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World Cup qualifying results:
England 2-1 Ukraine
Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia
Scotland 2-1 Iceland
Wales 0-2 Germany



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By Paul Fletcher

2226: One final thing, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1.

2225: Well, that is just about it from me after an evening of international football that was, by and large, successful for the home nations.

England, Northern Ireland and Scotland all won and remain in with a massive shout, at the very least, in terms of qualifying.

It is not looking good for Wales though.

Many thanks for all your 606s and texts. Would not be the same without you.

From Desolation_row on 606: "Should mention John Terry was also the England player who gave away a needless free-kick leading to Ukraine's goal."

From wellallknow on 606: "England were hopeless against a team who were only marginally more hopeless. Rooney looked like the only decent player on the pitch. Gerrard was brutal - very, very disappointing performance from him, especially as he has been in such great form for Liverpool. And as for John Terry - all I saw him do was give away fouls all through the game. MOTM? Never. Rooney was. Great result for both Irish teams."
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Hmm, England might have been far from top class this evening but they definitely have the winning habit.

2212: Not so good for Wales. They are fourth in Group Four and some way off the pace. Russia are second and have six more points and a game in hand.

2210: Group Nine has a healthier look about it for Scotland. The Dutch won again and are clear leaders but Scotland are in second place, three points clear of Iceland.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Fabio Capello shows rare emotion at the final whistle, with a clenched fist salute. The gesture will have been inspired by a mixture of elation and relief because England threatened to throw away the points courtesy of their own carelessness until John Terry's late salvage job.

"England must do better - but Capello will not be complaining too much when he studies a Group Six table that shows five wins out of five. Never mind the quality - feel the points."

2207: If you have plenty of chat that you want to get off your chest - or indeed if you just want to hear what others have got to say - Alan Green is hosting 606 right now on BBC Radio 5 Live.

From England coach Fabio Capello: "We were probably just a little bit tired."

From Alpha Male John on 606: "Just again to mention what a great leader John Terry is for both Chelsea and England.

"Who knows where England would have been without him, perhaps very far back. He has once again proved his worth as England's saviour.

"Bless you Mr John Terry."

It is perhaps worth mentioning that he was one of many England players hugged by a rather emotional Andriy Shevchenko at the end.

2200: Bolivia 5-1 Argentina. Never easy at altitude.

From Shiny David Howell on 606: "What a day this was briefly looking like becoming for the Celtic nations, with Scotland winning, Northern Ireland winning and the Republic of Ireland level away to the world champions - and England failing to beat a Ukraine side most notable for having the world's biggest transfer flop as their start player.

"Of course England won so it is in fact a great day for British football rather than Celtic football. Wales aside, but what do you expect from them at the moment?"
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Begrudging at best, I would say.

2155: Full-time England 2-1 Ukraine
Deserved? That is a matter for debate. England have now won all five of their qualifying games and lead their group with 15 points.

2155: Deep into injury-time at Wembley.

2154: The Republic of Ireland held on for their 1-1 draw in Italy. Well done to them.

2152: Full-time Scotland 2-1 Iceland
A huge, huge win for George Burley and his troops.

2151: A very, very long-range effort from Andriy Shevchenko is saved by David James.

2149: Iceland almost equalise as hearts leap into mouths all over Scotland following what can only be described as a goal-mouth scramble that ends with the ball sailing harmlessly over the bar.

2148: John Terry celebrated his goal by running towards the corner flag, sliding onto his back side and crossing his arms as Wayne Rooney arrived and pretended to cut the captain's hair. I ask you....

Rio Ferdinand off for Phil Jagielka. Is he injured?

2147: GOAL England 2-1 Ukraine
A dramatic goal at Wembley. Steven Gerrard heads David Beckham's free-kick back into the mixer and John Terry converts with a left-foot volley.Skipper to the rescue.

2146: Northern Ireland's 1-0 victory over Slovenia keeps them one point clear of Slovakia, who beat Czech Republic 2-1, at the top of qualifying group three.

2145: About seven minutes left for England to find a winner - five minutes or so for Scotland to hold on.

