Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers, England rugby union squad

Reaction to England's qualification for Brazil 2014 and other football qualifiers, plus England's rugby union squad.

16 October 2013 Last updated at 18:57

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    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. England confirmed their place in next summer's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Poland last night, while Scotland and Wales completed ultimately unsuccessful campaigns with creditable results against Croatia and Belgium respectively.

    We'll have reaction to the qualification campaigns past and predictions for the finals to come, as well as the England rugby union squad announcement for the autumn tests later this morning.

    First though, we start with news breaking overnight.

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    Rangers chief executive Craig Mather resigns from his post with immediate effect.

    In a statement to the stock exchange, the club also announces the resignation of non-executive director Bryan Smart.

    "The interests of the club are of paramount importance and I believe these are best served by me leaving the club," Mather told the Rangers website.

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    Lancashire's James Anderson

    England bowler James Anderson agrees a year's extension to his current contract with Lancashire, extending his terms through to the end of the 2015 season.

    "I am always proud to wear the Lancashire shirt and I am delighted to extend my stay," said the 31-year-old who made his debut for the county in 2002 and is centrally contracted by England.

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    England batsman Jonathan Trott makes light of Australia coach Darren Lehmann's claims that their Ashes victory was the product of "dour" cricket.

    "I'd take another dour 3-0 in Australia," Trott, 32, told BBC Sport ahead of the return series which gets under way in Brisbane on 21 November.

    "I know Australians are a confident bunch of guys, but they've lost the Ashes series and they are making comments already."

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    GET INVOLVED

    England are one of 21 teams to make certain of their place in next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil. Among the opposition that Roy Hodgson's men might face are Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands.

    So how far might England progress? Who will be the eventual winners? And who is your tip as the tournament's surprise package? Might debutant Bosnia-Hercegovina or a star-studded Belgium side cause an upset?

    Your thoughts are welcome via texts from UK mobiles on 81111, on #bbcsportsday on Twitter and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    There were celebrations in various national capitals last night as fans relished the prospect of their national side in World Cup action next summer.

    A gallery of the on and off-pitch celebrations from around the world is available for your viewing pleasure on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    England midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: Just woke up, still can't believe we have qualified to go to the World Cup in Brazil! Stuff dreams are made of! Atmosphere was amazing!

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    England striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: What a night. Great game to play in and great result. Fans were unbelievable tonight. Thank you. #Brasil2014

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Away from the international scene, there is plenty of paper talk about who may be heading where in the January transfer window. Here are three of the most interesting rumours from today's gossip column:

    Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 27, says he would consider leaving the Gunners in January to improve his chances of playing at the World Cup for Belgium.

    Full story: The Times (subscription only)

    Manchester United are ready to activate the £16m release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 21, who is also a target for Barcelona.

    Full story: Daily Star

    Arsenal target Karim Benzema, 25, could be sold by Real Madrid to fund a move for 27-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez has admitted.

    Full story: London Evening Standard

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    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster will name his squad for the autumn internationals at 1100 BST today. Some journalists are already making predictions of who will make the cut, with the Daily Mirror's Alex Spink suggesting that Saracens' Joel Tomkins, Gloucester Henry Trinder and Exeter's Tom Johnson are in line for a call-up.

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    GET INVOLVED

    We are asking which team you think will win the World Cup, how far England might go in the tournament and who might be the tournament's dark horses.

    Your responses are already coming in on Twitter:

    Owusu Ansah Doe: No two ways : High-fliers Belgium are my favourite to win considering their unrivalled recent form

    Agustine Pimentel: Germany is the favourite, a host of challengers including Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina and England.

    JoelPeter: England haven't seemed so relaxed in the camp as with Hodgson. Maybe that may just take us a little further than we expect?

    James Bearclaw Lewis: Switzerland seeded in the finals draw gives them a decent chance of surprising a lot of people.

    You can get involved on #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via UK mobiles by texting 81111.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Italian newspaper La Stampa reports that Paris St Germain midfielder Jeremy Menez, who has previously been linked with Liverpool, and Dynamo Kiev striker Jeremain Lens are being monitored by Serie A champions Juventus.

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    Leighton Baines playing for England

    Everton's Leighton Baines collected plenty of praise for his performance at left-back for England last night, but he is not taking his place in head coach Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad for granted.

    "I'm available, if invited! A lot can happen between now and then. We've got a few games to come back here and play in - they'll be great," he said.

    "But we start our preparation and can look forward to getting out there, it's very special to play in a World Cup, to be in Brazil. Everyone's fighting for their place."

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    Prime Minister David Cameron was among those to take to Twitter last night to congratulate England on their qualification for next summer's World Cup.

    "Proud to see England qualify for the World Cup in Brazil," he wrote.

    The likes of former England captain Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley and Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson also sent their congratulations, albeit with more exclamation marks.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England, Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a typical England performance last night, all cut and thrust, but you cannot play like that against higher class opposition, particularly in the heat of the summer. We need to change the way we play."

    Mills, who is part of the Football Association's commission to improve England's chances at international tournaments, former England winger John Barnes and BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty are discussing England's chances at Brazil 2014 on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

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    Wales coach Chris Coleman admits that he may not be in charge of his country by the New Year.

    The 43-year-old's contract expires in November and he is expected to discuss whether he will carry on beyond then with Welsh football chief Jonathan Ford after a friendly with Finland next month.

    "I just wanted our players to end the campaign strongly and we have finished in the right manner," he said after last night's draw with Belgium.

