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FAIL: Uzbekistan U16 ‘Keeper Scores From Own Box After Highly Dodgy Theatrics From North Korean Goalie (Video)

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During the U16 Asian Football Confederation Championship clash between Uzbekistan and DPR Korea, Uzbek 'keeperJasurbek Umrzakov scored an incredible goal from inside his own box. However, ridiculous theatrics from his North Korean opposite number points to something rather dodgy in action.

Youngster Umrzakov's punt flies over the head of Korean 'keeperGK Jang Paek Ho who is inexplicably miles outside of his own box.

Euro U21: Man Utd Starlet Marcus Rashford Nets Hat-Trick As England U21s Batter Norway 6-1 (Video)

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After scoring on his Man Utd debut, his Premier League debut and his England senior team debut, Marcus Rashford netted a superb hat-trick in his first ever game with the Three Lions' U21 side in Colchester on Tuesday night.

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Gareth Southgate started Rashford up front in the European Championship qualifier against Norway and the 18-year-old didn't disappoint, netting on 29, 65 and 71 minutes as the England youngsters battered the visitors.

World Cup: Serbia’s Filip Kostic Wins Penalty With Dismal Dive But Republic Of Ireland Battle To 2-2 Draw In Belgrade (Video)

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The Republic of Ireland got their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a reasonable start after a hard-fought 2-2 draw in a very wet Belgrade.

However, Martin O'Neill and co. will no doubt still be furious with the officials after Hamburg winger Filip Kostic won a penalty courtesy of an appalling dive, right under the nose of refereeViktor Kassai.

World Cup: Israel’s Tal Ben Haim Nets Glorious Chipped Effort Against Italy (Video)

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Italy got their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start on Monday night, courtesy of a deserved 3-1 win in Israel. However, it was the hosts who netted the goal of the game, with striker Tal Ben Haim (not the ex-Chelsea and Bolton one) produced an exquisite chip which left Gigi Buffon helpless.

Slovakia 0-1 England: Sam Allardyce Starts With Win As Adam Lallana Bags Last-Gasp Winner (Photos & Highlights)

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Sam Allardyce started his reign as England boss with a victory away to Slovakia, albeit via a late winner from Liverpool's Adam Lallana.

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There were no surprises in Big Sam's first starting 11, with Wayne Rooney earning his 116th cap, a record for an England outfield player (and one more than David Beckham).

Awkward: Roy Keane Shuts Down Journalist Over James McCarthy’s Everton Future (Video)

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Not famed for suffering fools gladly, Roy Keane was at it again during a press conference ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia, with the Irish coach laying into a journalist over James McCarthy.

The poor journo in question raised a question about Everton midfielder McCarthy and his future under Toffees' boss Ronald Koeman.

Lionel Messi Scores Winning Goal For Argentina Several Weeks After Retiring From International Football (Photos & Video)

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Lionel Messi pulled off another neat trick last night when he scored Argentina's winning goal against Uruguay despite having retired from international football some weeks ago now.

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Indeed, despite not actually being on the pitch, Messi settled the 2018World Cup qualifier in the 43rd minute with a piece of excellent back-heeled control and a massively deflected finish.

Premier Action: Martial And Giroud Score, Pogba Provides Two Assists As France Beat Italy 3-1 (Video)

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France's Premier League stars were instrumental in their team's 3-1 friendly win over Italy in Bari on Thursday night, with Paul Pogba superbly setting up Manchester United club-mate Anthony Martial before Arsenal's Olivier Giroud netted a very decent volley.

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Martial's goal, his first for the senior French side, came after a lovely through ball from Pogba.

Emotional: Bastian Schweinsteiger Struggles To Hold Back Tears Before, During And After Final Germany Game (Photos & Video)

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Synonymous with the German national team for well over a decade, tonight saw Bastian Schweinsteiger make his 120th and final appearance for Die Mannschaft.

The veteran World Cup-winning midfielder announced last month that he was planning to bow out and did so tonight with a friendly against Finland.

Euro 2016: Ex-Porto Striker Benni McCarthy Goes Nuts On South African TV After Eder’s Winning Goal (Video)

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Whilethe dust settles on Sunday night's surprise Euro 2016 final victory for Portugal, this clip of ex-South African international Benni McCarthy is well worth a watch.

Working as a pundit on South African television, the former Porto star had tipped the Portugueseat the start of the tournament to go all the way.

L’Hotline Bling: Euro 2016 Star Antoine Griezmann Explains Goal Celebration With Tweet To Drake (Video)

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Antoine Griezmann has proved to be one of the stars of Euro 2016, with the French forward currently leading the goal charts courtesy of six strikes so far. Those goals, including a match-winning two in the semi-final against Germany, has given us ample opportunities to experience his rather dodgy phone-fiddling goal celebrations.

Euro 2016: Hosts France Through To Final After 2-0 Win v Misfiring Germans (Photos & Highlights)

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Hosts France weathered a first-half storm against Germany to run out 2-0 winners in the Euro 2016 semi-final in Marseille, a result which sets up an intriguing final clash with Portugal on Sunday.

