dressed in England tracksuit, and captain Steven Gerrard, wearing a white England polo shirt, have arrived. And here we go. . . .

  63. 1350: 

    Roy Hodgson: "We are fit and ready. I think history is important but when it comes to sport it has no relevance so ever. Each game is a new game. As far as we are concerned we are concentrating on our job and the Poland side we will face."

  64. 1351: 

    Hodgson: "I will keep the ideas about the team to myself for the moment, not least because the players haven't been informed yet and I think on this occasion they don't have such a clear idea of who might play."

  65. 1353: 

    Hodgson on 18,000 Poland fans at Wembley: "I presume it will [have a positive effect on Poland]. I would imagine they would prefer to play in front of 18,000 fans away from home, we have a lot of Polish people in this country and from what I understand the FA were virtually forced into this issue because there would have been safety problems with the infiltration of Polish fans into the English fans."

  66. 1355: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard: "From a personal point of view it is huge [to get to Brazil]. The job for me was to try and lead the boys to Brazil, it will be a fantastic atmosphere out there so that is why it is so important we get a win on Tuesday."

  67. 1359: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "We have tried to play [like we did against Montenegro] all along. There have been a few games where people could have seen the quality of our passes before, but the criticisms seem to largely come from a 0-0.

    "Nothing much has changed in terms of our approach, although I would say we are getting better all the time. All the young players coming in add something to our team. It was fantastic what Andros Townsend did on Friday.

    "The decision to play him was based on a judgement call and I think that was the right one, whether Andros had played good or not. Luckily he played fantastically, but he could just easily have had a bad game, and that would not have affected the judgement call."

  68. 1401: 
    Andros Townsend

    Hodgson on Andros Townsend possibly starting against Poland: "I was not thinking about massive changes to the team, but he took a knock in the last game, so we'll monitor that but we are very hopeful he will be fit to play."

  69. 1402: 

    Hodgson: "I am a worrier, football at the level we work at doesn't produce people who do not worry.

    "I have great faith and trust in the players, I don't think I can put a bunch of stronger, more confident bunch of players on the field. I am also aware football is not science. It is a game and things happen in games you don't always want to happen and that is what makes you worry a bit."

  70. 1404: 

    Steven Gerrard: "All our focus is on getting the win we need and there is no talk about play offs at the moment."

  71. 1404: 

    Hodgson: "I'm quite lucky at the moment as when the squad gets together I'm often impressed by what the squad looks like in training, but with Andros making his debut it was always going to be a big game for him and I think he deserves a tremendous amount of credit.

    "All he knew was that we trusted him and the players trusted him. Of course if he plays again tomorrow it will be different as every time he doesn't control a ball well people will ask what is wrong with Andros Townsend."

  72. 1406: 

    Hodgson: "We know there is young talent in the country, we are producing football players, the big debate I suppose is if they get a platform to perform on a stage when they reach 19 years of age. But I think I'll hand that over to the commission [set up by the Football Association]. For me the future of English football is 90 minutes tomorrow night."

  73. 1407: 

    Hodgson on Poland: Some will argue having nothing to play for weakens you, others will say having nothing to play for at Wembley in front of 90,000 people will be very inspiring. We've got to put those thoughts out of our mind. They will pick the team they want to pick. The big question is about us, we have to come out and perform in the same way as we did on Friday."


    Hodgson and Gerrard have now left the room. What's your verdict on Hodgson's news conference? Will England beat Poland? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  75. 1414: 

    Scotland lose 2-1 away to Georgia in a European Under-21 qualifier in Tbilisi.

  76. 1417: 

    Chief football correspondent for The Times Oliver Kay: "Hodgson is asked if he plans a Churchillian speech tomorrow. He asks Gerrard: 'I don't think I do many Churchillian speeches, do I?' SG: 'No'."

  77. 1422:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Carlton Cole

    Carlton Cole rejoins West Ham United on a three-month contract, having previously left the Premier League club at the end of last season.

    The 30-year-old is expected to feature in the squad to play Manchester City on Saturday with striker Andy Carroll still overcoming injury.

