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Greece take big step towards securing a place in Brazil

Gordon Greer (left) has raised his hopes of a cap with Brighton

Brighton captain Gordon Greer leaves it late but seeks Scotland debut

Gordon Greer has admitted he left hopes of a Scotland cap back in Kilmarnock when he signed for Doncaster six years ago.

Full of hope: Rhodes saw promising signs in Scotland’s defeat to Belgium

International round-up: Narrow margins leave Scotland and Wales to build for future

Fine margins often make all the difference in matches and that was the case for Scotland in their defeat by Belgium, in Jordan Rhodes's view.

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon agrees new contract with Celtic - for same money and same length

Manager signs fresh one-year rolling deal

Danny Welbeck heads home at Wembley on Wednesday night

England 3 Scotland 2: Five things we learned from victory at Wembley

Defence among Roy Hodgson's top concerns

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England v Scotland preview: Manchester United trio to start for Three Lions

Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley selected in Roy Hodgson's starting XI

Strachan is optimistic Scotland can build on their victory in Zagreb

England v Scotland: New manager Gordon Strachan breeds hope among the Tartan Army

A surprise victory over Croatia has improved Scottish morale as they travel to Wembley

Luke Murphy turns to celebrate his late winning goal for Leeds in the 2-1 victory over Brighton

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Disputed winner ruins Brighton's day as Leeds begin life after Bates with three points

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Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips ready for another crack at the Premier League

The striker scored the crucial goal to get Palace promoted

Transfer news: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina set for Rafael Benitez reunion at Napoli

Pepe Reina, the Liverpool goalkeeper, is expected to join Napoli on a season-long loan deal in a bid to stay in contention for Spain’s World Cup squad.

World Cup qualifying: England lifted as nine-man Montenegro suffer home humiliation

England’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil next year were boosted last night when group leaders Montenegro were thrashed 4-0 at home in a bad-tempered game by Ukraine.

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson applauds as he arrives on the field (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Butler: Looking for some Sir Alex Ferguson perspective... try Gaelic channel

View From The Sofa: Gothenburg ’83, BBC Alba

Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel lift the European Cup in 1999

Glenn Moore: Sir Alex Ferguson longevity is due to Manchester United's power to adapt – often within a single game

United deployed a different starting formation in each of the three Champions League finals they played in the last six seasons

Danny Graham wants to show his commitment to Sunderland

Adam Johnson backs Danny Graham to come to Sunderland's rescue

Leading scorer Steven Fletcher out for the rest of the season

5. Ryan Giggs makes his 1000th senior appearance tonight, and will be keen to cap the night with a vintage performance. Though a note of caution- he has never scored against Real, in five previous matches

Ryan Giggs expects playing careers to last longer

Manchester United midfielder will play into his 40s

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