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By Caroline Cheese
2206: So good results for Scotland and Northern Ireland, not bad for Wales, not great for England. If he didn't know already, Fabio just found out why he's being paid all those big bucks. The highlights on Match of the Day at 2240 GMT on BBC1 should not take long. Tim Lovejoy is your host on Radio 5 Live's 606. See ya.
2201:Kyle Lafferty's two goals in Northern Ireland's 4-1 win over Georgia earns him the Player of the Day honour. England's best player is David Beckham on 6.20, while the best British right-back Alan Hutton is the Scotland stand-out on 7.62.
2158: "Look let's face it, France are one of the best sides in world football. England are not that bad, we are probably where we deserve to be. Losing 1-0 in Paris is hardly the end of the world as England are not the best in the world despite how we perceive things." getinthebath on 606
2155: "What a load of boring rubbish that match was." Dan, London, via text on 81111
2155: Here's Scotland boss George Burley... "Overall, against an excellent side in Croatia, it was an excellent performance. The boys gave it everything and, against Croatia, it's not a bad result."
2154: "No joyous celebration of the 100th cap milestone for Beckham - and little of substance for Fabio Capello to take away from this dreary encounter. England created little and could have lost by more. The big talking point will continue to centre around Beckham and his continuing international career, or not as the case maybe. Beckham hardly sparkled, but he does not deserve to be singled out on a night when precious few enhanced their reputations and he still has a delivery that is better than many of his team-mates. Let's be kind to Capello and call it a work in progress." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2153: FULL-TIME France 1-0 England Not very good really. But are we right to expect anything better?
2151: BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor is asked if he's seen anything from England that's pleased him. "No," summarises Taylor.
2150: FULL-TIME Scotland 1-1 Croatia A battling draw for Scotland marks George Burley's first game in charge.
2150: Scotland captain Stephen McManus heads just wide from Gavin Rae's cross.
2148: "I know it was only Luxembourg but that's five games unbeaten for Wales now!" Andrew, Cardiff, via text on 81111
2147: Franck Ribery has been the outstanding player of the game in Paris. No question. The winger's deflected shot is comfortably collected by David James.
2145: And in the rematch of the 1958 World Cup final, Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Alexandre Pato's 72nd minute goal.
2143: Goodness me. Michael Owen is under no pressure in midfield but calmly gives the ball to Cisse. The French striker is all on his own though and can't take advantage.
2142: "So much for President Nicolas Sarkozy ushering the brave new era of friendship between England and France. A swift burst of the national anthem and a few verses of "Rule Britannia" earns the visiting supporters a real verbal hammering from the locals. It may simply be a diversionary tactic to keep their minds off the fare being played out in front of them. Not the best." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2141: A cacophany of boos at the Stade de France as Djibril Cisse replaces Nicolas Anelka. Not sure what that's about. Oh, apparently it's because Cisse plays for Marseille and the crowd are all Parisiens. That's what David Ginola reckons.
2141: Kris Boyd very nearly gives Scotland the lead at Hampden Park but the Croatia keeper Pletikosa makes a fine save.
2139: "I think that performance from Beckham confirmed he should never play international football again." Keith, Blackburn, via text on 81111
2137: FULL-TIME Northern Ireland 4-1 Georgia A comfortable win for Northern Ireland. They do not have a game in May so this was their last game until August.
2136: Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka is flattened after being accidentally kicked in the head by Kris Boyd. The Croat seems to be OK to continue after a long spell of treatment.
2134: "England still cannot mount a sustained period of pressure. Capello looks calm enough on the sidelines but he will be finding the game hugely frustrating unless his side produces something over and above what we have seen so far in the last 20 minutes. Not the greatest start by David Bentley. A spat with a France player and a slip to give the ball away. Things can only get better - actually they can't because we've now got a Mexican wave." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2134: The last time Northern Ireland scored four goals in a home game was 24 years ago in a European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein which they won 4-1.
2132: David Beckham's not getting any sympathy from you lot on the occasion of his 100th cap. His rating is a meagre 6.10, although that is above average for the England team. Franck Ribery leads the way on 7.34 - quite right too.
2130: "Great credit to the France fans for giving David Beckham a standing ovation on his departure. They also seemed rather disappointed to see the back of Wes Brown - although not for the same reason. Capello has given Brown a run at right-back and he is not international class in that position and never will be. Brown has his place at right-back with Manchester United, but England must look elsewhere and the improving Glen Johnson has a chance to make an impact with Micah Richards sidelined." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2130: GOAL Northern Ireland 4-1 Georgia Peter Thompson claims his first international goal - which would be the first time an Irish League player has scored for Northern Ireland in 24 years. Aaron Hughes rises to meet a right-wing corner and heads it goalwards where the ball hits a defender and Thompson and trickles over the line. Goes down as an own goal by Levan Kobiashvili.