2144: Robbie Keane equalises two minutes before full time to put the Republic of Ireland on course for a draw in Italy.

2143: Full-time Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia
A huge and important win for Nigel Worthington's team.

2143: James Morrison puts the Iceland keeper under pressure with a stunning free-kick, then misses a chance to put the match beyond the visitors with an angled drive.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England have paid the price for coasting on that one-goal lead - and for all his failures at Chelsea and the tailing off of his career in recent years, present Andriy Shevchenko with a clear sight of goal from 10 yards and you are asking for trouble.

"Capello's side have got to get some momentum going here - not easy when you have been cruising in the low gears for as long as they have. Wembley has come alive, now England have to do the same."

2140: Greece captain Angelos Basinas played for the last six minutes against Israel to make his 100th appearance for the national team.

2139: Wayne Rooney tries to convert from a tight angle but shoots wide.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is on for Peter Crouch.

There was nothing wrong with Andriy Shevchenko's finishing for the equaliser.

2137: Full-time Wales 0-2 Germany

2137: Scotland were on the ropes for a spell there as Iceland piled on with a quick succession of corners, but some composed play settles the nerves of the Tartan Army as the match enters the final 15 minutes.

2136: Miliboge Novakovic, who has 15 in 26 games for FC Koln, wriggles free, one-on-one with Maik Taylor only to blast high over the bar from 12 yards out.

2134: GOAL England 1-1 Ukraine
A free-kick is swung into the England box from a wide angle. It strikes Glen Johnson, who should do better, and drops close to Andriy Shevchenko who smashes the ball home from eight yards.

From nowthennathan on 606: "England are losing their shape, possession and discipline from a winning position. Not very Italian-like. Capello will not be as happy as Gordon Brown at a Bankers dinner."
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2132: Slovakia have beaten the Czech Republic 2-1 - they are in Northern Ireland's group.

From Chris the Owl via text on 81111: "Ashley Cole is completely off the pace. Shame there is no one to push him for a place currently."

2131: Scotland are serious about putting this match to bed. Ross McCormack rifles in a powerful shot from 25 yards out, but the keeper sees it all the way and makes a comfortable save as the pressure mounts.

2128: Spain's win over Turkey means they have now gone 31 consecutive games without defeat. That equals a European record as Hungary went that number without defeat between 1950 and 1954.

2127: Substitute David Beckham, on for his 110th cap, curls a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over the bar. The former England skipper had pushed Wayne Rooney away from the set-piece and was not far away from being justified with a goal.

2126: Croatia have beaten bottom of the group Andorra 2-0.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Wembley is elated as David Beckham gets a long run at this World Cup qualifier. No surprise that he replaces Aaron Lennon, who has once again proved he is very much a work in progress as an international footballer.

"Another AC Milan veteran, Andriy Shevchenko, has also come on for Andriy Voronin, whose performance suggested reports that his loan spell at Hertha Berlin has transformed him from the player who failed to impress at Liverpool are hugely exaggerated.

"Wayne Rooney dropping very deep in this half to try and provide that spark of inspiration England require to improve their slender lead."

2122: GOAL Scotland 2-1 Iceland
Scotland are back on top in their crucial match. Stephen McManus nods on for Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher to head home.

2120: GOAL Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia
Warren Feeney scores with a delicate, deft header from Sammy Clingan's cross. Not deserved? Who cares?

Earlier, West Brom's Robert Koren smashed the ball against the Northern Ireland crossbar from 25 yards.

2119: 10 (t-e-n) for Poland now.

2118: Another AC Milan player into the fray - David Beckham replaces Aaron Lennon to win his 110th cap.

From Tim via text on 8111: "It appears normal service has resumed at Hampden. Have we had the 'what's the capital of Iceland' gag yet? (about £3.50 in case you're wondering)."

2116: One Andriy for another, as the hard working Voronin makes way for Shevchenko for Ukraine.

2115: Slovakia are winning 2-1 in the Czech Republic.

2113: Some news from elsewhere in football. Newcastle confirm that Dennis Wise has left his position as executive director (football).

