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By Sam Lyon

2240: Right then, I make that wrap-up o'clock. Good wins for England and Wales, disappointing defeats for Scotland and Northern Ireland, a couple of thrilling Carling Cup ties followed by the second-round draw, a few Premier League transfers and a boot in the guts of David Beckham's hopes of representing England again in a competitive match ended. Not bad for a Wednesday night. Thanks for your company, people - I'm sure I don't need to remind you to be back right here on Saturday morning when I'll return to talk you through the opening day of the Premier League season. Oh - and remember you can watch the League Cup on BBC One and the website (UK only) from 2315 tonight in the meantime. Absolute bonanza.

2235: The draw in full for the second round of the Carling Cup.
Accrington v Newcastle
Portsmouth v Crystal Palace
Leeds v Leicester
Wolves v Southend
Blackburn v Norwich
MK Dons v Blackpool
Tranmere v Swansea
Everton v Huddersfield
Peterborough v Cardiff
Reading v Northampton
Scunthorpe v Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford v Hull
Sunderland v Colchester
Leyton Orient v West Brom
Morecambe v Burnley
Birmingham v Rochdale
Crewe v Ipswich
Watford v Notts County
West Ham v Oxford
Southampton v Bolton
Bradford v Preston
Fulham v Port Vale
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Stoke Shrewsbury
Hartlepool v Wigan
Ties will be played in the week commencing August 23.

2232: Stoke v Shrewsbury and Hartlepool v Wigan finish the draw for the Carling Cup second round. Full draw to come.

2231: Leyton Orient will host West Brom, while Rochdale must travel to Birmingham - nice draw for both sides, that. West Ham v Oxford Utd, Southampton v Bolton and Fulham v Port Vale are drawn...

2229: Accrington v Newcastle and MK Dons v Blackpool come out of the hat early on, followed quickly after by Everton v Huddersfield and Sunderland v Colchester...

2225: Here it comes, folks, the moment you've all been waiting for - it's the Carling Cup second round draw. Hold on to your hats...

BigEggo on 606: "So Beckham is tossed aside while Scholes is begged to return?"

Anon via text: "I'm a Scotsman and as such I'm, at best, apathetic to the woes of the England football team. At worst, I admit to having smiled at their pathetic display in South Africa, but at least they qualified. I also smiled when Hungary 'scored'. But when Steve Gerrard scored his goals I cheered like hell. Then I saw the non-reaction of Fabio Capello and the polite hand-clap of 'Psycho' and thought 'Even England deserve more passion than than this'. £Six million plus per annum and he can't be bothered to react to two good goals? Time to look elsewhere."

Carling Cup Danny: "And that's full-time at Plainmoor. Torquay 0-1 Reading, thanks to a 120th-minute goal. Couldn't have been tighter."

2219: If the Carling Cup second round draw is your bag, by the way, stick with me for the next little while as I bring you the best ties as they happen, followed by the entire draw.

Carling Cup Danny: "Late drama. Last-minute of extra-time. Reading have scored at Torquay. Gregor Rasiak with the goal. Cardiff are through. Michael Chopra scores their fourth and after their late flurry of goals gave the scoreline a comfortable sheen for the Bluebirds, who beat Burton 4-1."

have confirmed the signing of striker Marlon Harewood on a two-year deal.

2215: He wasn't asked about David Beckham on ITV, but there's no such escape on BBC Radio 5 Live, and when he is asked if the former England captain will play again for England, Fabio Capello says: "No. We have to change something, we have to choose new players, young players. This evening - I saw four young players who are the future of the England team, under Fabio Capello or whoever. I hope maybe we could play one game at Wembley for David Beckham... to say... goodbye."

pwaark on Twitter: "The last two goals came AFTER the sub of Rooney...Is he the one holding the team back?"

bluebellnutter on Twitter: "Steven Gerrard is worth 100 Frank Lampards."

2208: And here's England manager Fabio Capello - who, by the way, spent all night sat on the bench and barely moved a muscle when Gerrard's two goals went it. Interesting. "I enjoyed it. I concentrated on the game and wanted to see everything. I'm happy for the performance. We played the first 30 minutes well, the last 10 minutes of the first half not so well. It was not easy to play against them because they were really compact. But I was happy. The second half we saw more players, different players, young players and the performance was really good. I think we found some new young players for the future. The fans were really good thank you. It surprised me. We hope we can win something for these fans."

