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Sunderland announce pre-season friendlies in France

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Sunderland have announced they're going to travel to France next month as preparations for the 2016-17 Premier League season get underway.

The Black Cats will be based in the south-eastern region of the country for seven days, and have three friendly games scheduled during their stay.

The week-long trip begins with:

  • A game against FC Stade Nyonnais on Monday 25 July
  • Sam Allardyce’s side will then face Dijon FCO on Wednesday 27 July
  • The tour is capped off with a fixture against Montpellier HSC, on Saturday 30 July.

The games are being played at neutral venues and not at the home stadiums of teams involved.

Stadium and ticket details will be confirmed as soon as possible - find out more here

England beat Australia in Sunderland

Marcus Rashford scored with only his fourth touch of the game. Credit: PA

England beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with teen debutant Marcus Rashford scoring a brilliant goal in the second minute with only his fourth touch of the game.

Wayne Rooney smashed in a second for Roy Hodgson's side – his first England goal as a sub – before an Eric Dier headed own goal gave Australia some hope midway through the second half.


Sunderland plans 'twice the size' fan zone for England Game

England's Jamie Vardy (centre), Daniel Drinkwater (right) and Gary Cahill during the training session at St George's Park, Burton. Credit: PA (library image)

Fans attending to forthcoming England international at Sunderland's Stadium of Light will be able to visit a new 'twice the size' Fan Zone.

The game against Australia will take place on Friday 27th May.

Located on the south side of the stadium, the Fan Zone will open from 3pm.

It'll close just before kick-off, and re-open again at the final whistle.

Supporters are being advised to arrive early for the game, with approach roads and transport networks expected to be very busy.

Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to traffic and there is no on-site parking.

Match-goers are advised to use public transport where possible and city centre car parks for parking and drop-off points.

Sunderland release new Premier League season tickets

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Sunderland have announced they are now selling season tickets for the 2016-17 Premier League season at the Stadium of Light.

They confirmed their place in the top flight last night after a 3-0 win over Everton last night (Wed)

  • Adult season cards are available from £380
  • Sunderland supporters aged over 65 will pay £280
  • Under 16s season cards are £79


Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe rescued a point at Stoke. Credit: PA images

Jermain Defoe scored an injury-time penalty to earn Sunderland a potentially priceless point at Stoke.

The Potters looked on course for victory after Marko Arnautovic gave them the lead five minutes into the second half but Defoe made it 1-1 having won the spot-kick himself.

Newcastle's victory over Crystal Palace meant the draw was not enough to prevent Sunderland dropping back into the bottom three but it was more than they looked like getting for 90 minutes.

READ: ITV Sport's full match report here

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