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17 October 2013 Last updated at 18:50

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  1. 1846: 

    That is it from Sportsday Live for today. Thanks for your company and your comments and we will see you again on Friday morning, from 0800 BST for the Premier League previews ahead of the weekend and all the other breaking news.

  2. 1844: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Crystal Palace v Fulham (Monday 2000 BST)

    Martin Jol is confident about his future as manager of Fulham despite the Cottagers' precarious position in the Barclays Premier League.

    Fulham are currently 17th in the table, level on both points and goal difference with Norwich who occupy the third relegation place.

    He said: "I'm in a good position. We are like other clubs. We've got enough points not to worry and of course like other teams you need results and hopefully we'll get some in the next couple of weeks."

  3. 1844: 

    More from Britain's BMX racer Shanaze Reade.

    Unclebuckbmx: What are your future goals and ambitions?

    Reade: My future goals and ambitions are focused on going to the Olympics Games in 2016. I haven't been successful in winning gold or winning an Olympic medal. My next big goal is going to America next year and making success of my career there, and also to try to win the Worlds.

    Shrimptank: What was the first competition you won, and on what bike?

    Reade: It was a regional event. The first one I won internationally was the European Championships after a year of competing. My first bike? It was a blue bike, but I don't know what brand. It was £100. I still not know to this day what frame it was.

  4. 1841: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Everton v Hull (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Hull manager Steve Bruce is expecting top-scorer Robbie Brady to make a quicker-than-expected return to action against Everton this weekend.

    Brady was playing through the pain barrier in the early part of the season, scoring four times in the process, but could no longer go on and was sent for a hernia operation after netting the winner against West Ham on 1-0 on 28 September.

    "Robbie has trained this week which just goes to show what the medical people can do. It's just over two weeks since the operation," said Bruce.

    "We'll see for a reaction but as long as there isn't one he'll come straight back in the squad. It's quite remarkable what they can do to fix what is labelled as a hernia."

  5. 1838: 

    Liverpool's Tony Bellew signs a deal to fight Canadian WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City on 30 November.

    Bellew, 30, is a former British and Commonwealth champion and was beaten by then WBO champion Nathan Cleverly of Wales in 2011.

    But he beat Isaac Chilemba in a rematch in May, having drawn the first fight, to secure a second world title shot.

  6. 1835: 

    The Liverpool FC Story, a new interactive museum, is launching on Wednesday 23 October at Anfield and to celebrate this, the club has released images of some never-before-seen pieces of its history including....

    Liverpool museum image

    Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

    1 November 1890, page 229 of the 'Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News'. Everton v West Brom at Anfield in the days before LFC even existed.

  7. 1832: 

    Sportsday, which rounds up the big sporting stories of the day, is live online and on the BBC News channel right now.

  8. 1827: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident midfielder Mesut Ozil will shrug off a minor knee problem to face Norwich on Saturday.

    The £43million German playmaker was substituted late on during his country's final World Cup qualifier in Sweden, but the problem is not expected to be a major issue.

    Wenger told Arsenal Player: "He is alright. He came back with a knock on the knee, but it was just a kick.

    "We will have a test tomorrow to see if he is fit enough for Saturday or not. When you have not played, there is always a little doubt, but not a major one."

  9. 1823: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Manchester United v Southampton (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino believes England can win the World Cup and would like to see Hodgson's men take on his native Argentina in the final.

    He said: "I think England has great football players that can do well.

    "I think England is a candidate to win the World Cup, but it depends a lot on the fitness of the players, especially that last month before the tournament starts.

    "Also how they are playing at the end of the season, so I think that is a very big factor on how England would fare at the World Cup. I would love to see Argentina and England in a final. Why not?"

  10. 1817: 
    Southampton's Victor Wanyama

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith has met Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, 22, for Football Focus. The full interview is on Football Focus at 12pm on BBC One on Saturday.

  11. 1811: 

    More from Britain's BMX racer Shanaze Reade:

    Calamity Teacher: If you could compete in any sport apart from cycling, what would it be?

    Reade: Athletics - the 100m sprint. I used to do athletics before BMX, and if I had different mindset and was a bit more regimented, I would have stuck with it. I was pretty good at athletics and competed until the age of 12. I won school events and I then joined an athletics club, with whom I was successful too. It was regimented. I couldn't deal with the routine of it all. BMX was more loose and fun.

    Kyle Loother: ‏Have you ever gone into a race worried for your well being, thinking you could really get hurt?

    Reade: Every single time I get on the bike. BMX, the nature of the sport, can be quite fierce at times. You've always got it there that you're going to get hurt, but at same time we wear the right protection, in terms of pads and equipment. We also put in the training to prevent injuries. You can get hurt in any sport. You can do all the homework and try to prevent it, but there is always a chance.

  12. 1807: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Stoke v West Brom (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke has no concerns about Nicolas Anelka's barren start to life in an Albion shirt as competition for places up front intensifies at The Hawthorns.

    Clarke's big-name summer signing has yet to get off the mark for the Baggies since arriving on a high-profile free transfer.

    He said: "Good strikers will keep getting in good positions and if they keep getting in good positions, the goals will come.

    "That's got to be the mantra for any striker. They have got to keep getting into good positions."

  13. 1801: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Manchester United v Southampton (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Artur Boruc is not injured, despite claims to the contrary from the Poland national team.

    Despite the 33-year-old goalkeeper being the national team's number one, Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny started Tuesday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against England at Wembley.

    It was an omission Poland physio Jacek Jaroszewski claimed was due to a hamstring injury picked up against Ukraine and Boruc posted a photo of what appeared to be himself with his right leg in a protective support.

    "Artur is okay," the Saints boss said. "There is some news that has come out, which is not true, regarding his fitness. He is fine."

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    Spaghetti Hans: England lack specialist defensive midfielders. Rodwell should go to Brazil2014. Carrick, Gerrard & Wilshere too offensive.

    Frazer Wilson: Welbeck is useless with his left foot, shouldn't go to Brazil2014 in the same position he's been in for England last two games.

    Rob Kershaw: I know he's injured, but why does everyone seem to have forgotten about Glen Johnson? great player and should go to Brazil.

    What do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  15. 1752: 

    Britain's Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson wins his first gold of the 2013 World Cup series with 200m Breaststroke victory on the opening day in Dubai.

  16. 1749: 

    Infostrada Sports: 50 days to WC Final Draw - The last WC winners who were not seeded for Final Draw were Argentina 1986. But they had Maradona!

