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Summary

  1. Joey Barton's Rangers contract terminated
  2. Rooney to captain England against Scotland
  3. Rugby union: England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland name teams

Live Reporting

By Andy Donley and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and goodbye

    That's all from us - we'll be back tomorrow with all the build up to England v Scotland.

    Thanks for joining us, and goodbye.

  2. 'I am what I am'

    Football

    Scotland captain Darren Fletcher: "I am what I am. I act the same when I'm not captain as when I am captain. We have a number of leaders in the dressing room and when I look behind me, I'll have a lot of Scotsmen with great pride and passion.

    "We're not going in here with fear or a real low. We get disappointed after results but it gives you a real steel and determination to go out there and put it right.

    "We went out to the stadium and had a look around. It's a great excitement. It will be a great occasion and hopefully we can get the result to remember it by."

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  3. 'Rooney is a first class captain'

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    Darren Fletcher on England captain Wayne Rooney: "Wayne Rooney is a first class captain and a world class player. He is a natural born leader who is not afraid to speak his mind. He is England's all time leading goal scorer. He will be the first to accept the pressure he is under and will want to prove himself". 

    And on world number one tennis player Andy Murray: "For us he's an inspiration for what he's achieved in tennis. His never say die attitude, to keep improving against arguably some of best tennis players of all time. To keep driving himself forward, he's fought himself to the number one in the world. You can take inspiration from him as a sportsmen, from his desire. He's shown you can achieve almost what you wish."

  4. 'It doesn't get much bigger than this'

    Football

    Scotland captain Darren Fletcher: "It doesn't get much bigger than this - there will be a little more fire in the belly, it being England v Scotland. 

    "But even with a couple of disappointing results, we are by no means out of it. We can't be get drawn into these "must win" games. 

    "A point would be a decent result for us.

    "Every time you lead your country out it important but there is no bigger stage than Wembley in front of 90,000 fans". 

  5. 'This fixture is different for different people'

    Football

    "This fixture is different for different people," Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has said.

    "They are the lucky people - the ones playing. The ones who find it hard are the coaching staff. I have been here as a supporter many times. I enjoyed it as a player and as a fan - perhaps a bit too much. 

    "But management is a bit different. We can't predict a result. All we can do is focus on the performance."

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  6. 'They are oblivious to anything else'

    Football

    Next up is Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher.

    "Since we met up on Sunday, the focus has been tremendous. They are oblivious to anything else going on.

    "It will be a bit of a derby game. It's a big game for England as well. Wembley is not the easiest place to play when there is expectancy on you.

    "The passion isn't all coming from Scotland's side. This is a qualifying game and both teams will have fire in their bellies, desperate to win."

  7. 'The players I have are magnificent'

    Football

    "Everybody has an opinion about the team. There's a lot of people who would love to be in this squad, that's for sure. I have to say the group of players I have here is truly magnificent.

    "We are all passionate to be in the squad and that's good. The main thing we're thinking about is this group of players."

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  8. 'We've been oblivious about anything but the game'

    Football

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "Since we met up on Sunday evening, the focus has been tremendous. We've been oblivious about anything other than the game on Friday night.

    "Every time I meet with this group of lads, I get the same intensity at training, the same discipline and desire That is unquestionable. 

    "The ability at times in certain areas, it is up to us to improve on that. Contrary to what footballers say, they can't give 110% - you can only give 100% and that's what these lads give."

  9. 'The atmosphere could spook a few'

    Football

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I have got a lot of good characters about the place - don't worry about that. 

    "As a manager you often think, who is going to let me down but not with this team. This is a great group of lads to work with. I never go to bed thinking someone is going to let me down and someone isnt going to give me 100%. 

    "The atmosphere, occasion and fans could spook a few and focus a few people but the players are oblivious about anything but the game of football. 

    "My players are intelligent enough to understand the fixture. The importance of the game is understood."

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  10. 'I haven't felt good about myself'

    Football

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "We've not been too pleased with the last two performances. Any game we've played after the last two, we are desperate to catch up and make up ground. 

    "This game is a chance to catch up. It's a chance to feel better about myself. Over the past few years I haven't felt decent about myself. It's getting back to that level of feeling good about yourself."

  11. Post update

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has arrived for his press conference ahead of his side's game against England on Friday

    We'll bring you the best of what he has to say.

  12. Barton's short stint at Rangers

    Football

    BBC Scotland's John Barnes has taken a look at Joey Barton's 133-day stint at Rangers.