Carling Cup Danny: "Deja vu as Ross McCormack scores again to make it Cardiff 3-1 Burton. Two in three minutes for McCormack and surely the Bluebirds are through."

Carling Cup Danny: "Goal at Cardiff - Ross McCormack has scored in the 107th minute and it's Cardiff 2-1 Burton. The Brewers hit back before - can they upset the odds again?"

2204: Anyway, back to events at Wembley and here's keeper Joe Hart's reaction: "It meant the world. I think Stevie's celebration summed it up. We were just as frustrated as everyone in the stadium. We could well have turned up to an empty stadium so it was good to see so many people here and when Stevie put us ahead everyone was happy. It's a tiny step because these are the type of games we should be winning."

2202: For those of you wondering who Bebe is (see 2201) I can tell you he is a 20-year-old Portuguese frontman and that the fee is around £7m. I can also reveal he has dreadlocks and once played in the Homeless World Cup. Seriously. Not much to add to that really, is there?

Carling Cup Danny: "Half-time in extra-time in the two extended Carling Cup ties. Still Cardiff 1-1 Burton and Torquay 0-0 Reading. Remember, penalties beckon if no more goals. And the draw is coming up after games are finished."

Manchester United
have signed striker Bebe from Vitoria Guimaraes for an undisclosed fee subject to a medical.

2158: I've just thought - Steven Gerrard has not only spared England's blushes tonight but also Fifa's hasn't he? To an extent anyway. That Hungary goal was never over the line.

BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "I thought most of the young boys handled the situation well when they came on, but this game means nothing unless you continue with those players. It'll be interesting to see what sort of squad Fabio Capello picks for the qualifiers."

Wales manager John Toshack on his side's 5-1 win over Luxembourg: "In the first half we were a bit static and Luxembourg worked hard, but we were patient and the goals came. We played some decent stuff and the supporters enjoyed themselves in the second half."

BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Neville: "Steven Gerrard was inspirational tonight and he dragged England back into the game in typical style. He was immense when they most needed him and hopefully we can forget about the World Cup now."

2152: Relief as much as anything then I'd bet for England. For all their decent build-up play and encouraging commitment throughout, it took two wonder-strikes from Steven Gerrard to save them the embarrassment of a friendly defeat to Hungary, the world's 62nd best team. Over in Dublin, meanwhile, it's all over - Republic of Ireland 0- Argentina.

Full time
2151: FULL-TIME England 2-1 Hungary

2150: Oh so close to a debut goal for Bobby Zamora, the Fulham star rising well to head goalwards from the resulting corner, only to see Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly claw it away on the stretch.

2149: Adam Johnson and Jack Wilshere combine well before the former lashes goalwards, Gabor Kiraly tipping over.

2147: And that's the fragility of a one-goal lead so nearly exposed. It's a simple one-two by Hungary in the midfield and Phil Jagielka can't track Zoltan Gera's run, the Fulham star running clear but failing to get his shot past Joe Hart, who stayed big well enough and long enough to deny the Hungary forward the equaliser.

2145: Into the final five minutes at Wembley, but England still looking for a third with Kieran Gibbs and Bobby Zamora particularly effervescent. Jack Wilshere has barely touched the ball just yet, though, bless him.

2143: Over in Dublin, I can tell you it's still Republic of Ireland 0-1 Argentina, and we're into the last three minutes there too.

2141: Bobby Zamora gets free at the back post to get on the end of a corner, but Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly does well to push his header over the bar. Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, comes on for England's saviour Steven Gerrard. Gareth Barry takes over the captain's armband.

Carling Cup Danny: "Full-time cupset. Hartlepool 2-0 Sheffield United. Championship beaten by League One. Elsewhere, it's extra-time o'clock. Burton have earned a creditable 1-1 draw at 90 minutes against Cardiff and Torquay have held Reading 0-0."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "All sweetness and light at Wembley at the moment. It was probably an excellent time for Steven Gerrard to find some scoring form. The crowd have, by and large, backed the home team tonight but matters were starting to look a touch dodgy when Hungary scored."

2140: Jack Wilshere is going to come on for the last 10 minutes.

2139: Again England turn the ball over in midfield and burst with pace and movement. Kieran Gibbs - who has looked very good this half - Steve Gerrard, Bobby Zamora and Ashley Young are all involved, but Hungary hold their lines well and clear.

2136: Meanwhile, as England go about building their reputations little by little at Wembley, BBC Sport has received an emailed statement from David Beckham's agent. It reads simply: "For your info, there has been no discussion of retirement. He will always be available for his country, when fit and if needed he will be there."