  17. 1743: 
    Celtic's Scott Brown sent off against Barcelona

    Celtic will appeal against Scott Brown's three-match Champions League ban after describing UEFA's punishment for his red card against Barcelona as "excessive".

    UEFA earlier announced that its control and disciplinary committee had decided to give Brown an additional two-match ban on top of the automatic suspension he received for his kick at Neymar during Celtic's 1-0 defeat earlier this month.

    A statement on the UEFA punishment on Celtic's official website read: "The club finds this to be excessive and they will be appealing against the decision."

  18. 1737: 

    Earlier today, we asked you to send your questions for Britain's BMX racer Shanaze Reade. Here are some of her answers.

    James Cummins: What inspires you to keep going through the pain?

    Reade: The thing that inspires me is goals. With anything you've got to have goals - to drive towards something. People say you've won Worlds, why is that a big drive for next year? Once you've set that bar you don't want to fall below that. Anything below that is a failing, in a sense. The biggest thing for me after pain of the Olympics that I've got another three years to get it right. I know it's another three years, but I also have goals in between. I'm a naturally competitive person.

    Jaden Brown Standing: What/who inspired you to be a Bmxer?

    Reade: Not one person inspired me. My coach when I was younger was Bob [Field] at the local BMX track - he was a Rastafarian who was full of life, a character. He inspired me to keep on going back to track. As a result, I got the buzz of jumping big jumps. He told me I had to be powerful to get out of the start and skilful on the bike.

  19. 1732: 

    Arsenal Ladies confirm their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an 11-1 victory over Kazakhstan side Kairat on Thursday at Meadow Park.

    After their emphatic 7-1 first-leg win, the overall result was never in doubt.

    Four goals from Danielle Carter, a hat-trick from Kim Little, a brace from Jordan Nobbs and goals from Caroline Weir and Ellen White ensured a final aggregate score of 18-2.

  20. 1724: 

    The Liverpool FC Story, a new interactive museum, launches on Wednesday 23 October at Anfield and to celebrate this, the club has released images of some never-before-seen pieces of its history including....

    Thank You Boss Menu

    Thank You Boss Menu

    When Bill Shankly retired in 1974, it was a shock to fans and players alike. The players arranged this private farewell dinner for their much-admired manager. The menu is witty, and the humour an attempt to mask the fact that they were very sad to see him leave.

  21. 1720: 

    England striker Wayne Rooney has also spoken about Roy Hodgson's reported comments at half time against Poland:

    "To be honest it's really annoying that something such as this should see the light of day, all the lads know what type of guy Roy is, and to try and pin some form of label on him is absolutely ridiculous. Roy spoke to Andros straight away who took no offence whatsoever, hopefully that's now the end of the matter".

  22. 1718: 

    Wayne Rooney speaks of his joy at reaching the World Cup finals with England:

    "It feels great knowing that we will finally be going to Brazil. It's been tough but I think we totally deserve our place and our performances got a lot better as the campaign went on.

    "The pressure was on and we knew we would have to be patient. Getting the goal was a great feeling, it always is to score for your country but to break the deadlock in game like that is something else. A lot of credit must also go to the England fans who have been behind us every game, especially tonight they were brilliant and helped the team through".

  23. 1712: 
    Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli looks set to miss his fourth consecutive match with AC Milan, this time through injury, and he could also be at risk for Tuesday's game with Barcelona.

    Balotelli has a right thigh problem and will be monitored in the coming days, ahead of Milan's home match against Udinese on Saturday before their Champions League clash at the San Siro three days later.

    Balotelli recently served a three-match ban for insulting the referee.

    He did play for Italy in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Armenia, when he scored the equalizer.

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    We are asking who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Also what do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup?

    Sam Hanby: Which #England players should be left at home? Welbeck had a horrific game vs Poland. Many talents spring to mind to replace.

    TheoBond: All this Milner bashing is very harsh. No one works harder for club or country. Would work v.well with Baines pushing forward.

    Ollie: Roy should have Barkley, Townsend, Morrison and Jenkinson to the WC In Brazil which will give them experience.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  25. 1702: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Stoke v West Brom (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    West Bromwich Albion: Victor Anichebe and Matej Vydra will be available for selection against Stoke.

  26. 1655: 
    Niko Kovac

    Croatia coach Niko Kovac urges his players to regain their 'lost focus' after signing a contract on Thursday to manage the team until the end of their Euro 2016 campaign.

    Former international midfielder Kovac, who replaces the sacked Igor Stimac, impressed at the helm of the Under-21 side with four wins out of four at the start of their Euro 2015 qualifiers.

    His first priority will be to help Croatia qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil after they barely clinched a playoff berth.

    "Our immediate task is to reassure the players that they have the quality to get there and we have to make an objective assessment why we had a sharp dip in form in the home straight," he said.

  27. 1648: 

    Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas may consider leaving his lifelong club if he does not get more playing time.

    Diego Lopez has been a regular in La Liga and Casillas in the Champions League this season.

    "Players go through moments when if you are not playing a part you think about making some sort of decision," Casillas, 32, said.

    "Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid. I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn't change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave."

  28. 1641: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet also praised Swansea boss Michael Laudrup ahead of their visit to Wales on Saturday.

    "I suffered against him more than play against him because he was outstandingly gifted; he was an incredible football player," Poyet told Sunderland's website.

    "You can see now that he is trying to impose that quality that he had naturally on his team. They did something unique last year for a team like Swansea by winning the (league) cup and being in Europe.

    "They keep progressing, it's a club that is going in the right direction and has been for many years."

  29. 1636: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday, 1500 BST)
    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

    New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says his side need to go back to basics to lift themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table.

    The Uruguayan, who succeeded Paolo Di Canio earlier this month, told Sunderland's website: "First we need to start doing the right things; not conceding goals, keeping the ball better, creating chances - winning football games really.

    "I am convinced that if we start getting results and we start getting better then sooner or later we will see a totally different approach.

    "I'm sure that the fans are going to really enjoy watching the team."

  30. 1630: 

    British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski move into the semi-finals of the doubles event in the Kremlin Cup competition in Moscow.

    The Liverpool duo, who are unseeded for the tournament, beat the top seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Romania's Horia Tecau by a 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 margin.

    "Best performance of the season for us today. Semi-final will be at some point tomorrow," said Ken Skupski on Twitter.

  31. 1627: 

    Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Abdul Razak, 20, makes his loan move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala permanent.

  32. 1620: 

    Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker will have an operation on a knee injury this winter.