    "It's not something you give up lightly, being manager of your country."

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international John Barnes on England manager Roy Hodgson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "He can take England forward but he has a hell of a challenge ahead. Expectations will rise. Remember this is a transitional period. Once Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Steven Gerrard are finished, the national team will suffer."

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    Last week, former England manager and one of Danny Mills' colleagues on the FA Commission Glenn Hoddle said that Roy Hodgson should use the 2014 World Cup as an opportunity to blood youngsters such as Everton's Ross Barkley and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and then focus their efforts on Euro 2016.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England defender Danny Mills on England's chances in Brazil next summer tells BBC Radio 5 live: "If England have 11 of their best players they certainly have a chance. What we don't have is strength in depth.

    "To do well in a World Cup you need a balance of experience and youth. Andros Townsend has been magnificent in the last two games, but can he do that eight, nine, 10 times?

    "But let's enjoy it for at least a couple of days. I think Roy has done incredibly well, he only has a limited number of players he can choose from. There have been one or two hairy moments, but he has done what he set out to do."

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    WHAT NOW FOR ENGLAND?

    Now that the nerves over qualifying have been eased, what can England fans look forward to?

    Having dodged November's World Cup play-offs, the Football Association is believed to be using that international break to set up friendlies against Germany and Australia.

    England's next confirmed friendly is against Denmark on 2 March, while other fixtures will be arranged to get the team up to speed in the immediate build-up to the tournament.

    The deadline for Roy Hodgson to name his 23-man squad is 2 June.

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    WHAT NOW FOR ENGLAND?
    David Beckham and Charlize Theron draw World Cup 2010

    England will know more about what awaits them in Brazil on 6 December when the groups are drawn by Fifa.

    They were one of eight seeds for the 2010 tournament, but are well short of the ranking position necessary to get the same protection for the 2014 tournament.

    As it stands, they will be guaranteed to be playing one team from Pot One which will contain Brazil and the top seven qualifiers from the Fifa world rankings.

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    WHAT NOW FOR ENGLAND?

    Can you follow the lead of Roy Hodgson's men and book your place at World Cup 2014?

    Well, competition is stiff for tickets.

    A total of 6,164,682 requests - almost double the total available - came from 203 countries, with more than 70% from Brazil when they first went on sale. Some 96,780 requests were made from England. Tickets not allocated will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 5 November.

    Fans will be allowed to buy tickets again on 8 December following the World Cup draw - these will be randomly selected. There will be two final sales phases in 2014, both first come, first served.

    Organisers expect a total of nearly 3.3 million tickets to be available, but only about one million were offered in the first phase.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport on England's World Cup prospects

    Roy Hodgson was given a free hit at Euro 2012 because he came in late to replace Fabio Capello, but he has done the job he was asked to do - get England to the World Cup.

    If England are not seeded they will face some fairly difficult games but I'm confident they will get out of their group. Fans are not putting out the flags, they're celebrating getting to a World Cup and they're entitled to do that.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Your predictions on World Cup 2014 and what England's chances are in the tournament are coming in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    David Savvery: We've only just qualified and you're asking who's going to win, this is why we never win anything, so much hype, just let them play!

    Evan Duncan: Anyone who says England are going to win the World Cup, or even make the semis are totally delusional. England will struggle to make it out of their group! If not, they'll lose on penalties again. Germany-Holland final, Brazil crack under the pressure of expectation.

    Gratitude Tasara: Germany pretty much has this one done and dusted.

    Ben Trafford: England will, I reckon, get to the first knockout stage. Holland to get to the final and maybe win it.

    You can have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    WHAT NOW FOR ENGLAND?

    When England finally arrive in Brazil for the finals next summer, one of the first challenges they will face is to get themselves acclimatised to a different time zone and weather conditions.

    Even though the tournament is being staged in Brazil's winter months, humidity will be a key factor, although it becomes less of a problem the further south you travel.

    Getting between venues may involved fairly long-haul travel with more than 3,000 miles separating the northern city of Boa Vista and the southern city of Porto Alegre.

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    WHAT NOW FOR ENGLAND?

    Matches at the World Cup will all be staged at times at times that broadly suit European television viewers.

    After Brazil's opening day game, there follows a 10-day period with three matches per day, kicking off at 17:00 BST, 20:00 BST and 23:00 BST.

    The second-round matches take place at 17:00 and 21:00 BST, the quarter-finals at 17:00 and 21:00 BST, the semi-finals at 21:00 BST and the final at 20:00 BST.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Daily Mirror football writer John Cross tells BBC Radio 5 live: "One of Roy Hodgson's sound bites after the game was 'we have got ourselves a lottery ticket to the World Cup finals'. I guess while we've got that ticket anything is possible - Greece at Euro 2004 tells us that.

    "I think we'll go there with our expectations and pressure on the players lower than anytime I can remember.

    "I do think getting out of the group is going to be tricky but maybe the tougher games inspire them. But the draw is going to be absolutely crucial."

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    Former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "Roy Hodgson has done a magnificent job in the last two qualifiers.

    "He managed the team well, he was bold in his selection, bringing in Andros Townsend who was a revelation in both games, so let's build on that. But it's going to be a completely different thing when we get to Brazil. It will be very tough for us of course."

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    RUSH FOR 2014 WORLD CUP TICKETS
    England football fans

    Almost 100,000 England fans applied for World Cup tickets even before qualification was assured on Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    "The bad news is that around a third of the three million-plus tickets available were put up for sale between 20 August and Thursday of last week, prompting more than six million applications from around the world (4.4 million from Brazil) and forcing a random draw," the report adds.