Full time
2135: FULL-TIME Wales 5-1 Luxembourg

2133: Kaboom... It's almost a third England goal in a matter of minutes as Bobby Zamora spanks a doozy of an effort goalwards from range, only for Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly does brilliantly to tip it over. No corner is given, mind.

England goal: Complete turnaround, and it's Steven Gerrard with a touch of real class again. The Liverpool midfielder collects Ashley Young's pass in the box, dances around three Hungary defenders and then pokes past keeper Gabor Kiraly to spark more jubilant celebrations. You can almost see the frustration dripping away from these England boys.

2131: GOALFLASH England 2-1 Hungary (Gerrard)

2130: That Steven Gerrard goal prompts a substitution from Fabio Capello - James Milner on for Wayne Rooney.

England goal: My word, there was some feeling behind that - both the strike and the celebration. It's a captain's goal from Steven Gerrard, who collects the ball 30 yards out, looks up, and smashes into the top corner. His celebration tells you all you need to know about how passionate he is about this team and this sport. Is that going to light the blue touch paper of England's renaissance post-World Cup?

2127: GOALFLASH England 1-1 Hungary (Gerrard)

Wales goal: Craig Bellamy, who has been electric in the second half, gets a deserved goal, springing the offside trap from Joe Ledley's through ball and slotting into the corner. Wonder if Roberto Mancini is watching.

2126: BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley reports: "It's now ten games without a win and seven without a goal for Northern Ireland who warmed up for the start of their Euro 2012 qualifiers with another chastening result away from home. They started well in stifling conditions but once Montenegro found their feet lone striker Kyle Lafferty became increasingly isolated and it was no suprise when Radomir Dalovic stabbed the home side ahead just before half-time and he swept in a fine second on the hour after Lafferty had belated forced the home keeper into his first save. Nigel Worthington brought on youngsters Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood and Jonny Gorman to gain more international experience but he'll hope his senior players will offer more in the first qualifer in Slovenia."

2125: GOALFLASH Wales 5-1 Luxembourg (Bellamy)

Wales goal: It's game over in Llanelli. Luxembourg are reduced to 10 men when Mario Mutsch gets his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Moments later, the excellent Craig Bellamy lofts a ball into the mixer and debutant Steve Morison nods it across goal for Ashley Williams to score an easy header. That's the Swansea midfielder's first international goal.

Hungary goal: Goalline technology - the debate is sure to rear its head again. Michael Dawson fails to cut out a Hungary pass forward, Zoltan Gera feeds the ball left, and when the cross comes in Phil Jagielka can only deflect it towards his own goal - Dawson hooks it off the line, but the linesman thinks he's seen enough to give it. Replays suggest that is a very generous decision for Hungary indeed. I wonder is Fifa president Sepp Blatter is watching?

Full time
2121: FULL-TIME Montenegro 2-0 Northern Ireland

2121: GOALFLASH Wales 4-1 Luxembourg (Williams)

2120: GOALFLASH England 0-1 Hungary (Jagielka og)

Nasris_Special_Touch_10 on 606: "You have to give credit to Hungary - they've put in a fairly solid performance."

2116: Yet again, it's nice build-up play from England - Wayne Rooney dropping deep looking to work some magic - but, I'm afraid England fans, yet again there's no end product, Adam Johnson's curling left-footer from the right easily held by Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly.

2112: BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Game in Podgorica now drifting as the subs begin to come on. Montenegro look like a team who will make life difficult for Wales in this heat."

Dave, Wolverhampton via text: "I know there are positives, but let's face facts - we are 0-0 with the 62nd best team in the world..."

2110: Couple of half chances for England - Ashley Young whipping a fine cross behind the Hungarian defence but, unfortunately for Don Fabio's side, just too far ahead of the onrushing Wayne Rooney, and then Steven Gerrard curling over from the edge of the box after a decent link-up between Bobby Zamora and Rooney.

2109: Best football of the match from Wales as Craig Bellamy and Joe Ledley combine brilliantly down the left before Ledley prods Bellamy's cut-back just wide.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "By the looks of things the half-time substitutions have resulted in a change of formation. Yep, back to 4-4-2."

Carling Cup Danny: "The great Championship club cull of the Carling Cup 2010 seems to be continuing. Adam Boyd has netted from the penalty spot to make it Hartlepool 2-0 Sheffield United."

