Daryl Janmaat was the first Newcastle United player to demand to play against Sheffield Wednesday.
Head coach Steve McClaren will make changes to his starting XI for the third-round Capital One Cup tie.
Every team needs 11 of that kind of character, so he’s probably the first one who came to me and said I want to play.Steve McClaren
But a clutch of senior players asked McClaren is they could play – as they did not want to be rested.
Defender Janmaat – who had been a candidate to take the captaincy in the summer – was the club’s best attacker in the last two games.
Janmaat scored in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Watford, and McClaren said: “He’s been fantastic – he epitomises exactly what everyone wants to see.
“Every team needs 11 of that kind of character, so he’s probably the first one who came to me and said I want to play.”
McClaren is unlikely to risk Massadio Haidara and Jack Colback against Wednesday as the pair are nursing knocks.
Asked the identities of the other players who demanded to play in the cup tie, he said: “I’m not prepared to say who, but we’ve got knocks in certain areas so we need to take care of some of them.
“It’s a big game for us. We’re not taking it lightly, and we want to win the game, but the biggest thing I want to see is what you want to see every time you lose and that’s a reaction.
“I think it’s going to be a tough game, and a tough game mentally for the players because Wednesday will bring 5-7,000 fans, and I know what they’re like.
“And it’s a test for our players to play at home.
“I haven’t picked the team because we’ve got one or two knocks, but it’ll be a team that I want to win.”