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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.

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Appeal after lit flare was thrown during Wear-Tyne derby

Police have released an image of a man they would like to trace after a lit flare was thrown during derby day, last October in Sunderland.

Officers are keen to identify the man pictured as it is thought he was in the area at the time and may be able to help police with their enquiries. Credit: Northumbria Police

On Sunday, October 25, a lit flare was thrown in the concourse area of the Stadium of Light.

Police investigating the public order offence are keen to identify the man pictured as it is thought he was in the area at the time.

  • Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 085806F/15.

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Caught on camera: Newcastle fans convicted for bad behaviour

Three Newcastle fans have been given football banning orders and fines totalling £770 after they were caught on high-tech surveillance cameras damaging seats and throwing missiles during April's derby game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

The convictions come as a warning to fans ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby at Sunderland this weekend, when cameras will again be in force.

Kyle Binks, Michael Bland and Adam Inskip appeared before Sunderland Magistrates and received fines and three-year banning orders.

A fourth man, Aaron Carruthers, has admitted criminal damage to a seat and will be sentenced on Friday November 13th.

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