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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 October 2007, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Euro 2008 qualifying as it happened
Group B
Scotland 3-1 Ukraine Group D
Cyprus 3-1 Wales Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany Group E
England 3-0 Estonia


Send us your views, comments and opinions on Saturday's games - text us on 81111 or use 606

By Caroline Cheese

2143: I can't help thinking that most eyes will be elsewhere at this moment as the final whistle blows in the rugby in Paris. Still if you're out there, thanks for your company. We'll do it all again on Wednesday.

2140: FULL-TIME Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany
And that's your lot. Germany are the first side to earn qualification for Euro 2008, joining hosts Austria and Switzerland. The Republic of Ireland played well enough but their hopes of qualifying are all but over.

2140: The Republic have another corner! It's cleared only to Aiden McGeady whose powerful volley hits one of his own players.

2139: The Republic have a corner. But Germany clear.

2138: Kevin Kilbane off, Daryl Murphy on.

2137: Another huge roar at Croke Park as the fourth official tells us there'll be three minutes of injury time.

2133: Fabio Grosso puts Italy 2-0 near the end of the game against Georgia. That means the Italians keep pace with Scotland at the top of Group B.

2132: Less than five minutes of the 90 to go now. The Republic really need to win to keep their qualification hopes alive. Germany only need a draw and they qualify.

2129: Kevin Kilbane whips over the ball and Shane Long prods it towards goal. Robbie Keane flicks out a leg to try to hook it home but only makes contact with Christoph Metzelder's head. The Germany defender is OK though.

2126: Last throw of the dice from Steve Staunton. Aiden McGeady is on.

2122: Germany keeper Jens Lehmann is down quickly to save to his right from Shane Long's snapshot. Bring back Bad Lehmann, he's much more entertaining than Good Lehmann.

2120: Lukas Podolski goes close for the second time in two minutes. His low shot from just outside the area drifts narrowly wide. The striker is meant to be out of form but he looks pretty sharp out there.

2118: Although dirk-kuyt18 on 606 reckons it was crowd trouble. I don't know who to trust anymore...

2117: Ask and a texter shall deliver... "Poland v Kazakhstan game is resumed. It was due to lighting failure."

2116: Shane Long is on for Reading team-mate Kevin Doyle as Steve Staunton looks for the goal which would keep the Republic's qualification hopes alive.

2115: "Robbie Keane hasn't played very well as usual. I don't know why he's captain. if we had any half decent strikers, I wouldnt have him in the team - he never performs for Ireland anymore."
huh??? on 606

2113: If anyone is by any chance at the Poland-Kazakhstan game, I'd be awfully grateful if you could tell me what the heck's going on. Anyone? The last we heard it was suspended. Now Poland have scored to make it 1-1.

2111: "Congratulations to Luxembourg who recorded their first win in 12 years of trying. Maybe they took ... ahem ... inspiration from Scotland's fine form."
scotbot on 606

2110: Germany bring on Lukas Podolski for Mario Gomez in a like-for-like replacement.

2105: Croatia beat Israel 1-0. That means Croatia lead Group E by three points from England, Russia two points back in third. If England beat Russia on Wednesday, they will go through with Croatia.

2102: Someone has just texted in to find out about the Poland-Kazakhstan game. Well, Kazakhstan were leading 1-0 in the second-half but the game seems to have been suspended. Not sure why.

2100: It's all going off. Torsten Frings gets a booking now for pulling back Andy Keogh as the Republic break. Cynical but he might have saved his side there.

2058: A classic Jens Lehmann moment. The Arsenal keeper comes charging out for no apparent reason and just about gets the ball from Andy Keogh far out on the right. Then he picks the ball up and tries to run away with it as the Republic look to take a quick throw-in. He gets a completely ridiculous booking which rules him out of Germany's next game.

2056: Oh no Robbie Keane. The Republic striker is one-on-one with Jens Lehmann but tries an audacious chip which goes horribly wrong.

2055: Lee Carsley's cross/shot has Jens Lehmann scrambling. The German keeper just tips it over before it hits the top corner. Very close for the Republic.

2053: "Looks like Scotland will have to get something against Italy then with them beating Georgia."
hawick on 606

2051: The second-half at Croke Park begins.

