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Summary

  1. Northern Ireland v Germany, Group C, (19:45 BST)
  2. England v Slovenia, Group F, (19:45 BST)
  3. Scotland v Slovakia, Group F, (19:45 BST)
  4. GET INVOLVED: Your meetings with sports stars #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we leave you on our warm-up edition for today. I've played the Bobby Chariot role but the live text for tonight's international matches begins with Tom Rostance at 18:00 BST. Cheerio now.

  2. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live, 19:00 BST

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport at 19:00 BST with Mark Chapman comes live from Wembley where there will be live commentary of England against Slovenia. Ian Dennis and John Murray are your commentators, with summaries from Chris Waddle and Phil Neville.

    Roddy Forsyth reports from Scotland against Slovakia and Ali Bruce-Ball will have updates from Northern Ireland's match against Germany. Live commentary of Scotland's match is available on 5 live sports extra.

    Wembley
  3. Charting history

    We've heard that Neil Diamond is in town in Glasgow, but the last time Northern Ireland beat Germany, back in November 1983, Billy Joel was number one with Uptown Girl. There have been defeats for the Irish in the last six meetings but will their river of dreams still be afloat tonight?

  4. Honours even in play-off opener

    It has finished 1-1 in Malaysia and the tie is set up nicely for Tuesday's second leg in Sydney.

  5. All square in Malaysia

    An 85th-minute Omar Al Somah penalty has equalised for Syria against Australia in the first leg of their play-off.

  6. Get Involved - sporting meetings

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    We've enjoyed your meetings with sports stars today. How about this for a boy band promotional poster?

    Chris Coleman
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    Sam Collins: Met my hero Graham Gooch, Lords 1988. Refused to give me an autograph. Curtly Ambrose saw, gave me a hug and autograph=new hero.

  8. Australia ahead

    Syria v Australia, play-off 1st-leg (Thursday, 13:30 BST)

    Australia lead Syria 1-0 midway through the second half of the first-leg of their Asia qualifying play-off at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malaysia, where war-torn Syria play their home matches. VfL Bochum forward Robbie Kruse opened the scoring in the first period.

  9. Forever in Blue (Jeans)

    Scotland v Slovakia (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    Roddy Forsyth

    Scottish Football Correspondent

    Neil Diamond was staying at the Scotland team hotel. Which of his hits will be more appropriate for the Tartan Army - a toast of Red, Red Wine or a Song Sung Blue?

  10. Sporting encounters - get involved

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    We are still seeking your stories of encounters with sports stars and the effects they had on you. On the subject of Gary Lineker, my good lady's all-time favourite, I ventured across the Media City piazza last year with a life-sized cardboard cut out of his face superimposed on a muscle-bound body. It is still in the living room to this day.

    Gary Lineker
  11. Impressive away record

    Northern Ireland v Germany (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Just judging by the busy breakfast room in my hotel in Belfast this morning there are a lot of German fans who've made the trip for the game tonight just to sample the famous Windsor Park atmosphere.

    The German players like Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller were very taken with Northern Ireland's Green and White Army when the two countries met in Paris at Euro 2016 and Hummels has already sent the fans a tweet from Germany's team plane saying "Look who is coming for you #gawa".

    Northern Ireland actually beat West Germany home and away in qualifying for the 1984 European Championship but the frightening stat is that Germany have never lost a World Cup qualifier away from home - 46 games and counting!

  12. Sane may start for unbeaten Germany

    Northern Ireland v Germany (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    Germany have eight wins from eight matches as they head to Windsor Park to face second-placed Northern Ireland, but Joachim Low has a few regulars missing, striker Timo Werner the latest to withdraw after keeper Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and 2014 World Cup final goalscorer Mario Goetze were already ruled out.

    Manchester City's Leroy Sane is a candidate to lead the line for the Germans, who have scored 35 goals and conceded only two in Group C.

  13. Slovakia at the World Cup finals

    Scotland v Slovakia (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    Slovakia have made just the one appearance at the World Cup finals, in 2010, but they finished runners up to Paraguay and progressed to round two, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to the Netherlands. They had qualified from the group after beating defending champions Italy, who finished bottom after failing to win a match.

  14. Tough task ahead for Scotland

    Scotland v Slovakia (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    Scotland have not been at the finals since France 1998 but 10 points from the past four games have increased their chances.

    Gordon Strachan's team must win tonight against Slovakia and again in Slovenia on Sunday to guarantee second spot in Group F.

    That will be no mean feat, Slovakia had won five in a row before a 2-1 defeat against England at Wembley in September, a run which included a 3-0 home win over the Scots in October last year.

    Scotland training
  15. Slovenia at the World Cup

    England v Slovenia, (Thursday 19:45 BST)

    Slovenia have reached the World Cup finals on two occasions, bowing out at the first stage both times. In 2002 they lost all three matches but they beat Algeria and drew with USA at South Africa in 2010, losing to England following a solitary Jermain Defoe goal in the first half.

    Jermain Defoe scores at the 2010 World Cup
  16. Sporting meetings - get Involved

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    Please keep your encounters with sports stars coming in - and the effects they had on you. It's the glamour of this one I like.

    Todos: Met Crouch in 2008 at a McDonalds drive thru after an England game and he signed my luminous green Chelsea shirt with a biro.

  17. Slovenia in focus

    England v Slovenia, (Thursday 19:45 BST)

    Slovenia, coached by former Yugoslavia and Slovenia international Srecko Katanec, have lost just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions, winning five and drawing four.

    They have only scored 10 goals in their eight matches to date, but with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak impressing between the posts, they have conceded only four times.

  18. Spurs strengthen England cause

    England v Slovenia, (Thursday 19:45 BST)

    No Dele Alli tonight for England of course because of suspension following that unfortunately raised central digit, but seven of England's last nine goals have either been scored or assisted by Tottenham players.

    Hitman Harry Kane is England's top scorer under Gareth Southgate with five goals - more than twice as many as any of his team-mates.

  19. Get involved - sporting encounters

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    After Rory McIlroy harked back to his boyhood meeting with Roy Keane we are keen to hear your encounters with sports stars on #bbcsportsday.

    David Seaman with james dodds