2108: Ashley Young gets himself on the ball a couple of times early in the half, but the Aston Villa man crosses out of play wit his first touch and then turns into trouble with his second. Much more assured start from Bobby Zamora, Michael Dawson and Kieran Gibbs, keeping it nice and simple for now.

2105: BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley reports: "Northern Ireland now have brothers Jonny and Corry Evans on the pitch for the first time. Oliver Norwood of Man Utd has come on for his debut, with Wolves' 17 year-old Jonny Gorman also given another cap."

2104: So what can the new boys bring to the party? We're back under way.

2102: Four substitutes on for England, including three debutants. Michael Dawson, Kieran Gibbs, Ashley Young and Bobby Zamora come on, Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole go off.

Parsimonious on 606: "Get Rodwell on. Get Wilshire on. I fail to see the point of playing Lampard and Terry et al. I mean what more do we need to know about them?!"

paulp1989 on Twitter: "Lots of nice football from England, still looking like they are missing a spark. Hopefully that's just because its a friendly."

Wales goal: The floodgates have opened for Wales, Andy King beating the keeper to Craig Bellamy's whipped corner and heading John Toshack's side into a two-goal lead.

2057: GOALFLASH Wales 3-1 Luxembourg

2056: Wales go close to a third as Craig Morgan heads David Cotterill's corner fractionally wide.

2055: Now then, this is the first time I've had a chance to dwell on it really - but those Capello quotes on Beckham (see 1954). Is that really how the Italian has decided to relieve the former England captain of his international duties? If I can quote the Daily Telegraph's football writer Henry Winter on Twitter: "115 caps, 17 goals, endless effort, real patriot. Not been same player since 2006 but let's hope Capello phoned before calling time." Just about sums it up doesn't it?

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "They must have been hiding or waiting for the secret signal. Yep, the half-time whistle brought out the boo boys. Decent by England but, ultimately, goalless."

2051: FULL-TIME Sweden 3-0 Scotland

Montenegro goal: Northern Ireland have made a good start to second half, but Radomir Dalovic is left free at the back post and he slots in his and Montenegro's second goal.

2050: GOALFLASH Montenegro 2-0 Northern Ireland (Djalovic)

Wales goal: Craig Bellamy bursts into the box but his progress is halted abruptly - and illegally - by Daniel Alves de la Mota. Joe Ledley steps up and strokes home from the spot to restore Wales' lead.

2050: GOALFLASH Wales 2-1 Luzembourg


2047: HALF-TIME England 0-0 Hungary
Warm welcome on to the pitch, started brightly, petered out a touch, booed off at half-time. The first half in a nutshell for England.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "Respectable looking bloke just walked past me, shirt, V-neck sweater, that sort of thing. Had his face painted in a George Cross. Must be a bet. The pace has dropped out of this game and that has undoubtedly been to Hungary's benefit. Sandor Egervari's team have just enjoyed their first decent spell of possession."

2044: Erm, Wayne Rooney has just collected the ball off the midfield, failed to find an option, and shot from all over 45-50 yards. It's deflected behind, but the phrase 'run out of ideas' might apply for England's last couple of minutes.

2042: Without keeper Allan McGregor, this could have been truly horrible for Scotland. A sweeping Sweden move ends with the ball at the feet of Ola Toivonen, but his chipped finish is clawed away by McGregor at full stretch.

Carling Cup Danny: "Just a little domestic half-time update for you. It's Cardiff 1-1 Burton, Hartlepool 1-0 Sheffield United and Torquay 0-0 Reading in tonight's first-round ties. Just a reminder - we play to a finish tonight, extra-time and penalties if necessary. And the second round draw follows the conclusion of tonight's matches."

BBC Sport's Paul__Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Decent stuff by England so far - yes, it needs to be put in context etc etc. Having said that, the goalless draw is still very much on."

2037: That's about as close as England have come at Wembley - Steven Gerrard whipping a 30-yard free-kick in at goal, forcing Gabor Kiraly into a relatively comfortable fingertip save over the bar. For all their decent build-up play, England will want to create more clear-cut chances than they are at present, I'm sure. Hungary defending well.

2036: Scotland seem to have woken up now they are 3-0 down. Darren Fletcher chips the ball into the path of Kris Boyd whose volley on the turn is saved by Isaksson with his legs. At the other end Sweden break but Elmander shoots wastefully wide.

