in a friendly at wembley tonight ahead of this summer's world cup. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, was watching. the first home game of the year for england was the last chance to impress before russia. italy failed to qualify for their first world cup in 60 years. right from the off, it was hard to see why. immobile, immobile long enough forjohn stones to clear. it took more than 20 minutes for england to string any meaningful passes together. but when they did, some quick feet from sterling and some wonderful quick thinking from lingard reaped rewards. the goal was good. var wasn't on england's side in the second—half. why replays showed that tarkowski had stepped on his foot. deliberate or not, the penalty was given. insigne made his mark. england
conceding for the first time in more than ten—and—a—half hours of football. some big decisions are looming for gareth southgate. well a ponderous start for england turned into an assured performance for sterling a particular highlight after he called for england fans to show some love to this side before the world cup. we expect gareth southgate to name his 23 man squad before the nigeria game, here on 2nd june. this was the last chance really for these players to prove and to earn that place on the plane. elsewhere, scotland beat hungary 1-0. elsewhere, scotland beat hungary 1—0. alex mcleish‘s first win since taking over the reins for the second time. huw. natalie pirks for us at wembley. here on bbc one hello, and welcome to sportsday. coming up on the programme... the head of cricket australia apologises over ball tampering and reveals three players are to be sent home including captain steve smith. i want to apologise to all
australians that these events have taken place. australians that these events have ta ken place. all three australians that these events have taken place. all three players who have been reported will leave south africa tomorrow. var divides opinion once again as england miss out on victory after a late italian penalty at wembley. and matt phillips does the job in budapest as scotland clinch the first win of alex mcleish‘s second spell in charge. hello and welcome to the programme and we begin injohannesberg where the head of cricket australia has apologised over the ball tampering scandal describing it as a dark day for the sport. he also revealed the three players involved in cheating during the third test against south africa have been sent home while an investigation into the incident will
continue before further sanctions are handed down to captain steve smith, vice captain david warner and batsman cameron bancroft. on behalf of cricket australia, i wa nt to on behalf of cricket australia, i want to apologise to all australians that these events have taken place, in particular to all of the kids love cricket and idolise the players. i want to also apologise to the cricket south africa and south african fans that this issue has overshadowed what otherwise should have been a wonderful series. as the chairman has said in his statement earlier tonight, we recognise that this issue goes beyond the technical nature of offences under various codes of conduct. it's about the
integrity and reputation of australian cricket and australian sport. ultimately it's about whether australians can feel proud of their national sporting teams. meanwhile some have expressed surprise that head coach darren lehmann will remain in his post after investigators concluded he was not involved in the controversy. here's more from our sports editor dan roan. darren lehmann will not be going, and that will surprise some people who feel he's lost control of this australian team and that's the culture in it needs to be corrected because it's not just culture in it needs to be corrected because it's notjust this latest controversy, is also the fact this series has been played in something ofa series has been played in something of a spiteful atmosphere, there has been sledging as well, no shortage
of controversy. many people feel the reason this feels like a test case is the controversy in which it has occurred. it's the way australia go about their cricket. he was emotional and no wonder when you consider how much pressure has been bought on cricket australia to get a grip of this crisis. notjust people from within the game but also the australian government itself. the australian government itself. the australian prime minister has spoken twice about how he wants decisive and tough action, we wait to see just how tough that action will be. to wembley now where england were denied victory over italy after a conteroversial late penalty cancelled out jamie vardy‘s opener. it came in the final minutes of the game after the referee referred to var to make a final decision over a tackle by debutant james tarkowski, a decision many england fans weren't too happy about. let's go now to our correspondent natalie pirks who's at wembley for us this evening.