2045: Spain beat Denmark 3-1 in Group F, which means they move six points ahead of Northern Ireland in third. Northern Ireland travel to first-placed Sweden on Wednesday.

2035: HALF-TIME Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany
That's good enough for Germany, but not really for Steve Staunton's Republic of Ireland. Stan, some inspirational words needed.

2034: Bad news Scotland fans. Italy take the lead against Georgia through Andrea Pirlo just before half-time.

2033: Uh-oh. Richard Dunne's late tackle on Kevin Kuranyi earns him a yellow card and he, like Lee Carsley, will miss the Cyprus game on Wednesday.

2032: Torsten Frings unleashes a thunderous shot from 25 yards but it is straight at Shay Given and the Republic keeper collects. No drama.

2030: "The Irish defence are playing brilliant - they are up against it though. Ireland not really doing anything from midfield."
huh??? on 606

2027: After a goalless first half, Croatia take the lead against Israel through Arsenal striker Eduardo Da Silva. If it stays like that, Croatia will maintain their three-point lead over England in Group E.

2026: Germany get a couple of corners in quick succession and from the second, Christoph Metzhelder's header is cleared off the line by Steve Finnan.

2025: Lee Carsley battles with Torsten Frings in the corner and eventually gives away what looks like a harsh free-kick. Carsley gets a yellow card to bafflement all round. He misses Wednesday's game against Cyprus all round.

2020: Good pressure from the Republic from the corner which ends with Joey O'Brien's deflected header easily gathered by Lehmann.

2019: Andy Reid finds Robbie Keane with a stunning first-time pass but the Spurs striker can't beat Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann from a tricky angle.

2015: "Romania beat Holland 1-0 to go top of Group G, and leave England as the only team to concede two goals or less. It also leaves Romania unbeaten, but inflicts a first defeat of the Dutch."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

2012: There's been some chat on 606 about John Toshack's future with Wales and it seems the man himself is having a few doubts. "I will have to have a long hard look at myself and what I am doing here. After what I have seen in this match I am obviously doing something wrong."

2007: Bastian Schweinsteiger is unable to return so Germany are forced to make their first substitution with Simon Rolfes coming on. An early blow for Germany.

2005: They may be a man down but Germany create the best chance so far with Mario Gomez volleying into the ground and narrowly over from Marcell Jansen's cross.

2003: The roar goes up at Croke Park as Andy Keogh gets the ball on the right but he can't get his cross on target. Bastian Schweinsteiger is in the dressing room for treatment on a head wound after a clash with Kevin Kilbane. Kilbane's back on the field so the Republic are a man up for now.

1959: The Republic of Ireland made a bright start at Croke Park but Germany are coming back into it now. Lots of meaty tackles coming in.

1955: "After watching Wales defending they're clearly wanting Toshack out. C'mon Ireland though!"
Paul, Scotland, via text on 81111

1951: In Group F, that's Northern Ireland's group, Spain lead Denmark 2-0 at half-time. If the result stays the same, Northern Ireland will be six points behind Spain and Sweden - who beat Liechtenstein 3-0 earlier. Nigel Worthington's side will have a game in hand over Spain.

1949: Away we go. I'll be keeping you updated with Italy v Georgia - a crucial game for Scotland's Group B hopes.

1945: Germany coach Joachim Low is sporting his trademark skinny scarf. Very dapper. Anthems are over and we're nearly there folks.

1944: "Amazingly the Wales result keeps Cyprus in with a chance of qualifying! Who would have thought Wales And Rep of Ireland could both be eliminated before Cyprus?"
MK via text on 81111 (who clearly has his money on Germany tonight)

1940: Here's the deal then: if the Republic lose then their qualification hopes are over. Germany just need a point to ensure qualification. The teams are out at Croke Park, which is still filling up ahead of kick-off in five minutes time.

Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton hands Andy Keogh his fourth cap and first competitive start, seemingly in a 4-3-3 line-up, with the Wolves striker joining Kevin Doyle and captain Robbie Keane in attack. Bolton's Joey O'Brien is drafted into defence for only his second cap, with John O'Shea out. The surprise absentee in the Germany line-up is striker Lukas Podolski, who is replaced by Stuttgart's Mario Gomez.
Rep of Ireland: Given, Kelly, Dunne, Joey O'Brien, Finnan, Carsley, Reid, Kilbane, Keogh, Kevin Doyle, Keane. Subs: Colgan, McGeady, Miller, Bruce, Long, Douglas, Murphy.
Germany: Lehmann, Arne Friedrich, Fritz, Jansen, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Frings, Schweinsteiger, Trochowski, Gomez, Kuranyi. Subs: Hildebrand, Castro, Manuel Friedrich, Odonkor, Rolfes, Helmes, Podolski.