2035: BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley reports: Northern Ireland have failed to build on a decent start. Kyle Lafferty has worked hard on his own up front but has looked increasingly isolated and the Montenegrans have gradually taken a grip of the game. Their goal might have been scrappy but Dalovic and Vucinic have been a real handful and Nigel Worthington's team need to end their six-match goalless streak to avoid another depressing away trip.

2032: HALF-TIME Wales 1-1 Luxembourg

Luxembourg goal: Well well well - they don't score too often, but Luxembourg have drawn themselves level. The visitors break and the ball falls to Joel Kitenge, there's still plenty to do but the frontman is aided by a big deflection off Craig Morgan and it goes in off the bar. Shock.

2029: GOALFLASH Wales 1-1 Luxembourg (Kitenge)

sign Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha on a season-long loan.

2026: Back at Wembley, England continue to show the kind of touch, fluidity, pace and commitment that was oh-so lacking in South Africa - although so far Hungary have done well to restrict them to half-chances. It may be a friendly and the opposition may not be the toughest, but this is encouraging. Right?

2024: Meanwhile, over at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland have gone a goal down to Argentina. Angel di Maria is the goalscorer - but I read over on 606 that the goal might have had more than a touch of offside about it. What is it about the Irish and dodgy goals?

Wales goal: Moments after Joe Ledley sees a powerful 20-yard strike deflected just over, Wales have the lead. Chris Gunter splits the defence with a pass to Robert Earnshaw, who puts in a wicked left-foot cross that the unmarked David Cotterill calmly converts at the far post.

2020: GOALFLASH Wales 1-0 Luxembourg (Cotterill)

Sweden goal: Substitute Kim Kallstrom crosses from the byeline and Ola Toivonen rises above the two Scottish centre-backs to head past McGregor. Scotland claim the ball was out of play when Kallstrom crossed but that doesn't excuse more woeful defending. Manager Craig Levein is a picture of glumness.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "Impressive start by England, who have shown some real intent and caught the eye with some sharp, crisp passing already. Those who wanted rid of the 4-4-2 have got their way. The formation here has Gerrard, Lampard and Barry in the centre of midfield, Walcott and Adam Johnson providing the width and Rooney up front. Lampard and Gerrard are showing a willingness to press forward to support Rooney."

Montenegro goal: It's too simple for the hosts, Northern Ireland failing to clear and Radomir Djalovic firing in from eight yards.

2016: GOALFLASH Sweden 3-0 Scotland (Toivonen)

2015: Terrific football from England - this really is a good start from Don Fabio's boys - as Glen Johnson feeds Theo Walcott down the right, the Arsenal winger pulls the back in the area, but Adam Johnson can only blaze over running in 15 yards out. Shame.

2013: GOALFLASH Montenegro 1-0 Northern Ireland (Djalovic)

2010: It's by no means a classic at Stradey Park. Very much a pre-season friendly feel about it and no chances to speak of since Kitenge's early effort. Luxembourg are more than matching Wales though, which they'll probably be quite pleased with given that they're ranked 127th in world. They've also had a couple of passable penalty shouts turned down.

BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Montenegran cheerleaders have finally sat down. Few chances. Vucinic the best player on the pitch so far. N Ireland starting to go long."

Carling Cup Danny: "Jay Bothroyd puts Championship Cardiff 1-0 up on League Two Burton. But Shaun Harrad levels just two minutes later. It's quite literally 1-1."

2008: Fast and furious start from England at Wembley - and for the second time in the opening exchanges the ball falls to Phil Jagielka, but as he did with the first the Everton man fails to get the ball on target.

2006: Oooohh... Steven Gerrard sets Wayne Rooney through on goal and the Manchester United frontman prods in - but the whistle for offside has long since gone. What a perfect start that would've been.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit and former Scotland striker John Robertson at Rasunda National Stadium: "Of course we want to win, but we have learned that the young back four have been dragged all over the place and are not communicating. The two goals have been deep runs and this is a learning experience that will do them a world of good. The movement of the five going forward for Sweden has been magnificent."

2004: Furious cheers as England kick-off are replaced by a decidedly mixed reception for John Terry and Ashley Cole when the Chelsea boys get on the ball. Lovely one-touch, pacy start from Fabio Capello's side nonetheless.

2002: We are up and running at Wembley, people.

1959: It is still 0-0 midway through the Montenegro-Northern Ireland first half. There have been few chances in a typically boring friendly, I'm told. Chris Brunt has come closest for NI with 20-yard shot that was deflected just wide.

