Hodgson selects final Euro 2016 party

England boss Roy Hodgson has sprung a surprise by naming Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford in his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

Rashford enjoyed a superb breakout season for United, scoring eight goals in all competitions since making his first-team debut in February.

The 18-year-old made his senior bow for the Three Lions in a friendly against Australia on Friday, scoring after just three minutes as Hodgson's side recorded a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

Liverpool marksman Daniel Sturridge has also made the final cut, despite struggling for regular game time this season due to injury, which forced him out of the recent games against Turkey and the Socceroos.

Reds team-mate Jordan Henderson and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere were named in the 23-man party as well after the duo recovered from their respective injuries recently.

However, a groin problem has led to Fabian Delph's omission from the squad, along with Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater, who were included in the initial group of 26.

England squad for Euro 2016:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley);

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham);

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal);

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

Pato keen to remain in Europe

Alexandre Pato accepts the reasons for his lack of game time, and says that his experience at Chelsea hasn't turned him against European football.

The Brazilian striker understands that he was brought in mainly as cover for the injured Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy but, nonetheless, wishes he had been given more opportunities to impress for the Blues.

"I was in his office," Pato told SporTV of his discussion with Guus Hiddink. "I asked to talk, I explained my situation. He was very sincere: 'Pato, you came at a time when our players were injured. Now they're coming back, and I'm very loyal to my players'.

"I understand the coach's decision. I arrived at a time when the group was closed, battling for a place in the Champions league, in decisive games... I was hoping to play more, but I understand the coach's decision.

"I do not regret [moving to Stamford Bridge]. Chelsea received me very well. I could play, scored a goal, I showed that I can play in Europe, in England. Because many say that England is very difficult. [But] I was hoping to play more."

The 26-year-old spent five seasons with AC Milan before moving to Corinthians, and his experience at Stamford Bridge has clearly not affected his desire to make a permanent return to Europe.

"I want to stay in Europe," he continued. "My head is pointing toward Europe now - I want to play there. But if not, I'll come back here [to Corinthians].

"I told my agent that at the moment I do not want to listen to anyone in Brazil. Since I cannot say yes or no at this point, I do not want to make anyone hopeful or angry.

"Let's see through July 1 and if nothing happens in Europe we sit and listen to these clubs."

Brockie wanted more goals for SSU

SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie was left disappointed with the number of goals he scored this term and promised to improve his tally next season.

Despite scoring 18 times in all competitions for Matsatsantsa and helping them win the Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, the New Zealand international feels he could have scored more goals.

"I am reasonably happy with my overall goals tally of 18 [in all competitions] but I am not happy with only scoring 11 goals in the league," Brockie told KickOff.

"I want to improve this figure next season and I believe that I can. I want to score over 20 goals next season in all competitions.

"The Nedbank Cup was my first piece of silverware and the build-up to the final and then eventually winning leaves me with a feeling of wanting to achieve more."

The Ke Yona triumph secured a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup for Stuart Baxter's side, and Brockie is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's fantastic to qualify for CAF, and I think the club will be happy with what we achieved in the end with a trophy and a top-eight finish when at one stage it looked like we were done and dusted," he added.

"I've been saying it for a few months now that I want to compete in Africa and now I've been given a chance. I can't wait to come up against and challenge myself in CAF and take in and learn from the whole experience.

"I've heard that there are some very difficult places to go to but this is what you want as a player, to test yourself and become a better player from the experience."

Sundowns cash in on bumper season

Mamelodi Sundowns' Premiership and Telkom Knockout double this season ensured they received more than twice as much prize money as the next top earner.

The Brazilians' coffers are full to bursting after a successful campaign saw them win both the league and the TKO titles, while they were knocked out of the both the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 competitions at the quarter-final stages.

Sundowns were awarded R10 million for their league triumph, as well as R4.5m in Q-Innovation prize money for their per-quarter performances, while picking up a cool R4.25m for their TKO crown.

Added to the R800,000 for the MTN8 and another R400,000 from the Nedbank Cup, Downs raked in a mammoth R19.9m this term.

SuperSport United were the second top earners in the country with R9.55m, thanks in large part to the R7m they received from winning the Nedbank Cup.

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be disappointed with their hauls this season, bringing in just R3.9m and R3.65m respectively, while Jomo Cosmos earned the least prize money of all the top-flight clubs pulling in R700,000.

Premiership clubs' prize money totals:

  • Mamelodi Sundowns - R19.9m
  • SuperSport United - R9.55m
  • Ajax Cape Town - R9m
  • Bidvest Wits - R7.9m
  • Platinum Stars - R3.4m
  • Kaizer Chiefs - R3.9m
  • Orlando Pirates - R3.65m
  • Black Aces - R2.8m
  • Free State Stars - R2.8m
  • Maritzburg United - R1.9m
  • Bloem Celtic - R1.75m
  • Chippa United - R1.6m
  • Golden Arrows - R1.35m
  • Polokwane City - R1.15m
  • AmaTuks - R850K
  • Jomo Cosmos - R700K

Depay: I'll soon be back to my best

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has promised fans they will see the best out of him next season, and says that he accepts the criticism he received this term.

The 22-year-old, who was signed from PSV in 2015, failed to impress at Old Trafford, scoring only two goals and providing a single assist in 29 league appearances.