    The problem caused the 24-year-old, who has played two one-day internationals for England, to miss a substantial part of the season.

    Meanwhile, fellow fast bowler George Edwards, 21, has had ankle surgery and now started a rehabilitation programme.

  33. 1615: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down QPR boss Harry Redknapp's suggestion he agreed to become his assistant if he got the England job.

    Rodgers said: "My version was that April when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played.

    "He pulled me aside and it was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident - as was the nation - he was going to be offered the national team job.

    "Here was a Premier League manager asking another Premier League manager to come and work with him at the European Championships.

    "It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role. There was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry I was going to consider it."

  34. 1607: 
    Anthony Fowler

    England's Anthony Fowler wins his last-64 clash against Moldova's Victor Carapcevschii by a unaminous decision at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Middleweight Fowler, 22, who was part of the British Lionhearts team that competed in the 2012-13 World Series of Boxing, secured the victory by 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 margins.

  35. 1602: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hopeful Ashley Williams will soon make his return from injury, but cannot give a definite date for when the defender may complete his recovery from an ankle problem.

    The 29-year-old centre-half has featured just once in Swansea's last six games, and missed Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium with the problem.

    He said: "If we are not careful it could become a chronic problem with him.

    "He has not been at 100 per cent and that's not a good condition for a player to carry on playing because there are always doubts."

  36. 1554: 

    Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has helped Bosnia-Hercegovina qualify for the World Cup for the first time, wants to play England in the tournament in Brazil next year.

    "You're not going to get any easy teams so I'm sure we'll get some great teams in our group and every game will be fun," Begovic, 26, told BBC World Service.

    "So England would be great of course; it would be a great challenge for us and something to look forward to if it happens "

  37. 1549: 
    Sulley Muntari

    Ghana's Sulley Muntari, who scored in the Black Stars' 6-1 win over Egypt in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying decider, has been speaking to BBC World with Lee James.

    AC Milan's Muntari joked that Ghana fans should book their tickets for Brazil but also says there's no room for complacency. He's loving life in Italy so much that he's bought a luxury car repair garage that he wants to work in when he retires.

  38. 1545: 

    Ryan Moore will ride Derby winner Ruler Of The World in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

    Moore won the Epsom Classic in June on the colt, trained by Aidan O'Brien, but had been expected to partner Hillstar.

    The three-time champion rider is stable jockey to Hillstar's trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

  39. 1540: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Stoke v West Brom (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Stoke forward Jon Walters looks set to be available for Saturday's Premier League home clash with West Brom having returned to training this week.

    Walters, 30, has had a groin injury which saw him withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan.

  40. 1537: 
    Shanaze Reade

    If you have a question for BMX racer Shanaze Reade, send them to @bbcsport using #askreade or go to the BBC Sport Facebook page and she will answer the best of these later today.

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    More comments on England not being seeded for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Niall Temple: The amount of England fans that underestimate Colombia and feel that we would be a more worthy seed is astonishing.

    Christian E Ramos: Colombia came out of the notoriously harder qualifiers second not losing against the likes of Argentina. More games, more points simple.

    Mic Medeska: We just squeaked out of a pathetic group, needing a result the last match. Crazy if you think we should be ranked.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Remember, we are also asking who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home?

  42. 1527: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

    Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.

    The 31-year-old defender returned from international duty with Argentina with a groin problem and will not play against the Reds after being assessed by the club's medics.

    "How long he misses, we will have to wait and see," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

    "He has a groin injury, so we will have to see how it repairs itself over the next few days."

  43. 1523: 

    England will play Chile and Germany at Wembley next month as they begin their World Cup preparations.

    The Chile game will take place on Friday, November 15, before the Germany match on Tuesday, November 19.

  44. 1520: 

    After the Football Association backed Roy Hodgson following tabloid reports that the England manager made a racist comment to winger Andros Townsend, Kick It Out has released a statement.

    It read: "Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, is pleased that The FA has investigated this matter swiftly and issued its findings immediately.

    "If there has been no complaint on the back of the investigation then the matter can only be deemed as concluded.

    "Kick It Out acts on behalf of the football community at large and when an allegation of a racist or discriminatory nature is made, it's the organisation's role to follow this up."

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    Some more comments from you on who you think Roy Hodgson should select for the World Cup in Brazil.

    James Buchanan: Hodgson needs to drop the players who don't perform, and are only in the squad due to their club, e.g. Welbeck and Cleverley.

    Matthew Coote: Roy's issues are in midfield. GK. Def and Strikers sorted. Pos Carroll for Lambert. As long as Milner stays home I'll be happy.

    Charles Meyrick: Cleverly should be nowhere NEAR the World Cup squad. He only gets the call because he's an MUFC player - same for Smalling.

    We also want to know what you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  46. 1504: 
    Chris Froome

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome says he is worried by rumours that next year's race could include sections of cobblestoned roads.

    With the full route of the 2014 Tour - which starts in Yorkshire - due to be announced next Wednesday, speculation has been growing after reports emerged of Tour director Christian Prudhomme scouting cobbled roads in the north of France.

    "Cobbles have been mentioned and that does ring alarm bells for me," Froome told Cycling News.

    "What worries me about cobbles are the crashes, the mechanical problems. A mechanical problem in the wrong moment of the race when things are kicking off could lead to you losing the Tour."

  47. 1456: 

    More from FA chairman Greg Dyke in a statement on comments reported to have been made by Roy Hodgson:

    "Roy has spoken with Andros Townsend and a number of the players since the game and he has been assured there are no problems within the squad whatsoever.

    "Additionally The FA has not had a complaint from any squad member or player representative, and we have today talked extensively to the squad. The FA has been assured by the players that there are no problems and they understand the point Roy was making and the context in which he was speaking.

    "We will be making no further comment on this story and will now be giving Roy and the team our full support as we prepare for the World Cup in Brazil."

  48. 1456: 

    The FA release a statement on comments reported to have been made by Roy Hodgson:

    FA chairman Greg Dyke said: "Roy Hodgson is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has and deserves the full support of The Football Association.

    "He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night. He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks.

    "He has made it clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation. Importantly, he has apologised for any unintended offence that may have been taken."

  49. 1455: 
    England forward Karen Carney

    Birmingham Ladies' forward Karen Carney signs a new deal with the FA Women's Super League side.

    The 26-year-old's contract now keeps her at the club until the end of December 2014, with a further one-year option in place after that.

