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Boateng fit to face Scots

Jérôme Boateng is fit to play for Germany in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Dortmund on Sunday. “He has no more pain and can play again,” confirmed Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke at the DFB’s press conference on Friday. Boateng sat out last Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina with a knee injury. Boateng’s return to fitness prompted national coach Joachim Löw not to call up a replacement, for which Holger Badstuber had been a possible candidate, Köpke revealed: “He’s obviously an interesting option for the future. We talked about him but took a different decision.” Badstuber was sidelined for 22 months with a serious injury and last featured for his country nearly two years ago in October 2012.

Bernat successful with Spain

Juan Bernat played a full 90 minutes for the Spain U-21 national team in Felcsút, Hungary and came away a winner after Saúl Niguez netted the only goal of the game on 66 minutes, meaning the Spanish maintained their perfect record of seven wins from seven games in European championship qualifying. Spain are already through to the play-offs as runaway leaders in Group 4. The finals take place in the Czech Republic in June 2015.

Bundesliga matchdays 7 to 11 finalised

On Friday the German Football League (DFL) announced the finalised fixture list for Bundesliga matchdays 7 to 11. Bayern’s schedule includes a Sunday evening kick-off away to Mönchengladbach at 5.30 pm on 26 October and a Saturday evening top clash at home to Dortmund on 1 November at 6.30 pm. Click here for the updated match schedule.