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Euro 2016: Reinvented Rooney plays deep for England in draw with Russia

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MARSEILLE — Wayne Rooney started what might be a new era in his lengthy England career with a deep-lying midfield role against Russia at Euro 2016.

Sitting back in the center of the pitch on Saturday, waiting for time and space to play a decisive pass, Rooney did the job he finished the English season performing at Manchester United in Louis van Gaal’s final months as manager.

One through ball in particular to Dele Alli could easily have resulted in a goal, and Rooney provided a calm, controlling presence in midfield in the 1-1 draw. Only a spectacular save by Russia’s Igor Akinfeev, who deflected a powerful shot onto the bar, prevented him from scoring.

England coach Roy Hodgson defended his decision to take his captain off for Jack Wilshere after Eric Dier’s 73rd-minute goal, rejecting suggestions it paved the way for Russia captain Vasily Berezutsky to head his team’s equalizer in stoppage time.

Hodgson said Rooney had “a good game” but had tired in the humid atmosphere.

“We just thought, with the control we have in the game and Jack Wilshere on the bench, that we could have the luxury of taking Wayne off the field and that Jack would do a similar job, and I think that’s exactly what happened,” Hodgson said.

“We didn’t honestly believe that we were in great difficulties during that period of time and we would see the game out at 1-0.”

With England’s forward trio of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana making little impact, the pressure was on the midfield to shine, with Rooney spraying passes, Alli making incisive runs and Dier scoring from a free kick.

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Making his 112th appearance at the age of 30, Rooney was often allowed time on the ball by an ineffective Russian midfield, in which Alexander Golovin and Roman Neustaedter were both making their competitive international debuts.

He may not be so fortunate in England’s next game in Group B, against Wales on June 16.

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PM Oli felicitates cricketers

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has feted the members of the national cricket team 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division II on Friday.

The Nepal stood the first runner up in the cricket tournament that recently took place in Namibia.

PM KP Sharma Oli feted the players and provided Rs 300,000 to each cricketer at a programme organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

While honouring the players, Prime Minister Oli committed to developing cricket in the country adding that such felicitation will motivate the players. He further opined for strengthening the foreign relations through such sports.

PM Oli also committed to leading the nation on the way to prosperity as the country now has got a stable government. The team is leaving for Zimbabwe Saturday night.

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Meanwhile, Madan Bhandarai Sports Academy also provided Rs 100,000 in cash to each player. The academy Chair Binod Shrestha opined for developing Cricket Development Board for the holistic development of cricket.

During the programme, Secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mahesh Prasad Dahal shared that the ministry was working out to develop the sports tourism in the country.

Nepal’s team captain Paras Khadka said that his team will make the best performance in the league. On the occasion, the players expressed their best wishes to PM Oli on his birthday.

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