2112: Bastian Schweinsteiger whips a fierce left-foot shot towards the Wales net but Wayne Hennessey gets his angles right and fields the ball in his midriff.

2110: GOAL Scotland 1-1 Iceland
Palmi Palmason cracks a long-range spectacular effort off the post and Indridi Sigurdsson nets on the rebound.

2109: No word at all as yet on the situation with Fernando Torres's hamstrings, for all you curious 606 users.

2108: A good start to the second-half for Scotland. Allan Hutton and Scott Brown in particular are putting in a shift for their country, with Hutton making runs to the goal-line and Brown bossing the midfield. It's not over, by a long chalk, and Scotland probably need another goal before they can sit back on this one.

2107: News from La Paz, Bolivia are currently beating Argentina 2-1.

2107: Just the eight for Poland now.

2106: Damien Johnson heads over with NI's best chance of the game.

From Rich via text on 81111: "My wife says I look like Wayne Rooney, unfortunately she's right."

2104: Play resumes at Hampden Park. England will be back underway shortly.

2103: Yet another Grant McCann dead ball opportunity comes to nothing - Slovenia do have a 6ft 5in keeper and two 6ft 4in centre-halves, to be fair.

2102: There are some decent scores being posted in Player Rater land tonight. England's striking duo of Wayne Rooney (7.40) and Peter Crouch (7.29) are their stars so far, while Scotland's Ross McCormack (7.71) and Alan Hutton (7.63) are top of their particular pile. You can rate all the players from all of the home nations games.
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2101: Rob Earnshaw wiggles between three defenders to unleash a powerful shot on goal, but Germany keeper Robert Enke gets an instinctive right hand to the ball.

2100: France currently being held by Lithuania.

2059: Ouch. Albert Riera bags a late, late winner for Spain.

From berryave on 606: "England's shirt numbers starting the game, 1-11, as it should always be. Is this a unique situation?"
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From Tom via text on 81111: "My girlfriend says I look like Peter Crouch. Unfortunately she doesn't look like Abi Clancy."

You cannot win them all. Some would say you haven't won any of them.

From Froz Rhia via text on 81111: "Good goal from McCormack. Hopefully Scotland will go on and score more to show that they will make it to the World Cup."

2053: Spain are level with Turkey, a Xabi Alonso penalty.

Poland lead San Marino 7-0 (s-e-v-e-n).

2050: GOAL Wales 0-2 Germany
Oh dear. An own goal right at the start of the second half, as Ashley Williams diverts a cross from Mario Gomez into his own net.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England not exactly flowing but the interval lead is deserved, with the promise of more to come from men like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard after the break.

"Ukraine's fans, parked away in a corner of Wembley, get highly animated at any hint of attacking threat from their side - sadly for them this means their excitement levels have been strictly rationed. The visitors have to show more than this otherwise it is five wins out of five for England in their World Cup group."

2050: Half-time England 1-0 Ukraine

2049: If you're having problems listening to the match commentaries, try clicking on 'preferences' on the top right hand side of the BBC Sport Player and selecting 'Real Player'

2048: Half-time Scotland 1-0 Iceland

2048: In case you are wondering - and some people on 606 are - the England players are wearing black armbands in memory of former Arsenal and national team doctor John Crane. Crane led England's medical team at four World Cups - 1986, 1990, 1998 and 2002.

2046: Too much space for Wayne Rooney, who picks out Steven Gerrard. The midfielder shoots from 20 yards but cannot beat the keeper.

From Mark, Redcar, via text on 8111: "Crouchy's celebration was the pull the rope sketch from comic relief- it wasn't ridiculous, it was legendary."

That would be a matter of opinion - and you are certainly entitled to yours.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Fabio Capello will now be even more relieved that Peter Crouch was able to shake off the injury he suffered against Slovakia. Smart finish and just what England needed as the game threatened to be overtaken by tedium.

"David Beckham has just got the usual rapturous Wembley ovation as he starts a gentle jog along the touchline - stopping only to have a chip at a linesman for awarding Ukraine a debatable free-kick. Wembley much more buoyant now."

