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Sunderland midfielder given Dutch call-up

Jeremain Lens is off to join his compatriots. Credit: PA

Sunderland midfielder Jeremain Lens has been called into the Holland squad for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Turkey, the Premier League club have announced.

The 27-year-old, a £9million summer signing from Dynamo Kiev, has been drafted in in the wake of Thursday night's 1-0 Group A defeat by Iceland.


Arsenal midfielder aiming to fulfil career ambition

Aaron Ramsey is a key man for Wales. Credit: PA

Aaron Ramsey plans to fulfil a career ambition when Wales seek to end 58 years of hurt against Israel on Sunday.

Wales stand on the brink of reaching a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup after beating Cyprus 1-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday night.

It's always something I've wanted to try and do, to take Wales to a major championship.

We know what's on the line for Sunday. So hopefully we will take that opportunity, put on a show and get the three points because it will mean the world to me.

The fans want a party but we have to do the job on the pitch first.

We need to get rest in, recover and hopefully put in a performance which is better on the ball than we were in Cyprus.

– Aaron Ramsey

Ferguson admits his style cost Man United titles

Sir Alex Ferguson believes he may have cost Manchester United more titles with his disciplinarian approach.

The former manager says he put discipline above all else, which saw him fall out with the likes of Jaap Stam, Roy Keane and David Beckham during his time at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he could have had more success. Credit: PA

"People will give a manager plenty of opportunities to crack the whip so it's best to pick and choose your moments," the former United manager writes in his new book Leading, which is out on September 22.

"You don't have to dish out a punishment very often before everyone gets the message.

"I place discipline above all else and it might have cost us several titles.

"But if I had to repeat things I'd do it precisely the same because discipline has to come before anything else."

Bayern boss says Man City have best academy

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has praised Manchester City for their investment in youth.

The German believes the Premier League club has the best facilities in the world after opening their new City Football Academy last year.

City's youth policy has been questioned in recent times as the club have failed to bring through a notable player from their own ranks in recent years, but are hopeful the likes of Brandon Barker, Kean Bryan and Angus Gunn can progress.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks highly of City's set-up. Credit: PA

"I've taken a look at Manchester City's youth academy and all I can say is it doesn't get any better than that," Rummenigge told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

"I have also visited Tottenham's, Arsenal's and Chelsea's and it's the same wherever you go.

"I can tell you that the English are going all out, also in terms of youth development."

Bayern rejected huge bid for Man United target

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the German club rejected a 'very high' bid for forward Thomas Muller over the summer.

Premier League side Manchester United were constantly linked with the striker, but Rummenigge would not confirm the identity of the club in question.

Thomas Muller was the subject of interest from United over the summer. Credit: PA

"I'm talking about figures which were very high indeed," he said. "If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.

"But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.

"But one thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future."


Murray proud of US Open fightback

Andy Murray is proud of his fightback from two sets down against Adrian Mannarino and believes winning in five will give him extra confidence for the rest of the US Open.

In temperatures pushing 33 degrees Celsius in New York, Murray looked in trouble for the best part of two hours against the world number 35, but the Scot found his groove when it mattered most to go through 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1.

Andy Murray just made it through. Credit: PA

"I'm proud of the way I fought," Murray said.

"It was not an easy match to come through at all. He was making it extremely difficult for me, I thought he played some really, really good tennis.

"He has such an unorthodox game, I didn't really feel that comfortable at many points out there but I was very happy with the way I fought through that and finished the match stronger than him."

Man City new boy stars in Belgium win

Belgium remained second in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B after a fine Kevin De Bruyne performance helped them come from behind to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in Brussels on Thursday.

The hosts were a goal down on the quarter-hour mark when Edin Dzeko headed in, but Marouane Fellaini levelled things eight minutes later in similar fashion, converting from De Bruyne's corner.

Kevin De Bruyne scored a great goal. Credit: Reuters

Manchester City's new record signing then fired home sweetly from outside the box to make it 2-1 a minute before the break.

And an Eden Hazard penalty in the 78th minute wrapped up the three points for the Belgians, who stayed three behind leaders Wales and two clear of third-placed Israel with three group games remaining for each.

Netherlands struggle to make 2016 Euros

Bruno Martins Indi, right, was dismissed in the win. Credit: Reuters

Holland lost ground in their bid to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2016 as they were beaten 1-0 by Group A leaders Iceland on Thursday after being reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game for Iceland from the penalty spot in the 51st minute after the hosts had Bruno Martins Indi sent off in the 33rd minute.

The defeat means Holland remain third in the group, eight points behind leaders Iceland and six adrift of second-placed Czech Republic, who beat Kazakhstan 2-1.

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