Rashford says England call still doesn't seem real

LONDON Manchester United's 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford admits being a member of England's Euro 2016 squad still feels like a dream.

Rashford was the surprise selection in Roy Hodgson's squad after a rapid rise from United's youth team to first-team regular, having only made his debut in February.

"When I first went into the changing room and saw all of the players' names on the back of their shirts, it didn't seem real," Rashford said in an interview alongside club and national captain Wayne Rooney on the Football Association's website on Thursday.

Brisbane set for blockbuster series opener

SYDNEY World number two against world number four, two entertaining former club mates as opposing coaches and grudges recent and old to savour -- Australia's clash with England is shaping up to be the most intriguing of the June test series.

Saturday's opener in Brisbane will be Australia's first outing since last year's World Cup final and a chance for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to prove he is on track with his mission to challenge All Blacks supremacy.

Northern Irish police colluded in 1994 murders of football fans - report

BELFAST The collusion of police officers was a significant feature in the 1994 killing of six football fans in one of the most notorious episodes of Northern Ireland's 'Troubles', a report by the province's police ombudsman said on Thursday.

The report is the latest to indicate state collusion in some of the 3,600 murders committed during the 30-year armed conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a united Ireland and their Protestant rivals who want to keep Northern Ireland British.

Perera returns for Sri Lanka, England win toss

LONDON Kusal Perera returned to the Sri Lanka team for the third test against England at Lord's on Thursday after six months out fighting doping allegations.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, recently cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after it was announced in December he failed a drugs test last July, was the only change for the visitors.

England won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny morning as they look to wrap up a 3-0 series win, having dominated the first two matches.

Ronaldo urges Portugal to stay grounded after Estonia romp

MADRID Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his team mates not to get carried away by the 7-0 romp over Estonia ahead of their campaign at the Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old forward, warming up for his side's Group F opener against Iceland on Tuesday in Saint-Etienne, made his first appearance with Portugal this summer in Lisbon on Wednesday night.

"It was just a friendly and even though we won 7-0, it doesn't mean anything," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by AS newspaper.

England dump Ford for first test against Australia

SYDNEY England coach Eddie Jones has dropped flyhalf George Ford and moved Owen Farrell in from the centres in his starting team for the first of three tests against Australia at Brisbane's Lang Park on Saturday.

Ford has started all six of England's tests under Jones but was booed off the park in his last outing after missing six of seven kicks in the pre-tour warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham at the end of May.

Ex-Bayern boss Magath takes charge at Shandong Luneng

Former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath has been appointed the head coach at Shandong Luneng, the Chinese Super League (CSL) club has announced.

The 62-year-old German also managed Wolfsburg, Schalke 04 and Fulham, and replaces Brazilian Mano Menezes, who quit the side that have reached the AFC Champions League quarter-finals but are mired in the league's relegation zone.

Magath's move also saw him reunite with Shandong captain Hao Junmin, who had a stint at Schalke when the German was in charge there.

Lafferty enjoying attention, confident of Northern Ireland's Euro glory

Striker Kyle Lafferty is certain that Northern Ireland can beat any team at Euro 2016 if he can continue his scintillating form at the international stage.

The 28-year-old, who played a vital role in his country's qualifying campaign scoring seven goals, trained alone on Wednesday as precaution after he suffered a groin injury on Tuesday.

However, his international run is in stark contrast to his club form, which has seen him loaned out to Birmingham City in March and Turkish side Rizespor last year, after failing to impress manager Alex Neil at Norwich City.

Benteke happy to stay at Liverpool but wants more game time

Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool but is reluctant to commit his future to the Anfield club unless he gets more game time under manager Juergen Klopp.

The former Aston Villa striker scored nine league goals during a mixed first season at the Merseyside club but made 15 of his 29 Premier League appearances from the bench.

Benteke was signed by Klopp's predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, for 32.5 million pounds ($47.00 million) and under the German found himself behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.

Russian sports minister denies doping cover up - TASS

MOSCOW Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he denied accusations of covering up a positive doping test from a top-flight Russian footballer, TASS news agency reported.

Mutko said on Wednesday the allegations by German public broadcaster ARD/WDR were an attempt to sway a ruling on Russia's ban from international athletics ahead of the Rio Olympics.

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