2128: England sub David Bentley pushes over Florent Malouda in an ugly show of petulance. He gets a talking-to from the referee.
2127: Croatia with another chance at Hampden, Igor Budan picking up a delightful reverse pass from Luka Modric and forcing Craig Gordon into a solid save at his near post. The visitors looking the most likely at the moment and Scotland offering very little threat in attack.
2126: BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green is getting a lesson in French pronunciation from David Ginola. It's a hopeless cause, I fear. He cannot get his tongue round Ribery. So to speak.
2125: Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington hands out yet another debut as Linfield goalkeeper Alan Mannus comes on for Maik Taylor.
2123: David Beckham gets a huge ovation from the crowd at the Stade de France as he is replaced by the new DB - David Bentley. Wes Brown doesn't get quite the same reception as he jogs off to be replaced by Glen Johnson.
2122: "Re 2105: This friendly would have been a warm-up game for a major championships if Sven was still in charge so he would probably have made six subsitutions to have a look at some squad players to help him decide on his final squad for 2008. Bad old days? I think not!" Arab87 on 606
2120: Three Croatian players bear down on Craig Gordon as a teasing cross from the right comes over - but none of them can get a touch.
2118: Owen Hargreaves provides a brilliant ball for Stewart Downing, but the Middlebrough winger can't quite get there ahead of French keeper Gregory Coupet.
2115: David Healy's low shot after a neatly-worked free-kick is well saved low down by Makaridze and it is Healy's last act of the match as he is immediately substituted along with Steve Davis. Linfield pair Michael Gault, for his senior debut, and Peter Thompson are introduced. Seconds later, Georgia almost pull back a second as Iashvili twists and turns in the Northern Ireland area and shoots from close range but Maik Taylor is equal to the effort.
2114: "I did say a little of what English players are best at would not go amiss - so here we go. Back to 4-4-2 with two wide man and a giant and a little man in attack. Back to basics from Capello. France still look more dangerous though." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2112: Scotland keeper Craig Gordon makes a brilliant save to palm away a deflected shot to keep the score all square at Hampden Park.
2112: France striker David Trezeguet's run makes space for Florent Malouda, whose low shot fizzes narrowly wide.
2111: Meanwhile, French president Nicolas Sarkozy is enjoying a lavish dinner at Windsor Castle. The menu includes: fillet of brill with mushroom and champagne sauce, Scottish lamb with truffles and shallots, artichoke filled with broad bean puree. Give me egg and chips any day. I don't even know what brill is.
2110: Peter Crouch heads over David Beckham's corner. Ho-hum. England are indeed back to the tried and tested 4-4-2.
2107: FULL-TIME Luxembourg 0-2 Wales It is all over in Luxembourg City and Freddy Eastwood's brace means Wales have won 2-0. OK, Luxembourg were never going to be dangerous opposition but at least boss John Toshack has learned a few things for his forthcoming World Cup qualification campaign. Namely that Ashley Williams is a useful alternative at centre-back if James Collins and Danny Gabbidon continue to suffer from injury problems and that Eastwood can score goals on his own if he has to.
2106: We're back under way in the second half in Paris.
2105: This is like the bad old days of Sven-Goran Eriksson. England make four changes at half-time. Joleon Lescott, Peter Crouch, Stewart Downing and Michael Owen come on. John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole and Wayne Rooney come off. Back to 4-4-2?
2103: Ashley Williams has had an impressive debut for Wales at centre-back but he almost ruins his big night when he meets a dangerous Luxembourg cross and almost heads past his own goalkeeper, fellow new-boy Boaz Myhill, who is on as a substitute. The ball flies wide.
2101: The game at Hampden Park is back under way in the second half. Scotland remove Steven Fletcher, while Croatia take off Nico Kovac - the pair had a running battle in the first half. Gavin Rae replaces Fletcher.
2100: "What a big night the man who won the World Cup with Italy is having. Not content with raiding the ample supplies of sandwiches before kick-off, Marcello Lippi now looks like he is smoking a large tree trunk as he celebrates half-time with a fat cigar. Penny for his thoughts on what fellow countryman Fabio might be saying to his England players at half-time." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2057: GOAL Northern Ireland 3-1 Georgia Calamity time. Michael O'Connor - not even 10 minutes into his debut - gives away the penalty by handling a cross. Maik Taylor tips Tskitishvili's penalty on to the post and David Healy, trying to tackle penalty-taker Tskitishvili, slots the ball into his own net for an own goal. He just can't stop scoring, that boy. Worth a look on youtube that one.