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Germany utterly bossed the first-half, but despite the scheming of Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos, the lack of an in-form striker proved crucial.

Euro 2016: Welsh Dream Ended By Cristiano Ronaldo As Portugal Win 2-0 In Lyon (Photos & Highlights)

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Wales' outstanding Euro 2016 campaign came to a crashing halt in Lyon on Wednesday, with Chris Coleman's side beaten 2-0 by Portugal.

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Without the services of suspended duo Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, Wales started brightly against the Portuguese, with Gareth Bale a constant threat in the first-half.

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African legend Yaya Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

African legend Yaya Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

African legend Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

Messi in doubt for Celtic clash with groin injury

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's availability for Barcelona's Champions League opener with Celtic next week remains in doubt after tests confirmed the five-time World Player of the Year is suffering from a groin injury.

Messi returned to Spain after aggravating the injury as he scored the winner against Uruguay last Thursday in his first match with Argentina since reversing his decision to retire from international football.

Messi in doubt for Celtic clash with groin injury

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's availability for Barcelona's Champions League opener with Celtic next week remains in doubt after tests confirmed the five-time World Player of the Year is suffering from a groin injury.

Messi returned to Spain after aggravating the injury as he scored the winner against Uruguay last Thursday in his first match with Argentina since reversing his decision to retire from international football.

England

Shilton says Rooney should have quit England after Euros

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London (AFP) England great Peter Shilton said Tuesday that Wayne Rooney should have retired from international football after this year's European Championships.

Manchester United forward Rooney, 30, has said he intends to retire from England duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but former goalkeeper Shilton believes he should already have called time on his career with the national side.

Shilton says Rooney should have quit England after Euros

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London (AFP) England great Peter Shilton said Tuesday that Wayne Rooney should have retired from international football after this year's European Championships.

Manchester United forward Rooney, 30, has said he intends to retire from England duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but former goalkeeper Shilton believes he should already have called time on his career with the national side.

England: Wayne Rooney Promises To Retire From International Football After 2018 World Cup

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Wayne Rooney has promised usthat he will retire from international football after the culmination of England's participation in the 2018 World Cup.

Well, not 'promised' exactly, but he did reveal that he's given it some serious thought, telling the assembled mediahe feels the end of the 2018 group stage will probably be the right time to bow out.

England: Sam Allardyce Names First Squad As Michail Antonio Earns Surprise Call-Up And Theo Walcott Returns

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Michail Antonio has been rewarded for carrying on his decent club form into the new season with a surprise call-up to Sam Allardyce's first squad as England manager ahead of the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

The West Ham winger, who has been filling in as an auxiliary right-back of late, hasreceived his first ever international nod,with Theo Walcott also getting a recall.

‘I Might Give Him A Ring’ – England Boss Sam Allardyce Admits He’s Not Entirely Against A John Terry Recall

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England manager Sam Allardyce has revealedthat hasn't entirely ruled out the prospect of calling John Terry back into the national team.

Terry called quitson his England career in 2012 after being unceremoniously stripped of the captaincy for the second time in two years.

With the 35-year-old Chelsea defender havingendureda persona non grata-style existence under Roy Hodgson, Allardyce hasadmittedthat he isn't against recalling Terry per se, but that a fair few conversations would need to take place first:

I don't know what the political side of that might mean, if there is a political side.

‘It’s Pointless Taking Up A Spot Just Because I’m Reliable’ – James Milner Mulls Over His England Future

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James Milner has revealed that he is seriously considering retiring from international football after finding himself barely involved at Euro 2016.

While demoralised by his experiences (or lack thereof) in France, Milner is also willing to step aside in a selfless act to help clear the way for England's emerging Under-21 talent.

Sam Allardyce Officially Unveiled As England Manager: 10 Pertinent Quotes From His First Press Conference

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Coming several days after the announcement was first made, the FA have today officially unveiled Sam Allardyce as the new England manager by way of an introductory press conference at St George's Park.

After confirming that long-time collaborators Sammy Lee and Paul Clement will be joining his backroom staff, Allardyce fielded questions from the assembled hacks and spoken with infectious zeal as if he was actually enjoying himself fancy that!

Reports: Sam Allardyce To Be Appointed As New England Manager ‘Within Next 24 Hours’

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You're looking at the new manager of the England national football team. English football truly has reached its zenith.

Yep, the FA have gone and given the job to Sam Allardyce after interviewing both him and Steve Bruce for the role over the course of the past week or so.

BBC Sport are reporting that Big Sam's appointment is now signed and sealed, with official confirmation due before the end of play on Thursday.

The Euro Story: Denmark Enter As Wild Cards And Emerge Victorious While England Get Bogged Down With Swedes And Turnips At Euro 1992

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The 1992 European Championship finals saw the first appearance of a team representing a unified Germany. The huge political changes sweeping Europe also led to the expulsion of Yugoslavia just a week before the tournament began in Sweden. Denmark, fatefully, were selected to take their place.

The opening game saw hosts Sweden give France an almighty fright by taking an early lead and exposing a fragility and lack of organisation amid the ranks of Les Bleus.