    Carney currently has 87 senior caps and 16 goals for England and also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

  50. 1451: 

    India's Aditya Mehta secures a surprise 4-2 win over two-time world champion Mark Williams in the last 16 of the Indian Open, the first ranking tournament to be staged in the country.

    Mehta will now play countryman Pankaj Advani in the quarter-finals.

    Elsewhere, world number one Neil Robertson will face Ding Junhui, who is fourth in the rankings, in the quarter-finals.

    Stephen Maguire will be up against Michael White with Anthony McGill meeting Robbie Williams in the other last-eight ties.

  51. 1445: 

    Yeovil Town sign midfielder Fraser Fyvie on loan from Championship rivals Wigan until 1 January.

    The Latics paid Aberdeen around £500,000 for the Scotland Under-21 international last year.

    The 20-year-old made eight appearances last season but has featured only once this term - in the 5-0 Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester City.

    Fyvie could make his Yeovil debut on Saturday in the Glovers' home game against Brighton.

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    We have been asking who should Roy Hodgson take to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and who should he leave behind. Here are some of your comments.

    Andrew Morgan: People suggesting six Saints players? Steady on! Wouldn't make it out of a group with those. Not even 10 caps between them.

    Biggie Smalls: Milner shouldn't be in that squad to Brazil.

    The Doctor: Leave Milner and Walker, take Townsend and Jenkinson. Leave Young, take Walcott. Shaw should go too, as should Lambert.

    We also want to know what you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  53. 1438: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)

    Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce: "[Liverpool manager Brendan] Rodgers confirms he was asked by [Harry] Redknapp to be his No 2 at Euro 2012 if he had got England job.

    "I didn't say yes or no. I would have considered it."

  54. 1435: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)
    Liverpool in training

    Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge, Lucas Leiva and Stevie Gerrard in training at Melwood on Thursday morning.

  55. 1431: 

    Wales coach Warren Gatland warns that English and French clubs' attempts to set up a breakaway tournament from the Heineken Cup will fail.

    The Rugby Champions Cup, due to start next season, is a result of Anglo-French frustrations with Heineken Cup qualification and revenue sharing.

    "I don't see an Anglo-French competition being successful or lasting that long," Gatland, who was also in charge of the British and Irish Lions during their tour to Australia, told BBC Jersey.

    "I think all parties want full representation from all the countries."

  56. 1428: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_official was: Who are the six cricketers playing for South Africa against Pakistan today that were in the side the last time they lost a Test in 2011?

    The answers are: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn. Congratulations to everyone who got it right.

  57. 1423:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC SportROWING
    Zac Purchase

    Zac Purchase, who won a silver medal with Mark Hunter in the lightweight double sculls at London 2012, is contemplating a return to rowing after taking a year out from the sport.

    The Beijing gold medallist is currently back in training to assess his fitness levels and to determine whether a full-time return to rowing will be feasible.

    The GB Rowing Team will be in action over two days this weekend for the British Championships in Nottingham. Rowers are required to take part if they wish to be considered for selection in 2014.

  58. 1416: 

    Milton Keynes Dons say there has been no official approach from Sheffield United to speak with manager Karl Robinson, report BBC Three Counties Radio.

    The Dons boss has been strongly linked this morning with the vacancy at Bramall Lane and is now the bookmakers' favourite.

  59. 1412: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Norwich City: Chris Hughton says Anthony Pilkington has a slight hamstring injury and will be assessed ahead of the Arsenal clash.

  60. 1406: 
    Ryan Giggs (left) and David Moyes

    Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs speaks to the Manchester Evening News about his new player-coach role at Old Trafford:

    He said: "I am enjoying my coaching role at Manchester United - it has been great.

    "It hasn't yet got to the point when I go into the dressing room and everything falls quiet.

    "But education is the next step in my career and I'm enjoying it. I am enjoying working with the new manager [David Moyes]."

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    We have been asking who should Roy Hodgson take to the World Cup in 2014 and who should he leave behind? Here are more of your thoughts.

    Tom Minton: Saints may feature heavily in my opinion. Lambert must go. Lallana outside chance. Luke Shaw if there are injuries. Clyne for same reason.

    William Terry: Leave "bit part" players out for youth. So leave Milner, Carrick, Lambert and Young. Take Caulker, Morrison, Cleverley and Barkley.

    Chris Parker: Doubt he will but I'd like to see Defoe go to Brazil. But he'll need to leave Spurs if he wants to get there I think.

    We also want to know what you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  62. 1355: 

    Northants batsmen Rob Keogh and Rob Newton sign new contracts with the promoted county.

    Keogh, 21, has signed a two-year contract, with the 23-year-old Newton agreeing a three-year deal.

    Keogh made 458 Championship runs in eight games last season, including a vital double-century against Hampshire to help the county win promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

  63. 1349: 

    A tweet from Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas: "Already preparing the next match against Osasuna after the qualification for the World Cup! We will fight for the title again!"

  64. 1345: 
    Jason Robinson and Prince Harry

    Prince Harry has taken part in a coaching session alongside Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson and a group of school children at Twickenham.

    The prince, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union, was promoting a scheme to increase the amount of rugby played in state-run secondary schools and to encourage new players to join local clubs ahead of the 2015 World Cup, which will be staged in England and Wales.

    "It's just fantastic to see him out here with the kids," said Robinson, a member of England's World Cup winning side in 2003.

    "He's dripping with sweat. He's put everything into this, because he is passionate about the game."

  65. 1339: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson does not mind if his team goes under the radar in Brazil, and will use the shock European Championship triumphs of Greece and Denmark as encouragement.

    "It's pretty obvious we're not favourites," said Hodgson. "The main contenders are Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany I guess.

    "No one thought Greece would win the Euros in Portugal (in 2004) or for Denmark to get their players off the beach in 92, but they did.

    "Every year it gets that little bit harder to look beyond the favourites but I am pretty sure all the European teams will be hoping to become the first one to reverse the trend."

  66. 1329: 

    Martin Demichelis has made his first appearance in a Manchester City shirt as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

    The Argentine defender joined City at the start of September from Atletico Madrid but damaged knee ligaments in his first week of training.

    Demichelis, 32, played 45 minutes in the Elite Development Squad's 2-2 draw with Rochdale on Wednesday night.

    He told "It was important to play and get the confidence back. My knee responded very well and I'm very happy after working very hard to get here."

  67. 1322: 
    Pakistan celebrate win over South Africa

    Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets in the first test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Thursday to take the lead in the two-match series.

    South Africa were bowled out for 232 in their second innings after conceding a big 193-run lead in the first. AB de Villiers top-scored with 90 in an innings rocked by Pakistani bowlers Saeed Ajmal (4-74) and Junaid Khan (3-57).