2057: Penalty to Georgia.
2055: "Capello must order England to step up the tempo. He has demanded 'bravery' from his players - do what they do at club level for their country is his message - but they have been too timid. France hardly look in the mood to take England to the cleaners, so hopefully they will produce something to lift the subdued mood around the giant stadium after the break." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2054: "James looked every bit an 'elderly' goalkeeper running out to give the penalty away. That was really, really poor." Steve in Oxford, via text on 81111
2053: Wales are still in control at the Stade Josy Barthel and substitute David Cotterill comes close to putting them 3-0 up. He rounds Luxembourg keeper Jonathan Joubert but cannot find the target from a narrow angle. Unlucky.
2052: "I'm sitting in an underground French restaurant in Leeds on my own and am following the action via my Blackberry. Frankly I believe Ms Cheese." Nick, full of red wine and duck, via text on 81111
2048: Georgia get the game at Windsor Park back under way. Crewe's Michael O'Connor makes his debut as a half-time substitute. Warren Feeney also comes on with Kyle Lafferty and Damien Johnson being replaced.
2048: HALF-TIME France 1-0 England
2047: "George Burley will be fairly happy I think. He won't be pleased with the manner in which they conceded the goal but Scotland came back onto it and Kenny Miller scored a classic poacher's goal." BBC 5 Live reporter Roddy Forsyth
2045: HALF-TIME Scotland 1-1 Croatia
2041: David Beckham gets a yellow card for tripping Franck Ribery in midfield. Phil, I think you spoke too soon.
2040: "England are adopting the patient approach, but are almost taking it too far. A swift injection of old-fashioned urgency would not go amiss. By all means please the new coach, but a little of what English players are best at might enliven proceedings. Quiet night for David Beckham so far - but he is not alone by any means." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2039: The French crowd are loving that effort from Nicolas Anelka, who keeps the ball despite Owen Hargreaves snapping at his heels before backheeling to his team-mate in midfield.
2037: "Ms Cheese just keep watching the England game because your comments on the Scotland game bear no relation to the action. Scotland have been equal to Croatia and looked just as dangerous on the break." fiferjim on 606
2034: GOAL France 1-0 England Nicolas Anelka breaks into the area and takes the ball past David James before he is clattered by the England keeper. Clear penalty. Franck Ribery sends James the wrong way. Ribery takes off his shirt to reveal a tribute to commentator Thierry Gilardi - who died yesterday - and is promptly booked by the ref.
2033: Penalty to France.
2032: HALF-TIME Northern Ireland 3-0 Georgia
2030: GOAL Scotland 1-1 Croatia A Robert Kovac slip allows Kenny Miller to latch on to Darren Fletcher's long ball and shoot home from a tight angle via a heavy deflection off Josip Simunic. A goal against the run of play, and George Burley greets it by punching the air.
2028: "England are making a concerted effort to play a passing game in line with the creed of Capello, who was unimpressed by too much long ball during his opening game against Switzerland. Steven Gerrard's recent England displays have attracted a measure of criticism. He has been handed the advanced role he currently occupies at Liverpool here, so it's a chance for him to put a marker down with the England coach, who is cutting an impassive figure in the long overcoat that is becoming as familiar as Steve McClaren's umbrella." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
2026: A well-worked corner routine from England sees Rio Ferdinand head back across goal but Steven Gerrard plants a difficult header over the bar.
2025: "What's all this nonsense with Beckham's boots? No wonder people say he's too much of a celebrity. Men should only be allowed thee pairs of shoes: going out shoes, trainers, football boots. Any more constitutes 'tart' status." Butch in Didcot, via text on 81111
2023: Wes Brown crosses from the right and Steven Gerrard rises highest but heads over.
2023: GOAL Luxembourg 0-2 Wales Another fine finish by Freddy Eastwood extends Wales lead. Simon Davies makes good ground down the right and pulls his cross back into the path of the Wolves striker who makes no mistake with his first-time shot.
2022: GOAL Northern Ireland 3-0 Georgia Steve Davis runs at the Georgia defence and feeds David Healy, who crosses from the right to Kyle Lafferty, who heads home the third from eight yards out.
2022: Scotland are being outclassed and outpassed at Hampden Park. They'll be lucky to go in just one goal behind at half-time.
2019: GOAL Northern Ireland 2-0 Georgia Georgia's clearance goes straight to Steve Davis who leaves it for David Healy to smash in via a slight deflection. Keeper might have done better. It is Healy's 34th international goal and his 17th at home.