    "The good news is that the remainder of the tickets do not go on sale until 5 November on a first-come, first-served basis until a new closing date of 28 November. The main source of tickets is Fifa's official website, through which a maximum of four tickets per game can be purchased for up to seven matches. Prices start at £56 for non-Brazil residents."

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    WORLD CUP FACTS

    England will be making their 14th appearance at a World Cup, six fewer than hosts Brazil. Of the 21 countries to have qualified so far, only Bosnia-Hercegovina are making their first appearance.

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    WHO WILL BE JOINING ENGLAND?

    It was not just England whose hopes, dreams and 2014 summer plans were on the line last night. Some teams had a chance to make it to the finals for the first time in their nation's whole history.

    Bosnia-Hercegovina beat Lithuania to confirm their first finals appearance since it emerged as an independent nation from war in the former Yugoslavia in the nineties.

    If Jordan can upset the odds against Uruguay in a two-legged play-off tie they could make the finals for the first time in their history.

    However Panama's hopes of making the North and Central America and Caribbean play-offs were sunk as, needing a win, they conceded two stoppage time goal to lose 3-2 to the United States.

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    Nathan Ashcroft: Greece won the Euros so tell me why England can't win in Brazil. It'd be the perfect English underdog story.

    Andrew Neill: England played well last night but were left open at the back far too much. Especially on the left. Good teams will capitalise.

    Thomas Morgan: England aren't going to do nothing in World Cup, stop getting carried away.. They will be wiped aside

    How will England do in Brazil? Who are your pick of the potential champions? And who will prove the surprise package of the tournament? Get involved on #bbcsportsday.

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    WHAT TO EXPECT IN BRAZIL

    If you do make the trip to Brazil next summer to experience the World Cup up close and personal, what can you expect?

    Ben Smith covered the Confederations Cup in the country for BBC Sport last summer and amongst his advice for visitors to one of the world's most enticing destinations is to "sample a caipirinha, Brazil's delicious, perilous, sugar-laden loopy-juice".

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    WHO IS GOING TO THE WORLD CUP

    Before Tuesday, 14 countries had confirmed their place at the 2014 World Cup. That figure is now 21. A total of 22 teams remain in contention for 11 remaining qualification places.

    On their way: Brazil (hosts), Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, United States, Costa Rica, Argentina, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Colombia, Russia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, England, Spain, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras.

    Still in the running: Greece, France, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Iceland, Romania, Croatia, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Uruguay, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Ghana, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Algeria.

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    WORLD CUP FACTS

    Colombia will make their first appearances at a World Cup since 1998. Their previous best performance at a World Cup was reaching the last 16 in Italy in 1990.

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty believes that Roy Hodgson has over-delivered in England's World Cup qualifying campaign.

    "Phase one of the deal was to get there and for Hodgson, but the last five days have not only represented job done, but ensured they can board their plane with hope," he writes.

    "We cannot berate Hodgson for his conservatism on one hand, then question him on the other when England produce the attacking football for which we have been asking."

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    SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

    Today is the final day for nominations for BBC's Sports Personality of the Year's Unsung Hero Award.

    Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2013, the awards recognise the remarkable achievements of people from all across the UK.

    All the winners all have one thing in common - the passion and commitment to inspire others to enjoy sport in their communities and make sport accessible to all.

    In many cases, their clubs and even their buildings would not exist were it not for their hard work.

    More details about how to nominate someone who has changed grassroots sport in your area are on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year website.

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    WORLD CUP FACTS

    The first 2014 World Cup qualifier took place on 15 June 2011 when Montserrat played Belize, whose striker Deon McCaulay scored the first goal in qualification.

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    RUGBY UNION
    Saracens Joel Tomkins in England training

    England have called up a trio of uncapped centres - Saracens' Joel Tomkins, Northampton's Luther Burrell and Gloucester's Henry Trinder - to their 34-man squad for the autumn international series.

    Exeter Chief's flanker Tom Johnson also steps up from the second-string Saxons side.

    Manu Tuilagi, Tom Croft and Brad Barritt will miss the whole of the series, which begins on 2 November against Australia, through injury.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Northampton and British and Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero is included in England's squad despite reports that he has a knee injury.

    Details of the full squad are on the BBC Sport website.

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    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Today's teaser from the question of Sport team on @QofS_Official is in:

    Five teams who've already qualified for Brazil 2014 have reached a World Cup semi-final but not a final, who are they?

    Answers on #QSTeaser via Twitter before we reveal the answer at around 1500 BST.

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    FOOTBALL
    England Under-21 international Ravel Morrison

    Ravel Morrison is targeting more international appearances after marking his first outing in an England shirt for three years with two goals as Gareth Southgate's Under-21 beat Lithuania 6-0 at Portman Road on Tuesday.

    West Ham's 20-year-old former Manchester United midfielder tells the FA website: "I thought the team performance was good and I thought my performance was good too. No matter what game I go into, I always get nervous but that's sometimes a good thing. I'm very happy with the performance."

    Morrison's previous England performance was against Poland for the Under-18s. He adds: "I've found it great. I've come in and the lads have treated me well and I've got on with everybody. It's a lot different when you're older, everything has been more calm."

    You can watch Morrison's skills in training for the Under-21s on the BBC Sport website.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Former Australia and Saracens coach Eddie Jones has been admitted to hospital after suffering a minor stroke report Agence France Presse.

