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Summary

  1. Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid in Champions League group draw
  2. Man City drawn with Bayern Munich and Roma; Arsenal to face Dortmund; Chelsea get Schalke
  3. Wayne Rooney appointed England captain
  4. Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Calum Chambers & Danny Rose in England squad
  5. Louis van Gaal expects more Man Utd signings as Di Maria presented to media
  6. GET INVOLVED: What do you think of the Champions League draw?

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    And that is everything from a hectic day on Sportsday Live. We will be back at 08:00 BST on Friday, for all the latest news, transfer rumours and information before the weekend's action. Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

  2. Coming up later

    Just a reminder that there will be a separate live text commentary for tonight's Europa League matches as Tottenham and Hull City aim to secure their places in the main group phase of the competition.

  3. 'We have a few plates spinning'

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine says he wants to make one more signing before the transfer window closes on 1 September.

    Irvine, who has signed 10 players in the summer, is after another winger to complete his squad.

    "We have a few plates spinning at the moment," says Irvine. "If you pin all your hopes on one player and that one goes wrong where do you turn?

    "You have got to make sure there are other options. We have a preferred choice but that might not be the one which happens."

  4. Champions League draw reaction

    Football

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta on Twitter: Dortmund again and two new and tough teams. I love playing Champions League. Come on Gunners.

  5. Champions League draw reaction

    Football

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells his club's official website: "Hopefully it was great for the supporters to sit and watch the draw for the first time in five years.

    "To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special.

    "I'm already thinking of Anfield on that night. But there are two other good teams in it along with us. It's a tough group but we'll really look forward to the challenge of getting out of the group."

  6. Palace close in on Zaha deal

    Football

    Neil Warnock

    Crystal Palace are "very close" to completing the season-long loan signing of Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United, according to new manager Neil Warnock (pictured).

    Zaha, 21, will return to Palace after just two appearances for United despite costing the Old Trafford club £15m.

    "We're very close, we've agreed everything, there's just a few little bits insurance-wise," said Warnock. "The forms are signed from our end, and I've spoken to Wilfried."

  7. Thursday's Europa League action

    Tottenham v AEL Limassol (19:45 BST)

    Tottenham will be without Spanish striker Roberto Soldado for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Soldado scored in Mauricio Pochettino side's 2-1 win in the first leg, but will not play because of neck and back injuries.

    Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches could feature for the first time this season after recovering from a back injury. Right-back Kyle Naughton returns following suspension, but Kyle Walker is ruled out with a hip problem.

  8. Welsh rugby row over

    Rugby Union

    The long-running feud in Welsh rugby between the Welsh rugby union and the four regions has been settled, with the announcement of a new six-year Rugby Services Agreement.

    Under the new agreement, the Wales head coach Warren Gatland will select a number of players to be dual-contracted, a move designed to ensure a core of Welsh internationals remain in Wales.

    Sam Warburton

    A new selection policy has also been finalised, ruling that no player based overseas can play for Wales, although Gatland is able to make exceptions. The WRU will contribute 60% of the dual-contracts, with the regions 40%.

    The regions will all receive an increase in funding from the union, as well as a one-off payment of £500,000. The agreement will mean British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will now be able to resume club duties for Cardiff Blues.

  9. Champions League draw

    Football

    We asked for your votes on which English side had the toughest Champions League group. There is a clear winner, by a huge margin. A total of 73.9% of you said Manchester City.

    Manuel Pellegrini's men face Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E.

    It seems the majority of you do indeed disagree with Andre Schurrle. He reckons Chelsea have a tough draw, but only 4% of you believe the Blues have the hardest route out of the group stages.

    Chelsea face Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor in Group G.

  10. Thursday's Europa League action

    Hull City v KSC Lokeren (19:45 BST)

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce will once again give his fringe players a chance as they aim to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League play-off with KSC Lokeren.

    Hull v KSC Lokeren

    Bruce made wholesale changes to his squad for the 1-0 defeat in Belgium last week and should again start with defender Harry Maguire. Striker Yannick Sagbo could start after serving a two-game domestic ban.

    New signing Michael Dawson is not eligible following his move from Tottenham this week.

  11. Europa League previews

    Football

    Tomorrow will be the Europa League draw. Celtic will definitely be there after their defeat in the Champions League play-off round, while two English clubs - Tottenham and Hull - will be hoping to join them. They both play tonight, so let's have a look at their games.

  12. Champions League draw

    Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle on Twitter: Tough group!

    Really, Andre? A lot of people may think otherwise!

  13. Another award for Ronaldo

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

  14. Liverpool face Real Madrid

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Yossi Benayoun

    "Liverpool have won all three of their previous European Cup ties with Real Madrid without conceding a goal."

  15. Champions League draw

    Football

    Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweets: Great draw for LFC decent chance to get through and the experience for the players of playing against Madrid. Real away my first Euro trip as a fan. Not easy for Man City with Munich and Roma who were outstanding in Serie A last season. Think they will go through though with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

  16. Get involved

    Some reaction to the Champions League draw.

    Simon Ho: Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor we (Chelsea) should breeze that, but we shouldn't get lazy, these teams are in the Champions League.

    Kenneth Fitzmaurice: Happy with the draw for Liverpool. Can see us topping this group. Liverpool to reach semis in return to Champions league.

    Koroye E Young: Arsenal have a moderately easy ride and that should ease the pressure in our chase for multiple trophies and new players.

    Andrew Priestley: Manchester City get yet another tough Champions League group draw. They have absolutely no luck in this competition.

  17. Get involved

    So there you have it… the Champions League draw has been made.

    Who do you think has the toughest draw? Vote on the top right-hand side of this page.

    The vote closes at 18:15 BST and the result will be announced here soon afterwards. If you want to, you can read our full terms and conditions.

  18. Post update

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweets: Some familiar and some new teams and grounds to travel to. Can't wait to hear the Champions League anthem again in September, bring it on!

