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Di Matteo 'honoured' to get Villa job

New Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo says “it’s a wonderful honour” to take charge at Villa Park. The relegated Premier League club officially announced his appointment on Friday, confirming the news that BBC Sport first broke on Thursday. Di Matteo succeeds Remi Garde, who was sacked in March. The Italian, who won the Champions

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England 1-0 Portugal

Chris Smalling headed the only goal as England completed their warm-up matches for Euro 2016 with victory over Portugal at Wembley. Portugal’s Bruno Alves was sent off for a dangerously high challenge on striker Harry Kane in a drab first half. England, who started a game with Kane, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney for the

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Ibrahimovic offered Oberhausen throne

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could become king of Oberhausen if he signs for the German city’s fourth-tier football club. The striker, 34, is considering offers after leaving Paris St-Germain but few will be as creative as what Rot-Weiss Oberhausen have put forward. The club says the striker’s signature on a two-year contract would see the city introduce

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Conte plays down Italy expectations

Euro 2016 Host: France Dates: 10 June to 10 July Coverage: Live commentary on BBC TV, BBC Radio, the BBC Sport website and app. Live text commentary on every game on BBC Sport website. Italy coach Antonio Conte has played down expectations of a successful Euro 2016 for the Azzurri, saying unity will have to

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Northern Ireland reach highest ranking

Euro 2016 Host: France Dates: 10 June to 10 July Coverage: Live commentary on BBC TV, BBC Radio, the BBC Sport website and app. Live text commentary on every game on BBC Sport website. Northern Ireland have reached an all-time high of 25th in the Fifa world rankings. Michael O’Neill’s team are about to make

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Messi due in tax fraud court in Spain

The Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi is due to give evidence at court in Spain on tax fraud charges. Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his financial affairs, are accused of defrauding Spain of more than €4m (£3m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. The authorities allege that the two used tax havens in

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Hodgson scuppered by Ronaldo absence

England v Portugal Venue: Wembley, Date: 2 June Time: 19:45 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. England manager Roy Hodgson says he had been hoping to use Thursday’s friendly with Portugal as a dress rehearsal for dealing with Wales

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Manchester City set to sign Gundogan

Manchester City are set to confirm the signing of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. The 25-year-old Germany international recently underwent knee surgery but that will not affect his move. City have reached an agreement with Dortmund, with the transfer fee reportedly in the region of £20m. Completion of the deal is understood to be

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Squad tilted towards attack – Hodgson

Manager Roy Hodgson says his final 23-man England squad for the European Championships is based on attack. And that is why he chose Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford ahead of Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Hodgson, speaking before Thursday’s final friendly against Portugal at Wembley, said his selection was “tilted towards an offensive approach”. He added:

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