    Pakistan achieved the 40-run target after losing three early wickets for just seven runs.

  68. 1315: 

    BBC Radio Manchester: The deputy leader of Wigan Council has written to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year asking for the Borough of Wigan to be acknowledged.

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    More comments on England not being seeded for the World Cup:

    Hammam Ayoub: Just seen the seedings for WC next year. Crazy! Sorry, but England are way better than Switzerland and Columbia!

    Rob Easton: Out of the seeded teams, England's best bet is Colombia/Switzerland. After that a big game against the Germans would be quality!

    Elliot Kidner: England not a top seed at the World Cup, worry not, the top 2 teams from each group go on to the knock out stages!

    What do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  70. 1302:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL- Reporting from Arsenal's Annual General Meeting this morning

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis: "There is no other major club in England that engages more with its fans at all levels than Arsenal Football Club.

    "It is a strong and brave philosophy we have to give young players a chance. That is respected around world, we will continue to do that.

    "An independent study for Premier League recently showed Arsenal produces more players than any other team in England."

  71. 1258:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL- Reporting from Arsenal's Annual General Meeting this morning

    "Sir Chip Keswick says commercial deal like Emirates makes signing players like Ozil possible. More commercial deals to come."

  72. 1256: 

    Leicester Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen will rely on captain Toby Flood to approach the Premiership champions about extending his contract.

    The England fly-half's current deal runs out at the end of the season.

    And while Flood, 28, has been linked with a move to Heineken Cup holders Toulon, Cohen does not feel there is a reason to rush a new deal.

    "I'm relaxed because we trust Toby enough to talk to us when the time is right," Cohen told BBC Radio Leicester.

  73. 1251: 
    Paul Ince mask Blackpool Gazette reporter Will Watt wearing a Seasiders manager Paul Ince mask

    The Blackpool Gazette has joined forces with Radio Wave to produce 10,000 masks of Pool boss Paul Ince for supporters to wear as the teams come out for their Championship visit of Wigan on Saturday.

    Ince, 45, has received a five-game stadium ban by the Football Association after an incident in mid-September when the Seasiders were playing Bournemouth.

  74. 1244: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday, 1730 BST)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce at pre-match news conference:

    "I wouldn't say they (Manchester City) were title favourites but I don't do the stats that the bookies do. They have faltered away from home which hopefully we can capitalise on.

    "They've had a lot more players on international duty, probably more than we have, so we've got to think about that."

  75. 1243: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday, 1730 BST)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on England's qualification for the World Cup:

    "We have several international players in our squad and I think the Andy Carrolls of this world will want to get fit and play well for West Ham as soon as possible.

    "It will be at the back of his mind that the World Cup is coming and he wants to be a part of that squad. Whether anybody else shows themselves to be good enough to do that will be up to them and how they perform between now and the end of the season.

    "For us it's about all those players delivering on a regular basis to have a very, very good season and when that happens you're likely to be noticed by Roy Hodgson and his staff so we'll wait and see. We'll continue to grow as a team and hopefully some of our players will continue to catch the eye."

  76. 1241: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday, 1730 BST)
    England under-21s Ravel Morrison

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on midfielder Ravel Morrison's chances of making England's World Cup squad:

    "I think it's a little early to tell. If he continues to be a regular player in our first team then I can't see any reason why he wouldn't get noticed and maybe be pushing that way.

    "I have to be careful with the amount of publicity that Rav gets to make sure that we just continue his growth slowly and continue him playing to the level that he's playing at and try and make him better.

    "We've got to make sure there's no distractions that might put a young man off at this stage of his career which can happen. They can have their ups and downs, they can burst onto the scene, they can get lavished with praise and then lose their focus and when they lose their focus they can dip away again and we don't want that."

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    Ahmad Jibril: Rooney, Carrick, Jones, Smalling, Welbeck, Cleverly and possibly Young must be on the plane.

    Matt Jones: Take Ravel Morrison! Guaranteed to fight for he's place, young, fresh and he's talent is unreal!

    Robin Squelch: Roy Hodgson should keep an eye on Fabian Delph and Gabriel Agbonlahor. If Gabby does on one flank the same as Andros does on the other, they would rip the opposing defences to pieces and Rooney and Sturridge/Welbeck/Lambert would lap up the chances on offer.

    What do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. 1235:  

    Russia's anti-homosexual propaganda law sparked protests around the world and led to calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Tonight, a Radio 5live Sport special examines the potential disruption that the Games faces from gay and human rights groups.

    Yeketerina Samusevetich, a member of protest ban Pussy Riot, says Russia cannot be considered part of the Olympic movement because it breaks the Olympic Charter's anti discriminatory policy.

    And gay American figure skater Johnnie Weir admits he would be "afraid" if he was a fan travelling to the Games.

    "The laws against gay people in Russia are terrible," said Weir. "It's absolutely a terrible time for gay people in Russia."

    You can hear the full interviews with Samusevetich and Weir on 5live Sport's 'Sochi: The Protest Games' from 1930 tonight.

  79. 1233: 

    Rory McIlroy admits to feeling "a little rusty" after his opening round of 70 on the first day of the Kolon Korea Open in his first tournament back after a month-long break.

    The world number six finished his first round three shots behind early leader Jang Ik-jae on one under par after a bogey at the third and double bogey at the 13th created two blots on his round.

    He told "It was tough, some of the pin positions out there today were brutal, just cut on slopes and very hard to get close to them and when you did get close to them you left yourself very tricky putts.

    "I felt I was a little rusty after the four weeks off."

  80. 1229: 

    If you have a question for BMX racer Shanaze Reade, send them to @bbcsport using #askreade or go to the BBC Sport Facebook page and she will answer the best of these later today.

  81. 1222: 
    Andy Murray

    British number one Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon earlier this year, is awarded an OBE and receives his medal from the Duke of Cambridge Prince William.

  82. 1214:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    More from Arsenal's Annual General Meeting this morning:

    Arsene Wenger: "Future of Arsenal will rely on the quality of work we do inside, to scout and develop. We are respected all over world for values, we're not artificial.

    "We're top, in a very strong position. But end of November we will have a much clearer indication of where everyone lies. I'm confident at end of May we'll be happy."

  83. 1211:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Reporting from Arsenal's Annual General Meeting this morning:

    Manager Arsene Wenger said: "We were restricted financially, had to be strict. We came out of that and have huge ambition to win league this season.