1912: A short interlude while I head off for some refreshments before we return with Republic of Ireland v Germany.

1906: FULL-TIME Cyprus 3-1 Wales
Wales were ahead at half-time thanks to James Collins' goal but calamitous defending let a skilful Cyprus side back in the second half. Wales slip to second bottom in Group D, with San Marino awaiting on Wednesday.

1903: Efstathios Aloneftis has the ball in the net but he's offside. He's absolutely devastated. Not as devastated as the Welsh fans who have travelled to Cyprus to witness a woeful second-half display by their side.

1856: "ARGH!! 3-1 and those fragile little Cypriots are falling down all the time! Shocking defending. So much for third place."
chrisp2412 on 606

1851: GOAL Cyprus 3-1 Wales
The Wales defence goes walkabout again. Substitute Konstantinos Charalampidis is all on his own as he heads in. Less than 10 minutes remaining.

1848: Sub Jermaine Easter gets a yellow card for shoving Christakis Makridis - who doesn't make a meal of it at all. Just kidding. He goes all Dida.

1846: If you're a Wales fan I recommend you head to Uefa's official website where Wales still lead 1-0.

1840: GOAL Cyprus 2-1 Wales
Catastrophic defending from Wales. A cross from the right is allowed to reach Efstathios Aloneftis and he knocks the ball across for Yiannis Okkas to tap in.

1837: Gareth Bale is down injured after taking a hefty knock on his shoulder in an aerial challenge. He's OK though.

1834: "The result of the day goes to Luxembourg. They've beaten Belarus away 1-0! Fair play to 'em, considering there best player is Jeff Strasser..."
superredripper on 606

1831: GOAL Cyprus 1-1 Wales
The free-kick is lofted over the Wales defence and Yiannis Okkas beats the offside trap to nod home. Nightmare.

1830: Slightly surprising decision. Wales boss John Toshack brings Rob Earnshaw on for Freddy Eastwood. Craig Bellamy stays on despite not looking fully fit.

1826: Freddy Eastwood sets up Craig Bellamy, who takes one touch before forcing the Cyprus keeper into a good save. The Cyprus coach runs into a bit of trouble with the fourth official on the touchline. He tries to hug the poor man to make up for it.

1825: Cyprus win their fifth corner of the game but Wales clear easily. Cyprus are fully of pretty football with not much end product.

1819: A lucky escape for Wales. Konstantinos Makridis gets away from two in midfield and slides the ball through for Yiannis Okkas. The striker manages to stay on his feet to finish - but he's flagged offside. He looked level.

1817: Back under way in the second half after Yiasoumi Yiasoumis comes on for Chrysostomous Michail. News from the Wales camp is that James Collins has an ankle injury.

1815: Still waiting for the second half to get under way. While we're waiting why not have a little go on the BBC Sport website's spangly Player Rater? See if you can get James McFadden up to 9. Go on, he deserves it.

1807: "I can see why the majority are giving Wales's game a miss... Boring first half in a 'playing for third place and pride' match."
richie4eva1 on 606

1804: So Scotland now lead Group B by two points after France thrash the Faroe Islands 6-0, with goals from Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry, Karim Benzema (2), Jerome Rothen and Hatem Ben Arfa. Italy, who are currently four points behind the Scots, kick off against Georgia at 1950 BST.

1801: HALF-TIME Cyprus 0-1 Wales
The Wales fans give their team a standing ovation as Wales take a lead into half-time thanks to James Collins' goal.

1759: Shortly before half-time, goalscorer James Collins has to come off and is replaced by Peterborough's Craig Morgan. Not sure what Collins' injury is.

1757: Craig Bellamy runs into the linesman. Ha ha ha ha. That'll be on Question of Sport probably. Is that still on?

