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Southgate extends England deal

Gareth Southgate has been in charge of England U21s since August 2013. Credit: PA

England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate has extended his contract with the Football Association until 2017.

The 44-year-old has been at the Young Lions helm since August 2013, when he replaced former international team-mate Stuart Pearce following their embarrassing exit from the European Championship in Israel.

Southgate, who is also head of national teams at St George's Park, has since successfully overseen progress to this summer's finals in the Czech Republic and has now committed to his role for a further year.

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FA apologise for anti-IRA chanting

England were convincing winners over Scotland in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The Football Association has issued an apology after a section of England's supporters chanted an anti-IRA song throughout the first-half of Tuesday's international in Scotland.

A spokesman for the FA said: “We apologise for any offence caused by a section of the England support at the match with Scotland. The FA does not condone inappropriate and offensive chanting and intends to meet with supporters’ groups to discuss the wider issues.

“We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.

“With regard to the supporters’ band, there was contact during the match once the situation became clear. This is consistent with regular dialogue that takes place between the band and The FA.

“In also apologising, the band have given an explanation and confirmed they in no way endorse the chanting that occurred.”?

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England band leader was 'unaware' of anti-IRA chant

England's band follow the team everywhere. Credit: PA

The leader of England's band was "unaware" of anti-IRA chants from England fans inside Celtic Park on Tuesday.

The FA were forced to contact the band during last night's international friendly between Scotland and England to prevent them from assisting with the offensive chant.

John Hemmingham, who formed England's band 21 years ago, told Press Assocation:

"We were absolutely not aware of it. All the fans around us were singing ’Follow England Away’. It was only when a band member saw on Twitter that some people were saying we were playing anti-IRA songs that we became aware. Then we immediately stopped and played something else.”

England announce Germany and France friendlies

England were beaten by Germany at Wembley in 2013. Credit: PA

England will play glamour friendlies against world champions Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016.

The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the Three Lions will host France on November 17 next year, and it also confirmed England will play a friendly in Germany in March 2016.

Negotiations are also under way regarding potential pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Holland and Spain.

The FA has already announced fixtures against Italy for March next year and a fixture against the Republic of Ireland at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on June 7.

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