  19. Dortmund again for Gunners

    Football

    Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil celebrate
  20. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    So the draw has been made. Happy with your opponents? Confident of reaching the knock-out phase? Let us know your thoughts. Get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday.

  21. Champions League draw

    It looks like Manchester City have the toughest task out of the four English sides. German champions Bayern Munich, Russian champions CSKA Moscow and Roma, runners-up in last season's Serie A, all await for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

    Jose Mourinho will be smiling. Chelsea face Schalke (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) and Slovenian champions Maribor, who knocked Celtic out in the play-off round. Schalke came third in the Bundesliga, while Sporting Lisbon came second in the Primeira Liga.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema

    Liverpool and Arsenal will also be fancying their chances of finishing in the top two. Brendan Rodgers's side faces a mouth-watering tie against Real Madrid, and will be confident of overcoming the other two sides - Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad.

    Arsene Wenger's Arsenal play Borussia Dortmund, Belgian champions Anderlecht and Turkish runners-up Galatasaray.

  22. Post update

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge tweets: Saucy little draw we've got there.. Let's do the damn ting.

  23. Ready for the big time

    Football

    Ludogrets players celebrate

    Ludogorets Razgrad only formed in 2001 and play in a stadium which holds 8,000 supporters.

    In a fairytale for the Bulgarian club, they will face Liverpool, Basel and Real Madrid in this season's Champions League.

    Last night they overcame Steaua Bucharest when defender Cosmin Moti played in goal for a penalty shootout, saving twice and scoring from the spot.

  24. Champions League draw

    Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo

    Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets Razgrad.

    Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco.

    Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht

    Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma.

    Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia.

    Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor

    Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov.

  25. Champions League draw

    Football

    Arsenal's group is complete. They will face Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Galatasaray (Turkey) and Anderlecht (Belgium).

  26. Champions League draw

    Football

    Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad needed a centre-half to go in goal and save two penalties in the shoot-out to qualify for the Champions League. Well, what a reward. Real Madrid and Liverpool await them, along with Basel of Switzerland, in Group B.

    APOEL Nicosia have the toughest task of all teams. They have to get out of a group containing Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Ajax. Good luck, lads.

  27. Like buses

    Football

    Xavi Hernandez argues with a referee as Barcelona take on Ajax

    Barcelona met Ajax for the first time in their history in last season's Champions League group stage. The Dutch side won at home but went down 4-0 at the Nou Camp. The sides will meet again this year.

  28. Liverpool face Real Madrid

    Football

    Steven Gerrard scores against Real Madrid in 2009
  29. Champions League draw

    Football

    This is looking like a great draw for Chelsea so far. Schalke and Sporting Lisbon will not be causing any sleepless nights for Jose Mourinho or anyone at Stamford Bridge.

  30. Champions League draw so far

    Football

    Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos

    Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool

    Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen

    Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray

    Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow

    Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax

    Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon

    Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao

  31. Champions League draw

    Liverpool are in the Champions League for the first time in five years. They will be facing Real Madrid and Basel as they are in Group B.

    Manchester City will have a tricky trip to CSKA Moscow, as well as games against German champions Bayern Munich. It is looking a tough draw for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

    Every year there is a so-called Group of Death. This year it is Group F. Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Ajax.

  32. German champions await City again

    Football

    Bayern Munich take on Manchester City and Joe Hart punches a ball

    In last season's tournament, Manchester City lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich but won 3-2 in Germany. The sides will meet again in Group E.

  33. Champions League draw

    Liverpool are in pot three. Group F is one to avoid with Barcelona and Paris St-Germain lurking. Group A could be tricky as well with Atletico Madrid and Juventus in it so far.

  34. Post update

    Opta Joe Tweets: 3 - Arsenal have faced Borussia Dortmund in three of their four Champions League campaigns.

  35. Champions League draw so far

    Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus

    Group B: Real Madrid, Basel

    Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg

    Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund

    Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City

    Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain

    Group G: Chelsea, Schalke

    Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk

  36. Been here before?

    Football

    Porto celebrate winning the Champions League in 2004
  37. Champions League Draw

    Sergio Busquets and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Barcelona are in Group F with Paris St-Germain, who have ex-Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad. That will be a tasty one.

    Manchester City face Bayern Munich in Group E. Arsenal will face Borussia Dortmund in Group D.

  38. Champions League draw

    Ex-Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro will be the man drawing the second teams in each group. Arsenal will be in Group D, Chelsea in Group G. Peter Schmeichel is the master of ceremonies. A new role for the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper. Now things get interesting...

  39. Champions League draw

    Football

    Malmo celebrate
  40. Champions League Draw

    Here we go. The draw is under way. Do not go anywhere.

  41. Success stories in pot three

    Football

    Danny Blind
  42. Liverpool's rehearsal draw

    Football

    A number of journalists at the Champions League draw say Liverpool drew Juventus, Monaco and Real Madrid in rehearsals.

    That would certainly be tough for Brendan Rodgers's side if that is repeated in the main event.

  43. 'Warnock has Palace's interests at heart'

    Football

    Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has been talking about his former Selhurst Park manager Neil Warnock returning to Crystal Palace.

    "I was pleased for Palace that Neil Warnock was named manager," Clyne tells BBC Radio Solent.

    "He has the club's best interests at heart. When I was there he gave me my opportunity to play in the first team so for the youngsters there it will be good for them. He has experience and is good at getting the best out of players and hopefully he will do well at Palace."

  44. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Some more Champions League chat before the draw starts.

    Francois Guguen: Hoping for PSG to be drawn vs Barca, Ajax & Malmo #ZlatanTour

    Chris Johnston: I'd love Champions League Group B to be Benfica, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen and Bate Borisov.

    Steven Gleave: As a Liverpool fan I want Barca, PSG and Roma. Glitz and glamour over trips to eastern Europe!