Beckham now - and on his debut against Moldova in 1996
2017: Ashley Cole's cross is deflected but the ball is just out of David Beckham's reach at the far post.
2016: David Healy comes close again but Makaridze catches his first-time snapshot from the edge of the area. Incidentally, that was Northern Ireland's first goal in three games and the first since manager Nigel Worthington signed his new contract.
2011: GOAL Northern Ireland 1-0 Georgia David Healy slips the ball inside for Steve Davis whose sliderule pass is slotted home by Kyle Lafferty.
2010: Franck Ribery floats over a free-kick and an unmarked Nicolas Anelka heads wide. Poor defending from England.
2009: GOAL Scotland 0-1 Croatia Portsmouth fans will be not be surprised... Niko Kranjcar picks up the ball on the edge of the box, turns and belts the ball past Craig Gordon. A disastrous start to George Burley's reign.
2007: David Beckham has actually changed boots between the warm-up and the match. We get a good look at his all-gold numbers as he takes his first corner of the game.
2006: "Wayne Rooney has dropped deep on two or three occasions already, leaving Steven Gerrard isolated." Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live
2003: David Healy almost puts Northern Ireland ahead after a cross from Stuart Elliott is parried by Georgia keeper Makaridze, who also blocks Healy's follow-up.
2002: HALF-TIME Luxembourg 0-1 Wales A quiet 45 minutes for Wales but a satisfactory one for boss John Toshack and his young team. Freddy Eastwood's fine solo goal means they lead 1-0 in Luxembourg City.
2002: The games in Paris and Glasgow are under way. A minute's silence is observed at the Stade de France in memory of Thierry Gilardi, the main football commentator at French channel TF1, who died after suffering a heart attack aged 49.
1959: Fabio Capello has a quiet word in Becks's ear before kick-off, perhaps complimenting the England midfielder on his fancy new boots. They're white with gold writing.
1956: The camera lingers on David Beckham as the England team sing the National Anthem. He looks a very proud man.
1954: GOAL Luxembourg 0-1 Wales Wales are ahead and it is a fine goal too. Freddy Eastwood picks up the ball on the right-hand edge of the penalty area, ghosts past his marker and slots into the bottom corner of the net.
1952: Not many chances to shout about at the Stade Josy Barthel - and the atmosphere is hardly kicking either - Luxembourg have just forced a couple of corners though and, considering they went 12 years without winning a competitive game between 1995 and 2007, that has got to be something to celebrate.
1949: "Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier - now technical director for the France Football Federation - is in attendance. And he seems to be the most popular man in the stadium as he takes an age to reach his seat amid much hugging and back-slapping. A special cheer for Beckham, by the way, as his face flashes up on the big screens. A surprising amount of jeers for Fabio Capello from the France supporters." BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Stade de France
1948: You don't get special treatment at Hampden Park, not even if you're the manager of the visiting team. Slaven Bilic nips out of the stadium for a crafty fag ahead of the game against Scotland.
1946: TEAM NEWS Northern Ireland v Georgia David Healy takes his place in the Northern Ireland attack after being presented with a special award by Uefa president Michel Platini before the game to mark his record-breaking 13 goals for the province in qualifying for Euro 2008. Hull midfielder Stuart Elliott, currently on loan at Doncaster, is also in the starting XI against a side ranked 76th in Fifa's world rankings.
1944: A colleague with nothing better to occupy his mind points out that James Brown is the first name on England's team sheet. The French crowd get involved with some booing as the England team is read out at the Stade de France.
1941: Jermaine Easter's physical presence is causing the Luxembourg defence plenty of problems but the big Wales striker is not getting much joy from Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, who has given every decision against Easter whenever he has tussled for possession.
1940: Uefa boss and France legend Michel Platini gives Northern Ireland's record-breaking striker David Healy a few firm slaps on the shoulder as he gives him a framed picture. Healy gives the fans a clap and it's down to business... "He's rubbish in friendlies," jokes Ipswich boss Jim Magilton.
1936: The Northern Ireland team are waiting to come out at Windsor Park. It's a big night for David Healy, who will receive a special award from Michel Platini after scoring a record 13 goals in Euro 2008 qualifying.
1934: Wales' Lewin Nyatanga gets on the end of Jason Koumas's low, curling free-kick but he's offside.
1930: Now then, I will post the France team as soon as I know it. I do know Nicolas Anelka and David Trezeguet form the strikeforce...
