England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009 by comfortably beating 10-man Poland to finish top of Group A. Demarai Gray opened the scoring early on with a long-range effort before substitute Jacob Murphy tapped in. Poland rarely threatened and had defender Jan Bednarek sent off late on for tripping Tammy Abraham in the box. Lewis Baker converted the resultant penalty to complete the win. The victory against…

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Highlights & report: England thrash South Africa in first T20

Highlights & report: England thrash South Africa in first T20

Media playback is not supported on this device First Twenty20 international, Southampton: South Africa 142-3 (20 overs): De Villiers 65*, Behardien 64* England 143-1 (14.3 overs): Bairstow 60*, Hales 47* England won by nine wickets Scorecard England responded to their Champions Trophy disappointment with a nine-wicket win against South Africa in the first of three Twenty20 internationals. England were excellent with the ball in Southampton, restricting the Proteas to 142-3 despite a stand of 110…

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Highlights & report: Pakistan shock England to reach final

Highlights & report: Pakistan shock England to reach final

Media playback is not supported on this device Champions Trophy, semi-final, Cardiff: England 211 (49.5 overs): Root 46, Bairstow 43, Hasan 3-35 Pakistan 215-2 (37.1 overs): Azhar 76, Fakhar 57 Pakistan won by eight wickets Scorecard England’s Champions Trophy hopes were ended by an eight-wicket semi-final thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in Cardiff. England struggled on a slow pitch against some brilliant Pakistan bowling and fielding, mustering only 211. Fakhar Zaman’s 57 launched Pakistan’s…

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900. Northern Ireland’s…

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England suffer friendly defeat by 10-man France

England suffer friendly defeat by 10-man France

England’s final game of the season ended in defeat as they were deservedly beaten by effervescent France in an entertaining friendly in Paris. Harry Kane provided England with the perfect start when he turned in Ryan Bertrand’s cross after only nine minutes – but the pace and movement of the France attack was soon proving too much for manager Gareth Southgate’s experimental three-man defence. Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who played for 45 minutes before being…

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England win U20 World Cup for biggest international title since 1966

England win U20 World Cup for biggest international title since 1966

Media playback is not supported on this device England won their biggest international title since 1966 by beating Venezuela 1-0 in the Under-20 World Cup final. It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago. Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough for victory thanks to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman’s second-half penalty save. Woodman denied Adalberto Penaranda from the spot after the Malaga…

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Scotland and England draw after three goals in final six minutes

Scotland and England draw after three goals in final six minutes

Harry Kane’s injury-time equaliser rescued England from a late collapse after Scotland threatened to secure a dramatic victory in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s close-range finish after 70 minutes looked to have put England on course for three points that would have cemented their position at the top of Group F – only for Scotland to turn a largely undistinguished game upside down in the closing moments. Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths…

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