natalie, once again var rears its head. probably something we're going to have to get used to. we really do need to get used to this because it is going to be at russia whether we like it or not. italy not being at their first world cup for 60 years is still amazing for most of us watching. italy had a chance to go 1—0 up within 30 seconds, he stuttered on the ball and it meantjohn stones was able to sweep over and clear the danger for england. england started slow, and sluggishly so it took around 20 minutes for england to put some meaningful passes together and when they did it clicked into place. jamie vardy‘s goal was a real moment
where england showed they could play well together. raheem sterling, who was excellent tonight, with one fowl and then another. jamie vardy as you can see with an excellent goal and it was that kind of quick thinking from jesse lingard is to take the free kick quickly that could turn a world cup game, var, and in that insta nce world cup game, var, and in that instance went to the referee, he heard it was fine and the free kick had been taken when the ball was stationary so that goal is stored. lewis cook came on, now his grandad had made a bet when he was 18 years old, a £500 bet that his grandson would play for the senior england side before his 26th birthday so that moment was great for lewis cook but also for his grandad who is now £17,000 richer. not a bad night for him but it was italy who eventually cashed in on the var controversy. one of their players looked to go
down quite dramatically in the penalty area but the referee decided to look at it, and the replay showed that james tarkowski had stepped on his foot. was that a clear and obvious error? should the referee have made the decision to check the replay? that is what is raging around tonight. if it had been england in a game against belgium needing a win in the world cup, would we have thought that was a clear and obvious error? so this is the debate, this var is not going anywhere. italy is clearly a sterner test tha n anywhere. italy is clearly a sterner test than the netherlands on friday. the first time england have conceded in more than ten and a half hours of football, plenty for him to ponder and he will name his 23 man squad for the world cup had of the nigeria game here on june for the world cup had of the nigeria game here onjune the 2nd. plenty for him to think about tonight but
ultimately he will be happy with what he saw, certainly towards the latter end of the first half and into the second half as well. thank you. meanwhile alex mcleish got his first win since taking up the mantel as scotland manager for a second time as his side beat hungary 1—0 in their friendly in budapest. despite missing a golden opportunity in the first half when charlie mulgrew had his penalty kick saved by the hungarian keeper. but after the break, matt phillips arrived just in time to meet ryan fraser's deflected cross putting away the only goal of the game. manchester city women and chelsea ladies are looking to make history tomorrow night as they seek to defend their 2 0 quarterfinal, first leg leads in the women's champions league. wins for both clubs would mean two english sides in the last four at the same time, a feat never achieved before. for chelsea, who host french club montpellier, victory would make it the biggest night in the club's history as jo currie reports. chelsea ladies stand on the cusp of
making club history, never before have they reached the semifinals of the champions league but they have their second leg at home to montpelier in the lead. their captain says it's the biggest night in the club's history. the manager says the amount of games the club have had to play recently has been less tha n have had to play recently has been less than ideal in terms of their preparations. it's challenging. we have got players who have played 1a games in 58 days, that is a game every 3.8 days. you have heard me go on the record talking about how we need to protect players, that's a lot of games with a lot of travel time, knowing there is only two days' rest period between the league game and now makes it 38% less likely that we will win the game. that is how important scheduling is.
chelsea are not the only team hoping to make it through to the last four tomorrow night. manchester city are way to the swedish side also with a 2-0 way to the swedish side also with a 2—0 lead. if they both progress to the semifinals will be the first time england have had two teams in the last four ever in the tournament. it could be an historic night for women's football for this country. that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers. goodbye for now. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow. with me are the guardian columnist jane martinson and the political strategist jo tanner. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the telegraph leads with government plans to place a 22 pence tax on plastic bottles to tackle waste. the financial times reports on a hostile takeover bid by investment group melrose for gkn, and an intervention by the government calling for undertakings that melrose wont sell the engineering firm's aerospace business for five years. the metro leads on comments made by the sister of a vietnamese mother who was killed by two convicted murderers after they had been set free early from prison. the i reports on a plastic deposit scheme which the government thinks could boost recycling. the daily mail leads with the labour anti—semitism row. the guardian reports on calls made by the mayor of greater manchester, that the government needs
to rethink rules for dealing with terror attacks. on the times front page is an article detailing how women in their 40s are the only age group of women with a rising pregnancy rate. the sun leads with a story about how a convicted terrorist who groomed young boys was given two council flats. so that's tomorrow front pages and let's start with one of the stories we we re let's start with one of the stories we were mentioning there, the front page of the guardian here talking about the call for an urgent overhaul of the terror response rules. this is after the report into the terrorist attack at the manchester arena. yes, this is actually quite an interesting example of where the mayor can
effect change quite quickly so we are not even a year since the terrible attack in manchester and this report that he commissioned after concerns that were being raised by firefighters about how events that night unfolded, there was great concern which i hadn't appreciated at the time but firefighters themselves so they were unable to do as much as they felt they could do. this report essentially says the master plans in place essentially for these big incidents which the home office were involved in and other agencies, they are essentially inflexible and the report concludes the fire service ended up playing no meaningful role in those events and they have structures that could have helped. it took them two hours to get to the scene. and yet actually apparently the concern was that the central command was concerned there was