2041: GOAL Scotland 1-0 Iceland
Ross McCormack scores his first international goal after Alan Hutton sails down to the goal-line and crosses in for the former Motherwell man to blast in a right-footed shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

2040: Almost an equaliser for Ukraine, as a speculative 30-yard strike from Anatoliy Tymoschuk seems to move in the air, causing David James problems. The England keeper just manages to save.

2038: Wayne Rooney plays a crossfield ball to Aaron Lennon, who controls the ball, beats a defender and gives it back to Rooney, who shoots over.

2037: The Netherlands look well on their way to a fifth straight win as Dirk Kuyt pops in a second as they stroll in at half-time with a 3-0 lead over Macedonia.

2036: A Stephen Hunt volley is superbly saved by Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

2034: Half-time Northern Ireland 0-0 Slovenia

2033: Half-time Wales 0-1 Germany
Robert Earnshaw combines well with Sam Vokes to fashion a shooting chance late in the first half, Earnie blasting over although the Forest striker was probably off-side as well.

2032: GOAL England 1-0 Ukraine
John Terry heads a corner into the mixer and Peter Crouch executes a volley that only someone of his height could manage. Ridiculous dancing celebration follows.

2032: Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans gets himself a ridiculous booking rising to punch the ball a yard out of play as yet another Grant McCann free-kick comes to nothing.

2031: The Republic of Ireland are gradually working their way into the game in Bari but Italy threaten a second as Simone Pepe shoots into the side-netting.

2029: Andriy Voronin sustains quite a nasty nosebleed after an accidental, stray arm from John Terry.

2028: Some great play from England opens up Ukraine, with Wayne Rooney playing in Aaron Lennon at the far post. His first touch is heavy but he pulls the ball back to Frank Lampard, who shoots disappointingly wide.

2026: Not been the easiest evening so far for Ashley Cole, who is finding Ukraine's Artem Milevskiy a handful.

2026: Rangers striker Kenny Miller attempts an ambitious curving shot from the edge of the Iceland box, but it lacks power and the keeper gathers comfortably. Scotland look positive going forward, and confident at the back. The danger here is that they're seeking an early goal and they could end up running out of puff.

2025: Another great save by Wayne Hennessey, as the Wolves stopper denies Lukas Podolski from 10 yards after the striker is put through by Michael Ballack.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard already looking England's best options in a low-key start. The Wembley surface looks treacherous in parts and some of the players have already lost their footing. No serious ambition from Ukraine so far."

2024: Thomas Hitzlsperger crashes a free-kick towards the Wales net but Wayne Hennessey dives full-stretch to push the ball away.

2023: Corner to England, their first of the game. Amounts to nothing.

2022: David Healy volleys over from 18 yards in a rare NI attack. Slovenia are currently the better team.

2020: The Dutch are now two goals to the good, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar notching.

2018: Serdar Tasci slips as he backs off against Joe Ledley in the Germany box and the Stuttgart defender's hand blocks the ball, but referee Terje Haunge waves away the penalty claims. Harsh luck on Wales.

2017: Wayne Rooney is brought down on the edge of the Ukraine area. Frank Lampard rolls the ball into the path of Steven Gerrard, who shoots narrowly wide.

From Glyn via text on 8111:
"I'm in Seville watching Wales v Germany with Spanish commentary and it seems impossible to say Aaron Ramsey in a Spanish accent."

That's easy for you to say.

2015: The Dutch march on in Group Nine as Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt has given them an early lead at home to Macedonia, while the Czechs have grabbed an equaliser at home to the Slovaks through Zdenek Grygera.

2014: Gareth Barry goes into the ref's notebook and Ukraine shoot wide from distance. The away team have impressed so far.

From Las Salchichas on 606: "Am I the only person that thought the Alan Shearer hoo-ha was all a very sick April Fools Day joke?"
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Nope, plenty of people have said that. Don't think it is though.

2011: Arsenal striker Eduardo doubles Croatia's lead in Andorra.

2010: Alan Hutton powers into the Iceland penalty area from wide on the right and meets some Icelandic opposition before tumbling to the ground - but the referee is having none of it and waves play on.