    The midfielder, who made just eight appearances for Rangers, has reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract.

  13. The Flaws of the Game

    BBC Radio 5 live

    David Davies explores what's wrong with the way English football is run by the FA, and others, as well as looking at the product itself as audience figures drop for live TV matches.

    Listen here.

  14. 'The spinners will be most dangerous'

    First Test, India v England

    A reminder that England remain on top in the first Test against India, having scored 537 in their first innings with India reaching 63-0 in their reply by the close of day two.

    Moeen Ali, who was 99 not out overnight, was eventually out for 117 while all-rounder Ben Stokes top-scored with 128.

    Moeen told TMS: "I felt it was going to be dangerous with the new ball but I backed myself to get over the line and get that hundred. 

    "The seamers will have a role to play with reverse swing but the spinners will be the most dangerous on that wicket.

    "The last 45 minutes gave us confidence as spinners. The cracks are a little bit bigger and there is a bit more rough for the spinners. The good thing is not every ball is spinning so that keeps us more in the game." 

    Listen to the TMS podcast here

    Moeen Ali
  15. Get Involved - best and worst things about Checkatrade Trophy

    #bbcsportsday

    Joseph: Not many positives floating around for the EFL but it's great to have the youth squads playing for senior selection.

    Tom Bonavia: Worst? The whole format. Best? Nothing. Costing money to host games with low attendances, undermined by having U21 sides.

    Mix It N Fix It Man: Best: fa trying something new to promote academy players and improve them. Worst: fans attitudes to a misguided trial system.

  16. Fifa football museum set to lose £24m

    Football

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino (left) holding a football with museum director Stefan Jost during the inauguration of the FIFA World Football Museum on February 28, 2016 in Zurich.
    Image caption: FIFA president Gianni Infantino (left) with former World Football Museum director Stefan Jost at the opening of the attraction

    Fifa's World Football Museum in Zurich is set to lose 30 million francs (£24m; $30m) this year, Swiss media reports.

    The attraction, which opened nine months ago, explores football's history through multimedia, memorabilia and archive photos.

    It cost 140m francs (£114m; $141m) to build, and was the pet project of ex-Fifa chief Sepp Blatter.

    A working group now hopes to figure out a better business model.

  17. Resist revenge, Cotter tells Scots

    Rugby Union

    Greig Laidlaw

    Head coach Vern Cotter believes Scotland must avoid falling into the "trap" of looking for revenge against Australia on Saturday.

    A controversial penalty, successfully kicked by Bernard Foley, sealed a 35-34 win for the Wallabies over the Scots in last year's World Cup quarter-final. Australia visit Murrayfield for Scotland's first autumn Test on Saturday.

    "It's another game, it's a year on," said Cotter.

    "There were things that we took from that game that we felt that we could use to become better and improve. One of those traps you can fall into is work on the principle of revenge. There's determination anyway."

  18. 'Koeman right to say Lukaku must leave'

    Football

    Koeman and Lukaku

    Everton boss Ronald Koeman was right to suggest striker Romelu Lukaku needs to leave Goodison Park to fulfil his potential, according to two of the club's supporters' groups.

    Koeman told Belgian newspaper HLN that Lukaku, 23, has potential "greater and higher" than his current club.

    George McKane, a founding member of Everton Supporters' Trust, said Koeman is acting in Everton's best interests.

    "It makes a pleasant change for someone to tell the truth," he told BBC Sport.

    "What he's saying is what a lot of Evertonians are thinking."

  19. 'Champions League spot possible for Everton'

    Football

    BBC World Service

    Video content

    Video caption: Ex-Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard talks Koeman, Bradley and a return to MLS football.

    Former Everton and United States goalkeeper Tim Howard believes the Toffees are a new prospect under manager Ronald Koeman and will be able to attract some of world football's best talent to the club.

    Howard, who now plays for Colorado Rapids, also talks about how the MLS has come on "leaps and bounds" since his first spell in the league.

    The 37-year-old began by telling Sportsworld's Lee James what he remembers of the MLS when he began his career on home soil.

  20. BreakingFifa rejects Wales poppies request

    Football

    Fifa has rejected a request from Wales to wear poppies on their shirts in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

    Wales will wear black armbands instead, while fans at Cardiff City Stadium will form a poppy mosaic before kick-off.

    Football's world governing body Fifa prohibits any political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

    But England and Scotland will defy Fifa's ban on players wearing poppies in their match on Friday.