Int'l round-up: Kane nets on England debut

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Flying high: Harry Kane scores at Wembley in his first senior England appearance.

Harry Kane took just 78 seconds to make his mark on international football as he enjoyed a fairytale debut in England’s comfortable 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley.

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Kane entered the pitch in the 71st minute and he nodded the ball in less than two minutes later to round off a simple victory in the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Wayne Rooney moved to within two goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record with an early opener. He would have moved level with the England great inside 19 minutes had he not rattled the woodwork on two occasions.

But once Rooney made way for Kane, the script was written for the Tottenham striker to score on his debut and he did not disappoint.

Man of the match Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling had earnlier given England a comfortable cushion against dire opposition.

Alvaro Morata marked his first competitive start for Spain with the only goal in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Seville.

Juventus striker Morata seized his opportunity, which came after Diego Costa’s withdrawal through injury, by netting his first international goal just before the half hour mark.

The 2010 World champions dominated the first period and earned their rewards through Morata’s strike. However, La Roja were unable to maintain their intensity in the second half with goalkeeper Iker Casillas called into action on more than one occasion.

The qualifier between Montenegro and Russia in Podgorica last night was stopped for half an hour after visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a flare, before later being abandoned after a brawl between opposing players and staff.

Akinfeev, 28, was hit on the right shoulder by a flare thrown from behind the goal at the Gradski Stadion just moments after the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying Group G fixture.

The CSKA Moscow goalkeeper was stretchered off and taken to hospital as a precaution, while the German referee ordered the players off the pitch and called a halt to the match before later resuming the contest. Once a fight broke out in the second half, however, an end was called to the contest.

Switzerland remain outside the automatic qualifying spots at the halfway point of Group E despite a comfortable 3-0 victory over Estonia.

First-half goals from Fabian Schar (above) and Granit Xhaka and Haris Seferovic’s 80th-minute strike, all coming from Xherdan Shaqiri assists, helped the Swiss claim their third successive victory of the campaign. 

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Chelsea captain John Terry signs one-year contract extension

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The 34-year-old has been an evergreen presence at Stamford Bridge since his debut in 1998.

John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders announced on Thursday.

Terry’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho had insisted earlier this month there was no chance Chelsea’s captain would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge and the club have followed through on that promise.

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The 34-year-old centre-back has been a key figure as Chelsea have opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as well as winning the League Cup.

His new contract, which runs until the end of the 2015-16 campaign, is in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering those over the age of 30 only one-year deals and he is keen to celebrate the agreement by leading his club to their first league title since 2010.

“I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea,” Terry told the club’s website.

“After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club.

“Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And as always I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me.”

Since his debut in 1998, Terry has established himself as a Chelsea legend, making 661 appearances and scoring a club record 63 goals for a defender.

The League Cup final win over Tottenham this season secured his 13th major honour with the west Londoners.

The former England international has won the Champions League, Europa League, three Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three League Cups.

“This new contract is not to say ‘thank you very much’. It is because John continues to perform,” Mourinho added.

“He is a top defender. I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches.”

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