1754: There goes our friend Yiannis Okkas rolling about. It may not be in the spirit of the game - but it is quite entertaining. From the free-kick, an unmarked Paraskevas Christou heads straight into Danny Coyne's arms.

1752: "Ms Cheese, you've drawn the short straw with the live commentary for the Wales game, it's pretty dire stuff so far. (I'm Welsh, before the comments start)"
Via text on 81111

1745: Wales living dangerously there. Danny Gabbidon misses his kick, allowing Konstantinos Makridis a sniff at goal. Keeper Danny Coyne steps in to collect though.

1736: GOAL Cyprus 0-1 Wales
Gareth Bale delivers a free-kick from the left which falls to an unmarked James Collins at the far post. The West Ham defender knocks it first time past Cyprus keeper Antonis Georgallides for his first goal for Wales. Simple really.

1733: "C'mon Wales, I predict a 3-0 win with Craig Bellamy getting on the score sheet"
Gareth in Pershore via text on 81111

1731: Cyprus striker Yiannis Okkas is down again after an aerial challenge with Wales keeper Danny Coyne. I think he may struggle to survive that one... Oh no, panic over, he's up and running again.

1726: And it's congratulations to Darrell in Norwich who sends the first text on this game. "Come on Wales, let's keep up the good day for the home nations."

1725: England coach Steve McClaren on the booing of Lamps: "No-one likes to see that. It has happened a few times. Frank gets on with his football and lets that do the talking but it is disappointing." McClaren also says Ashley's Cole injury "doesn't look good".

1721: I'll be honest I'm hoping for a goal bonanza here. Not much sign of it so far though. Lovely tumbling by Cyprus striker Yiannis Okkas. Three times he went rolling. Nothing from the free-kick.

1719: I promise to publish the first text I receive regarding Wales v Cyprus. Unless it includes swearing. Or nudity.

1717: Simon Davies curls a low shot just wide of the post after some good work from Craig Bellamy on the left.

1715: Kick-off in Cyprus.

1713: Of course if you're not interested in Cypus v Wales and I can't for the life of me imagine that would be the case, you could always check in on the build-up to some rugger match later. Sam Lyon is your host.

1710: The teams are out in Nicosia, welcomed by a marching band which is a lovely touch. Plenty of Welsh fans have made the trip and they give their all for the anthem, inevitably finishing several minutes before the band.

1707: The Faroe Islands pull one back... no, just kidding. Substitute Karim Benzema makes it 3-0 to France in Torshavn.

1705: "I think Mark Lawrenson, and Phil McNulty too, are missing the point as to the barracking of Lampard. The way I see it is, most fans don't really dislike him. What they despise is the fact that when Lampard is in the team, it seems to fail. Why change the Gerrard/Barry partnership which is working well?"

1701: Don't go away now. Cyprus v Wales clash in less than 15 minutes. Cracking.

1657: "Is it cold in Switzerland?"
Graeme in Glasgow via text on 81111

1655: FULL-TIME Scotland 3-1 Ukraine
Alex McLeish turns to the Scotland fans and punches the air. At least until France complete their inevitable win over the Faroes, Scotland are four points clear at the top of Group B. Fantastic. The Austria/Switzerland dream is that bit closer to becoming a reality.

1654: "Two Scots and Irishman (not it's not a joke) at Jono's stag party in Birmingham... can't see Scotland game except on your text service... no more Sheva please."
via text on 81111

1653: Into injury time at Hampden Park and the Scotland fans are just waiting to explode.

1652: "England's performance was the ultimate routine victory. Efficient, low-key, unspectacular but three points. areth Barry was once again the massive plus point, Wayne Rooney got a goal (at least we think he did) and Michael Owen appears unscathed ahead of the Moscow mission. One final thought. Why has Frank Lampard become such a hate figure for England fans? His treatment cast a cloud over the day, with some supporters revelling in his misplaced passes in a rather pathetic fashion."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1650: FULL-TIME England 3-0 Estonia
Job done for England, although Steve McClaren will not be pleased that Ashley Cole picked up what looked like a serious ankle injury at the start of the second-half. Still, England record their third 3-0 win on the trot. Lovely.

1647: "Tell Simon at Wembley (1644) that he should have gone to Hampden!"
via text on 81111

The Wales team to face Cyprus: D Coyne, S Ricketts, L Nyatanga, D Gabbidon, J Collins, G Bale, S Davies, C Robinson, J Ledley, F Eastwood, C Bellamy.

