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Summary

  1. Strachan blames Scotland's size on Slovenia draw
  2. Get involved: Your favourite sporting excuses
  3. Northern Ireland reach play-offs despite Norway defeat
  4. England heading to Russia after finishing qualifying unbeaten
  5. Later: Wales v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

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  1. Post update

    I've got some bad news... it is time for Sportsday to disappear. I know, I know, sad times.

    But the good news is... live coverage of the big game in Cardiff will be starting before you know it. Tune in from 18:00 BST on the BBC Sport website or app, while our colleagues on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru will also be there.

    And Sportsday will be back tomorrow for all of the reaction, plus updates from Syria's important qualifying game against Australia.

    Cheerio!

  2. 'Go and make history'

    Football

    Chris Coleman

    Wales manager Chris Coleman wants his "golden generation" to forget the past and make more history when they face the Republic of Ireland in their final World Cup qualifier on Monday.

    Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 - their first major tournament for 58 years.

    And a win on Monday could take them to their first World Cup since 1958.

    "There is nothing for the players to fear," said Coleman. "I think both teams are going to go for it."

  3. Get involved

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    Jon Preston‏: Seems to imply Gordon Strachan the player wouldn't have been picked very often by Gordon Strachan the manager.

    Douglas Shand: Dalglish 5 8”, Jimmy Johnstone 5 2”, Gemmill 5 5”, Denis Law 5 9”, Dave Mackay 5 8, Bremner 5 5”and ironically Strachan 5 6”.

    Jack Roberts‏: Interesting point by Strachan. I wonder what Scottish Footballs youth set up is like and grassroots level is like?

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    We've been talking all morning about those Gordon Strachan quotes. The Scotland manager reckons his nation are "genetically behind" after they failed to beat Slovenia and reach the World Cup play-offs.

    Here are few more of your thoughts...

  5. Post update

    Let's switch back from the Rugby League World Cup to the football World Cup...

  6. Follow the World Cup with the BBC

    Rugby League

    And don't forget you can stay across the whole of the Rugby League World Cup right here on the BBC.

    Full details here.

  7. England's World Cup schedule

    Rugby League

    England have the honour of opening the tournament when they meet co-hosts - and defending champions - Australia. Here's the full schedule:

    Friday, October 20: Pre-tournament – England v Affiliated States (Perth)

    Friday, October 27: Opening game of RLWC – England v Australia (Melbourne)

    Saturday, November 4: England v Lebanon (Sydney)

    Sunday, November 12: England v France (Perth)

  8. 'Selecting the squad was tough'

    Rugby League

    England coach Wayne Bennett on his 24-man squad for the upcoming World Cup:

    "Selecting the final 24 with the help of my coaching staff was tough and that was down to the effort and performances of many players throughout the season.

    "The competitiveness of Super League and NRL and knowing the goal of playing for your country in a World Cup has made many raise their game and become better athletes.

    "We had to put the disappointment of the Four Nations behind us quickly and the meetings that followed that tournament set out what was required to be successful in the World Cup. Everyone has fully bought into this and we can’t wait to get started."

  9. Roby back in the fold

    Rugby League

    St Helens hooker James Roby, 31, also returns to the squad for the first time since 2015. It will be the 31-year-old’s third World Cup after representing England in 2008 and 2013.

    Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin skippers the side in the tournament which begins on 27 October.

  10. Hardaker out, Lomax in

    Rugby League

    Of course we know there is no Zak Hardaker. In case you missed it, the Castleford full-back has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cocaine.

    St Helens full-back Jonny Lomax is named in the squad despite struggling with injury recently.

  11. England name World Cup squad

    Rugby League

    Drum roll please...

    England have announced their 24-man World Cup squad...

    And there is no place for Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins...

    View more on twitter
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    Boca Chop: People complaining about Scotland, unbeaten in last 7 inlcuding 6 qualifiers, an amazing record and fans should be proud.

  13. Who needs what to qualify for Russia 2018?

    England are there. Northern Ireland are two games away. Wales and the Republic of Ireland are, well, we don't know yet.

    Holders Germany have already qualified, as have Spain and Brazil - the usual suspects. However, not all of the tradition heavyweights are finding it easy.

    Three-time runners up the Netherlands are all but out and Argentina - even with Lionel Messi - are also in trouble. Meanwhile, Syria are in a play-off to keep their unlikely World Cup dream alive.

    Find out who has qualified - and who still has work to do - in our comprehensive round-up.

  14. Jennings unveiled by Lancashire

    Cricket

    It's official! England batsman Keaton Jennings has arrived at Old Trafford to be officially unveiled as a Lancashire player.

    The opener agreed a four-year deal with the Red Rose county last month.

    View more on twitter
  15. Edmund through in Shanghai

    Tennis

    Kyle Edmund

    Job done for Kyle Edmund. The British number three is through to the second round of the Shanghai Open after breezing past Jiri Vesely.

    Edmund won 6-3 6-2 in little over an hour against the Czech leftie who is ranked 62nd, nine places below the Yorkshireman.

  16. Long out for the Republic

    Wales v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Shane Long

    Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has been ruled out of Monday night's World Cup qualifier against Wales because of injury.

    The 30-year-old Southampton front man played more than 80 minutes of Friday's 2-0 home win over Moldova.

    But on the morning of the final Group D match in Cardiff the Republic announced Long's withdrawal.

    Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy looks set to start again after scoring both goals against Moldova

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    Gavin Aitken‏: Scotland should be producing tall, athletic, technically sound players to suit style. Smaller players only if special talent.

    Colin Mathie‏: He's talking complete something, not sure guff is the word i'd use

  18. Edmund on the verge of victory

    Tennis

    Kyle Edmund is aiming to finish the year as a top 50 player and the 22-year-old Brit appears to be helping his case at the Shanghai Open.

    The Yorkshireman, currently ranked 53rd, is steaming towards a straight-set victory against Czech leftie Jiri Vesely.

    Edmund is a set and a break up.

  19. Garcia out of Tianjin Open

    Tennis

    Caroline Garcia

    World number nine Caroline Garcia has withdrawn from this week's Tianjin Open because of injury.

    The 23-year-old from France beat new world number one Simona Halep to win the China Open on Sunday.

    That took her ahead of Briton Johanna Konta in the Race to Singapore - the top eight players in which compete at the season-ending WTA Finals.

    Konta will also sit out the event in Tianjin, so will need to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

  20. England set to name World Cup squad

    Rugby League

    So we know Zak Hardaker won't be named in England's Rugby League World Cup squad. But who else will be on the plane to the Southern Hemisphere? We're going to be finding out in the next hour.

    Wayne Bennett's squad will be revealed at 12:00 BST. We will be bringing you live updates when it arrives...