    Rian Hoskins: Hope Chelsea avoid Basel and Shakhtar so Zenit in pot two, probably Sporting Lisbon in pot three and Maribor or Malmo in pot four.

  45. Catch us if you can

    Football

    Gareth Bale lifts the European Cup
  46. Welcome in the hillside

    Football

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk wants Roy Hodgson to attend the Liberty Stadium after none of his players were called up by the England manager for two forthcoming internationals.

    Hodgson named four uncapped players in his 22-man squad but overlooked the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Nathan Dyer who have impressed as Swansea won their opening two games in the Premier League.

    "I know he's never been here to the Liberty Stadium to watch them as England manager and he'd have to come and watch us first before he can pick anyone," said Monk ahead of West Brom's visit on Saturday. "If they work hard there's no excuse not to try and look at them."

  47. Get involved

    Some thoughts on the upcoming Champions League draw.

    Daniel Hodgkin: As a neutral hopefully we'll get Real Madrid, Dortmund, Liverpool and Roma in one group.

    Josh Bailey: Arsenal need to avoid long trips to Zenit/Shakhtar and tricky teams like Olympiakos/APOEL would take Basel, Ajax and Malmo/Roma.

    Niall Moran: As a confident Chelsea fan it doesn't matter who we are drawn against. Will top the group for sure.

    Luis Suarez

    Amanda O'Shaughnessy: Liverpool fan just looking to avoid Barcelona/Suarez reunion, don't want that sale to come back and bite us.

  48. Champions League draw

    So a reminder of how the Champions League draw, which begins at 16:45 BST, works. Each team is in one of four pots and cannot play another side from the same country. Each group will consist of one team from each pot.

    Pot one: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Porto, Real Madrid.

    Pot two: Basel, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg.

    Pot three: Ajax, Athletic Bilbao, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray, Liverpool, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon.

    Pot four: Anderlecht, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Malmo, Maribor, Monaco, Roma.

  49. Get involved

    The Champions League draw is coming up from 16:45 BST. So we are asking Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fans what sides you want to face and who do you want to avoid and why? Tweet us using #bbcsportsday

  50. Champions League draw - best and worst scenarios

    Football

    Liverpool are playing in the Champions League for the first time in five seasons and will be hoping the draw (16:45 BST) will be kind to them.

    Steven Gerrard

    A favourable draw for the 2005 winners could see them playing Porto (Portugal), Basel (Switzerland) and Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).

    The worst possible outcome would have them lining up against Real Madrid (Spain), Paris St-Germain (France) and Roma (Italy).

  51. Holtby uncertainty

    Football

    Lewis Holtby admits he could be moving on from Tottenham Hotspur this summer because of a lack of first-team action at White Hart Lane.

    The former Schalke midfielder has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Hamburg.

    "I'm a young player and I want to be playing all the time. That's very important for me, for my development and for my career," says the 23-year-old.

  52. Seven heaven for Angel

    Football

    "Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to me at Madrid and explained how important it is. I hope I can live up to it," says Angel Di Maria when asked about his decision to wear the number seven shirt at Manchester United.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and Bryan Robson

    The Argentina international follows in the footsteps of Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and Bryan Robson.

  53. Van Gaal's top mark for team player

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "The lasting impression of that press conference was the obvious pride and delight that was written across Louis van Gaal's face throughout.

    "He spoke at the start to reiterate that his new £60m signing must be a team player and with every answer Di Maria echoed that sentiment, so much so that Van Gaal actually mentioned how impressed he was by his new player's answers as the press conference went on.

    "Di Maria said he had spoken to Ronaldo about the significance of the number seven shirt and the impression he gave out was that he was very much revelling in his role as Britain's most expensive footballer."

  54. Other sport headlines

    Formula 1: Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber questions whether Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg can remain team-mates at Mercedes.

    Hamilton and Rosberg

    Golf: Scotland's Stephen Gallacher opens with a 72 at the Italian Open as he targets a top-two finish that would earn him a Ryder Cup place.

    Rowing: Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are in dominant form as they cruise into Saturday's women's pair World Championship final.

    Rugby union: London Irish boss Brian Smith says his side will mount a serious challenge for silverware this season.

  55. 'We have 10 injuries'

    Football

    Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal confirms Ander Herrera remains injured and Marcos Rojo is still waiting for a work permit.

    "We have 10 injuries, one more than last week," says Van Gaal.

  56. More signings at Man Utd

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to do more business by the end of the transfer window on Monday.

    "The club will [announce] when the time's there. Players will leave, others will come," he tells a news conference.

    United have already signed Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo this summer.

  57. Champions League draw - best and worst scenarios

    Football

    Manchester City are in the second pot for the Champions League draw (16:45 BST) and will be hoping to do better than last season when they were knocked out by Barcelona in the last-16 phase.

    Barcelona v Manchester City

    A great draw for Manuel Pellegrini's side would see them facing Porto (Portugal), Athletic Bilbao (Spain) and Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).

    However, there will be no smiles if the draw sees them grouped with Real Madrid (Spain), CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Roma (Italy)

  58. World Rowing Championships update

    Rowing

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "Olympic champion Katherine Grainger, who will be part of the BBC rowing presentation team this week, tells me she's looking forward to seeing Britain's men's four of Alex Gregory, Andy Triggs Hodge, Moe Sbihi and George Nash, who are gold-medal favourites, in action this afternoon.

    "We've seen the new-look men's four dominate every race they've done this season," she says. "They're talking very confidently and they feel they've improved in speed since we last saw them at the Lucerne World Cup.

    "The exciting thing is, they are talking about how this could be the fastest men's four Britain have ever had which is quite a statement considering the success we have had in the event, winning gold at the last four Olympics."

  59. 'We're restoring and rebuilding a new team'

    Football

    More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who has yet to win a game this season.

    "We have to look at the future and we're doing that now with Manchester United by restoring and rebuilding a new team and that costs time," says Van Gaal.