1644: "This is the most subdued it's ever been in here."
Simon at Wembley via text on 81111

1641: A little over five minutes to go at Wembley, a little over 10 at Hampden Park. Meanwhile James McFadden is Scotland's shining light on the Player Rater with 8.12. No great surprise that. He's been magnificent. Again. And he's just been substituted for Garry O'Connor.

1639: Scott Brown staggers off holding his left hamstring. But of a worry for Scotland given their injury problems in midfield. Shaun Maloney is on.

1638: Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin gets on the end of a quick free-kick but completely miskicks on the edge of the box. It's not been his day.

1637: Word reaches us that the Wembley crowd are already heading off - to ensure they're in the right place for England's rugby semi against France later. To be fair, they ain't missing much at the moment.

1634: "England have switched off and so have the Wembley crowd. The game is over and Steve McClaren's only decision to make is his final substitute, which is Lampard for Owen. Wembley's audience continues an element that is both baffling and appalling, with Lampard roundly booed by a large section when he comes on - presumably these people would like a recall for Carlton Palmer?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1630: GOAL Scotland 3-1 Ukraine
Super striker James McFadden restores the two-goal cushion with a clinical strike. Scotland fans, you can relax... a bit.

1627: Steve McClaren might be trying out a few options for the Russia game, playing five in midfield with Wayne Rooney up front on his own. Has he not still learnt the golden rule of English football? 4-4-2, Steve, always 4-4-2.

1625: Frank Lampard gets some instructions from Steve McClaren and comes on to replace Michael Owen. A few moronic boos there. No need.

1621: Lee McCulloch, who scored a stunner for Scotland in the first half, limps off and is replaced by Christian Dailly. He would not be able to face Georgia on Wednesday anyway as he picked up a second booking.

1620: Ian Wright must have been on the BBC Sport Player Rater. Shaun Wright-Phillips is leading the way on 7.59. Keeper Paul Robinson is bringing up the rear on 5.59. Lamps is warming up.

1617: Sheesh, if the first 10 minutes are anything to go by, this will be a nerve-shredding second-half for Scotland fans. Ukraine are piling on the pressure here.

1615: Right formation fans. Phil Neville is playing at right-back in the England defence, Micah Richards in the middle with Sol Campbell and debutant Joleon Lescott on the left.

1614: "Steve McClaren leaves Ashley Cole on and takes off Rio Ferdinand - and within a couple of minutes the Chelsea defender is injured. A bitter irony for McClaren because his only worry at half-time would have been safely negotiating the next 45 minutes without mishap. Wembley is once more subdued, save for a few moronic jeers when Phil Neville is introduced for Cole."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1612: France are now 2-0 up thanks to Thierry Henry. Only eight minutes gone. Injured England skipper John Terry heads off to the changing room to check on Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole.

1608: France are ahead against the Faroes through Nicolas Anelka. Meanwhile, Ashley Cole needs a stretcher to get to the dressing room. Not a good sign that. Lee McCulloch is back on for Scotland but moving very gingerly.

1607: Scotland v Ukraine is under way in the second half and Lee McCulloch is down injured already after landing awkwardly.

1606: Ashley Cole hobbles off after falling very awkwardly as he made a last-ditch challenge on an Estonia striker. Phil Neville is on.

1603: A message for the people at the travel agents I visited last week who have just texted in. This is the BBC, it would be very unprofessional of me to mention you. Unless I get a discount. I'm joking, BBC bosses.

1601: Lescott is on for Ferdinand as England get under way again at Wembley.

1559: "That's two clear penalties Scotland have been denied. If we don't pick up the three points the referee will have a case to answer!"
Neil_from_Skye on 606

1558: The Wembley whisper is that Joloen Lescott for will get his England debut in the second half, replacing Rio Ferdinand.

1555: 5live analyst Graham Taylor reckons Peter Crouch should come on and partner Michael Owen, with Wayne Rooney playing behind them in a 4-3-1-2. Bonkers Graham but I like it!

1551: HALF-TIME Scotland 2-1 Ukraine
Scotland reach half-time in front after goals from Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch - who was booked for protesting about that last non-penalty. Andriy Shevchenko pulled one back for the visitors.