    "We have to defend our style of play and values. That comes from developing ourown players. More huge investment in youth, which is the core of this club.

    "We have to trust our eye. Players are unknown, come & become big here. Have to trust our scouting & coaching.

    "The 3rd priority is to buy proven quality. We don't need a scout to buy Ozil, just money. I'm pleased we've shown you we're not afraid to spend."

  84. 1204: 
    Saeed Ajmal

    Pakistan need to score 40 runs in their second innings to beat South Africa in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

    South Africa were bowled out for 232 after making 249 in their first innings.

    Saeed Ajmal, who has taken more international wickets than any other bowler in 2013, claimed 4-90, while AB de Villiers top scored with 90.

    Pakistan scored 442 in their first innings.

  85. 1200: 

    QPR midfielder and former England international Joey Barton on Hodgson's comments: "I'm more worried about the player that leaked it to the journalist. To have a snake in the camp, is more worrying.

    "What goes on behind closed doors should stay there in my opinion. How does that (non)story help anyone?"

  86. 1156: 

    Kick It Out releases a statement with regards to reported comments made by England manager Roy Hodgson:

    "Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, recognises and shares the concerns of the parties who felt mindful to bring the comments into the public domain," said the statement.

    "The matter has been raised by the chair, Lord Herman Ouseley, directly with The Football Association (FA), who acknowledges the apology made by Roy Hodgson, and now seeks an investigation to ascertain the full facts and ensure a similar situation does not arise again."

  87. 1151: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_official: Who are the six cricketers playing for South Africa against Pakistan today that were in the side the last time they lost a Test in 2011?

    The answers will be revealed later today.

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    More comments on England not being seeded for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

    Ray: Could be a blessing in disguise they have been seeded before and lost out.

    Matt Bickerton: With England missing out on top seedings, the 'big' team in our group could be Switzerland. That wouldn't be so bad, would it?

    James Cornish: Top seeds are going to be just as worried about getting either the Netherlands, Italy, France, Portugal or England.

    What do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. 1144: 
    Ottmar Hitzfeld

    Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld announces he will quit after the World Cup in Brazil next year.

    "After the World Cup in Brazil, I will be 65 years old," the German told reporters.

    "After 30 years in the strength-sapping world of football, my time has come to stop. This has been the most difficult decision of my career."

    Hitzfeld, who won the Bundesliga five times with Bayern Munich and twice with Borussia Dortmund, as well as the Champions League with both clubs, took over in 2008.

    He led Switzerland to the 2010 World Cup and successfully took them through the qualifying campaign for 2014, where they will be seeded.

  90. 1140: 

    Scotland international batsman Matt Machan signs a new two-year contract with Sussex.

    The 22-year-old Brighton-born left-hander came through the club's academy and scored his maiden first-class century this season.

    "After having a breakthrough season this year, there was only one place I could see me playing my cricket over the next couple of years," he said.

    "I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me to get to where I am now."

  91. 1136: 

    Fans welcome an initiative by Newcastle, West Brom and Swansea to slash the price of tickets for travelling supporters.

    The Magpies have agreed reciprocal pricing agreements with the Baggies and the Swans for the games between the clubs this season which will see the cost of attending away games reduced significantly, and are inviting more of their Premier League colleagues to follow suit.

    Chief executive of the Football Supporters' Federation Kevin Miles said: "The FSF is delighted to welcome the announcement by Newcastle United of their offer of a reciprocal pricing agreement for tickets for away fans at Premier League fixtures."

  92. 1132: 
    Arsenal AGM

    Arsenal's annual general meeting starts shortly with manager Arsene Wenger and owner Stan Kroenke in attendance.

  93. 1128: 

    England make a fine start in the tri-nation Twenty20 women's series with a five-wicket victory against New Zealand at Bridgetown in Barbados.

    Captain Charlotte Edwards made 42 before Tammy Beaumont's 29 from 23 balls helped England successfully chase down a winning target of 110.

    Earlier, Natalie Sciver and Holly Colvin took two wickets each as New Zealand were restricted to 109-6 from their 20 overs.

    England play West Indies on 18 October.

  94. 1124: 
    Andy Murray

    Despite being delayed by a drug test this morning, Andy Murray has arrived at Buckingham Palace.

    He is pictured alongside his parents Judy and Will and girlfriend Kim Sears.

    Murray, who won Wimbledon earlier this year, will be awarded an OBE and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge.

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    With Roy Hodgson's England guaranteed a place in Brazil 2014, which players should be included in next year's squad and who should be left at home? Remember, give your reasons and the best opinions will appear on this page throughout the day.

    Kabir Joshi: Lampard and Gerrard need to be there for experience. Forget Cleverley and take Townsend and Walcott.

    Adam Dickens: I'd like to see a dedicated defensive midfielder who can actually defend. A Gareth Barry type. Not flashy but gives the defence some cover. In the last two games we've looked horribly exposed at times, even though we've looked much better going forward.

    Martin Travers: In: Lambert, Lallana, Shaw, Clyne, Ward-Prowse and Rodriguez.

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  96. 1116:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS
    Thomas Hogstedt and Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova's former coach Thomas Hogstedt is one of the high-profile names who has expressed an interest in becoming Laura Robson's new coach.

    Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam and returned to number one in the world under the Swede's guidance, before they parted company after this year's Wimbledon.

    Hogstedt has taken an interest in Robson's career for a while.

    Since ending her four month partnership with Miles Maclagan at the weekend, the 19-year-old's potential has sparked a lot of interest. Nigel Sears - the former head coach of women's tennis at the LTA - is another attracted by the challenge.

  97. 1112: 

    La Liga club Valencia agree to loan their out-of-favour France defender Adil Rami to AC Milan once the next transfer window opens in January and the Serie A side have also taken an option to buy the 27-year-old.

    "Until the market opens, Rami has Valencia CF's permission to train with AC Milan," Valencia said on their website.

    Valencia opened disciplinary proceedings against Rami last month after he criticised coach Miroslav Djukic and his team-mates in an interview with Spanish radio and he was suspended for a week without pay.

  98. 1108: 

    Reading chairman Sir John Madejski is comfortable with the delay to the full takeover of the club.

    Russian Anton Zingarevich was due to buy the remaining 49% of the club held by Madejski by the end of September.

    That deadline passed and Madejski, who has been asked to stay on as chairman for two more years, says no date has been discussed to complete the deal.

    "There is is no rush, he owns 51% and I own 49% and am a junior shareholder," Madejski told BBC Radio Berkshire.

