Eddie Howe makes massive Newcastle United statement with bold Carabao Cup starting XI
Howe's side take on Bournemouth at St James’s Park looking to reach the quarter-finals of Carabao Cup. The fourth-round tie is Newcastle’s first competitive fixture since the World Cup.
And Howe has named Callum Wilson, Bruno Guimaraes, Nick Pope, Fabian Schar and Kieran Trippier – who were all at the tournament in Qatar – in his team.
“We've tried to give this game the same importance as a Premier League game,” said United's head coach. “For us, it’s (as important), because it's a chance to progress in a very important competition for us. That's how we approach the game. I want to win the game. We want to stay in the competition, we want those extra games, so that’s our approach to the game.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson. Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Ritchie, Targett, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy.