Rooney left out of United’s Euro opener, Ranieri claims Foxes winning Champions League is impossible and City to refund Monchengladbach fans even if they attend rearranged game


1. Wayne Rooney will sit out Manchester United’s opening Europa League game against Feyenoord after being omitted from Jose Mourinho’s 20-man squad for the group game in Holland on Thursday.

2. It has been announced England will play France in a friendly international at the Stade de France on the 13th June 2017. It will see them return to French soil as a group for the first time since their shambolic showing at Euro 2016.

3. Incoming UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the organisation must show Europe’s elite clubs that it is them and not the clubs themselves that are in control of the game. Slovenian Ceferin said reforms to the Champions League were his priority.

4. Claudio Ranieri has assessed his Leicester City team’s chances of winning the Champions League in a typically frank and honest way insisting it would be ‘impossible’ for the Foxes to win the tournament.

5. Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, who had previously stated his desire to leave the Stadium of Light, has had something of a change of heart. He has now signed a five-year contract extension to keep him with the Black Cats until 2021.

6. Manchester City say they will refund Borussia Monchengladbach fans who bought tickets for their postponed Champions League tie, originally scheduled for Tuesday night, regardless of them attending the rearranged fixture which will now take place tonight (WhoAteAllThePies).

7. Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has released his debut musical offering. It’s not likely to trouble the top 10, even on the download charts, and to be honest we’re not sure he’s taking it all that seriously (Sport-English).

8. A group of PSV Eindhoven fans set off fireworks outside Atletico Madrid’s hotel the night before the Champions League tie between the teams. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t have the desired effect, as the Spaniards won 1-0 (Mirror).

9. Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma took a shot so hard that it instantly knocked Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo out cold when it hit him in the face (Metro).

10. And finally…Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi claimed that the reason the latest instalment of the FIFA franchise of computer games was delayed was because the game’s developers were upgrading his character’s rating for passing (WeAintGotNoHistory).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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