  99. 1104: 

    Former Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Liverpool and England striker Stan Collymore on Roy Hodgson's reported comment, which was on the front page of the Sun: "Demeans every anti-racism campaigner by having cheap pop at RH who said NOTHING WRONG. Makes campaigners seem over PC & petty. They're not."

  100. 1100: 
    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy lies three shots off the lead after posting a one-under-par first round of 71 at the Korea Open.

    Northern Ireland's world number six carded four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey and is tied for 12th spot.

    McIlroy, 24, is taking part in his first event since failing to qualify for last month's PGA Tour Championship.

    Korean Jang Ik-jae leads the field on four under, with Kang Sung-hoon, Yoon Jung-ho and American Eric Mina tied for second on three under.


    More reaction to the announcement of the Fifa World Rankings, which sees England 10th and therefore not one of the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Niklas Lanwehr: Seeding should be based on the results team achieve in the qualification not on the FIFA world rankings.

    Andrew Priestley: Switzerland and Colombia are seeded while Holland and Italy aren't? FIFA need to have a serious look at their ranking system.

    Dan Browne: Not fussed England haven't been seeded, it'll all be experience for our youngsters who'll be up for it. Bring on the big guns.

    What do you think about England not being seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  102. 1047: 

    It has been a disappointing start to the day for British boxers at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    England's Gamal Yafai and Sean McGoldrick of Wales both lost on unanimous decisions against Armenia's Aram Avagyan and Yoni Pachecho of Venezuela respectively in the last-64 phase of the men's bantamweight event.

    Later on today, Scotland's Joe Ham is in bantamweight action against Yakub Meredov of Turkmenistan in the last 64, while England's Anthony Fowler fights for the first time in the competition and meets Moldova's Victor Carapcevschii in the middleweight division.

  103. 1042: 
    Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku

    BBC Brussels' Chris Morris has spoken to Belgium's Premier League stars Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne about qualifying for the World Cup. Belgium drew 1-1 with Wales on Tuesday and finished nine points ahead of nearest rivals Croatia in Group A.

    "The whole team is like a bunch of friends," says Chelsea's De Bruyne. "We've known each other from the age of 13-14, and we've played together in the same teams."

    Everton striker Lukaku said: "The youth set-up in Belgium is also getting better and better.

    "They always try to combine school and football, they try to find solutions for players to train twice a day, and (they send them) to big tournaments so they can have different experiences."

  104. 1036: 

    England winger Andros Townsend ‏on Roy Hodgson's reported comment, which was on the front page of the Sun: "I don't know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! It's not even news worthy!"

    England striker Wayne Rooney: "Seen the story on Roy this morning. He done nothing wrong. This is ridiculous."

  105. 1033: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson apologises for a joke he made during his half-time team talk in Tuesday's 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Poland.

    Hodgson is reported to have used an old joke about a monkey and an astronaut.

    It was intended to illustrate the importance of right-back Chris Smalling getting the ball to winger Andros Townsend more.

    "I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half-time," said Hodgson.

  106. 1025: 

    The England side for the warm-up match against Italy on Saturday.

    Starting line-up: 1 Sam Tomkins (Wigan), 2 Ryan Hall (Leeds), 3 Carl Ablett (Leeds), 4 Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), 5 Tom Briscoe (Hull FC), 6 Rangi Chase (Castleford), 7 Kevin Sinfield, captain (Leeds), 8 James Graham (Canterbury), 9 Michael McIlorum (Wigan), 10 Lee Mossop (Wigan), 11 Gareth Hock (Widnes), 12 Liam Farrell (Wigan), 13 Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

    Interchange: 14 Josh Charnley (Wigan), 15 Kallum Watkins (Leeds), 16 Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm), 17 Rob Burrow (Leeds), 18 Chris Hill (Warrington), 19 James Roby (St Helens), 20 George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

    The match is not an official Test match and there will be unlimited interchange, with both sides picking from 20 players.

  107. 1019: 
    Tom Briscoe

    New Leeds signing Tom Briscoe starts on the wing instead of Super League's top try scorer Josh Charnley for England's warm-up match against Italy on Saturday.

    England coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 24-man Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad in the team to face Italy in the first ever senior international between the nations, with the game taking place at Salford City Stadium.

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    Jack Fletcher: Early to say who should go to Brazil - we all know we won't have a full squad fit, Rooney injured, Andros out, usual story.

    Jacko: Rickie Lambert has to go. Gives us another option up front can take penalties and may give physically smaller teams a problem.

    With Roy Hodgson's England guaranteed a place in Brazil 2014, which players should be included in next year's squad and who should be left at home? Remember, give your reasons and the best opinions will appear on this page throughout the day.

    Get involved on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via our Facebook page.

  109. 1011:  
    George Riley, BBC SportTENNIS

    Andy Murray tweeted this morning he was running late for his trip to Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE as he was having a drug test.

    The drug testers turned up at 8am and Team Murray were far from impressed given the testers knew he was due at the Palace this morning.

    I'm told he's now running very late.

  110. 1007: 
    Pankaj Advani

    The Indian Open, the first major snooker tournament to be staged in India, is at the last-16 stage.

    Home player Pankaj Advani, the world number 70, produces a shock to beat England's Stuart Bingham 4-3 to advance into the quarter-finals.

    Advani could face countyman Aditya Mehta in the last eight with his match against two-time world champion Mark Williams currently level at 1-1.

    World number one Neil Robertson is 2-0 ahead against China's Liang Wenbo.

  111. 1002: 

    More from England striker Wayne Rooney on England's hopes for the World Cup in Brazil:

    He said: "This is my 10th or 11th year playing for England so the obvious goal is to try to be successful and win trophies so that would obviously be the icing on the cake.

    "Hopefully I still have got time on my hands when I can do that."

  112. 0959: 

    England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to show the world how good he is at Brazil 2014.

    The 27-year-old has had to endure two miserable World Cups, being sent off in Germany 2006 and also failing to score in South Africa four years later.

    He said: "That is what I have wanted to do in all the other tournaments and it hasn't happened. I have always been determined to do well and I want to try to help England be successful.

    "I won't put any added pressure on myself but obviously I want to try to perform."

  113. 0952: 
    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and midfielder James Morrison

    Scotland announce they will play Norway in an away friendly next month.

    The Scottish Football Association confirms Gordon Strachan's side will meet the Scandinavians on 19 November with the venue still to be confirmed. Strachan's men host the United States at Hampden four days earlier.

    Scotland are looking to continue the momentum gained from winning three of their last four qualifiers in an otherwise disappointing World Cup campaign.