1927: Remember Andriy Shevchenko? You know, used to play for Chelsea? Well he's only gone and bagged his first goal since Boxing Day in Ukraine's 2-0 win over Serbia.
1924: TEAM NEWS Scotland v Croatia Steven Fletcher celebrates his 21st birthday by winning his first Scotland cap, partnering Derby's Kenny Miller in attack. Celtic captain Stephen McManus skippers the Scots for the first time and he partners Parkhead team-mate Gary Caldwell in the centre of defence, with Alan Hutton and Gary Naysmith in the
full-back positions. Scott Brown, Paul Hartley, Shaun Maloney and Darren Fletcher in a four-man midfield. Croatia's attack is led by Mladen Petric and Ivica Olic.
1922: Scotland manager George Burley makes his bow tonight. It's not an easy first game for Burley - although Croatia's last match ended in a 3-0 thrashing by Holland. The Scots are without Rangers quartet Barry Ferguson, Lee McCulloch, Christian Dailly and Allan McGregor.
1919: Apparently, Frank Lampard is unwell and has stayed at the hotel while Jonathan Woodgate - the only other player not on the bench - has a tight hamstring. Woodgate? Injured?
1918: Over at the Stade de France, a gaggle of photographers are gathered around the tunnel exit, waiting for King Becks and his golden shoes.
1917: The game in Luxembourg is under way.
1916: "Re 1909: It's good of Mr Taylor to recognise the mighty Preston North End as one of the biggest clubs in the world!" Ric and Phyllis, working, Preston, via text on 81111
1913: The Stade Josy Barthel is absolutely packed as you can imagine... One man and his dog sing the anthems of Wales and Luxembourg.
1909: "David Beckham has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world and now he has won 100 caps. Whether you like it or not, you have to say that is a fantastic achievement." Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live
1900: Phil McNulty, your reporter in Paris, informs me that Marcello Lippi is among those tucking into the press buffet at the Stade de France. Lippi was on the shortlist for the England job, but lost out to fellow Italian Fabio Capello. Clearly no hard feelings though...
1853: "All this talk about Beckham, what about the other David? Healy is getting an award for his record-breaking goal tally before the Norn Iron match, yet nobody mentions that!" agsrule on 606
1850: Wales are without 14 players for tonight's trip to Luxembourg. Among the absentees are West Ham trio Craig Bellamy, James Collins and Danny Gabbidon. Manager John Toshack says: "The three lads from West Ham have had six operations between them this season. I don't think Alan Curbishley will be looking to buy too many more Welshmen."
1848: "Anyone tells me why Wales plays Luxembourg tonight? There is no point in this friendly." littlejklc on 606
1845: TEAM NEWS Luxembourg v Wales Stockport defender Ashley Williams is handed his Wales debut at the Stade Josy Barthel, with Hull keeper Boaz Myhill on the bench. Also among the substitutes is Swansea's injury-plagued midfielder Owain Tudor Jones who is also likely to win his first cap. Luxembourg: Joubert, Lang, Kintziger, Hoffmann, Wagner, Leweck, Strasser, Joachim, Remy, Mutsch, Oberweis. Subs: Bigard, Peters, Collette, Da Mota Alves, Lucic, Ferreira, Kitenge, Scholer. Wales: Price, Eardley, Ricketts, Williams, Morgan, Nyatanga, Eastwood, Fletcher, Koumas, Simon Davies, Easter. Subs: Myhill, Duffy, Stock, Roberts, Tudur-Jones, Nardiello, Cotterill.
1844: "What is everybody talking about? Beckham is still as class as he was four years ago. It seems to be fashionable to slate him." Gooner Imp, Lincoln, via text on 81111
1841: Now then, lots of you seem a bit upset about Becks starting tonight. As I understand it, Fabio Capello wants to see how Beckham performs against a world-class side. Makes perfect sense to me.
1839: "I know I'm biased but I would have loved to see Glen Johnson get a chance tonight." pompey_redsox on 606
1838: "I'm worried Capello may have discovered he has a 'soft side' after picking Beckham. We're doomed." Pete via text on 81111
1833: TEAM NEWS France v England Guess what? David Beckham will start on the right of midfield. The team in full: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole, Hargreaves, Barry, Beckham, Gerrard, J Cole, Rooney. So no Frank Lampard and no David Bentley. The formation will be 4-2-3-1 we reckon.
1829: Rumour has it that David Beckham will wear special gold boots tonight with '100' etched on them. Lovely. But will he start??
1826: You can keep your major competitions, I always preferred friendlies anyway. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all in action tonight as they prepare for, er, the summer, and a man called Dave from Leytonstone will win his 100th cap. But will he start?
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