Carling Cup Danny: "Three Carling Cup ties tonight. Cardiff v Burton, Hartlepool v Sheffield Utd and Torquay v Reading. And here's a possible shock - Hartlepool lead the Blades 1-0 thanks to James Brown."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "Blimey, you'd think England had won the World Cup judging by the furious handclapping that greeted their arrival. Chants of 'England till I die' already. Mind you, the considerable number of empty seats tell another story."

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "World Cup? More like Who-rld Cup? The real drama is in the build up for Euro 2012 which begins today. And what unspeakable drama. Estonia have beaten the Faroe Islands 2-1 thanks to TWO 90TH MINUTE GOALS from Kaimar Saag. Extraordinary. And not meaningless - both teams are in Northern Ireland's qualifying group."

1954: The England team is in the tunnel, headed by captain Steven Gerrard, and Joe Hart is all smiles behind him. These pictures come moments after a rather strange interview with Fabio Capello on ITV, which ended with the Italian being asked about a return to the international side for David Beckham. "Probably a little bit old, but thank you David," Capello says. I do hope that's not how the once-great England midfielder found out he's been internationally retired.

BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Open game so far in Podgorica. Brunt and Patterson trying to get forward to support Lafferty for Northern Ireland, Montenegro looking technically strong and physical."

1949: Not the greatest of starts so far for Wales, and Joel Kitenge receiving the ball inside the box for Luxembourg but contriving to spoon his shot well over the bar.

matt_taylor9 on Twitter: "Not excited about desperately overrated England team. Much more excited about desperately overrated English Premier League."

Half time
1947: HALF-TIME Sweden 2-0 Scotland

1945: Wales get the game under way at Stradey Park. Approximate crowd - a little more than one man and his dog, by the look of things. Nowhere near the 14,000 capacity, certainly.

elemcee1980 on Twitter: "Good England line-up, good formation. Shame Fab couldn't muster this up during WC. Pay to boo? What's the point? Come on England!!"

BBC Radio Scotland pundit and former Scotland striker John Robertson at Rasunda National Stadium: "It is déjà vu. There is no communication between the full-back and wide midfielder. Bajrami got behind them, but what a tremendous finish after a tremendous save from McGregor. It looked like we were settling into the game, but now we have to batten down the hatches"

mem on 606: "Hard to believe Scotland are playing 4 5 1, Sweden getting so much time in midfield to just walk the ball through us. Where is the fight Scotland, show some bloomin passion, it wont hurt you!"

Sweden goal: Ah, Chick, Craig Levein might be a touch more concerned now. Anders Svensson chips a lovely ball over the Scotland defence into the path of Emir Bajrami. McGregor saves his first shot but Bajrami collects the rebound and cleverly clips the ball into the far top corner.

1941: GOALFLASH Sweden 2-0 Scotland (Bajrami)

BBC Scotland football correspondent Chick Young on the touchline at Rasunda National Stadium: "Craig Levein does not look stressed or overly-concerned. He probably feels that Scotland have worked their way into this."

BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Less than 5000 expected in Podgorica (for Montenegro-NI) tonight. We are told everyone heads to the beach in August. Not surprised in this heat."

bentron on Twitter: "Adam Johnson hasn't really been talked about that much in the build up to this game. For me, England's most exciting player!"

1936: Wales v Luxembourg team news
Steve Morison makes his Wales debut in the friendly against Luxembourg in Llanelli, the Millwall striker part of a three-pronged attack including Robert Earnshaw, winning his 50th cap, and captain Craig Bellamy on his first start for Wales in 2010. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey starts ahead of Boaz Myhill and Doncaster's Brian Stock wins his third cap in defence.

1935: Wales v Luxembourg teams
Hennessey, Ricketts, Morgan, Williams, Gunter, Ledley, Cotterill, Stock, Bellamy, Morison, Earnshaw. Subs: Myhill, Eardley, Crofts, King, Vaughan, Brown.
Luxembourg: Joubert, Mutsch, Janisch, Kintziger, Hoffmann, Schnell, Peters, Krogh Gerson, Bettmer, Da Mota Alves, Kitenge.
Subs: Oberweis, Collette, Bernard, Blaise, Laterza, Pedro, Bensi.
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)

1934: Full England v Hungary line-ups:
Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Terry, Ashley Cole, Barry, Lampard, Walcott, Gerrard, Adam Johnson, Rooney. Subs: Loach, Dawson, Cahill, Gibbs, Milner, Young, Wilshere, Carlton Cole, Zamora, Fielding.
Hungary: Kiraly, Liptak, Vanczak, Juhasz, Szelesi, Vadocz, Dzsudzsak, Rudolf, Elek, Gera, Huszti. Subs: Fulop, Laczko, Toth, Hajnal, Komlosi, Czvitkovics, Priskin, Vermes, Koman.
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)

1931: Scotland's best chance so far. Great work from James McFadden down the left as he wriggles his way to the byline. His cross is dropped by goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson at the feet of Charlie Adam, but the striker's goalbound effort is blocked.

