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Live Reporting

Libby Dawes, Emlyn Begley and Andy Donley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Some final thoughts from me

    So that's the end of Sportsday after a flying visit from me. But as you well know, that's far from the end of the day's sport. In fact, it's only just getting started.

    Click here to continue with the build-up for the England, Scotland and Northern Ireland World Cup qualifiers, from where you'll be able to find out all of the ways we'll be covering the matches live as well.

    And of course, we'll be back with Sportsday at 08:00 BST tomorrow morning, hopefully looking back on a successful night's football for the Home Nations.

    Cheers, and good night!

  2. Some final thoughts from you


    Martin McHugh: And we all know how well it went for McClaren when he chose to axe Beckham...

    Wayne Falloon: Why do we always blame Rooney, in the Euro's, Sterling, Hart & Sturridge terrible and now Walcott's back, Mr One way!! Joke!  

    Dave WoodfalseWould there be all this hype around Rooney if he wasn't a Manchester United player? Somehow I doubt it.

  3. Quins to sign Montpellier fly-half

    Rugby Union

    Demetri Catrakilis

    Harlequins have agreed a deal to sign Montpellier fly-half Demetri Catrakilis ahead of the 2017-18 season. 

    The 27-year-old South African was in the Montpellier side that beat Quins in last season's European Challenge Cup final.

    "The fly-half position is hugely influential in the game and Demetri has all the physical and mental attributes required to dominate at the highest level," director of rugby John Kingston said.  

  4. Woking boss slams 'charity' defending


    Garry Hill

    Woking manager Garry Hill says his side are giving away so many goals his defence "seem to be a charity".

    The Cards have lost three of their last four National League games, conceding 12 goals in total, and are now two points above the relegation zone.

    "We have got low on confidence just as it looked like were turning a corner," Hill told BBC Surrey.

    "The club and the supporters deserve a lot more. As a squad of players and a staff we need to act quick."

    Read more of Hill's thoughts here.

  5. McHugh retires after finger injury


    Kevin McHugh

    Did you see Kevin McHugh and his finger last week? Not sure? Believe me then you didn't - it's the type of thing that sticks with you.

    The Irish footballer tore off his finger jumping over a fence, and then tweeted a picture of the grisly aftermath.

    Unfortunately, the 36-year-old has been forced to retire, three games earlier than he planned to at the end of the League of Ireland premier division.

    "The ring made a complete and utter mess of the finger, so there was nothing they could do for me," said McHugh.  

    Read his interview with BBC News here. 

  6. Happy birthday Sir Bobby Charlton


    Sir Bobby Charlton

    Wayne Rooney's benching has been accompanied by plaudits from both his fellow professionals and the media, with many labeling him as one of England's greatest.

    One man who is certainly worthy of that moniker is the gentleman Rooney surpassed as England's highest goalscorer, and is within three strikes of doing the same at Manchester United.

    What's more, it's Sir Bobby Charlton 79th birthday. Happy birthday to a legend!

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  7. Get Involved


    Luke: Rooney's the one common denominator for the last 5 years of poor England performances. When he was injured England played well.

    Trevor Priestman: Dropping Rooney shows Southgate should get it. No-one else has had the guts. Last time we looked good was Germany! Without Roo! 

    Kamesh: Captain is a leader who leads by example, the moment he drags the team down with his performance he ceases to be a leader.

  8. No reserve day for ODI series decider

    England in Bangladesh

    Away from football, England's cricket team face a crunch match in Chittagong tomorrow, with the ODI series against Bangladesh delicately poised at 1-1, with just one match left to play.

    However, the decider faces becoming a damp squib, with heavy rain around the venue over the last two days.

    And ESPN Cricinfo are reporting that the English Cricket Board have turned down their Bangladeshi counterparts' request to include a reserve day, to ensure the match is played. 

    "The ECB were asked today whether it would be possible to schedule a rain day - we did consider the request," said the ECB spokesman.

    "At this late stage, and on a compact tour, it is sadly not possible." 

