Townsend and Drinkwater fail to make 23-man squad, while Hodgson names Rashford.
What's also key is that Benitez is Newcastle's manager and not just the coach. Quite right too.
Yes, that's right - Rafa is staying and he will be given a 'large transfer budget' in the Championship.
For ten years, Alan Shearer made Newcastle fans feel a little bit better about supporting Newcastle. And he was brilliant.
It's been over a week since he could have walked away and they are still talking. A good sign, right?
Newcastle will confirm the appointment of Benitez as permanent manager next week, say reports.
David Ginola has eased fears over his health following reports he was rushed to hospital on Thursday.
Michael Carrick to Newcastle, Kolo Toure to Celtic and three other less clickable names...
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has reportedly agreed to stay on at the club, despite their relegation
"Newcastle could rise quickly and Andros looks forward to many more seasons with them."
Stokealona were bottom of the running order the most times; Leicester were toppermost.
The player, manager, tweet, quote, column, goal, signing, moment of the season and more...
Marcus Rashford and Jack Wilshere have been named in England's 26-man provisional squad for the Euros.
The first instalment of a two-part Premier League season summary. Oh Arsene, this should have been it
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