Robthebarman on Twitter: "Really Fabio thats the future? Same old crew. I might watch the second half if some of the newer squad members get a look in."

1930: We are up and running in the Montenegro-Northern Ireland encounter. I think. Unfortunately I don't have TV pictures of that one but I'll do my best to keep you up to date on the score at least. Cheers.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "So seven of the World Cup squad start against Hungary - Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry, Glen Johnson and John Terry. All were booed to a greater or lesser extent as their names were read out over the tannoy. Phil Jagielka, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson and keeper Joe Hart make up the rest of the starting XI. Expect to see plenty of changes through the evening."

King-Haith on 606: "Am i the only one that thinks the England starting 11 is brilliant?!

1926: It would appear, then, fears of Operation England Boo have proved unfounded. That might have something to do with the fact this England squad contains just 10 of the players who failed rather spectacularly in South Africa, mind. One man who does remain, of course, is manager Fabio Capello - and that was a subject that prompted some furious chat from you all a few days ago on Sports Editor David Bond's blog. So what do we think - is this the same ol' same ol', or a brave new dawn folks?

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "A very generous reception for the rest of the England squad as they make their way out on to the field to go through their warm-up routine. Wembley is far from full, though. Skipper Steven Gerrard's predicted boos have yet to materialise. Fair play to the Hungary fans, who are cheering loudly as the PA announcer tries to get to grips with announcing their team."

coz2000 on 606: "I feel sorry for Sam Lyon to be honest, he's the one who's gotta try and find something positive from someone regarding England tonight - personally I think he'll fail. Awful team selection."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "Out come England's three goalkeepers for their warm-up and it is cheers all round from the crowd. I didn't hear a single boo. Mind you, it would be a bit harsh to blame Joe Hart, who starts tonight, Scott Loach and Frankie Fielding for the mess in South Africa."

1920: I think it's fair to say Sweden are absolutely bossing things in the municipality of Solna - and that's a bit of an understatement - Scotland keeper Allan McGregor pulling off another, albeit more routine, save from Ola Toivonen moments ago.

Piggin_Tea_Break on 606: "Not the shock England team selection I was hoping for. A chance to really give the youth players a chance to shine and the same old tired Lampard-Gerrard-Barry midfield trots out again."

1916: Montenegro v Northern Ireland teams: Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Pavicevic, Djudovic, Jovanovic, Milorad Pekovic, Milorad Pekovic, Vukcevic, Pejovic, Zverotic, Vladimir Bozovic, Vucinic, Djalovic. Subs: Blazic, Savic, Drasko Bozovic, Beciraj, Novakovic, Tomasevic, Delibasic.
Northern Ireland: Taylor, Little, McGivern, Jonathan Evans, Craigan, Baird, Davis, Clingan, Paterson, Lafferty, Brunt. Subs: Tuffey, Corry Evans, McCann, Healy, Feeney, Patterson, Norwood, Gorman, Blayney.
Referee: Bosko Jovanetic (Serbia)

From Tony in Brighton via text: "I hope the England youngsters show the seniors some national pride tonight and play like they want to be wearing the shirts - and not just as if they deserve it."

1913: Fantastic double save from Allan McGregor. Ola Toivonen tries his luck from the edge of the area and the shot is parried by the goalkeeper but Johan Elmander pounces on the rebound and his shot from close range is brilliantly blocked by McGregor.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley Stadium: "High up in Wembley Stadium is a flag with the word 'respect' running across it. We will have a pretty good idea in less than an hour's time how much respect there is from the fans in the stands for the England players after their shoddy World Cup campaign..."

1912: England team to face Hungary:
Hart; G Johnson, Terry, Jagielka, A Cole; Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott, A Johnson; Rooney.