Despite the temptation to blame the recently-sacked Louis van Gaal for not being given sufficient starts in the first team in order to find his feet in the Premier League, Depay chose to accept the majority of the blame.

"It's never nice to be criticised," the Netherlands international told Fox Sports. "But it's part of the game and I have to deal with it.

"The season did not go as planned and that hurt my confidence a bit. I do not want to blame the manager for it. I played some good games and some bad matches.

"I do not want to blame anyone for it. I have not been in touch with Van Gaal yet. I might give him a call or send him a text."

When discussing new Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho and reports that the former Chelsea boss may be looking to overhaul the squad when he arrives, Depay spoke confidently about his future.

"It's now up to me to deal with this situation and get back on track. I think every attacker is intuitive," he added.

"You have to make decisions on when to go for an individual action. The old Memphis, who beat every opponent, will soon be back again.

"I did not play as many games as I hoped and I am obviously disappointed about that. I had different expectations.

"But I have to deal with that. It's now on to next season. I have to prove my worth during pre-season."

Bayern duo to be offered new deals

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are likely to be offered contract extensions in the near future.

The duo's respective deals are set to expire at the end of next season and negotiations over new terms are yet to be entered into.

Rummenigge suggested the Bundesliga champions were keen to hang on to their two star wingers, but warned the pair to remain patient because of their respective ages.

"I do not rule out that both will sign renewals with Bayern," he told kicker. "We all know how incredibly important they are, both on and off the pitch.

"But both will have to be patient for a bit. It is only normal to wait a bit longer with players who are older than 30."

Robben is 32 and has been with the Bavarians for almost seven years after joining from Real Madrid in August 2009, while Ribery is a year older and signed for Bayern from Marseille back in 2007.

Of concern to the club's hierarchy will be the number of games both players missed due to injury this season, Ribery started only six Bundesliga games while Robben played just 15 times in the league.

Mnyamane focused on survival

University of Pretoria forward Thabo Mnyamane has chosen to focus on saving the club from relegation amid rumours of his exit from the club.

Shaun Bartlett's side suffered a massive blow in their bid to retain their Premiership status, following a 1-0 loss to Mbombela United in the opening game of the promotion/relegation play-offs at Tuks Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Mnyamane admits AmaTuks are under immense pressure, with the final play-off match set for two weeks before the new campaign resumes.

"It is very difficult, because the mindset tells you that you are done and that you should start preparing to go on vacation, but as a professional player you always need to realise that there are ups and downs in football," he told Goal.

"We have prepared very well, I am happy because the players are showing courage and determination to fight until the final day of the playoffs."

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club, but regardless of where they compete next season, Mnyamane believes his entire focus should be on trying to help Tuks avoid the drop.

"The rumours will always be rumours and players will always be linked with teams worldwide, as a player, as an individual you always need to be focused on the task at hand," he added.

"The focus now is Tuks, retaining the Premiership status...that is the most important thing at the moment."

Mkhitaryan set for Dortmund exit

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's future at Borussia Dortmund looks increasingly bleak after his agent confirmed the midfielder would not sign a contract extension.

The Armenia international only has one year left on his current deal at Signal Iduna Park and his performances have been attracting the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Dortmund have done their level best to convince the 27-year-old playmaker to stay by offering him an extension to his contract, but it seems to have been for nought as the his representative, Mino Raiola, stated Mkhitaryan would not be considering signing new terms as it would only be prolonging the inevitable.

"Why should we prolong it now? Micki is under contract until 2017, and we continue to think about his future," Raiola told Bild.

This means that BvB will be forced to sell Mkhitaryan during the upcoming transfer window if they do not want to lose him for free at the end of his contract at the conclusion of next season.

Mkhitaryan bagged 11 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for Dortmund this season and is reportedly on the radar of Arsenal, Juventus and Chelsea.

Kombouare handed Guingamp reins

Guingamp have moved swiftly to replace Jocelyn Gourvennec following the appointment of Antoine Kombouare as their new manager on a three-year contract.

Gourvennec has brought an end to his six-year association with EAG by taking over the reins at Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux.

Kombouare is set to return to the French top flight after a five-year absence, having last managed Paris Saint-Germain in that division from 2009 until 2011 before he was sacked.

The 52-year-old had been in charge of Ligue 2 side Lens for the past three seasons, winning promotion to the top tier of French football in 2014 but suffered relegation the following campaign.

Sang et Or finished sixth in the standings, 14 points adrift of Ligue 2 champions Nancy.

Gourvennec makes Bordeaux switch

Jocelyn Gourvennec has taken up a new challenge after calling time on his career at Guingamp to take charge of Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux.

The Frenchman leaves Stade du Roudourou after six years at the helm, having led the team to only their second Coupe de France success in the club's history, in 2014.

Gourvennec guided EAG to Ligue 1 safety this past season as they finished five points above the relegation zone in 16th place, but has decided to move on to Les Girondins.

Ulrich Rame held the reins at Matmut Atlantique for the final eight games of the campaign following the dismissal of Willy Sagnol in March, but the club opted for more experience and settled on the Guingamp boss.

Bordeaux confirmed the appointment in a statement, which read: "The club has found its new coach in the person of Jocelyn Gourvennec.

"FC Girondins de Bordeaux have reached an agreement with EA Guingamp for [his] arrival."