1550: This referee does not like giving penalties. James McFadden outsprints Anatoliy Tymoschuk on the left and cuts into the box. The Scotland striker is brought down by the Ukrainian but no penalty. Looked like a stonewaller to me.

1547: HALF-TIME England 3-0 Estonia
All very easy for England, who are ahead thanks to strikes from Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Rooney and an own goal.

1546: After a sustained spell of possession for Ukraine, Andriy Shevchenko bursts into the box but misses his shot as Gary Naysmith brings him down. No penalty.

1545: "Don't get me wrong, great to be 3-0 up but is anyone else finding the England performance a little lacklustre and dare I say even a little boring?"
Manxcity on 606

1540: "Two minutes. Two deflections. Two goals. Game over and England can concentrate on racking up the goal difference and focus on more serious work to be done in Moscow on Wednesday. England, with Gareth Barry ticking over nicely in midfield, have had to be little more than competent and even the home fans seem a little under-whelmed by it all. Steve McClaren is making notes - what can he be writing down with his side 3-0 up?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1538: Andriy Vorobiy sees yellow for an awful challenge on Alan Hutton. That's Ukraine's third booking and we've only been going 36 minutes. Talking of bookings, Steve McClaren could be thinking of subbing his players on yellow at half-time as he begins to think about Russia on Wednesday. Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Ashley Cole are the players in peril.

1536: Alan Hutton skips into the penalty area for Scotland and goes down under a challenge from Andriy Vorobiy. No penalty. Decent shout though.

1533: GOAL England 3-0 Estonia
That is one of the best own goals you'll see. Ashley Cole delivers the cross and Taavi Rahn heads in from OUTSIDE THE BOX! Gave poor old Mart Poom no chance.

1530: GOAL England 2-0 Estonia
Joe Cole's cross from the left is dummied by Michael Owen and lands at Wayne Rooney's feet. The striker's shot is deflected off Raio Piiroja - but no matter, it's his first competitive goal since Euro 2004.

1525: GOAL Scotland 2-1 Ukraine
Andriy Nesmachniy crosses from the left and Andriy Shevchenko bings the ball down before volleying home from close range. Bit of a muddle in Scotland's defence there.

1518: "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't mess this up now Scotland."
Blue_Phoenix on 606

1517: And as if by magic, Wayne Rooney tries a cheeky chip which lands on the roof of the net.

1516: "Wembley had fallen a little quiet before that strike from Wright-Phillips - not helped by a spirited Estonian start. Wayne Rooney is relishing his return to the England stage, but there is a little too much "bull in a china shop" about his early endeavours. One missed tackle drew gasps from the crowd - calm down Wayne and there might even be a competitive goal in it for you."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1512: GOAL Scotland 2-0 Ukraine
Easy, easy... A wonder goal from Lee McCulloch - his first for Scotland. The midfielder is found unmarked with a free-kick and curls the ball into the far corner from 16 yards.

1510: GOAL England 1-0 Estonia
Micah Richards slips the ball through for Shaun Wright-Phillips to nutmeg both defender and keeper Mart Poom. Cue a mini-debate about whether the shot deflected slightly off the defender. Who cares? England are in front. Although Ian Wright will now be unbearable at half-time.

1509: "Get in Scotland! Start how we mean to finish... come on!"
graeme82 on 606

1506: GOAL Scotland 1-0 Ukraine
What a start! James McFadden delivers the perfect free-kick from out right and Kenny Miller drifts to the near post to head home. Take that Sheva!

1504: Blimey, it's an eventful old start to the game at Wembley. Micah Richards and Ragnar Klavan clash heads in the Estonia penalty area. They're up again, both looking groggy.

1503: And we're under way at last at Hampden Park.

1501: End to end stuff at Wembley. Joel Lindpere drives from midfield, with England opting against actually tackling him. The Estonian midfielder's shot is narrowly wide.

1500: From the kick-off, Michael Owen is in. He shoots straight at keeper Mart Poom - but he's offside anyway.

1500: Estonia kick off the game at Wembley. Meanwhile, Scotland belt out the Flower of Scotland and I've got a tear in my eye.

1456: The teams are out at Wembley and Hampden Park. The Scotland fans are going absolutely billy mental. Great stuff. Fireworks, the full shabang. The rather sombre Ukraine national anthem soon brings them back down to earth though.

