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Marcus Rashford makes instant impact in England debut

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Marcus Rashford makes instant impact in England debut

Marcus Rahsford made an instant impact in his debut for England, scoring at 138 seconds after kick-off for a 2-1 friendly victory against Australia.

His Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney scored his 52nd England goal in the 55th minute. Australia received their consolation in the form of Eric Dier’s own goal with 15 minutes left, heading into his net at the near post from Alex Wilkinson’s cross.

Rashford’s goal was also a history maker as he became the youngest ever English player who makes the mark in their international debut. The record was first set by Tommy Lawton at October 1938 – who was 19 years and 16 days old then, while Rashford was 18 years and 208 days.

He has also scored with his first shot in the Europa League, the Premier League and at international level, all within a prodigious 92-day period. In training and the match, the teenager demonstrated pace, control and a nerveless approach.

There was also that familiar sense of maturity the youngster had shown when playing for United. Even when he fumbled on a chance in the second half, he recovered his poise quickly to send a cross flashing into the six-yard box with his England colleagues just unable to get a touch.

Such a performance would ease any manager’s worries, and would certainly be bore in the mind of Roy Hodgson, as he ponders who in his provisional 26-man squad has to be removed in order to cut the squad down to 23-man for the Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, clearly wary about poachers of the rare young prodigy, Marcus Rashford is rewarded a £20,000-a-week contract with Manchester United. The striker has one year left on his current deal but the Red Devils are clearly not taking any chances, moving swiftly to offer him a long-term contract.

France plans alcohol bans for matches in Lens

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France plans alcohol bans for matches in Lens

There will be a certain amount of mood dampening as French authorities plan to impose 24-hour alcohol bans in the Lens when the city hosts European Championship games.

The city’s main stadium, Stade Bollaert-Delelis will host four games next month, including the British derby between England and Wales in Group B.

The alcohol ban will run for 24 hours in Lens on June 16 for the British Derby, from 6am local time to 6 am the next day. Alcohol will be sold within the stadium but not in bars and stores, and French authorities will conduct searches in cars travelling to Lens.

Alcohol is only permitted in the fan zone since fans will not be allowed alcohol in the streets. Fans without tickets for the match or the fan zone were also being told not to travel.

Every other game (Albania-Switzerland, Czech Republic-Turkey, one round-of-16 match) in Lens will also be placed under the same restriction and the same amount of surveillance.

Northern Ireland has also qualified for the tournament, so there will be a British police presence across France to assist their French counterparts in Lens and other Euro 2016 host cities.

In addition, the city’s population of 32,000 citizens could very well be overwhelmed by ticketless

“There is no excuse for violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour at football matches,” said Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing.

“Troublemakers will be dealt with by French police in line with their laws and can expect a banning order on return to the UK.”

Around 250,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament to Britons but police expect between 300,000 and 500,000 to travel to France.

Euro 2016: provisional squads so far

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Euro 2016

It is less than a month away before the Euro 2016 kicks off in France, and each of the 24 teams participating are naturally busy naming their squads, putting in provisional lists before every manager makes the final decision.

Here is a preview of some of their lineups:

Belgium (Provisional 24-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Forwards: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is likely to feature for Belgium, a team currently ranked second in World Rankings

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is likely to feature for Belgium, a team currently ranked second in World Rankings

ENGLAND (Provisional 26-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Marcus Rashford was a prominent inclusion into Roy Hodgson’s England, despite his earlier insistence to do otherwise

Marcus Rashford was a prominent inclusion into Roy Hodgson’s England, despite his earlier insistence to do otherwise

FRANCE (Final Decision)

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).

Antoine Griezmann was selected for France, having scored over 30 goals for Atletico Madrid this season

Antoine Griezmann was selected for France, having scored over 30 goals for Atletico Madrid this season

Germany (Provisional 27-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (AS Roma).

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Striker: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina).

Joachim Low has included Bastian Schweinsteiger along with 10 other World-Cup winners in the Germany squad

Joachim Low has included Bastian Schweinsteiger along with 10 other World-Cup winners in the Germany squad

Spain (Provisional 25-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Man City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)

Fernando Torres (Right), Diego Costa (Left) and Juan Mata (Mid) were left out of Vincent Del Bosque’s (inset) Spain squad

Fernando Torres (Right), Diego Costa (Left) and Juan Mata (Mid) were left out of Vincent Del Bosque’s (inset) Spain squad

Germany rallies to redemption as England suffers defeat

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Germany rallies to redemption as England suffers defeat

Thomas Muller congratulates Mario Gotze after assisting him to Germany’s second.

Germany rallied to redeem themselves after a 3-2 defeat by England, beating Italy in emphatic style with a 4-1 win in Munich.

The Germans would avoid a third straight loss as they took their first win over the Azzurri since 1995. Toni Kroos struck for Germany once again before Mario Gotze’s header provided the host with a two-goal cushion just before the break.

But if there were any worry that they would slip up, left-back Jonas Hector allayed them as he struck one past numerous defenders. Mesut Ozil then stepped up for a penalty to make it 4-0 with 15 minutes left.

Stephan El Shaarawy then registered a consolation for the visiting Italians later on.

Germany coach Joachim Löw hopes that Mario Götze’s goal and overall performance in Germany’s 4-1 victory against Italy on Tuesday will boost the attacking midfielder’s confidence. The 23-year old had struggled for playing time in Bayern Munich since a five-month injury break ended in February.

“Mario earned this himself,” Löw told reporters. “I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.

“But Mario has worked hard in the past weeks, he did individual training sessions to get back to his best and I hope the game today gave him the self-confidence he needs for the coming weeks.”

Meanwhile, England was brought down from cloud nine after a 2-1 loss against the Netherlands, albeit with a much changed side.

Luciano Narsingh completes Netherland’s comeback against England.

Luciano Narsingh completes Netherland’s comeback against England.

The Three Lions were on the receiving end of a comeback this time, as Jamie Vardy opened the scoreboard for the team with assist from Kyle Walker.

But after the break Danny Rose handled, conceding a penalty which Vincent Janssen converted. The big striker then proved himself once again with size advantage, overpowering substitute Phil Jagielka before crossing for Luciano Narsingh to complete the comeback with 13 minutes of play left.

Roy Hodgson had warned that the English team must not get carried away after victory in Germany. This defeat enforces that argument in case anyone ignored that warning, for it was a defeat against a Dutch team that will not even be in the Euros this summer.