  9. Has Strachan had enough of Scotland?

    Slovakia v Scotland 19:45 BST

    Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Gordon Strachan looking anything but cantankerous with assistant manager Mark McGhee

    Gordon Strachan no longer wants to be Scotland head coach, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has suggested.

    Scotland face Slovakia on Tuesday having slipped up in a 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania in World Cup qualifying.

    "He has been rude, he's been cantankerous and I just feel he doesn't want to be there any more and he is showing that in every interview," Sutton said of Strachan on BBC 5 live.

    "That's his body language and I think he wants out."

  10. Can Northern Ireland produce a perfect performance in Germany?

    Germany v Northern Ireland 19:45 BST

    Johnny Evans

    Jonny Evans says Northern Ireland will have to produce a to prevent Germany from winning Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Hanover.

    Northern Ireland restricted the world champions to a 1-0 win at Euro 2016 as Germany missed a host of chances and keeper Michael McGovern starred.

    "They never let us get near the ball," said Evans, 28, of the Paris game.

    "The way they controlled the game against us, the timing of the pass, the angles they play at."

  11. Send in your questions at #bbcfootball

    Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

    Should Wayne Rooney be playing? Is Jordan Henderson the right man to take the captain's armband? Will Gareth Southgate get the England job full-time?

    There's certainly more questions than answers around the England team at the moment, but we'll be attempting to answer any you can think of via a Facebook live at 18:00 BST.

    Send them in to #bbcfootball via Twitter.

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  12. Welcome, captain Henderson

    Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

    Jordan Henderson

    Into the Rooney-shaped breach steps Jordan Henderson, Liverpool leader, and now England captain for the night.

    However, Liverpool teammate and former England stalwart James Milner believes that Henderson is the ideal man for the role. 

    “It is amazing and fully deserved,” Milner told Liverpool's website. 

    “He is a top player with a top attitude. He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren’t going well for you, that’s when your strengths come through as a captain.

    “He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He’ll be a great leader for England as well.”

  13. Rooney absence 'a lift' for Slovenia?

    Slovenia v England 19:45 BST

    Wayne Rooney

    So, England head into their tie in Slovenia with captain Wayne Rooney on the bench.

    Rooney admitted he is in a "difficult period" at the moment, but that hasn't stopped tonight's opponents feeling rather smug about his absence. 

    "Wayne Rooney is world class, when a player like that does not start against you then, sure, it lifts your team," said midfielder Rene Krhin.

    "He may not be in his best form but all our players know what he represents for England, what he is and has been for his country and what he is capable of."

    Advantage Slovenia?

  14. Under-21s victorious, will seniors follow suit?


    Gareth Southgate and Jordan Henderson's England face a tricky tie in Slovenia at 19:45 BST, but their young counterparts have had no trouble in dispatching Bosnia-Herzegovina in Walsall, with the Under-21s finishing their match 5-0 victors. 

    We're keeping Sportsday open a little later this evening as we look forward to that England match, as well as Northern Ireland and Scotland's World Cup qualifiers, but with Emlyn Begley off for a well-earned rest, this is Andy Donley taking the helm.

    Just shy of three hours till kick-off, any pre-match nerves kicking in?

  15. Get Involved

    Your thoughts on MOTD Facebook page on Wayne Rooney

    John Kilminster: 11 men play but every time it's ONLY Rooney who gets the blame - it's always him by the media. He's been getting blamed for over a decade now. It's pathetic, it's a team sport not a one-man show!

    Andrew Morris: Why has it taken till now, and why has Southgate been the only one brave enough to do what has been obvious to the rest of the country for a very long time?

    Artois Deda: England made this decision a little too late. It took three years of deflated performances and the fans booed him. I feel the issue is English FA don't know what 'football' is.

    Jeremy Walker: If he scores a few for Man United he could be back in the starting line up... but as a forward, not in midfield. Please not in midfield.

    Richard Dannatt: I think if he cannot play as a striker then he shouldn't be playing.