    "I'm sorry to say that for the fans because they are amazing. We lost 4-0 at MK Dons and they were singing and supporting the players. It's fantastic that we have such fans and I hope we shall fulfil their expectations, but it's not done in one month."

  60. Record signing

    Angel Di Maria
  61. 'I come to help'

    Football

    Record signing Angel Di Maria explains his decision to move to the Premier League. He says: "Manchester United have already won many trophies and are a very big team. I have come to help raise the game and become an important team once again. I want to win many trophies with them.

    "I'm very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they're not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I'm pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United."

  62. 'I only buy players that can improve our philosophy'

    Football

    More from Louis van Gaal on Angel Di Maria: "I have said that I only buy players that can improve our philosophy. I have spoken already about his way of playing in the interests of the team that I like.

    "He fits in our philosophy and I can change the system with him and maybe we will do that in the future, maybe in a match. At Real Madrid he didn't only play as a winger but also in midfield so that is also a reason why we are convinced he shall succeed."

  63. Van Gaal on Di Maria

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal describes what he expects from record signing Angel Di Maria.

    "I'm very pleased that we can have such a class player in our squad," says Van Gaal. "But we have many class players and for me it's important he is a team player. That is what I am liking in Di Maria.

    "Not only class, he can accelerate the game for us and can also play in the interest of the team. That's why we have chosen this player and I hope he shall give us good results but we cannot expect after two days' training sessions that he is the miracle. No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that."

  64. Angel Di Maria news conference

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United press conference room

    "At Old Trafford for the 'unveiling' of the most expensive footballer in the history of British football."

    Stay with us for updates as Angel Di Maria is presented to the media. He only cost £59.7m.

  65. Seven heaven for Angel

    Football

    Manchester United announce British record signing Angel Di Maria will wear the number seven shirt at Old Trafford.

  66. Scouse England

    Football

    Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Carragher laugh

    Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher tweets: Congratulations to Wayne Rooney on the England captaincy. Last captain from Huyton this one from Croxteth. Not bad for a couple of scallies!

  67. World Rowing Championships shock

    Rowing

    Bosbaan rowing course

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "Stunned silence among the British contingent in the grandstand sitting adjacent to the finish as Olympic champion Kat Copeland and crew-mate Imogen Walsh fail to qualify for the lightweight double final.

    "Copeland, who appeared to lose grip on her oar inside the final 250m, drops her head into her hands as they cross the line fourth. The gold medal favourites, who had triumphed at the last two World Cup regattas, are out."

  68. Ryder Cup hope dwindling?

    Golf

    A steady day for Scotland's Stephen Gallacher at the Italian Open as he chases the final qualifying spot available in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

    A top-two finish in Turin would be enough to dislodge former US Open champion Graeme McDowell from the team, but after the first of four rounds, Gallacher is tied for 66th place on level par.

    American John Hahn and Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin share the lead on five under.

    European captain Paul McGinley will announce his three wildcard picks on Tuesday.

  69. Lineker seal of approval

    Football

    Former England striker Gary Lineker believes Roy Hodgson made the right choice in making Wayne Rooney captain of England.

    "It's great recognition for his efforts over many years. And he said it himself - to be considered a success he wants England to win something while he's captain," says Lineker.

    "That will be difficult, but looking ahead to two to four years' time, because of the nucleus of young talent we've got, he could be the head of a successful side."

  70. Dodgy sat-nav?

    Football

    Ben Foster tweets that a Walsall player turned up at Wet Brom's training ground on Wednesday by mistake.

    Who is to blame for this one then? The taxi driver or the player?

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster says a Walsall player arrived at training today after getting somewhat confused as to where he was going.

  71. Poyet causing mischief

    Football

    Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is hoping to spring a surprise during the remaining days of the summer transfer window.

    "We're moving, we're moving very fast because it's getting close. I'm confident we'll be doing something. You're going to be surprised," he tells the Sunderland Echo.

    Reports from Italy suggest the Black Cats have signed Inter Milan's Argentina international winger Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan deal.

  72. Champions League draw - best and worst scenarios

    Football

    The draw for the group phase for the Champions League begins at 16:45 BST.

    So what may happen? Arsenal and Chelsea are among the top seeds for today's Champions League draw, meaning, in theory, they should get a kinder draw.

    Arsenal v Besiktas

    They would both be very happy if they were drawn in the same group as Basel (Switzerland), Athletic Bilbao (Spain) and Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).

    However, their nightmare draw would see them facing Paris St-Germain (France), CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Roma (Italy).

  73. Football

    So, what can we expect from England's new additions to the midfield?

    England midfielders

    Well, if the stats are anything to go on then not too much in the way of flair and goals from Roy Hodgson's new squad members.

  74. Vote now

    Football

    Roy Hodgson's England squad is the inspiration for our latest vote.

    We are asking which of the four new players Roy Hodgson has called into his squad will win the most England caps? The options are Calum Chambers, Jack Colback, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose.

    Click now on the right-hand side of this page to vote.

  75. World Rowing Championships latest

    Rowing

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "Greetings from the world's oldest man-made rowing course, the Bosbaan in the Netherlands, which is host to this week's World Rowing Championships.

    Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

    "It's semi-final day with Britain's Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning kicking things off emphatically with victory under sunny skies this morning, beating Romania by seven seconds to qualify for Saturday's final.

    "Nine more British crews will be in action this afternoon with gold medal favourites Alex Gregory, Andy Triggs Hodge, Moe Sbihi and George Nash the main attraction when they contest their men's four semi-final at 14:59 BST."

  76. Football

    Calum Chambers and Danny Rose

    Both Calum Chambers and Danny Rose have been called up into Roy Hodgson's England squad for a friendly against Norway and a Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.

  77. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    You have been reacting to Roy Hodgson's England news conference. Keep your reaction coming to #bbcsportsday.