    The 53-year-old Australian, currently leading Japan's national team, is being examined by doctors in Tokyo after complaining of a headache as he inspected the Brave Blossoms training camp.

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    Daily Mirror sports journalist Oliver Holt on Twitter: Very difficult decision for England at left back but think Baines' performances against Montenegro and Poland have moved him ahead of Cole now. Baines defended well and his crossing was pure quality. Very hard to take possession of the shirt away from him after that.

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    Seven Everton players are poised to feature at the World Cup next summer after Tuesday's results and manager Roberto Martinez says it is a huge lift for the club.

    Martinez tells the club's website: "The name of Everton is going to be taken to Brazil and many other countries and that's very important. But now it's about thinking day-to-day and making sure the players are enjoying their football, growing and maturing."

    The Everton players in line to play in Brazil in 2014 are Phil Jagielka (England), Leighton Baines (England), Ross Barkley (England), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Kevin Mirallas (Belgium), Tim Howard (United States) and Bryan Oviedo (Cost Rica). Striker Nikica Jelavic also hopes to make the tournament with Croatia, who are in the play-offs.

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    Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014 ended in March with a 2-0 defeat away to Serbia, but since then they have beaten Croatia at home and away as well as winning in Macedonia and pushing England close in a friendly at Wembley.

    "Tactically, Gordon Strachan has been, at times, masterful," writes BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont.

    "And he has instilled a self-belief in the players, which has led to some of the best attacking football Scotland fans have seen their team play in a generation."

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    THE NEARLY MEN
    Denmark defender Daniel Agger

    Denmark finish second in their World Cup qualifying group but miss out on Brazil for having the poorest record of the nine runners-up in Europe.

    Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel started as the Danes ended their qualifying campaign with a 6-0 victory over Malta in Copenhagen, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger scoring two penalties. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen also played.

    However, Denmark finished the campaign with 16 points from 10 games, six points behind group winners Italy.

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    FOOTBALL

    In the wake of their defeat by England at Wembley last night, many of the Polish newspapers turn their attentions to who may be in line to succeed Waldemar Fornalik as the national team boss.

    The Polish Football Federation is expected to announce the termination of Fornalik's contract with Dariusz Wdowczyk, a former director of football at Scottish Premiership side Livingston, favourite to replace him.

    However Gazeta report that "the fans demand a coach from abroad".

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    CRICKET

    Coach Andy Flower will ask opposition selectors to ensure their teams are strong enough to give his England side a decent warm-up ahead of the first Ashes test on 21 November according to the Guardian.

    England's first three-day match against Western Australia in Perth starts on 31 October, the day after the state side have started their Shield fixture against Victoria in Melbourne.

    "It was very different on the last Ashes tour three years ago, when England faced a WA team including the likes of Adam Voges, Steve Magoffin and captained by Marcus North - and there have already been suggestions that Andy Flower will request the opposition is strengthened by the inclusion of "spare" players from other states," writes Andy Wilson.

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    MERSEYSIDE 2 POLAND 0
    Liverpool Echo sport headline

    Wednesday's Liverpool Echo pays tribute to the Merseyside influence behind England's crucial World Cup qualifying win over Poland.

    Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored both goals in the 2-0 win. Everton left back Leighton Baines also played a key role at left back.

    The headline to the Echo's match report is: 'Merseyside 2 Poland 0 - Gerrard, Rooney and Baines help see England through to Brazil'.

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    FOOTBALL

    Norwich winger Nathan Redmond has insisted that there will be no hangover from an on-field shoving match between England Under-21 team-mates Ravel Morrison and Wilfried Zaha.

    Redmond acted as peacemaker as the pair argued during the 5-0 win over Lithuania last night.

    "That's all sorted now. We don't talk about those things outside the dressing room," he told the Mirror.

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    FOOTBALL
    Darron Gibson

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is ruled out for "several months" after damaging knee ligaments playing for the Republic of Ireland, reports Sky Sports News. Toffees manager Roberto Martinez was in the crowd and saw the 25-year-old replaced in the 37th minute of Tuesday's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Kazakhstan in Dublin.

    A statement on Everton's website says: "The Ireland team doctor reported suspected knee ligament damage at the interval, but Gibson will undergo assessment from the club's medical team upon his return to Merseyside."

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    FOOTBALL

    Independent newspaper chief football correspondent Sam Wallace: Totted up pool of players Hodgson could call on for WC2014: from regulars, to 2nd string & on to wildcard youngsters. I've got 56 so far.

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    FOOTBALL

    Andre Schurrle has been revitalised by his move to Chelsea, according to Germany coach Joachim Low. The 22-year-old forward, who moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer for £18m from Bayer Leverkusen, scored a hat-trick as Germany won 5-3 away to Sweden in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

    Low tells www.dfb.de: "I told him recently that last year I wasn't very happy with his development. But now, in some games with us and in England, he has shown again what he can do.

    "He is dynamic, works back well and has a strong finish. His physical strength was also always an issue, but he has worked well. If he continues to play like that, the World Cup will certainly not pass him by." Schurrle has featured in seven Premier League games for Chelsea.

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    CRICKET

    Australia post an impressive 359-5 from 50 overs in the second one-day international against India in Jaipur, George Bailey unbeaten on 92 from 50 deliveries. The tourists lead the series 1-0.

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    FOOTBALL

    Former England World Cup player Paul Gascoigne on Twitter: Had loads of texts and calls yesterday from friends and family worried that I'm dead. I laughed because if someone is dead I would not text the person because he is dead. But I appreciate the care so I went to the chemist and got some Benylin to get rid of the cough. Ps. Well done England.

