"Awful. What happens to some of these players when they pull on an England shirt?” That message was later deleted but Lineker also added: “When you see England pass it like they’ve never been introduced to each other, it does make you wonder why [Michael] Carrick doesn’t feature." Former England captain Gary Lineker is less than impressed with the 0-0 draw in Ukraine.
“If the expectations upon us are so great we come to places like Ukraine and expect to roll teams over, it will be difficult for us to ever get a good result.I will stick to my ignorance. I think it is a good result. I am surprised that has not been the reaction back at home." England manager Roy Hodgson is astonished by the criticism.
"Roy Hodgson can't be blamed for some of England's finest having a bad night. With injured players returning his options will be greater. He may play Carrick as he's the only natural holding player we have, as well as our best passer. But who to leave out? Age old dilemma. Finally, I'd like to make it clear that I'm fully supportive of Roy and think he's doing a good job. Onwards.." Gary Lineker tries to mend bridges with Hodgson after his outburst.
"I can see England winning tonight, but I can also see them losing.” Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon visits Ukraine to share some wise words before the World Cup qualifier.
"He's 42-0, but he hasn't faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he'd be 0-42. I'm at the pinnacle. I'm the face of boxing. I fight Ricky Hatton, I don't fight Ricky Hatton's brother. I fight Miguel Cotto, I don't fight Miguel Cotto's brother.” Some classic smack talk from Floyd Mayweather during the pre-fight festivities before Saturdays WBC world super welterweight fight with unbeaten Mexican Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
"I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility. I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family." Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has returned to rehab to deal with a substance abuse problem before the Mayweather fight.
"I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us. We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect." Giovanni Trapattoni departs the scene as Republic of Ireland manager after a 1-0 defeat in Austria ends their prospects of World Cup qualification.
“He is one of the few players that, when he was born God said, ‘You will be THE player’. He’s part of a great team and Planet Football will be watching. The world will start knowing him better and see what he’s capable of.” Dani Alves believes Barcelona team-mate Neymar is a gift from God.
“There is no review process as such in place for the national team coach, but a result like that, a 6-0 loss, is unacceptable. A national team coach is always under pressure anywhere in the world, and that’s no different with the Socceroos, but it’s fair to say many are not happy with what happened. Not happy at all.” Football Federation Australia are unhappy with national coach Holger Osieck after their country's embarrassing 6-0 friendly loss to Neymar-inspired Brazil in Brasilia.
"Just because someone earns a lot of money does not make them automatically a man of honour. And (Florentino) Perez is no man of honour. Mesut is made the scapegoat now. And I am the greedy father, who only waits for the big money. A put-up job, a bad business. We will defend ourselves legally." Mesut Ozil's father, Mustafa, claims Real Madrid president Florentino Perez leaked negative stories about the player's personal life to justify their decision to sell him to Arsenal in a £42.5 million transfer.
"It may well be that we made a mistake at the time. On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is FIFA's biggest, if not only, global event. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the needs of 800 million Europeans above all?" FIFA president Sepp Blatter concedes awarding the 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar may have been an error.
"We've worked very, very hard to ensure we're within the rules of the bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement. At the same time we're delivering on all the promises that we've made. We're working very hard to deliver it. The commitment is there." Hassan al-Thawadi - head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup - insists there is no way his country will not host the tournament.
"This season is probably the most emotional one I've had. It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It's just amazing. I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here. You play one match against one of the best players in history like this, Novak, number one in the world, probably on his favourite surface, so I have to be almost perfect to win." Rafael Nadal reflects upon winning his 13th Grand Slam with victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.