    Chris White: I was willing to keep my faith in Roy after the World Cup, but not anymore. Rooney should barely be in the team never mind captain.

    Martin Higgs: Didn't think we could put together a worse squad than what we took to the World Cup. Well Roy, you proved me wrong. Terrible team.

    Sam Parsons: Without doubt the worst England squad I have seen in my lifetime, overseen by arguably the worst ever England manager.

  78. Best video clips

    Here are some of the best videos for you to enjoy on the BBC Sport website.

    Billy Wright

    Football: BBC Sport takes a look back at those who have had the honour of captaining England the most times.

    Tennis: Britain's Andy Murray says "no-one has any expectations of me" at the US Open before his second-round match against German qualifier Matthias Bachinger.

    General sport: Watch part two of BBC Sport's A-Z of summer, featuring Usain Bolt's antics at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Jo Pavey winning gold at the European Athletics Championships aged 40 and Germany's superb World Cup win in Brazil.

    Jo Pavey
  79. Post update

    Opta Joe tweets: Since his debut in February 2003, Wayne Rooney (40) has scored 11 more goals than any other England player (Lampard 29). Example.

  80. The right man

    Football

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer in Brazil

    "Wayne Rooney's appointment as England captain is the right choice by manager Roy Hodgson - not least because of a glaring lack of obvious alternatives for a post that still retains great significance and prestige.

    "England's World Cup captain Steven Gerrard and deputy Frank Lampard have vacated the international stage, while the claims of goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Gary Cahill could not come close to someone of Rooney's status and importance."

    Read more from Phil on Rooney's England future in his latest blog.

  81. Hernandez move

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Javier Hernandez

    "Manchester United have received bids from Valencia and Juventus for Javier Hernandez.

    "The 26-year-old joined United from Guadalajara in 2010 and has won two Premier League titles."

  82. Ki in South Wales stay

    Football

    Swansea City announce midfielder Ki Sung-yueng signs a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

    The 25-year-old was due to be out of contract next summer but having made an impressive start to the season - scoring the first goal of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign - he has extended his stay.

  83. Other sport headlines

    Cricket: Alastair Cook calls Graeme Swann a "so-called friend" after the former England spinner called for him to quit as captain for the World Cup.

    Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook

    Rugby union: England will be without props Dan Cole and Mako Vunipola for the November internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

    Tennis: British number one Andy Murray will face German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in the second round of the US Open from 00:00 BST on Friday.

    Rugby league: St Helens scrum-half Luke Walsh admits he feared a horrific injury he suffered in July, when he broke his fibula and tore ankle ligaments, would end his career.

  84. Post update

    Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen tweets: Fantastic news!! Wayne Rooney captain of our country!! So proud!!! Xxx

  85. Boots to fill

    Football

    Wayne Rooney is "the right man", "right choice" and will show "enormous enthusiasm", according to Roy Hodgson who has selected the 28-year-old as England captain.

    Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Bryan Robson

    "He has a lot to live up to because the previous captains of England have been top men. The Robsons, Beckhams, Gerrards, Lampards," says Hodgson.

    "I found Wayne mature when I met him two years ago and the experiences have matured him even more with another 20 or 30 caps. He's the right choice, the right man and he'll show enormous enthusiasm and responsibility."

  86. 'Arsene assured me Chambers was ready'

    Football

    Roy Hodgson reveals he talked with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger about whether he should include Gunners defender Calum Chambers in his England squad.

    Calum Chambers

    The England boss checked Wenger was not "pushing" the 19-year-old "too quickly" and says "Arsene assured me he's ready for any challenge".

    Hodgson adds: "Chambers jumps over the Under-21s but with 10 injuries and six of them in the defensive part of the field I didn't have the luxury of saying he could start in the Under-21s."

  87. 'I see no reason to be fearful'

    Football

    After England's miserable World Cup showing that saw them finish bottom of their group, manager Roy Hodgson remains optimistic for the future of the national team.

    He says: "I don't think there is any reason for trepidation. With these players we are bringing bringing into the squad, and don't forget there's no Theo Walcott, Ross Barkley or Adam Lallana, I see no reason for us to be fearful.

    "It will be exciting but there will be some anxious moments to see how these players step up. We've been a bit unlucky that our first qualifier is arguably our hardest one [Switzerland away] and these players may not get the soft introduction they may have had."

  88. 'Being England captain is a dream'

    Football

    New England captain Wayne Rooney tweets: Being named England captain is a dream and something I'll take great pride in doing.

    Wayne rooney graphic

    In an extended statement, Rooney adds: "As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams.

    "I would like to thank Roy and the coaching staff for having the belief and confidence in me to do the job.

    "I hope I will have the full backing of the fans. I am their type of player once I am on that pitch. My only thought is to win and give everything I have got. Sharing that desire will be the way I want to captain the team."

  89. 'Are you prepared for it?'

    Football

    Roy Hodgson explains what he said to Wayne Rooney when he told him he would be his new England captain.

    Hodgson says: "In the meeting we had face-to-face we sat down, I said to him 'as far as I'm concerned you're the captain, so the question may be do you want it and are you prepared for all it will entail?'. He is perfectly happy with that and perfectly happy to step forward and suffer whatever comes his way."

  90. 'It was Wayne's time and moment'

    Football

    More from Roy Hodgson's news conference on his decision to name Wayne Rooney as England captain.

    "When you name a captain it does go through your head that it will make it a lot harder if I had to drop him," says Hodgson.

    "I don't think Wayne would expect me to keep him in the team just because he is captain. I'd like to think if it was necessary I would do it [drop him] and I'm pretty convinced he would accept it.

    "We've got players like Joe Hart and Gary Cahill in that they are experienced players, not new to the international team and play for big clubs. It would be harsh on them to say Wayne was the only choice. But had I chosen them, it would have been unfair on Wayne Rooney - for most people it was his time and moment."

