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Harry Kane scores on England debut after 79 seconds

England supersub Harry Kane celebrates his immediate impact at Wembley. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England beat Lithuania 4-0 in their European Championship Group E qualifier at Wembley Stadium.

Roy Hodgson's side maintained its 100% winning record thanks to first-half goals from captain Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, with Raheem Sterling and then sub Harry Kane both scoring their first senior international goals in the second half.

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Russian keeper hit by flare during Euro qualifying match

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has been struck by a flare thrown from the crowd during a Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro.

The moment the flare struck Igor Akinfeev was recorded on the match footage. Credit: Sky Calcio HD

The match was briefly suspended and the teams taken off the field after the incident shortly after kick off at the Gradski Stadium in Podorica.

Akinfeev was taken away for treatment before the players returned to continue the match.

Premier League, FA and government combine to invest in grassroots

Grassroots is being invested in. Credit: PA

The Premier League has combined with the Football Association and the Government to invest in grassroots facilities.

A day after the 20 top-flight clubs pledged to set aside at least £1billion of television money to the football pyramid outside of the top division from next year, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, FA chairman Greg Dyke and sports minister Helen Grant appeared at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south-west London.

A joint initiative to build more 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years was announced.

Scudamore said: "The Government's initiative is brilliant news for the grassroots of the game and we will work with them as a committed partner to ensure that the scheme is implemented as rapidly as possible.

"The clubs, when meeting yesterday, identified grassroots facilities as one of their five key strategic priorities, with detailed funding commitments to be announced towards the end of the year."

Rugby World Cup chief quits for personal reasons

Debbie Jevans has resigned. Credit: PA

The woman in charge of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Debbie Jevans, has resigned due to personal reasons.

With just six months to go before the start of the tournament, the decision has come as a bombshell.

This is the right decision for me to make at this time. I am immensely proud of the team and all that we have achieved in the time that I have been Chief Executive.

Everything is in place to ensure that this is the best Rugby World Cup ever, and I am confident my team will deliver an exceptional tournament.

The organisation is strong, there is a great team in place and I am really looking forward to watching the Rugby World Cup as a fan later this year.

– Debbie Jevans


Israel make no tactical plan to stop Bale

Israel manager Eli Guttman says his side have no special plan to stop Gareth Bale at the weekend.

Guttman joked about contacting Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Cristano Ronaldo to ask advice.

Gareth Bale can cause damage. Credit: PA

"We contacted Cristiano exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale," Guttman said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's Group B top-of-the-table clash at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.

"But he didn't answer the call and it is not about one man.

"This is a team game and we do not have enough strong players to kick Bale out.

"We're going to play the game as one unit not to give him space. This is our plan."

Hull fined £30,000 for failing to control players

Tom Huddlestone was dismissed during the game. Credit: PA

Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14, the governing body has announced.

City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of "failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez.

Dynamo Kiev ordered to close stadium over Everton racism

Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to close part of their stadium for next month's Europa League quarter-final after racist behaviour by fans towards Everton players.

The Ukrainian side has also been fined 15,000 euros (£10,950) by UEFA for the setting off of fireworks and for insufficient organisation.

The racist behaviour took place during the 5-2 second-leg win over Everton on March 19.

Dynamo Kiev will have some sections closed. Credit: PA

UEFA has ordered partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina, to be played in Kiev on April 16.

A UEFA statement read: "The CEDB (UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has ordered the partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium during the next UEFA competition match which FC Dynamo Kyiv would play as the host club, and in particular, Blocks 43 and 45 of the stadium.

"The Ukrainian club have also been fined 15,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and the insufficient organisation."

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