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    FOOTBALL

    Sheffield Wednesday announce that striker Gary Madine, sentenced to 18 months in jail on 4 October, intends to appeal against his conviction for punching two men in separate nightclub attacks.

    A statement on the club's website says: "Following consultation with the legal team of Gary Madine, Sheffield Wednesday have been made aware of their intention to lodge an appeal following the 23-year-old's recent trial at Leeds Crown Court. Until the conclusion of this or any other legal process, the club will make no further comment."

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    ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN

    England manager Roy Hodgson will name his provisional 30-man World Cup squad on 13 May before the players are released from their clubs to national teams on 26 May, reports the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter.

    He adds: "England play a farewell friendly to Wembley before jetting Stateside en route to Rio. Given the distance and possibility of injuries, Hodgson will really need to take an expanded squad to the US.

    "England aim to play a friendly in either New York, Boston or Washington before heading south to Florida for an eight-day training camp capped with a friendly against the US. England will be in Miami when Fifa requires the definitive 23 names for a tournament starting on 12 June."

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    FOOTBALL

    Hednesford Town supporters are subjected to a "barrage of bricks and stones" after Tuesday's FA Cup win at West Auckland, the Express & Star claims.

    Hednesford won the third qualifying round replay 4-2 on penalties despite playing for almost an hour with nine men, and club spokesman Scott Smith says: "When we came out of the ground there were a group of around 15 youths hanging around. I've never seen anything like it. A lot of people were having to run to the coach because there was a hail of stones coming down."

    Hednesford are away to Stamford in the fourth qualifying round.

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    FOOTBALL
    Waldemar Fornalik

    Poland sack manager Waldemar Fornalik after their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil. The 50-year-old was one of the first to congratulate England after they defeated his side 2-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to qualify for the tournament.

    Fornalik said: "England are getting stronger and stronger. They will always be among the contenders for the title."

    A Polish FA statement says: "The coach Waldemar Fornalik has ceased to be coach of the Polish national team."

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    ENGLAND POLL

    The Times newspaper has conducted a poll among readers on England's prospects at the 2014 World Cup.

    No one predicts that Roy Hodgson's team will return as winners or finalists although 6% believe England can reach the semi-finals. Most - 49% - think they will reach the quarter-finals, with 41% tipping England to go out at the last 16 stage. Only 4% believe they will fail to advance past the group stage.

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    Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: I'm in the 41%. I could easily end up in the 4% (group-stage elimination) if it's a tough draw. Far, far more likely than reaching semis in my view.

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    FOOTBALL
    Igor Stimac

    Another national manager loses his job. This time Croatia's Igor Stimac is sacked following his team's 2-0 loss to Scotland in a World Cup qualifier.

    Croatia can still qualify for the World Cup if they win in the play-offs, but 46-year-old former Derby County and West Ham defender Stimac will not be in charge.

    Croatia finished nine points behind Group A winners Belgium in qualifying.

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    GET INVOLVED

    James Dougall: Only nine England players from the current squad were at the Euros

    Straightyellowcard: The probability is that England won't win it, but who knows, look at Greece, I just cant wait to watch and find out.

    Penfold_5150: Let's be honest all that's going to happen is the WAGs will get a nice holiday and England won't even past the group stage.

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    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham's Erik Lamela, signed from Roma for £25.7m in August, says he is still adjusting to the physicality of the Premier League. The Argentina international has made just three starts for Spurs since his move.

    He adds: "The national coach Alejandro Sabella called on me when I was in Rome, but now I'm playing in England and I have to adapt quickly. To keep my place in the national squad I have to make an impression for my club."

  66. 1355: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington ahead of Gus Poyet's first game in charge of Sunderland at Swansea on Saturday: Been up at #SAFC having a natter with an upbeat Adam Johnson. Definite mood change and confidence about the place. Good positive vibes.

  67. 1402: 

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "This should be the moment, we start planning. France 2016 and Russia 2018 should be prime focus now. Let's forget Brazil. We will never win it. The fact that there are 6/7 sides better and the climate is against us, condemns us to that. I shan't hold my breath but at least think beyond Brazil. We qualified well from a mediocre group, let's not get ahead of ourselves here."

  68. 1407: 
    LATEST GOSSIP
    Mats Hummels

    Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who has a release clause of £29.5m in his contract, is apparently free to move to Barcelona as his club already have a replacement lined up in the shape of Basle's Fabian Schar.

    Hummels, 24, has admitted in the past that Barcelona are one of several clubs that could convince him to leave the Champions League runners-up according to Das Bild.

  69. 1412: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Your predictions on who will win the World Cup in Brazil next summer are continuing to come in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Al Smith: Everyone saying Spain must have forgot how Brazil schooled them in the summer.....Brazil to win it. Like to think England could reach the semis.

    Brendan Moloney: England could reach semi or final, look at how Chelsea won the Champions League! Quarters most likely though.

    Bill Greig: Really hard to evaluate England. Poland are currently ranked 65 by FIFA and Ukraine are no great shakes. In the heat of South America England will struggle to use pace as a weapon.

  70. 1417: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Premiership leaders Saracens announce the signing of Argentina international centre Marcelo Bosch.

    The 29-year-old, who has won 23 international caps for the Pumas, joins the Allianz Park side from French Top 14 club Biarritz.

  71. 1427: 
    London Underground poster

    A betting company celebrated England's successful qualification for Brazil 2016 with a mock-up London Underground poster announcing that a London to Rio De Janeiro line would be opening in June 2014.

