Rafa Benitez has named his team to play Southend United.

With only one more friendly (home to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday) before the season kicks off at Craven Cottage, preparations must be well in hand for that Championship match.

Rafa makes only three changes from Saturday at Lokeren, with Karl Darlow given a start in goal instead of Matz Sels.

Elsewhere in the team, Paul Dummett replaces Jamie Sterry at left-back, whilst Jonjo Shelvey starts instead of Jack Colback.

Southend United  v Newcastle United

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles (c), Dummett, Hayden, Anita, Shelvey, Aarons, Perez, Gayle


Sels, Sterry, Saivet, Gouffran, Thauvin, Armstrong, Mitrovic, Colback, Hanley