  114. 0942: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Everton v Hull (Saturday 1500 BST)

    More from Everton manager Roberto Martinez at a pre-match news conference:

    "I think Hull City have had a very good start to the season. No one talks about them as a newly-promoted side any more.

    "Steven Pienaar's been working well with the group. This weekend could be too early but I expect him to be fully fit for next Saturday.

    "Antolin Alcaraz is looking very strong. He has fully recovered after a setback three weeks ago. We expect him to be involved within three weeks."

  115. 0936: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Everton v Hull (Saturday, 1500 BST)
    Darron Gibson

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on the knee injury picked up by Darron Gibson in the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 win over Kazakhstan:

    "Yesterday's scans showed that his ACL is ruptured, but the knee reacted well and nothing else is damaged.

    "We look forward to seeing Darron back, hopefully this season. Taking into consideration what it could have been, it was positive news."

  116. 0926: 

    Pakistan are heading for a convincing victory in the first Test against South Africa in Abu Dhabi.

    South Africa are currently on 130-6 at lunch on day four after posting 249 in their first innings.

    AB De Villiers is unbeaten on 52, although his country need to score another 63 runs to make Pakistan, who totalled 442 in their first innings, bat again.

  117. 0918: 

    The latest Fifa World Rankings see England and 2006 World Cup winners Italy definitely miss out on a top seeding, while 2010 runners-up Netherlands will also not be in the top group if Uruguay beat Jordan in a two-legged play-off.

    However, the rankings are also bad news for France, who now face a tricky play-off match to earn qualification for Brazil 2014.

    Eight countries who finished as runners-up in the European groups will now compete for the remaining four European places.

    The four seeded countries are Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine and they will each meet one of the unseeded nations - France, Sweden, Romania and Iceland.


    Some early reaction to the news England miss out on a top seeding for the 2014 World Cup.

    Adam Thomas Aubrey: It's embarrassing that Switzerland will be seeded above us.

    Stewart Adams: Let's just enjoy the fact that we are there and worry about the opposition later. Seedings are nonsense anyway.

    Simon Edmondson: Barring a fluke there are probably only five teams capable of winning the World Cup so do other seedlings matter?

    What do you think? Do England deserve to be seeded for the World Cup? Is the system flawed? Also, who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad and why? Which players should be left at home? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  119. 0904: 

    Brazil (who are 11th in the world rankings) are automatically seeded for the 2014 World Cup, while Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are also definitely seeded.

    Uruguay will be the other seeded side if they beat Jordan in a two-legged play-off, but if the South American side lose the last seeding place will go to Netherlands.

    Fifa World Rankings - 1. Spain, 2. Germany, 3. Argentina, 4. Colombia, 5. Belgium, 6. Uruguay, 7. Switzerland, =8. Holland and Italy, 10. England, 11. Brazil, 12. Chile, 13. USA, 14, Portugal, 15. Greece, 16. Bosnia-Hercegovina.

  120. 0900: 

    England are 10th in the latest Fifa World Rankings, meaning Roy Hodgson's side miss out on a top seeding for the 2014 World Cup.

    The top seeded nations will be: Brazil (hosts), Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and either Uruguay or Netherlands.

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    James Willstrop (left) and Nick Matthew

    Yorkshire's James Willstrop and Nick Matthew are set to meet in the semi-final of the 2013 US Open Squash Championship in Philadelphia later today.

    "Nick's achievements speak for themselves, he's a double world champion and an exceptional player and what ever happens you know you're going to be in for a battle against him," said Willstrop.

    "James is in great form at the minute but he's always in great form really," added Matthew. "It should be a good game and I'm really looking forward to it."

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    England are set to host Germany in a Wembley friendly next month as part of their preparations for the World Cup.

    The Football Association expects Roy Hodgson's team, who beat Poland 2-0 to qualify for next summer's tournament in Brazil, to face the three-time World Cup winners on 19 November.

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    British Cycling says it is on course to achieve its target of getting one million more women cycling by 2020.

    The Women's Cycling Strategy was launched in March by the sport's national governing body to build on interest following the London Olympics.

    It says around 106,000 women have participated in programmes this year.

    "There is also a real appetite for women to get into racing or to try personal challenge rides," said chief executive Ian Drake.

  124. 0831: 

    Here are some stories from BBC Sport's Gossip page.

    Nani and David Moyes

    Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani, 26, who has struggled to force his way into the first team since David Moyes became manager, has been linked with Turkish side Galatasaray with their boss Roberto Mancini ready to offer £13m for the player in January.

    Full story: Daily Express

    Italian league leaders Roma are considering a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards with the 24-year-old struggling to dislodge Pablo Zabaleta from City's right-back slot.

    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Spurs are considering a £15m January move for out-of-favour Paris St-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, 28.

    Full story: Metro


    With the World Cup seeds set to be announced today, we are asking who should be seeded and why? England are set to miss out, but do they deserve a top seeding? Is the seeding system flawed?

    Also, with Roy Hodgson's side guaranteed a place in Brazil 2014, which players should be included in next year's squad and who should be left at home? Remember, give your reasons and the best opinions will appear on this page throughout the day.

    Get involved on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via our Facebook page.

  126. 0818: 
    Adam Scott

    Masters champion Adam Scott fired a course-record 64 to claim victory at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

    US Open winner Justin Rose had a two-shot lead after the first round and was still ahead with three holes to play.

    But Rose, 33, bogeyed the 16th in carding a 69 while Scott, also 33, eagled the 17th to win by two shots.

    US PGA champion Jason Dufner finished five shots behind Scott with Padraig Harrington, playing in place of Phil Mickelson, another six strokes back.

  127. 0811: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster picks three uncapped centres in his squad for next month's autumn Tests.

    Saracens' Joel Tomkins, Gloucester's Henry Trinder and Northampton's Luther Burrell have been called up along with Exeter flanker Tom Johnson.

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

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    England manager Roy Hodgson plays down his country's chances of winning the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

    Goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard meant England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to finish top of Group E and secure qualification.

    "It is not always the best team in the competition who wins it," said Hodgson.

    "But to suggest that because we have qualified from a difficult group makes us one of the favourites, I don't think many people would believe that."

  129. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays.

    The Fifa world rankings will be issued today so we will find out who will be the seven top seeds for next year's World Cup alongside hosts Brazil, although England are expected to miss out on a top spot.

    We will also have the latest news from Premier League media conferences but first we start with the latest breaking sports news.

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