2010: Wayne Rooney almost puts England ahead with a brilliant over-head kick that drifts inches over the crossbar. The keeper would not have saved it.

2009: A slow start at Wembley, with no openings as yet. Both teams feeling each other out. Quite a scrappy start, with Ukraine far from overawed.

2009: Rob Earnshaw gives Wales encouragement as he nips in behind the Germany centre-backs, but keeper Robert Enke comes smartly off his line to snuff out the danger.

2009: Ivan Klasnic gives Croatia, who are second behind England in Group Six, the lead away to Andorra.

2008: Chris Baird replaces Gareth McAuley in the Northern Ireland defence. McAuley goes off because of a hamstring injury.

2006: A healthy, vigorous start for Scotland - George Burley's men look eager to prove the critics wrong as Iceland struggle to get a hold of the ball and settle things down.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Lively atmosphere at Wembley and a stadium awash with optimism - and why not after four straight wins in the qualifying group and a comfortable work-out win against Slovakia on Saturday? England coach Fabio Capello will be looking for more of the same from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

"Aaron Lennon has got the nod ahead of David Beckham and Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right. Time for the Spurs winger to prove he can deliver, quite literally, at the highest level. The raw pace is there - the final product often isn't."

2006: Bad news for the Republic of Ireland as Vincenzo Iaquinta has put Italy in front.

2002: Play has started at both Wembley and Hampden.

2002: The Scotland national anthem blasts across Hampden in its usual brash fashion, but no signs of Kerry Katona as the singer of the Iceland anthem, despite reports in several Scottish newspapers (what day is it again today?) that the former Atomic Kitten star would be leading the chorus.

2002: Slovakia might have looked a bit shot-shy against England at the weekend but they are already 1-0 up away to the Czech Republic. Stanislav Sestak was the scorer after 23 minutes in a game that Northern Ireland fans will have half an eye on.

2000: Good news for the Republic of Ireland. Giampaolo Pazzini of Italy is given a red card after two minutes for an elbow on John O'Shea.

1959: Anthems over at Wembley and Hampden. The Ukraine players touched their hearts as their anthem was played.

1957: Maik Taylor makes a decent save in goal for Northern Ireland from Miso Brecko. Souper effort.

1956: GOAL Wales 0-1 Germany
Hardly a packed Millennium Stadium. Shame, really, as they have missed a sensational 30-yard strike from Michael Ballack .

1956: Spain a goal down at half-time to Turkey.

1955: A touching embrace between Andriy Shevchenko and Frank Lampard in the tunnel, some might say.

1954: Wales are lucky not to concede inside two minutes, as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey flaps ineffectually at Philipp Lahm's cross from the left.

1953: So Andriy Shevchenko starts from the bench.
The rise and fall of Shevchenko

1953: England v Ukraine teams in full:
England: James, Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Rooney, Crouch.
Subs: Foster, Jagielka, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Carrick, Beckham, Agbonlahor.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Yarmash, Mykhalyk, Chigrinsky, Shevchuk, Aliev, Slyusar, Tymoschuk, Valyaev, Voronin, Milevskiy.
Subs: Bogush, Kalinichenko, Kucher, Rusol, Shevchenko, Seleznyov, Nazarenko.

Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)

1951: In case you're interested...

Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso, Brighi, De Rossi, Pirlo, Pepe, Pazzini, Iaquinta.
Subs: Amelia, Motta, Gamberini, Dossena, Palombo, Quagliarella, Rossi.

Rep of Ireland: Given, McShane, Dunne, O'Shea, Kilbane, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Stephen Hunt, Doyle, Keane.
Subs: Kiely, Delaney, Kelly, Keogh, Folan, Gibson, Noel Hunt.

1949: Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor receive a chorus of boos from the fans inside Hampden as the teams are being called out by the stadium announcer. Thankfully, the stadium is half-empty with just under 15 minutes left until kick-off thanks to the horrendous traffic in Glasgow.

1948: Play has now started at Windsor Park.