    Cole played a friendly against Charlton last week to prove his fitness to manager Sam Allardyce and an agreement has now been reached that suits both parties."

  78. 1426: 

    Derby County announce that Mali international Kalifa Cisse, 29, and Tottenham forward Simon Dawkins, 25, join the Championship club on trial.

  79. 1433: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at home to Croatia: "I've enjoyed myself and hopefully the players have enjoyed themselves as well.

    "We feel that the hours we've been given to train the players, we've used it well and the players have responded fantastically well. We will have to be more on the front foot. We had a system that night [1-0 away win in Croatia in June] that worked. We had players that night who made it work - that's the most important thing.

    "The onus is more on us to go and win the game and show intention to win the game. That can leave you a bit exposed at times. But that is what you've got to do as the home side and, if you want to progress in tournaments, you've got to try to win your home ties at least."

  80. 1444: 

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a road - Sir Alex Ferguson Way - named after him in the shadows of Old Trafford. The 71-year-old says: "It's a privilege and an honour to have a road named after me. You don't expect these things in life."


    Simon Loxham: Hodgson is a good manager playing attractive football. An attacking display will make us Poles apart.

    Dumph: Be careful what you wish for England fans. Much better teams will be waiting in Brazil.

  82. 1451: 
    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    On the possibility of ending a qualifying campaign without a home win for first time, manager Gordon Strachan adds: "Away from home, we've done a lot of good things. So we've got a couple of systems that we know the players can use and we can use in the next qualifying campaign to get results.

    "But we have to change the system a bit, but not much. There is more emphasis on us to go and get the ball and be really positive."

  83. 1457: 

    Malky Mackay's agent Raymond Sparkes tells BBC Radio Wales that the Cardiff City manager is not planning to resign at his meeting with the club's owners today. Mackay's head of recruitment Iain Moody left the club last week, but Sparkes says: "That's not something that Malky is contemplating.

    "There is absolutely no prospect of Malky resigning from a job that he loves, a job that he's absolutely ensconced in as everybody can see."

  84. 1506: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    More from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has had a road named after him in the shadows of Old Trafford: "It encapsulates probably the last 26 years - coming to the great club, the history of it. It's been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign

    "I'm really proud of that and I'm proud of everyone who has been associated with the club. I'd like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge I accepted. And we are where we are now.

    "It's a great, great football club. You, the supporters, have enjoyed it. And I still think that a lot of our young fans don't remember that there were bad days. Dealing with bad days is what we're good at. This club will always go on."

  85. 1509: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on the task his players face marking Croatia's Luka Modric in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday: "I think he's nearly unstoppable at times because of his ability. You can't man-mark people any more - that's the Gentile days when you could kick people up in the air and have about six kicks and then get a yellow card. That's gone, which is good. It allows people like Luka Modric to flourish and entertain us."

  86. 1514: 

    More from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on having a road named after him: "We've [Manchester United] got a fantastic set-up, great staff, wonderful people and there's only one way and that's up for Manchester United.

    "I thank everybody for being here - all my friends, all my family and my wife, the boss! She picked all the winning teams, by the way."

  87. 1521: 

    Asked about whether he is already preparing for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, manager Gordon Strachan says: "Our away form is better than our home form and what we have to do is improve that home form if we want to qualify for a tournament. Our task is just to try to go out and win games, to find a system that will suit our players at this moment in time.

    "It is unfortunate that we have a lot of attacking players out at the moment that we would like to see in the squad. There have been some pleasant surprises. Mark McGhee asked if I thought the squad is better than I thought it was and I said yes."


    Simon Aindow: England have 19pts so far from 9 games. Can't help think Spain Italy or Germany would be nudging 25 if they were us.

  89. 1533: 
    Dereck Chisora

    Britain's Dereck Chisora is to make the first defence of his European heavyweight title against Switzerland's Arnold Gjerjaj at the Copper Box Arena in London on 30 November. Chisora won the vacant title with a fifth-round stoppage of Edmund Gerber at the same venue last month and victory over Gjerjaj would extend his current winning streak to four fights.

