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Mar 28, 2015

Soccer-Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Charlton – Hodgson

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton’s 35-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country’s greats said coach Roy Hodgson.

Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances for England and could overtake Peter Shilton’s all-time appearance record of 125 caps as well as Charlton’s scoring tally before his international career is over.

Mar 27, 2015

Hodgson thrilled for Kane but worried for Welbeck after win

LONDON (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with scorer Harry Kane’s instant impact on his international debut in the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania on Friday but said the gloss had been taken off by an injury to Danny Welbeck.

Kane, a leading contender for England’s Footballer of the Year award after blasting his way out of the shadows at Tottenham Hotspur and into the England team on the back of 29 club goals this season, headed England’s fourth goal 80 seconds after replacing skipper Wayne Rooney.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-Hodgson thrilled for Kane but worried for Welbeck after win

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with scorer Harry Kane’s instant impact on his international debut in the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania on Friday but said the gloss had been taken off by an injury to Danny Welbeck.

Kane, a leading contender for England’s Footballer of the Year award after blasting his way out of the shadows at Tottenham Hotspur and into the England team on the back of 29 club goals this season, headed England’s fourth goal 80 seconds after replacing skipper Wayne Rooney.

Mar 27, 2015

Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Harry Kane scored on his debut less than two minutes after coming on as they brushed Lithuania aside 4-0 at Wembley on Friday to maintain their grip at the top of the Euro 2016 qualifying Group E standings.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season, headed England’s fourth in the 73rd minute after replacing skipper Wayne Rooney as England won for the fifth successive match in the competition.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – England’s Harry Kane scored on his debut less than two minutes after coming on as they brushed Lithuania aside 4-0 at Wembley on Friday to maintain their grip at the top of the Euro 2016 qualifying Group E standings.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season, headed England’s fourth in the 73rd minute after replacing skipper Wayne Rooney as England won for the fifth successive match in the competition.

Mar 25, 2015

Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons

VIENNA (Reuters) – It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open.

Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer’s governing body for a third term at Tuesday’s Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course.

Mar 25, 2015

Soccer-Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons

VIENNA, March 25 (Reuters) – It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open.

Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer’s governing body for a third term at Tuesday’s Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course.

Mar 24, 2015

Platini backs English FA’s home grown player rule changes

VIENNA (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has welcomed English proposals to make changes to their home grown player rule and said it was a problem that needed to be addressed throughout Europe.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA, issued plans on Monday which he said would help more “top quality” English players break through from the junior ranks.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Platini backs English FA’s home grown player rule changes

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has welcomed English proposals to make changes to their home grown player rule and said it was a problem that needed to be addressed throughout Europe.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA, issued plans on Monday which he said would help more “top quality” English players break through from the junior ranks.

Mar 24, 2015

Former Croatia striker Suker elected to UEFA Exco

VIENNA (Reuters) – Croatia’s all-time top scorer Davor Suker was elected to UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday and is now one of four former professional players on the European confederation’s governing body.

Suker played a key role in Croatia’s third-place finish at their first World Cup as an independent nation in 1998, ending up as the tournament’s leading marksman with six goals.