1945: Play has started at the Millennium Stadium. The minute's silence is taking place at Windsor Park. There will be a minute's silence at all the qualifiers tonight following the stadium disaster in the Ivory Coast the other day.

From Si via text on 81111: "I'm on the same train as Toots. 25 to go to kick off and still not moved an inch! Who's got a radio or pc with wi-fi?"

From Nick, London, via text on 81111: "My Dad woke me up this morning with a phone call telling me that his mate had got us into a box at Wembley for tonight. Unfortunately for me I didn't realise the date."


1937: Players are in the tunnel at the Millennium Stadium.

1932: More Wales team news
There are five changes from the Wales side from the team that lost to Finland.

Craig Bellamy and Jason Koumas are injured, while Chris Gunter, Carl Fletcher and David Edwards have been omitted.

Sam Ricketts comes in following suspension, while Ashley Williams, Robert Earnshaw, Sam Vokes and Aaron Davies also start.

Group leaders Germany made just one change from the side that beat Liechtenstein at the weekend, Simon Rolfes taking over from flu victim Marcell Jansen.

From I taught Adebayor the offside rule on 606: "I'd love to see NI in a big tournament. They don't have any big stars but as a team they pull together and work hard for each other - something the English team is only just starting to work out."
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I would love to see Northern Ireland reach the World Cup.

1929: Hey, if England win tonight they will have won their last seven World Cup qualification matches - a record for the team.

From andythetoonfan on 606: "England 2-0 Ukraine
Scotland 2-1 Iceland
N Ireland 1-0 Slovakia
Wales 1-3 Germany."
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I'm not good at predictions, so on the day Alan Shearer returned to Newcastle (reportedly) I thought I'd leave it to a Magpies fan. Looks pretty fair to me.

1923: And look what England's Mike Riley is in charge of tonight...

Turkey: Demirel, Gonul, Balta, Asik, Uzulmez, Sanli, Emre, Aurelio, Turan, Nihat, Senturk.
Subs: Recber, Gungor, Sarioglu, Kas, Sahin, Unal, Karadeniz.

Spain: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Marchena, Capdevila, Alonso, Silva, Senna, Xavi, Riera, Torres.
Subs: Reina, Busquets, Juanito, Guiza, Llorente, Arbeloa, Santi Cazorla.

Referee: Mike Riley (England)

1922: Scotland v Iceland teams
Scotland: Gordon, Hutton, McManus, Caldwell, Naysmith, Morrison, Darren Fletcher, Brown, McCormack, Miller, Steven Fletcher.
Subs: McGregor, Teale, Berra, Ferguson, Rae, Clarkson, Whittaker.

Iceland: Gunnleifsson, Danielsson, Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson, Indridi Sigurdsson, Eiriksson, Steinsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Helguson, Palmason, Gudjohnsen, Smarason.
Subs: Arason, Gudmundsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Eggert Jonsson, Gunnarson, Bjarnason, Bjornsson.

Referee: Thomas Einwaller (Austria)

From Toots on the train via text on 81111: "Have been stationary on a commuter train back to SE London for about an hour having left work early to get back for kickoff. General distress from majority of passengers! Does anyone reading on the train via their mobile have a portable DAB radio we can huddle around - it'll be like the blitz all over again!"

From Stamford Luke on 606: "I would have started Beckham ahead of Lennon, hopefully a couple of his set-pieces will lead to goals, then bring Lennon on to run at the tired fullback."
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1917: England team news
England coach Fabio Capello opts for Peter Crouch up front, as expected, and hands Aaron Lennon a start ahead of England's most-capped outfield player David Beckham. Rio Ferdinand returns in central defence after missing Saturday's 4-0 win against Slovakia.

1916: Northern Ireland team news
Manager Nigel Worthington makes two enforced changes for the match against Slovenia.

George McCartney and Steven Davis return, replacing the injured Stephen Craigan and suspended Chris Brunt.

From Le_Foot on 606: "I am actually quietly confident about the Wales v Germany game. Call me mad, but Wales often perform when you don't expect them to. Of course the downside of a good Welsh performance would be that Toshack would get the credit."
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1910: England, of course, are looking to extend their 100% record in qualifying at Wembley. Spain and the Netherlands are the two other European teams who have won all their games so far.