  72. 1430: 
    FOOTBALL

    Football commentator Paul Sarahs on Twitter: Flights between London and Rio for the World Cup currently at £1274.

  73. 1440: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says that he has been surprised by how quickly the club's players have adapted to his demands since he arrived at the Allianz Arena in June.

    Guardiola, who managed Barcelona until taking a sabbatical from football at the end of the 2011-12 season, warned any players who fail to buy into his ideas will be sidelined however.

    "I thought we'd need considerably more time, but the level is already very, very high," Guardiola said.

    "I am a great friend of my players when they accept what I say. I support those who accept my decisions _ those who do not understand this will find themselves sitting in stands often."

  74. 1447: 
    FOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne would welcome Mick McCarthy's return to the national job if he was chosen as Giovanni Trapattoni's replacement.

    McCarthy, who led Ireland at the 2002 World Cup finals, is currently in charge of Ipswich who are 11th in the Championship.

    "He obviously said he might be interested, maybe, in it and having worked with him before, I really enjoyed it," said Dunne.

  75. 1454: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Black: Think I will have a punt on there not being a European side in the last four of the World Cup, Brazil for me.

    Natasha De-Maine: Would like to put a cheeky outside bet on Belgium to win. Never ever count out Germany though

    Andrew Priestley: Only 262 days until England are knocked out of the World Cup QFs on penalties to France/Italy/Spain. (Delete as appropriate)

    Get your predictions on England's campaign next summer and the World Cup as a whole to #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  76. 1458: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton announce that midfielder Darron Gibson is to have an operation on the knee he injured playing for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday (see 1223 BST entry).

    A statement on the Toffees website says: "A subsequent scan showed he has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the midfielder will require an operation. The length of time the 25-year-old will be out will best determined once the surgery is completed."

  77. 1504: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former United States coach Bob Bradley will not be removed from his current post as Egypt manager despite the side's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Ghana in their World Cup play-off in Kumasi.

    Egypt Football Association chairman Gamal Allam told BBC Sport: "It is not logical to sack him and pay a big fine for the last match of his contract."

    Egypt would have to pay Bradley about £228,000 in compensation.

  78. 1510: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could be available for Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham. The 22-year-old Belgium international had been ruled out for four to six weeks after suffering a hip injury in Villa's win at Norwich on 21 September.

    But, after training with his national side this week, Benteke was an unused substitute against Wales on Tuesday. "He must have been fit enough to go on the bench, or they wouldn't have done that," Villa manager Paul Lambert tells BBC WM.

  79. 1517: 
    CARRICK ON THE WORLD CUP
    England midfielder Michael Carrick

    Michael Carrick insists there is strength in depth in the England squad and that his international team-mates expect "high things" at the World Cup in Brazil.

    Manchester United midfielder Carrick won his 31st cap in the 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who is expected to be involved in the tournament next summer, tells the FA website: "Going to a World Cup is a massive opportunity for any player and playing for England always comes with added pressure.

    "It's just a case of getting used to the criticism and performing to a high standard to achieve success. There is a great strength in the squad with a lot of options. It is just about going and performing really, we expect high things of ourselves."

  80. 1523: 
    ROY HODGSON REFLECTS

    England manager Roy Hodgson reflects on last night's decisive win over Poland and his side's World Cup qualification campaign in general.

    On England v Poland: "I look back with pride, satisfaction. It was always going to be a very tense occasion, and it was electric with the 20,000 Polish fans and 70,000 English fans. It made the atmosphere quite special."

    On accusations that he was too defensive tactically earlier in the campaign: "I think we had an attacking policy in the first game. I don't quite understand working from the basis of a game in Ukraine, where our attacking wasn't the best, how we suddenly became an offensive side overnight.

    "When it comes to selection a major factor is players available. A major factor for the last four games has been a lot of players have been available - very talented players we would have liked all along."

  81. 1525: 
    ROY HODGSON REFLECTS

    England manager Roy Hodgson reflects on last night's decisive win over Poland and his side's World Cup qualification campaign in general.

    On his surprise selection of Andros Townsend: "If a Theo Walcott had been available he wouldn't have got his chance. This is fate in football. Sometimes you are just lucky. What looks like being a major loss for you ends up being compensated by someone arriving on the scene who ends up having a wonder game."

    On England fans' expectations ahead of the finals: "We might need to differentiate between the mass media and the people out there, who also have an opinion about what they see.

    "I have great faith the British public knows what we are and what we are capable of doing. They believe in us. I'm not 1000% certain they share the opinions they are reading."

  82. 1529:  
    Former England striker Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    Despite the supposedly apathetic view towards the England side these days, the reaction to our qualification proves many still care.

  83. 1533: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Coach Steve McNamara says that England's preparation for the Rugby League World Cup is going well. The 24-strong squad spent the past two weeks at a high-altitude training camp at Potchefstroom, South Africa.

    "They have pushed themselves extremely hard on the camp," McNamara said.

    "The physical contact has been pretty brutal at times and I think it's time to unleash that on an opposition."

    England play Australia in the tournament opener at the Millennium Stadium on 26 October.

  84. 1541: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Harvey: Next years World Cup has Argentina written all over it, Lionel Messi's hit form for his country and they have a frightening attack.

    Chris Parker: That many people have said Belgium will do well that they'll probably disappoint.

    Lewis Lloyd: England aren't even a top eight side. They could end up with a group of death with Spain, France and USA and end up finishing last.

    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday.