1910: So, I think it's fair to say that this is the round of international matches almost no-one wanted a part of, isn't it? Unless you're Zlatan Ibrahimovic, apparently, obviously. A host of managers have spoken out against it, reports suggest the fans are far from enamoured by it, and then, of course, there's the players - and frankly if you haven't either pulled out of a squad injured or quit the international scene altogether, you're just not down with the kids, girlfriend *snaps fingers either side of face*. Here's the breakdown... (apologies if I've missed one or two out, there's been like a million)
England pull-outs: Ben Foster, Darren Bent (both injured), Paul Robinson and Wes Brown (retired).
Scotland pull-outs: Lee McCulloch, Alan Hutton, Andy Webster, Graham Dorrans, David Marshall, Scott Brown (injury).
Wales pull-outs: Gareth Bale, Darcy Blake, Dave Edwards, Simon Church, Ched Evans, Sam Vokes (injury) and Simon Davies (retired).
Northern Ireland pull-outs: Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Trevor Carson, George McCartney (injury) and Damien Johnson (retired).

Adam_Clatworthy on Twitter: "Don't pin your hopes on tigers becoming lions (below), they are a completely different species..."

Sweden goal: It's taken him exactly five minutes to show what Sweden have been missing for the last few months. Pontus Wermbloom is the creator and Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the most of some slack defending to nip in and tuck home the cross from eight yards out. Simples.

1905: GOALFLASH Sweden 1-0 Scotland (Ibrahimovic)

Collycoo on Twitter: "Ibrahimovic must be delighted at the prospect of facing Gary Kenneth tonight."
Delighted... or intimidated?

1902: Aaannddd we've kicked off in Sweden.

1859: The teams are out at the Rasunda National Stadium, the anthems sung, and we're about to get up and running. Confusingly, both teams are wearing their away kits this evening, meaning Sweden are in rather Scottish-looking blue and Scotland are in a rather Swedish-looking yellow. Nice.

1857: Sweden v Scotland team news:
So Scotland coach Craig Levein goes for Wolves newboy Steven Fletcher as a lone striker ahead of Kenny Miller - maybe because he already knows what the Rangers man can do in that role - while Ibrox goalkeeper Allan McGregor makes his return to the international fold for the first time since being banned for a late-night drinking session during the tenure of previous Scotland manager George Burley. Dundee United 21-year-old Garry Kenneth wins his first cap as he starts ahead of Stephen McManus at the heart of the defence alongside Christophe Berra and they will have the job of shackling Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Barcelona frontman who has been handed the captaincy after being persuaded to come out of international retirement by new Sweden coach Erik Hamren.

From Stead via text: "We should get behind our tigers tonight and watch them become lions without the over-paid playboys! Come on England!"

1855: Sweden v Scotland teams
Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Majstorovic, Safari, Svensson, Wernbloom, Elmander, Toivonen, Bajrami, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Wiland, Berg, Larsson, Kallstrom, Granqvist, Hysen, Wendt, Olsson, Wilhelmsson.
Scotland: McGregor, Broadfoot, Kenneth, Berra, Wallace, Robson, Darren Fletcher, Thomson, Adam, McFadden, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Alexander, Whittaker, Miller, Iwelumo, Boyd, Robertson, Morrison, McManus, Turner.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

1852: Which leaves me only to open the doors for you to get involved in this here commentary. You all know the drill by now, I'm sure, but just in case the sangria has got to you a little too much over the summer break, here's the breakdown. Tweet me on that there Twitter, text me via via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or continue the red hot chat over on 606. Do it.

1850: Elsewhere, and expecting a far kinder reaction I'd wager despite not even making it to the World Cup, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also in action. Nigel Worthington's men kick off in Montenegro at 1930, Scotland are the first to get under way at 1900 in Sweden, and John Toshack's Wales are playing host to Luxembourg, with that match starting at 1945. Suffice to say I'll do my best to keep you abreast of the key action from all of those as well - and I might even throw a bit of Republic of Ireland-Argentina chat in here and there too if you're good. You lucky people.

1847: Yes, tonight sees the return to action of the England football team following what was pretty much the unmitigated disaster that was their World Cup - and the word is that they should ready themselves for some top-level heckling from the Wembley crowd. Coach Fabio Capello says he expects it and captain Steven Gerrard says he'd do it if he were in the stands - but what about the home faithful? As a wise man/my mate Joe once said: 'Football is pantomime for grown-ups' - and I suspect tonight the boys in white are playing the part of the comedy villain. We shall see.

1845: Y'alright folks - got your 'Booboozelas' ready?

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