Kits & fashion

Denmark’s Magnificent New Home Kit Has A Whopping Great Viking On It! (Photos)

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Just as promised, Denmark turned out in a special, pristine all-white kit for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifieragainst Liechtenstein last night to symbolise a "fresh start"for them as an international team.

The Danes then waited until the following day to roll out their new home kit proper, which is if you'll excuse the excess saliva a thing of true beauty.

Puma Get It Spot On Again With Italy’s Achingly Stylish New Away Kit (Photos)

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Allow us to usher your attention away from all the deadline day hubbub for a second to introduce youto the slick son-of-a-bitch that is Italy's new Puma away shirt.

As modelled by young blue eyes himself, Marco Verratti, the Azzurri's latest offering is classically styled and hued in the immaculatewhite and blue palette that we've come to expect.

Denmark To Begin World Cup Qualifying Campaign Wearing Pristine All-White Kit To Symbolise Fresh New Start (Photos)

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Denmark have announced they plan to turn out for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in a pristineall-white kit to symbolise a brave new beginning for their national side.

After missing out on the last two World Cups, the Danes begin their quest to qualify for Russia 2018 with a group opener Liechtenstein tonight.

Managers

Belgium: Arsenal Icon Thierry Henry Appointed As Roberto Martinez’s Assistant

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It's been announced that Thierry Henry is to join the Belgium national team's coaching staff to work asRoberto Martinez's assistant.

In a similarly unforeseenappointment, ex-Everton manager Martinez was appointed as Belgium's new head coach earlier this month after answering an advert posted on the Belgian FA website.

Official: Roberto Martinez Appointed As New Manager Of Belgium National Side

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Now there's one you didn't see coming. Just before the end of play on Wednesday evening, the Belgian Football Association (KBVB) announced that they'd appointed Roberto Martinez as their new head coach.

You may recall that KBVBposted an advert for their vacancyon their official website a week or two ago,shortly after former incumbent Marc Wilmots was sent packing.

Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino Publicly Declares He Has No Interest In Taking Argentina Job

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Tottenham fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief today after Mauricio Pochettino publicly ruled himself out of the running for the still-vacant Argentina managerial post.

Pochettino had been one of a gaggle of names linked to the role which opened up when previous incumbent Tata Martino stepped down several weeks ago.

Apply Now: Belgian Football Association Advertise Head Coach Vacancy On Their Website

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Hey you! Yeah, you. Are you a strong, open communicator who can transmit tactically who hasmastered his social context andproven to be installed in a high performance culture?

If you're sat there nodding your headthen you may just be the person the Belgian FA are looking for to replace Marc Wilmots in their top job.

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‘Thank You All For The Great Time’ – Germany Stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces International Retirement

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On the very day he found he was one of nine Manchester United playerswho have been told to find new clubs, Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international duty with Germany.

It's a day we'd never thought we'd live to see, but after making 120 appearances in 12 years for Die Mannschaft, Basti is bowing out a World Cup winner, no less.

Will Grigg Ties With Paul Pogba In UEFA Short-List Of Best Players in Europe

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Demonstrating once again that all football polls should be rendered mootby their very existence, the short-list for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award has been announced today.

It's been cobbled together by journalists from all 55 UEFA member associations, who were asked to provide a list of their five best players the first receiving five points, the second four points, and so on.

The Rest

Germany: DFB Produce Strange (But Apt) Description Of Thomas Muller’s Match-Winning Performance Against Norway

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Defending WeltmeistersGermany got their qualification for the 2018 World Cup off to a winning start with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Norway in Oslo on Sunday evening.

Thomas Muller played a starring role in the routine victory, scoring twice and laying on a third for Joshua Kimmich with all the silken finesseand ballet dancer's poise we've come to expect from the Bayern Munich forward i.

US Soccer Ban Goalkeeper Hope Solo For Six Months For Calling Opponents ‘Bunch Of Cowards’

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US Soccer have handed a six-month suspension to goalkeeper Hope Solo after she referred to opponents Sweden as "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympics.

After holding on for a 1-1 draw, the Swedes eventually sent the US packing at the quarter-final stage by beating them 5-4 on penalties.

Uruguay: Luis Suarez Honoured With Odd Life-Size Statue In Hometown Of Salto (Photos)

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It's common knowledge that, especially in football circles, you ain't nobody until somebody makes an odd, ill-proportioned statue of you.

Finally, Luis Suarez has joined those hallowed ranks after it was ordained last year that a tribute to the Uruguayan city of Salto's most famous son be plonked in the middle of the pavement in honour of his continuing service to the national team.

The Euro Story: France Do The Double At Euro 2000, Portugal Implode And England… Let’s Not Go There

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The 11th European Championships marked another revolutionary first as Belgium and the Netherlands stepped up to the plate as co-hosts.

The competitionwas again contested by 16 nations and they delivered what, in this writer's humble opinion, was one of the finest tournaments of all time.

With their Golden Generation now fully matured, Portugal stormed through Group A, winning all three games.