    The 29-year-old Gjerjaj has won all 22 of his professional bouts including his last nine by stoppage, but has only fought outside Switzerland on one previous occasion.

  90. 1537: 

    World number one Neil Robertson posted three identical breaks of 103 on his way to a 4-1 win over Thailand's Noppon Saengkham in the first round of the Indian Open World Snooker professional tournament.

    Englishman Mark Joyce also progressed, sweeping aside compatriot Sean O'Sullivan 4-0 with a break of 114 in the fourth frame.

    The first upset of the tournament saw Ryan Day from England eliminated by Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng 4-2.

    Keep up-to-date with the latest scores on the BBC Sport website.

  91. 1545:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportWORLD CUP

    "England manager Roy Hodgson was not quite as bullish as he was ahead of the Montenegro World Cup qualifier when he met the media at the team's Hertfordshire headquarters today - but there was a real mood of confidence around the camp.

    "Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard both know England's World Cup campaign will reach its defining moment against Poland at Wembley tomorrow - and all the evidence suggests the comfortable win against Montenegro put this squad in exactly the right frame of mind."

  92. 1547: 
    World Cup

    Spain only need a point against Georgia to finish top.

    France, who are guaranteed at least a play-off spot, could still win the group if they beat Finland and Spain lose (with at least a three-goal swing in goal difference).

    Read more about World Cup qualifying permutations for European teams on the BBC Sport website.

  93. 1550: 

    Rory McIlroy begins a legal action against his former agent, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.

    His case is fast-tracked to the Commercial Court, the big business division of the High Court, in Dublin and a provisional trial date has been set for October 2014.

    The detail of his case wasn't mentioned at Monday's hearing but it's understood he believes the fees charged by Horizon - said to be 7.5 million euro (£6.4m) over an 18 month period - as excessive. The period coincided with the golfer's 100 million dollar Nike deal.

    Horizon is reported to believe it has achieved exceptional results for the golfer, who was not in court. The company is to counter claim. It's understood the Northern Ireland golfer is trying to recover 7 million euro (£5.9m).

  94. 1557: 
    Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha

    Wilfried Zaha will seek a loan move away from Manchester United in January, according to the Daily Telegraph. The twice-capped England international has yet to make a Premier League appearance since his £12m summer arrival from Crystal Palace.

    The 20-year-old is understood to be the subject of interest from at least five Premier League clubs, but a return to Selhurst Park for play for Ian Holloway's strugglers is not being considered.

  95. 1607: 

    All-rounder Alex Cusack is to return to the Ireland squad for the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates next month. Ireland are bidding to reach the World T20 finals for a fourth successive time.

  96. 1617: 

    Trainer Adam Booth, who is closely tied with David Haye, is to train British heavyweight David Price from now on.

    Price split with long-time coach Franny Smith in August.

    The former Olympian has suffered back to back defeats to American Tony Thompson, the most recent in July.

  97. 1624: 
    Arena Castelao

    Seats were destroyed at a World Cup stadium in Fortaleza and dozens of supporters detained after clashes in Sao Paulo as a wave of fan violence hit Brazil over the weekend. World Cup organisers said Monday that about 100 seats were destroyed at the Arena Castelao by Fortaleza fans upset with the team missing out on promotion.

    The 67,000-capacity stadium will host six matches in next year's World Cup. Local media, citing police, said the number of damaged seats could be close to 3,000.

  98. 1627: 

    Heather Watson's poor run of form continued as she was knocked out in the first round of the Luxembourg Open by Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer.

    Watson staged a brave recovery after losing the first set in just 24 minutes but world number 63 Wickmayer came through 6-0 5-7 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes.

    Watson's defeat stretched her recent record to just one win in nine matches, a run which has seen her slump out of the world's top 100.

  99. 1633: 

    Former England striker Carlton Cole on signing for West Ham - three months after being released by the Hammers: "I feel fit and raring to go and it's time to start knocking on the manager's [Sam Allardyce] door to get some games under my belt. We decided to part ways in the summer, but West Ham and I have ended up together again."