  85. 1546: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is expected to be in contention for the home game with Norwich on Saturday despite being substituted during Germany's final World Cup qualifying match in Sweden, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    The 25-year-old, a £42.5m transfer deadline day signing from Real Madrid, has been a key figure in Arsenal's rise to the top of the Premier League table.

    Ozil was replaced in the closing stages of Tuesday's 5-3 win in Stockholm with a knee problem but the injury is considered minor.

  86. 1552: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira says he fears that he will never be a success at the Bernabeu because he is not Spanish and was brought to the club by Jose Mourinho.

    "Even if I put in good performances, they are poorly rated," Khedira told Kicker.

    "I'm just not a Spaniard, did not cost a lot of money and I am a student Mourinho."

    Khedira, 26, has been linked with a move to Chelsea that would reunite him with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

  87. 1553: 
    CRICKET

    India are on course for a remarkable victory in the second one-day international with Australia in Jaipur. Chasing 360 for victory, India are 271-1 after 36 overs. Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 67 from 35 deliveries while Rohit Sharma is 90 not out.

  88. 1600: 
    ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN

    Roy Hodgson's side will play another game at Wembley on the Saturday that follows the 2014 Champions League final, which is scheduled for 31 May, before heading to the United States to prepare for the World Cup.

    Once in Brazil, the Three Lions hope to base themselves at the five-star Royal Tulip hotel in Rio de Janeiro. England were based at the Windsor Atlantica on the lively Copacabana for their friendly in Rio in June, but the Royal Tulip is in a quieter part of town on the Sao Conrado beach.

    Club England managing director Adrian Bevington says: "The hotel we have earmarked is the Royal Tulip. It's a bit further around from the Copacabana, but it is still pretty central."

  89. 1607: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England winger John Barnes calls on England fans to be realistic as well as confident heading into the finals of the World Cup in 2014.

    "England can win it if everyone else underachieves and we play to our maximum. But the chances of that are not very high," he told BBC Sport.

  90. 1619: 
    ROY HODGSON REFLECTS

    England manager Roy Hodgson reflects on last night's decisive win over Poland and his side's World Cup qualification campaign in general.

    The prospects of any of the Under-21 squad winning promotion to his World Cup selection: "We are not short of very talented young players. If any of the current under 21s are going to break into that squad they will have to do exceptionally and force their way past some very talented players.

    "We are talking about Ravel Morrison, because he played well the other night but you might have been raving about Ross Barkley had he not been at the senior team."

  91. 1627:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Roy Hodgson and Harry Redknapp

    There is a special interview with Harry Redknapp on BBC Radio 5 live at 2000 BST. The 66-year-old former Tottenham manager and current QPR boss last week denied being disrespectful to England manager Roy Hodgson by criticising the Football Association's recruitment process.

    Redknapp said: "I'm the biggest England fan of all. I have absolutely no problems with Roy Hodgson."

  92. 1631: 
    CRICKET

    India, inspired by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, cruise to the second highest one-day international run chase ever as they overcome Australia by nine wickets with 39 balls to spare.

    Australia made 359-5 from their 50 overs, but Sharma's unbeaten 141 and Kohli's 100 not out saw India reach 362-1 and level the series 1-1.

  93. 1640: 
    BOXING

    Sheffield's Kell Brook will have a shot at the IBF welterweight belt if he beats Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of a home crowd on 26 October.

    Victory over Senchenko, who beat Ricky Hatton in November, would make the 27-year-old Brook the mandatory challengers for the winner of Devon Alexander's next defence of his title against Shawn Porter.

  94. 1641: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Netherlands and Rangers manager Dick Advocaat agrees to take charge of AZ Alkmaar for a second time, succeeding Gertjan Verbeek who left the club in late September.

    The 66-year-old Dutchman guided AZ to a fifth-place finish during a five-month stint at the helm in 2009-10 before being replaced by Verbeek. Advocaat had been out of work since parting company with PSV Eindhoven in May.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Keep your World Cup predictions coming. How will England do in Brazil? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Rob Appleby: Brazil v Germany final! With the party ending as it should with a narrow Brazil win. England knocked out by one or the other.

    Neil Stevens: Can people stop saying we won't get far in the World Cup when the draw has not even been made yet.

    Marcus Carey: Why kill our hopes already? We are England and proud. Lets go out there and see what happens.

  96. 1654: 
    TENNIS
    Laura Robson

    Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri, who coached Serena Williams and Andre Agassi amongst others in the past, believes that problems with strategy and mentality, rather than technique, are behind British number one Laura Robson's recent dip in form.

    "I think she has to decide what is her style of play and then build her strategy around what she can and can't do," he told Tennis Space.

    "As a talent, she certainly doesn't lack for much. I think she's got to become a self-believer and build a little more strategy in her game."

    Robson ended her coaching relationship with Miles Maclagan earlier this week after a run of just three wins from her past four events.

  97. 1704: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England coach Stuart Lancaster invites England football manager Roy Hodgson to Twickenham next month for the internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

    Lancaster says: "Hopefully Roy will come into camp and we'll have a chance to chat. I've spoken to him a couple of times in the past. We'll certainly invite him to our games and hopefully he can enjoy them without worrying about the result."

  98. 1707: 
    CRICKET

    Former Kent, Middlesex and England wicketkeeper Paul Downton is to succeed Hugh Morris as managing director of the England Cricket Board from 1 February 1 2014, the ECB announce.

    Downton, 56, says: "Since retiring from the game I have taken a close interest in both county and international cricket and I am excited by the challenge of building on the success which England teams have enjoyed at all levels in recent years.

