Newcastle face Phil Brown's Southend – and Nile Ranger – in pre-season

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Newcastle United have announced another pre-season friendly – against Phil Brown's Southend United.

Rafa Benitez will take his new-look team to 12,392-capacity Roots Hall on July 26 (7.45pm kick-off) ahead of the new Championship campaign.

Southend, managed by South Shields-born Brown, finished fifth in League One last season.

The club has this week signed former United striker Nile Ranger on a short-term deal.

Newcastle will also take on Bohemian (July 16), Doncaster Rovers (July 20), Sporting Lokeren (July 23) and Vitesse Arnhem (July 30) in pre-season.