  91. 'The Ginger Pirlo'

    Football

    Roy Hodgson has been talking about Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, who has been called up to the England squad for the first time.

    Jack Colback

    "I spoke to someone who knows him well and he called him The Ginger Pirlo (after Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo) and it would be nice if he turned out like that.

    "I was impressed with him last year and he has an awful lot to offer. He is a very talented player. Suddenly we have lost Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick. Jack plays in a position where vacancies can quickly arise and we will see how he gets on."

  92. Hodgson on Rooney

    More from Roy Hodgson on new England captain Wayne Rooney: "It has been said in the past the captaincy will take him on to a new level.

    "With his 95 caps, goals and all the things he has done, what we've seen is his willingness to take responsibility. All I can hope is that he continues to play well and shoulders the responsibility as well as the captains before him.

    "We were bitterly disappointed not to do well in the World Cup. We had high hopes dashed in 90 minutes really. We had been building up for a long time and it's more a chance to continue."

  93. 'Wayne is an obvious choice'

    Football

    England boss Roy Hodgson explains his decision to choose Wayne Rooney as his new captain:

    "I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice. He deserves it - his commitment to the cause and his experience. He has captained England in the past and has that responsibility at Manchester United.

    "I'm pleased to say I've been able to offer it to him. I've had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings. It's important that the player wants to take on that enormous responsibility."

  94. England's new captain

    Football

    Wayne Rooney
  95. Football

    Manchester United defender Luke Shaw on Twitter talking about his former Southampton team-mate Calum Chambers: Yes lad. You deserve it. Congratulations.

    Arsenal defender Chambers has been named in Roy Hodgson's squad for a friendly against Norway and a Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.

  96. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    England manager Roy Hodgson announces Wayne Rooney as his new captain.

  97. Get involved

    Some early reaction to Roy Hodgson's squad announcement (see 11:52).

    David Tyers: This is by far the worst England squad I've ever seen assembled.

    Alastair Case: Anyone sure what Nathaniel Clyne has to do to get an England call up? Been far more consistent than Johnson or Chambers.

    Alex W: So glad Jack Colback got the call-up, he has a real desire to his game and his ability has been under-appreciated.

  98. Get involved

    Roy Hodgson has named his England squad and now we want your views. Do Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph deserve their call-ups?

    Is there anyone who should have been named in the squad? If so, who and why?

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  99. England squad in full

    Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

    Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)

    Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

    Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

  100. BreakingFootball

    Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Calum Chambers and Danny Rose

    England manager Roy Hodgson names four uncapped players in his squad for two forthcoming internationals.

    Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, Tottenham full-back Danny Rose and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph are included.

    England take on Norway at Wembley on Wednesday and travel to Switzerland on 8 September for their first European Championship qualifier.

  101. Collins replaced in Wales squad

    Football

    West Ham defender James Collins withdraws from the Wales squad for their first European Championship qualifier against Andorra on 9 September.

    The 31-year-old has a hamstring injury and is replaced by Newcastle United's Paul Dummett.

  102. Vote result

    Football

    The results of our vote on who should be England's next captain are in and Wayne Rooney has narrowly edged it.

    The Manchester United striker got 30.89% of your votes with Joe Hart second on 28.6% and Gary Cahill third with 23.69%.

    Stay tuned and we will bring you Roy Hodgson's official announcement at 12:00 BST.

  103. Who will be England's next captain?

    Football

    England's next captain
  104. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Chris Byrne: Surely new England captain has to be Hart, but of course, it will be given to Rooney.

    Christian Evans: England captain should be picked based on who sings national anthem with most pride, which would be Hart, or Cahill for me.

    Would Wayne Rooney make a good England captain? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  105. Alonso set to move, Balotelli return questioned

    Football

    Xabi Alonso's move to Bayern Munich made back page news in Spain this morning. He will undergo a medical this afternoon.

    AS back page with Xabi Alonso on it

    Italy manager Antonio Conte has told Gazzetta dello Sport he is not sure if Mario Balotelli's return to England with Liverpool is a good move or not. "I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve to stay there," says Conte - a strict disciplinarian.

    Gazzetto dello sport back page with Antonio Conte on it
  106. Warnock expects to sign Zaha

    Football

    New Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock expects Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha to be his first signing since returning to the club.

    Warnock, 65, was appointed Palace boss on Wednesday, four years after finishing his first spell at Selhurst Park, and he hopes to welcome back Zaha, who started his career with the Eagles.

    "I did speak to him last night," Warnock tells Talksport. "I spent half an hour telling him why I want him to come back and I'm optimistic we are going to do it today."

    Zaha, 21, made only two league appearances for United last season.

  107. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    George: Rooney's inconsistency for England is his downfall, not a worthy captain for England and Utd. Baines or Jagielka for captain.

    Jack Morrison: Rooney... A role model for kids? No...Can perform on the big stage? No ...A cool head? No ...Future England captain? Hope not.

    Tweet us your views on whether Wayne Rooney will make a good England captain to #bbcsportsday.

  108. Post update

    Football

    Players who have captained England the most times, including Billy Wright, Bobby Moore (both 90), Bryan Robson (65) and David Beckham (59)
  109. Question of Sport Teaser

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Which 12 teams in this season's group stages have appeared in the Champions League Final since 2000?

    We will have the answer here later.

  110. Get involved

    Who should be England's captain? You can now vote on the right-hand side of this page. Get clicking as the vote will close at 11:30 BST with England manager Roy Hodgson set to announce his choice at 12:00.

  111. Welbeck to Tottenham?

    Football

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will make an attempt to take Manchester United and England striker Danny Welbeck on loan, reports the Daily Mail.

    Danny Welbeck

    Welbeck, 23, who has won 26 caps, has only played 27 minutes of United's first two Premier League games of the season under new manager Louis van Gaal.