    "My discussions during the appointment process with the chairman, chief executive, the England team director and one-day coach have provided me with a clear vision of the importance attached to this role and I look forward to forging close and successful working relationships with my new colleagues at ECB."

  99. 1720:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Pougatch: Busy night on 5 live from 7 as the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter and Shaun Custis of the Sun digest England's qualification.

    We hear from Hodgson, Gerrard, Rooney et al. From 8 it's Harry Redknapp on England, the World Cup, the FA & its commission, coaching, West Ham, the court case, Pompey's demise and Bale.

    From 9 Cornelius Lysaght visits the stables of Michael Owen to hear of his Melbourne Cup hopes and aims to ride in a race.

  100. 1725: 
    CRICKET

    Former Leicestershire and England batsman James Whitaker to succeed Geoff Miller as the chairman of selectors and national selector on 1 January 2014, the ECB announce.

    Whitaker says: "I am honoured to have been invited to be national selector and greatly look forward to working with the newly appointed managing director of England Cricket, my fellow selectors - England team director Andy Flower and one day coach Ashley Giles - as we seek to build on the recent success of England teams.

    "I wish to thank Geoff Miller for his leadership of the selectors since 2008. Geoff's contribution cannot be overstated and I hope that I shall prove to be a worthy successor to a man who has brought stability, diligence and great judgement to our selection process in the last five years."

  101.  
    GET INVOLVED

    M Goodridge: England are an average team that stands no chance against more technical teams. No further than quarter-finals.

    Andrew Harvey: Next year's World Cup has Argentina written all over it, Messi's hit form for his country and they have a frightening attack.

    Gary Lansley: Can't wait for the terrible World Cup songs on the radio.

  102. 1746: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal hold their annual general meeting on Thursday and the Daily Telegraph predicts it will again highlight divisions between supporters and the club's owners.

    The Gunners are top of the Premier League and recently signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

    But the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson writes: "There is, however, still an underlying but very definite friction between some of the club's various fan groups and the board of directors. The ageing make-up of the board will be challenged, as will the club's summer transfer strategy."

  103. 1753: 
    FOOTBALL
    Germany v England

    Club England managing director Adrian Bevington says the Football Association is expected to announce on Thursday that England will host Germany at Wembley on 19 November, four days after another friendly, which will also take place at the national stadium.

    The Germany game will be the first time since England have played their old enemy since the 4-1 defeat in the 2010 World Cup, when Frank Lampard's goal was ruled out even though it bounced over the line.

  104. 1801: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson, who requires an operation on the knee he injured playing for the Republic of Ireland: I'm devastated, but would like to thank all the fans for their messages, long road ahead but I'll be back fitter and stronger!

  105. 1808: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, who was ruled out for around six weeks with a knee injury in September, is named in the starting line-up for the elite development squad's game against Rochdale at Hyde (1900 BST).

    The 32-year-old, who has 37 Argentina caps, joined from Atletico Madrid in a £4.2m deal earlier in the season. He played under City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga and River Plate, helping the former to the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League.

    England international midfielder Jack Rodwell, 22, is also named in the team.

  106. 1811: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan: Coming up in a few minutes on BBC News at 6, Roy Hodgson tells me that having reached the World Cup, England can now actually win it. Hodgson: I don't think there'll be many teams out there thinking 'whoopee we've got England, what an easy one'.

  107. 1817: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Warrington Wolves sign young full-back Matthew Russell from NRL side the Gold Coast Titans. Russell, 20, has been part of the Titans' Holden Cup U-20s side and will join the Wolves next season on a two-year deal until November 2015.

  108. 1830: 
    FOOTBALL

    Harry Wilson

    The grandfather of new Wales international Harry Wilson is set to bank £125,000 after betting the 16-year-old Liverpool academy player would play for his country - when he was only 18 months old.

    Wilson made his international debut when he came on as a substitute in the World Cup qualifier away to Belgium, which ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

    Electrical contractor Peter Edwards, 62, says: "I retired immediately. I told my manager yesterday that if Harry plays I wouldn't be coming back." You can hear more from Harry on the BBC Radio 5 live Drive website.

  109.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack of all Trades: A couple of good results against teams ranked much lower than England and out comes the 'we're going to win the World Cup'.

    Steve Bryant: England make it through the group with five points but lose in the second round or QF. Probably on penalties.

    Peter Webb: I can't see England or Belgium winning it, but watch out for them at Euro 2016. England for the S/F in Brazil.

  110. 1845: 
    OLYMPICS

    The British Olympic Association choose the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte as Team GB's training base for the 2016 Rio Games.

  111. 1849: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Scotland will have three pairs of brothers in their World Cup squad following the late addition of Swinton forward Josh Barlow. The brother of Featherstone's former Halifax prop Sam, Josh has replaced the injured Jonathan Walker in coach Steve McCormack's 24-man squad.

    McCormack's squad includes two other sets of brothers in Workington pair Callum and Brett Phillips and Ian and Andrew Henderson.

  112. 1851: 
    GOLF

    The PGA of America is considering staging the US PGA Championship, one of the sport's four majors, outside the United States. A report in Golf Digest states that a committee is studying the impact of holding the event around the world, with the earliest possible date in 2020.

  113. 1855: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    And that is it for Wednesday's Sportsday Live. Thanks for your company. We're back on Thursday at 0800 BST where we countdown to Saturday's Premier League action and bring you all the latest breaking sports news.

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