The Latest: Strikes disrupt French trains before Euros

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The Latest on the European Championship football tournament in France (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Strikes have thrown train services to France's national stadium into disarray before the European Championship opening game it hosts on Friday night.

Two overland trains, the RERs B and D, link the Stade de France in Paris' northern suburbs to the city center.

The national SNCF rail company said strikes wiped out two-thirds of RER B trains on Thursday and that six out of 10 trains weren't running on the RER D. It is working on a fallback plan to try to ensure that fans can still use trains to reach the 80,000-seat stadium for France vs. Romania at 9.p.m on Friday.

An underground Metro line to the stadium was running normally and will have extra trains for the game, but is generally crowded at the best of times.


3:05 p.m.

UEFA says all 24 teams taking part in the European soccer championships have arrived in France.

Portugal players were the last to arrive on Thursday, landing at Paris's second airport Orly, where they were greeted by about 200 fans. Portugal players traveled in a plane bearing the name Eusebio, a tribute to the late Portugal striker.

Fernando Santos' squad has set up its training base at the French rugby federation's national center of Marcoussis, in the Paris' outskirts.

Portugal is in Group F and opens its campaign on Tuesday against Iceland in Saint-Etienne.

The Euro starts on Friday at the Stade de France when host France takes on Romania.


11:40 a.m.

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship.

The move is aimed at improving security during the tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather if outdoor screens are banned.

France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Friday.

Junior minister for sports Thierry Braillard said Thursday that official fan zones are the only outdoor public spaces where screens will be installed.

The ban is expected to annoy bar owners, especially in the south of France were people spend warm summer evenings outdoors.


11.15 a.m.

Only last Christmas, Marcus Rashford was plotting how to get into Manchester United's under-21 team. Now, he is preparing to potentially play his first game at a major international tournament.

Speaking to the English national team's website in a rare interview, the 18-year-old striker says of his whirlwind rise to prominence: "It doesn't seem real."

Rashford made his debut for United in February as a late injury replacement, and scored two goals in a Europa League match. He also scored twice on his Premier League debut three days later, the winner in his first Manchester derby and then netted inside three minutes on his England debut last month, prompting a call-up by England for the European Championship.

Rashford says "at the end of the season you hear talk and stuff, but to be here now is just amazing."

England plays Russia on Saturday in their first Group B match.