  100. 1635: 

    Former Rangers director Paul Murray has been successful in his bid to postpone the Ibrox club's annual general meeting.

    The ex-Blue Knight has been handed an interim interdict blocking the meeting taking place on 24 October at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Murray wanted the meeting delayed after the Rangers board blocked his motion to have an election on the proposed admission to the board of himself and former chairman Malcolm Murray, as well as allies Scott Murdoch and Alex Wilson, added to the business of the AGM.

    Lord Tyre ruled there was "no valid legal reason" for chief executive Craig Mather and the other Rangers directors not to present the Murrays' motion to the rest of the club's shareholders.

  101. 1637: 

    Fifa ban Zimbabwe international Chafa Devon Taitamba for six months after he tested positive for a banned substance.

  102. 1642: 

    England's Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines greet Arsenal and former Everton team-mate Mikel Arteta, as well as Arsenal legend Robert Pires, during training at London Colney earlier on Monday.

  103. 1646: 

    An unbeaten century from Hashim Amla saved South Africa from a disastrous opening day in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

    The 30-year-old's knock of 118 in a total of 245 for eight was the stand-out performance on a day when the Proteas failed to make the most of winning the toss.

    Amla began fighting a rearguard action as early as the third over and remained resilient throughout with JP Duminy (57), in his first Test innings in over a year, the only other batsman to score more than 19. The pair shared a fifth-wicket stand of 95 to change South Africa's fortunes after they had slipped to 104 for four.

  104. 1651: 

    Lewis Hamilton is convinced Sebastian Vettel can go on to equal one of Formula 1's all-time great records.

    Vettel's total domination of the second half of the current campaign continued on Sunday with his tactical win in the Japanese Grand Prix. That was his fifth win in a row and if he can win the final four races of the season, he would match the record mark of nine straight wins set by Ferrari's Alberto Ascari, spanning the end of the 1952 season and the start of 1953.

    Asked whether Vettel could win the last four, Hamilton says: "If he doesn't have any reliability issues, most likely. He's just walking it."

  105. 1658:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live tonight, Mark Chapman presents football debate with John Motson, Steve Claridge and Ian McGarry from 1900 BST. Then, at 2100 BST, a one-hour programme called Sachin Tendulkar, which features reaction and reflection following the Indian batting legend's announcement about his retirement from cricket.

    Finally, at 2200 BST, there will 30 minutes of Rugby League news and interviews ahead of the World Cup later in the month.

  106. 1703: 

    Three men are charged by police after a pitch invasion in the Scottish Cup replay between Preston Athletic and Queen's Park. Both teams left the pitch for 10 minutes after Preston defender Ricky Ramsay pulled a goal back during his side's 2-1 second-round defeat.

    Police said fans set off fireworks as well as invading the pitch to celebrate.

    A police spokesman says: "The total attendance was 806, of which around 100 were travelling fans, the vast majority were there to support their local teams and enjoy a football match. Our inquiries are continuing to identify those responsible for the disorder and it is to be expected that the footballing authorities will be looking at the match report with interest."

  107. 1712: 
    France captain Hugo Lloris

    Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says France remain a "formidable" team that higher-ranked opponents will want to avoid in next month's World Cup play-offs.

    Although they can mathematically qualify automatically for the 2014 World Cup, France need to thrash Finland at home on Tuesday and then rely on the unlikely prospect of world champions Spain losing their final game at home to Georgia.

    Having dropped to 25th in Fifa's rankings, France are likely be unseeded in the play-off draw and come up against a strong team, such as Portugal or Sweden. LLoris says: "All the seeded teams have their own qualities, but I still think France is a formidable team and no one wants to play us.''

  108. 1720: 

    Celtic's Scott Brown hopes to captain Scotland to their first home win of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday to prove they are better than their fifth-placed position in Group A suggests.

    The 28-year-old says: "It has been a hard group for us and we have not done ourselves justice. It has not been the best campaign overall but the last four or five results have proved that we are going places.

