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Jamie Lillywhite

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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we end for today. It's the Champions League draw in Monaco tomorrow afternoon so join the team for that. Cheerio now.

  2. Bradley Lowery tribute match

    Here's something a lot of people will want to be involved in, a charity match at Everton's Goodison Park on 3 September in honour of Bradley Lowery, who captured the hearts of football fans across the nation.

    Bradley's family are encouraging fans to support the 'Cancer Has No Colours' message at the celebrity match between ‘Bradley’s Blues’ and ‘The Lowery Legends’.

    Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under-16s and funds raised will benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community. They can be purchased online, from the Goodison Road ticket office or the club’s city centre ticket facility in Everton Two.

  3. BBC coverage

    Cheltenham v West Ham (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There will be updates from Anfield in tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 BST but the commentary match comes from Whaddon Road where Cheltenham host West Ham in the EFL Cup. Ali Bruce-Ball will be joined in the com box by much travelled former striker Steve Claridge. These are two of the few teams he did not turn out for!

  4. Klopp on Coutinho

    Liverpool v Hoffenheim (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Liverpool face Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off at Anfield tonight holding a 2-1 advantage from the first-leg. Jurgen Klopp has had a lot of Coutinho questions to field in the build-up to the match, but though the Brazilian playmaker will not be in the side, Klopp insists there are no problems.

  5. BBC coverage

    Southampton v Wolves (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Lots of EFL Cup action across the BBC tonight and BBC WM will have live commentary of Southampton against Wolves.

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  6. Villa target Snodgrass

    Pat Murphy

    5 live Sport

    Aston Villa hope to sign Scottish international Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham until the end of the season. Snodgrass played for Villa's manager Steve Bruce at Hull, helping him gain promotion to the Premier League in 2015. West Ham signed Snodgrass for around £10m last January but the 29-year-old has not settled at the club.

    Robert Snodgrass
  7. Berbatov joins Indian Super League

    Dimitar Berbatov, now 36, who displayed many a sublime touch for Spurs, Manchester United and Fulham and has since played for Monaco and PAOK, is now going to be plying his trade in the Indian Super League for Kerala Blasters, who also have former Manchester United and Sunderland defender Wes Brown in their ranks.

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  8. Northern Ireland eye qualification

    More on the Northern Ireland squad now and Michael O'Neill's team, who are currently second behind Germany in World Cup qualifying Group C, four points clear of Czech Republic as they seek a first appearance at the finals since 1986, can guarantee a second-placed finish in this forthcoming double header if results go their way.

    They travel to San Marino next week and then face the Czechs in Belfast the following Monday.

    QPR's Conor Washington has been recalled after he missed the last qualifier to get married and Jonny's brother Corry Evans is another addition from the most recent squad having overcome a groin injury.

    There is also a place for Craig Cathcart despite the fact he is yet to appear for Watford this season, with groin and knee issues restricting him to just a solitary appearance in his country's qualification campaign so far.

    Sunderland's Paddy McNair and Nottingham Forest's Jamie Ward are injured and there is once again no place for Will Grigg, who is not so much on fire these days as he is yet to start a league game for Wigan this term.

  9. Evans named in Northern Ireland squad

    Jonny Evans

    West Brom's Jonny Evans, the subject of a recent £18m bid from Manchester City, has been included in Northern Ireland's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers despite a hamstring concern.

    West Brom team-mate Gareth McAuley is missing from Michael O'Neill's 25-man group for the matches against San Marino and Czech Republic next month because of a thigh problem, while Liam Boyce ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a pre-season friendly.

    Northern Ireland squad: Roy Carroll (Linfield), Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St. Johnstone); Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Millwall), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United), Adam Thompson (Bury), Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham), Tom Flanagan (Burton); Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Gwangju), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paul Paton (St. Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Burton); Kyle Lafferty (Hearts), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Conor Washington (QPR), Shay McCartan (Bradford).

  10. Goalkeeper Gazzaniga joins Tottenham

    Other news now and maybe not the signing Spurs fans might have hoped for, but the Lilywhites have brought in 25-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton.

  11. Rooney should play until 2018 World Cup - Sven

    More from former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who gave Rooney his international debut in 2003: "If I was the manager I would try to convince him to delay it (the international retirement) until after the next World Cup," Eriksson, 69, said.

  12. 'I hope he will change his mind'

    Wayne Rooney and Sven

    Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson speaking to Sky Sports News: "It is a fantastic career, sometimes he has been criticised but fact is fact - the games he has played and goals he has score

    "During my time he was world class, you don’t score than number of goals without being."

  13. Rooney retires from internationals

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    At 31 it feels too young for international retirement. Robbie Keane got 17 international goals *after* his 31st birthday.

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    Pip Dudderidge: Rooney was the last remaining member of that amazing '04 side. His experience will be missed. Lack of real leaders scares me.

    Tobias Xavier: No sense, still very young and unproven in major tournament with the World Cup next year could have used his experience

  15. Rooney announces international retirement

    And here is the reaction from the Toffees.

  16. Rooney retires from internationals

    John Murray

    BBC football correspondent

    And so ends Wayne Rooney's international career of over 13 years in which he became England's record scorer with 53 goals and the most capped outfield player with 119 appearances - only goalkeeper Peter Shilton, with 125, has more.

    In fact Rooney last played for England in November but manager Gareth Southgate maintained he would still be in his plans if he started regularly for his club.

    After leaving Manchester United to return to Everton this summer, Rooney has started all five matches they have played. Southgate was at manchester City on Monday to see him make it two goals in two Premier League appearances and rang Rooney to tell him he would be recalled to the England squad tomorrow.

    But Rooney says he has come to the "really tough decision" to bow out to focus all his energies on helping Everton be successful.

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    Not all of you have been quite so complimentary:

    bROCKerz: Carried to and though every tournament since 04. Not there when it mattered - Rooney won't be missed

    Paul: Rooney's international goal tally is misleading. A handful of goals against good sides only.

  18. Rooney announces international retirement

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from former England captain Terry Butcher: "I think he did fulfil his potential in an England shirt, he went on to become the leading goalscorer played in three World Cups and played some fantastic games.

    "He has always been approachable in all my dealing with him working for 5 live, a perfect captain and perfect leader.

    "He has always shown a great deal of dignity and class."

  19. Rooney retires from internationals

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England captain Terry Butcher speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "You do know as an international player when you have reached the point of no return. Sometimes you want to jump before you are pushed.

    "I would have loved him to have gone to Russia and lead England at a fourth World Cup but he has had 13 great years and he will know in his heart and head that it makes sense to concentrate for Everton."

  20. 'Rooney is an icon'

    Wayne Rooney, who will not be 32 until October, earned his first cap against Australia in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 111 days to become England's youngest international, a record since taken by Theo Walcott.

    FA chairman Greg Clarke said of the Everton forward's international retirement: "Today marks the end of an era in international football. Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game.

    "As his country's all-time leading goalscorer and most-capped outfield player, it goes without saying that Wayne has deservedly earned the right to forever be called a Three Lions great."

    Wayne Rooney
    Image caption: A fresh-faced Wayne Rooney on his England debut in 2003