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Michu living the dream

Swansea forward Michu is in dreamland after winning his first call-up to the Spain squad.

Every Spanish footballer dreams of this and it's so difficult. Few people can wear the shirt of the best team in the world.

There are a lot of players missing, but there are great players in the squad. Let's see if fortune is with me and I can play, although I'm already grateful to be called up.

It's the maximum to which a footballer can aspire. The national team is the best in the world, it's a privilege

I'm enjoying it like a kid, these are the best players in the world and it will be complicated, but I'll try to take advantage of the opportunity.

– Swansea forward Michu speaking to Cadena SER and Radio Marca


England women downed at the end

England lost it late on. Credit: PA

England lost their opening UEFA Women's European Championship Group C clash against Spain after a stoppage-time mistake by goalkeeper Karen Bardsley in Linkoping, Sweden

The game started at a fast pace with Spain taking first blood through Veronica Boquete before Eniola Aluko equalised in the seventh minute.

It looked as if Spain had snatched a dramatic late win when Jennifer Hermoso put them ahead five minutes before the final whistle, but England defender Laura Bassett swung her leg at Anita Asante's header from Rachel Yankey's corner three minutes later to level the game at 2-2.

However, Alexia Putellas ensured Spain had the final word in the last minute of stoppage-time when Adriana Martin's cross was fumbled by Bardsley under pressure from the substitute Spain striker.

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Nigeria maintain hope of reaching semis

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has not given up hope of reaching the Confederations Cup semi-finals - despite tomorrow's daunting final Group B game against world and European champions Spain.

We can't wait to play them. Anything can happen. That's what makes this such a great game.

It doesn't matter who we are playing, as long as the boys do what we want them to do. We will just play our game.

– Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi.

Spain smash Tahiti

Fernando Torres hit four. Credit: PA

Fernando Torres scored four times and missed a penalty as Spain cantered to a lopsided victory over Tahiti in the Confederations Cup.

David Villa had a hat-trick, David Silva scored twice and Juan Mata also netted as Spain went top of Group B ahead of Nigeria's meeting with Uruguay.

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