    "It has been a long time since we had a home win so it would be good to get one under the belt. The away games have been good, so hopefully we can start to do that at home."

  109. 1724: 

    Gillingham appoint former England Under-21 manager Peter Taylor as interim manager.

    Gills chairman Paul Scally says: "I am delighted that Peter has accepted this role and he will take responsibility for the team with immediate effect, meeting the management and players tomorrow morning.

    "He will take charge of our game against Preston on Saturday and thereafter until a permanent appointment is made." Gillingham, who sacked manager Martin Allen on Sunday, are 17th in League One.

  110. 1732: 

    Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane recovers from an ankle injury and is expected to captain the side in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in Dublin. The 33-year-old LA Galaxy striker, who has made 129 appearances for the Republic, missed Friday's 3-0 defeat by Germany because of the injury.


    Chris Parker: It hasn't been a great qualifying campaign but England aren't a great side. Can't be too critical of an unbeaten side.

    Tom Heath: Biggest problem for England if they qualify is that expectations will be too high.

  112. 1746: 

    Former world champion Phillips Idowu is one of a number of high-profile GB athletes to lose their lottery funding for 2013-14. Idowu, who won triple jump gold in 2009 in Berlin, took a break from the sport last year and missed the World Championships in Moscow.

    Also among those to miss out are fellow former world medallists Andy Turner, Jenny Meadows and Lisa Dobriskey. But the women's 4x100m relay team have been rewarded for their world bronze.

  113. 1800:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET
    Sachin Tendulkar

    There is a Sachin Tendulkar special on BBC Radio 5 live at 2100 BST. India's batting hero India's batting hero has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket after making his 200th Test appearance next month.

  114. 1807: 

    England defender Gary Cahill says Roy Hodgson's side is unsure what to expect against a Poland side unable to qualify for the World Cup.

    The Three Lions will secure a place at next summer's tournament in Brazil if they win at Wembley on Tuesday.

    Cahill says: "It's a bit nervy in the sense that we don't know what to expect. They can't qualify now, so are they going to go out relaxed and play care-free football. Are they going to change things up?

    "It's hard to predict, but one thing we can be in control of is how we go out and play."


    Tom Holmes: England have the potential to beat anyone on their day, but we've not been good enough. Where we are now reflects the group for me.

    Rian Hoskins: England should be qualifying for the World Cup and getting to the second round at least. Anything above that is a success.

  116. 1817: 

    Scotland remain three points behind group leaders the Netherlands after losing 2-1 away to Georgia in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier. Rangers player Lewis Macleod scored for the visitors.

  117. 1820: 

    England defeat Hungary 4-0 in an Under-18 international at St George's Park, with Bradley Fewster of Middlesbrough and Liverpool's Ryan Kent scoring two goals each.

  118. 1829: 

    Arsenal's 16-yearo-old central midfielder Gedion Zelalem will be welcomed with open arms if he chooses to play for his parent's country of birth Ethiopia, according to the country's foreign minister.

    Zelalem, 16, is eligible to play for Germany and the United States as well as Ethiopia.

    But Ethiopa foreign minister Adhanom Tedros has tweeted the teenager: "Hi Gedion. Good to hear from you. We hope you will play for Ethiopia soon."

  119. 1835:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    At Poland press conference at Wembley where captain Jakub Blaszczykowski is about to speak ahead of tomorrow's final qualifier v England

  120. 1844: 

    Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne is refusing to panic after falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho. De Bruyne was left out of the Champions League trip to Steaua Bucharest and the following fixture at Norwich after failing to impress Mourinho in a Capital One Cup match at Swindon and in training.

    De Bruyne tells Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure: "I really don't worry. You make it more of a problem than I do. Mourinho is the boss, he chooses who plays. We do not talk about it really. He tells me when I do something bad, but frankly I haven't heard such negative comments."

  121. 1847: 

    That is it from Monday's Sportsday Live. Thanks for your company and don't forget to join us again on Tuesday from 0800 BST on a busy day of World Cup qualifiers.

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