  112. New face at Castleford

    Rugby League

    Castleford announce the signing of Bradford half-back Luke Gale on a two-year deal from next season.

    Gale, 26, will help plug the gap created by the imminent departure of Marc Sneyd to Hull and the news will also soften the blow of losing highly rated hooker Daryl Clark, whose move to Warrington for £185,000 was confirmed on Wednesday.

  113. Almunia retires over heart problem

    Football

    Manuel Almunia in action for Arsenal

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia retires from football after a heart condition was detected at a routine medical.

    The Spaniard, 37, spent eight years at Arsenal between 2004 and 2012, but after a spell at Watford was due to sign for Italian side Cagliari earlier this month.

    But the Serie A side decided not to go ahead with the deal after tests showed he has apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart tissue that causes it to thicken and can lead to sudden death.

  114. 3-5-2 will work

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    BBC Sport pundit Pat Nevin thinks the 3-5-2 system deployed by Louis van Gaal will work at Old Trafford.

    In his latest tactical analysis piece, Nevin says the system gives adaptable players such as Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj the chance to become key to United.

  115. Van Gaal's dodgy system

    Football

    Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 system needs changing, because "it doesn't work".

    Keown told BBC Radio 5 live that Manchester United's players were struggling with the formation.

    "He's persisting with this three at the back and I don't believe the players are picking it up well enough; they don't seem to understand it," he said.

  116. Chambers in England call - report

    Football

    The i newspaper leads with Arsenal's Champions League win over Besiktas and says the club's recently acquired teenage centre-back Calum Chambers will be called into Roy Hodgson's England squad. The Three Lions face Norway in a friendly on Wednesday and their first European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on 8 September.

    i paper back page

    The squad announcement will take place at 12:00 BST.

  117. One new Hammer to come

    Football

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he has the budget to bring in one new face to the club before the transfer window closes on Monday.

    The Hammers are unlikely to let anyone leave and Allardyce also tells his weekly news conference that he welcomes the forthcoming international break in order to aid the recovery of several players.

    "We still have Andy Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Carl Jenkinson, Kevin Nolan and James Collins out. Diafra Sakho tweaked his back on Tuesday too so we're not sure if he'll be fit for Saturday," says Allardyce.

    West Ham face Southampton at Upton Park on Saturday.

  118. Champions League draw

    Football

    So let's have a closer look at the Champions League draw, which begins at 16:45 BST. Each team is in one of four pots and cannot play another side from the same country. Each group will consist of one team from each pot.

    Real Madrid

    Pot one: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Porto, Real Madrid.

    Pot two: Basel, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg.

    Pot three: Ajax, Athletic Bilbao, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray, Liverpool, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon.

    Pot four: Anderlecht, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Malmo, Maribor, Monaco, Roma.

  119. Alonso heading to Germany

    Football

    Xabi Alonso playing for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich agree to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid.

    The German champions say the former Liverpool midfielder will now undergo a medical.

    Alonso, 32, retired from international duty yesterday and looks set to leave the Spanish capital after making 192 appearances.

  120. IRB changes

    Rugby Union

    The International Rugby Board will become World Rugby from 19 November as part of a major rebranding programme.

    The IRB hopes the move will help it reach out to the sport's growing number of participants, but insists the change will have no impact on the branding of the 2015 World Cup.

  121. What bad behaviour?

    Football

    Mario Balotelli tweets he is off to training to work hard for new club Liverpool

    Liverpool new boy Mario Balotelli is up and ready for another day of training, insisting on Twitter he will be working hard.

    Now all he has to do is learn to put on his training bib without help and the Reds will have a player.

  122. Other sport headlines

    Tennis: Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka overcame a mid-match lapse to beat Tomasz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-1) and reach the US Open last 32.

    Stan Wawrinka

    Athletics: European sprint champions James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili are set for a 100m showdown at Thursday's Diamond League in Zurich.

    Cycling: Germany's John Degenkolb won his second successive stage of the Vuelta a Espana after a controversial finish.

    Rowing: Britain's men's eight are through to Sunday's World Championship final after winning the repechage in Amsterdam.

  123. Manchester United scrutiny

    Football

    The Daily Mirror relegates Arsenal's Champions League progress to a small portion of their back page, with scrutiny of Louis van Gaal's transfer targets their lead item. Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind are said to be the subject of the Manchester United manager's attention.

    Louis van Gaal

    But Blind - of Ajax and part of Van Gaal's Netherland's World Cup team - will cost as much as £20m, according to the Sun's back page.

    Sun back page
  124. Watch now

    It is Thursday morning and yet there is still sport to watch. For all those wanting to watch highlights of the Youth Olympics, go to the BBC Red Button, or alternatively hit the play button at the top of this page and enjoy.

  125. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    England manager Roy Hodgson will name his new captain at 12:00 BST today and Wayne Rooney is the overwhelming favourite to get the role. We want to know if you think he is the right man? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

    Steve Howes: Rooney is ring fenced if made captain yet his constant inclusion despite never scoring in important games is the problem.

    Jamie: Rooney is not a leader. Joe Hart is the voice you always hear in the tunnel and he should be the England captain.

    Elliot Harrison: Rooney is not captain material. All he does is sulk and moan. Not the ideal leader.

  126. Platini will not take on Blatter

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Michel Platini [below left] has told Uefa delegates in Monaco he wants to continue as president of Uefa. He will not therefore stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

    "In what was described as positive meeting, Platini was applauded by the 54 associations in attendance."

    Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter
  127. FA hopes to land Euro 2020 final

    Football

    The Football Association is confident that Wembley could stage the final of Euro 2020 and has refused to rule out a bid to host Euro 2028.

    FA general secretary Alex Horne hopes England's national stadium could stage the semi-finals and final in six years.

    He feels the chances are boosted by Germany's focus on a bid for Euro 2024.

    "We're really confident with our bid. We know what the Germans have been saying, that they're thinking about 2024. Nothing's confirmed," Horne said.

