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Emphatic victory for England at St. George's Park

England recorded an emphatic victory over Japan as they kicked-off the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St. George's Park in Staffordshire.

They scored a total of 14 goals including a double hattrick from captain Jack Rutter.

Their next game is against Ukraine on Saturday.


Aston Villa to offer Benteke new deal to fend off interest from other clubs

Benteke has been linked with a number of clubs this summer including Liverpool. Credit: PA

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has confirmed Christian Benteke will be offered a new contract this summer to try to stave off interested clubs.

Benteke's current contract has two years left to run and Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed the terms contain a buyout clause thought to be £32.5million.

The striker signed that deal in July 2013 to end speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham and Villa now hope to pull off a similar manoeuvre this summer.

"There has been a lot of speculation and I'm not going to contribute to it or play any of our transfer strategy out in the press.

But we will offer Christian Benteke a new deal this summer, of course we will.

If Christian wanted to leave, would we stand in his way?

I think to make a blanket statement about a player wanting to leave is very difficult.

Every player has individual aspirations and the relationship they have with the club is different"

– Tom Fox, Aston Villa Chief Executive


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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane in motorway crash

The Republic of Ireland football club's management team has been involved in a motorway crash - with manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane on board at the time.

Republic of Ireland's Manager Martin O'Neill (left) and assistant Roy Keane are reported to have been involved in the crash Credit: PA

The country's Football Association tweeted that their vehicle was rear-ended on the M50 in Dublin, and said everyone involved had returned to their hotel after being seen by the team doctor.

A spokesman said O'Neill and Keane were accompanied by coaches Seamus McDonagh, Steve Guppy and Steve Walford at the time of the accident.

The worst any of the five suffered were minor injuries, the FAI confirmed, with the team doctor able to look after their scrapes.

The accident comes ahead of the Republic's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

The M50 motorway in Ireland runs in a C shape around much of Dublin.

Baby girl for Mansfield athlete Rebecca Adlington

Swimming star Rebecca Adlington OBE from Nottinghamshire has given birth to her first child, a girl. She tweeted her delight, saying she and her husband were "over the moon".

The athlete out on an ITV local hero project last year Credit: ITV News Central

Rebecca retired from the pool at the age of 23, saying she decided to quit competitive sport because she felt she was too old to take on the very best. She won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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