1453: The big boys are up at Hampden Park to support Scotland: David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson and, er, Gerard Houllier.

1450: Scotland boss Alex McLeish on front pair Kenny Miller and James McFadden: "We think they're a decent combination - with the guile of McFadden and the pace of Miller. They have to do a defensive job too which they're well capable of doing."

1446: BBC 5live analyst Graham Taylor reveals he's just been given Peter Crouch's autobiography, personally signed by the beanpole striker. "I shall read that... perhaps," says Taylor.

1445: "Come on Scotland. It's Miller time."
Hail-Hail-Celts on 606

1442: "The Wembley public address man - who clearly has aspirations to work as a ring announcer in Las Vegas - needs no invitation to bellow out even the most minor news item, much to the annoyance of anyone within shouting distance. So the elevation of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to captain and the return of Wayne Rooney gives him ample opportunity to deafen a half-full Wembley. Gerrard's name receives a particularly raputurous welcome - even though local favourite Frank Lampard has been left, quite understandably, on the sidelines."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1440: Over on 606, we have a competition (just for fun remember, no prizes) for the best/worst chat-up line. TopTorres wins - on quantity if not quality. I don't think they're taking this afternoon's action seriously at all...

1435: Here's what England coach Steve McClaren had to say about leaving out Lamps: "Frank has never let us down but the decision was to keep the same team barring injury. We are comfortable with that." And apparently JT could train on Monday but is a "major doubt" for Wednesday's game in Russia.

1430: Just a word on England and Scotland's opponents. Watford keeper Mart Poom is fit to start for Estonia while Ukraine will indeed go with their attacking triumvirate of Andriy Shevchenko, Andriy Vorobei and Andriy Voronin.

1428: "It's not McNamara playing for Scotland, it's McCulloch ya numpty!"
Mike in Edinburgh via text on 81111 (Fair cop. Soz)

1423: "What a day of sports ahead! Great news on Barry starting, hopefully in to stay if last two England matches anything to go by."
Jenny, Leeds, via text on 81111

1419: I know I said we weren't going to mention the rugby but John Inverdale has just been on Five Live. He's been in the pub since 7am. I'd be absolutely wrecked. Anyway...

1414: Unbelievably, there are more texts about golf than football at the moment. Yes, you read that right. Golf. This country...

Here's the Scotland team to face Ukraine: Gordon, Hutton, Weir, McManus, Naysmith, Brown, Fergsuon, Pearson, McCulloch, Miller, McFadden.

1407: "Big day for the home nations today! Rep of Ire look to have the toughest job, will settle for a 3-0 England win!"
Mark in Blackburn via text on 81111

1405: No team news from Scotland yet. You'll be the first to know. Well nearly the first. Alex McLeish has got injury problems in midfield, with Paul Hartley, Gary Caldwell and Darren Fletcher all out. Ukraine could have a trio of Andriys up front: Shevchenko, Vorobei and Voronin.

1400: "Great to see Lescott on the bench... please keep him there Steve as we need him for the Merseyside derby next week."
toffeeblueboy on 606

1358: Suis Je Bovvered? on 606 wins the prize for being the first to mention the rugby. In the current climate, of course, I should point out there is no actual prize. But well done anyway. Let's keep our powder dry on the rugger chat until later though. We don't want to peak too soon.

1354: Has Steve McClaren picked the right team? What's the weather in the Faroe Islands like? Give us a shout via text on 81111 or have a dabble on 606.

More breaking news... Gareth Barry keeps his place in England's midfield, Frank Lampard on the bench. As expected Sol Campbell replaces John Terry in defence.
Full team: Paul Robinson, Micah Richards, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Steven Gerrard (capt), Gareth Barry, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen. Substitutes: Joleon Lescott, David James, Phil Neville, Frank Lampard, David Bentley, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe.

1350: Breaking news... France have managed to make it to the Faroe Islands and that 1600 BST kick-off goes ahead. Raymond Domenech's team had to stay in Norway last night because of some wild weather in the Faroe Islands. "Eleven hours in a plane with stopovers in Scotland and then Norway is not ideal for anyone, but my players are taking it in their stride," said Domenech.

1345: Hello you!

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