  128. A busy day to come

    A reminder then of a big day ahead.

    We will learn who England's new captain is at about 12:00 BST, see new Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria in his first news conference at 15:00 and learn the fate of the English Champions League competitors when the draw takes place at 16:45.

    Throw in all of the latest transfer news and sporting headlines, and there are plenty of reasons to stay tuned into Sportsday.

  129. League Cup draw

    Football

    Sunderland and Stoke will meet in round three in one of five all-Premier League ties.

    James Davidson, Nathan Dyer, Peter Crouch

    Swansea host Everton, Newcastle go to Crystal Palace, West Brom take on Hull at The Hawthorns and Southampton travel to Arsenal.

    Holders Manchester City take on Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United's conquerors MK Dons face 2013 runners-up Bradford City.

    You can see the draw in full on the BBC Sport website.

  130. Redknapp's frustration

    Football

    Richard Dunne

    From the Champions League to the League Cup, and QPR boss Harry Redknapp said he gave some players a chance, only for them to waste it in the defeat to Burton Albion on Wednesday night.

    "We came here - I picked a strong team on paper - with senior players, but they were poor and didn't take the opportunity," said the 67-year-old.

    No such mistake for Premier League sides Stoke and Sunderland, who both notched 3-0 wins over Portsmouth and Birmingham respectively.

  131. Champions League draw

    Football

    More on that eagerly awaited draw at 16:45 BST.

    It is the usual four pot system, with the best sides in pot one and so-called worst in pot four. One team is drawn from each pot to make up a group.

    Arsenal and Chelsea are in pot one, Manchester City two and Liverpool three. The Reds, theoretically at least, should get the tougher draw.

  132. Champions League round-up

    Football

    Athletic Bilbao

    Elsewhere in the Champions League it was a big night for Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, who beat Rafa Benitez's Napoli to reach the Champions League group stages for the first time since 1998.

    A 3-1 home win sealed a 4-2 aggregate passage for Ernesto Valverde's side, while Bayer Leverkusen romped to a 7-2 win over two legs against FC Copenhagen.

    Malmo of Sweden will also be in the pot in today's draw which starts at 16:45 BST and will be covered here in Sportsday. They won 3-0 on the night to beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-2 on aggregate.

  133. The defender who saves penalties

    Football

    If you thought Arsenal's Champions League progress was nail-biting and dramatic at Emirates Stadium, what about this...

    Bulgarian side Ludogorets won through via a penalty shootout, with defender Cosmin Moti going in goal to save two penalties after scoring one of his own.

    Cosmin Moti

    Moti, 29, took up keeper duties when Ludogrets saw their first-choice number one sent off in the final minute of extra time with the scores level at 1-1 on aggregate. Not a bad story to one day dine out on.

  134. LATEST GOSSIP

    The transfer window closes on Monday night and here are the latest offerings from our football gossip column:

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperately trying to buy Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, and Ajax defender Daley Blind, 24, before the transfer window closes on 1 September. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, is set to join AC Milan on loan but midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, will stay with Jose Mourinho's side. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester United are preparing to bid for £24m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, as Louis van Gaal looks to offload Danny Welbeck, 23, Tom Cleverley, 25, and Shinji Kagawa, 25. (Daily Telegraph)

  135. Football

    Giroud out for four months

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will not play again this year after having surgery on a broken leg.

    The club received the results of a second scan on Wednesday, which confirmed the France international had broken his left tibia.

    The 27-year-old sustained the injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Everton and has been ruled out for up to four months.

    "You'll ask who we'll buy to replace Giroud. At the moment, nobody," Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said.

  136. Football

    Capital One Cup shocks

    It was another night of surprises in the Capital One Cup, with League Two Burton knocking out QPR and Aston Villa beaten by Leyton Orient.

    Manchester United's conquerors MK Dons were handed a favourable draw in the third round with a home tie against League One Bradford.

    Defending champions Manchester City host Championship Sheffield Wednesday who beat top-flight Burnley 1-0 on Tuesday.

  137. Football

    Champions League draw

    Following their victory against Besiktas, Arsenal join Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in Thursday's draw for the Champions League groups.

    The draw will take place in Monaco at 16:45 BST.

  138. Post update

    Captain Rooney?

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney is set to be named as England's new captain later today and we want to know what you think about the potential appointment?

    Do you think Rooney is the right man for the job and why? If not, why not and who should be given the honour instead?

    Tweet us your view at #bbcsportsday and join the debate.

  139. Rugby Union

    Cole and Vunipola miss autumn internationals

    Dan Cole

    England are set to be without props Dan Cole and Mako Vunipola for the November internationals.

    Leicester's Cole is still recovering from a serious neck injury and is set to return in about 10 weeks.

    Vunipola had surgery after dislocating a knee in May, and his director of rugby at Saracens Mark McCall says he has "no chance" of being fit for the autumn internationals.

    England play New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia in consecutive weekends at Twickenham.

  140. Cricket

    Alastair Cook

    The England team have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second one-day international against India, who won by 133 runs at Cardiff.

    Captain Alastair Cook has been fined 20% of his match fee while his players received 10% fines.

  141. Football

    Captain Rooney?

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney is favourite to be named as the new captain when England's first squad since the World Cup is announced at lunchtime.

    Rooney was also named Manchester United skipper two weeks ago.

    Arsenal's Calum Chambers is expected to be one of three uncapped players included by manager Roy Hodgson.

    The defender, a £16m summer buy from Southampton, is likely to be called up alongside Tottenham's Danny Rose and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

  142. Football

    Arsenal win through

    Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez's first goal for Arsenal since his £35m move from Barcelona claimed the prize of a place in the Champions League group stage for the 17th successive season on a tense night against Besiktas.

  143. Post update

    Good morning to you and welcome to Thursday's edition of Sportsday.