1908: England team:
James, Johnson, Cole, Barry, Ferdinand, Terry, Lennon, Lampard, Crouch, Rooney, Gerrard.

From Adam S, at Wembley, via text on 81111:
"Great atmosphere outside Wembley, fully packed along Wembley way and songs being yelled all around. The fans expect a performance."

1906: England face Ukraine at Wembley tonight hoping to extend their 100% record in qualifying. Given England's new kit I'm sure it will be all white on the night.

1903: Scotland boss George Burley says he is treating today's game like a cup final, which hopefully doesn't mean he will turn up ridiculously early and inspect the quality of the pitch wearing a brand new and probably slightly distasteful suit.

More likely, he is fully focused on victory over Iceland if he doesn't want his side to find themselves in the frozen wastes as far as World Cup qualification is concerned.

It has not been an easy few days for George, what with a couple of players reportedly breaching curfew rules.
Scots duo breach to be reviewed

From a4021203 on 606: "Looking at the positive atmosphere surrounding the current England camp and the resources available to it has really hammered home what an utterly desperate and shambolic reign McClaren presided over!"
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1855: I personally think it would be great to see Northern Ireland follow their win over Poland with an impressive performance against Slovenia. Nigel Worthington's team are currently top of Group Three - and although other teams have at least a game in hand on the Irish a win at Windsor Park would keep them very much in the mixer.

BTW, I'll also be bringing you the big news from the Republic of Ireland's match with Italy and the other big clashes across Europe.

From gallantManUTD on 606: "I have just heard, that Peter Crouch has picked up an injury by hitting his head on the Wembley Arch as he tripped up. So, Rooney will play alongside, Nick Barmby."
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Haven't heard that myself. We'll have England team news for you as soon as we get it.

1850: Wales team news
The big news is that Aaron Ramsey makes his first start for Wales. Robert Earnshaw also starts for John Toshack's team.

Best of luck to Wales this evening - I think they might need it. Toshack's team are massively up against it in Group Four following Saturday's defeat to Finland and face Germany tonight without Craig Bellamy and Jason Koumas.

Wales, according to Bellamy, have blown their qualification hopes.

And Bellamy, never one to shy away from a cutting comment or two, has had a bit of a pop at the Wales fans.

"We haven't got the atmosphere," admits Bellamy.

"We aren't generating anything. What a nice place to come and play at the moment. Opposition teams must be very comfortable here.

"You come to a nice city, a very good stadium. No pressure. No atmosphere."

1847: Scotland team news
Skipper Barry Ferguson and goalkeeper Allan McGregor are dropped to the bench following their beach of discipline after Saturday's loss to the Dutch. The Rangers duo were allegedly involved in a long drinking session at the team hotel.

Gary Teale, Christophe Berra and Graham Alexander also drop out for Stephen McManus, James Morrison and Steven Fletcher.

Scotland team: Gordon, Hutton, Naysmith, Caldwell, McManus, Morrison, Brown, D Fletcher, McCormack, Miller, S Fletcher.

1846: Now, if you're out and about later, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract."

1845 BST: Evening all. I hope that you didn't end up looking like an April Fool this morning.

I know I didn't as I shrewdly stayed indoors with the curtains drawn and the phone switched off until the hour hand passed 12.

One of the most bizarre April Fool's Day wind-ups I saw appeared on the Blue Square Premier official website.

They claimed US President Barack Obama will travel to Eastbourne Borough's Blue Square Premier game against Ebbsfleet on Saturday, in order to watch his cousin Achtog Laprifolo play for Borough.

Not sure how many people fell for that one but will any of our brave boys end today looking like slightly belated April Fools?

Or will England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all collect three precious points? I'm not betting on it.

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see also
England 2-1 Ukraine
01 Apr 09 |  Internationals
N Ireland 1-0 Slovenia
01 Apr 09 |  Internationals
Wales 0-2 Germany
01 Apr 09 |  Internationals
Scotland 2-1 Iceland
01 Apr 09 |  Internationals

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