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Marcel Koller names Austria squad for Euro 2016 with few surprises

Marcel Koller will drop one player from his squad on May 31.

Austria coach Marcel Koller has announced no new names in his preliminary 24-man squad for next month's Euro 2016.

Koller's choices include only two players from Austrian clubs -- Austria Vienna goalkeeper Robert Almer and Salzburg midfielder Valentino Lazaro -- while Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is among 16 players based in Germany.

Lazaro, who has won four caps for Austria, was the only surprise name as he had not been called up since October 2014.

"We rely on the proven team," said Koller,...

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England fight back to stun Germany as Poland and Russia cruise to wins

England manager Roy Hodgson says his side's fearlessness doesn't come exclusively from their Tottenham and Leicester players.
Late goals from Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier completed England's comeback from 2-0 down for a 3-2 win at Germany.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley marks England's players after their stunning 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Roy Hodgson has to put his faith in England's in-form newcomers at Euro 2016 after their win in Germany.
Jamie Vardy redirects a cross from Nathaniel Clyne past Manuel Neuer with a backheel shot, pulling England level with Germany.
Eric Dier beats Manuel Neuer with a header in stoppage time to put England ahead, as Germany squander a 2-0 lead.

Eric Dier found a stoppage-time winner as England rallied from two goals down to win 3-2 against Germany in Berlin on Saturday.

Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez had given the hosts the lead before Harry Kane got a goal back and Jamie Vardy's spectacular first senior international goal brought England level.

The hosts thought they were ahead just before the half-hour mark as Gomez swept home Sami Khedira's through-ball, but the striker was incorrectly flagged offside.

Germany did take the lead three minutes...

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Marcel Koller signs two year contract extension to remain as Austria coach

Marcel Koller and Marc Janko reflect on their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, in hopes of a stellar showing in France.

Marcel Koller will remain Austria coach following the European championship after extending his contract for two more years.

The Austrian football federation has announced that Koller signed a deal which keeps him in the job until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

"The team has potential to grow further," Koller said. "It's important to know about my future well before the European Championship so this won't be an issue during our preparation."

Koller took over from Dietmar Constantini in November...

26 African nations won't back Sheikh Salman at FIFA - Musa Bility

MONROVIA, Liberia -- At least 26 African countries will defy their continental confederation and not vote for Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the FIFA presidential election, the outspoken head of the Liberia football federation said on Monday.

Musa Bility, who himself failed an integrity check to stand in the Feb. 26 election, said he had spoken to representatives of nearly half of Confederation of African Football members.

"Let me tell you" they won't back Salman, Bility told The Associated Press.


David Alaba wins Austrian Player of the Year for record fifth time in a row

David Alaba's curling strike on the stroke of half-time all but sealed the three points for Bayern.
David Alaba has become an influential figure at Bayern Munich.

David Alaba has been named Austrian Player of the Year for the fifth time in a row, with the Bayern Munich star winning the poll ahead Dynamo Kiev's Aleksandar Dragovic and Stoke City attacker Marko Arnautovic.

Alaba, 23, now tops the all-time roll of honour, and with his five consecutive personal accolades has picked up one more trophy than former Austria international Ivica Vastic, 46.

"That's a huge honour," Alaba was quoted as saying by Kurier. The Bayern defender was named the best player of...