Fulham v Newcastle: Championship season opener – live!

Steve McClaren, who was sacked by Newcastle last season and replaced by Rafa Benítez, has made some pretty pointed comments on Sky Sports before the game, saying Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League because they needed “players who cared” – one among a number of factors rattled off with a passive aggressive edge. “The recruitment policy has changed, we could only buy players 25 and under. Rafa has been able to bring in more experienced players. They’ve changed the captain, brought in Jamaal Lascelles, a captain who cares.”

Fulham: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone; Cairney, Tunnicliffe, McDonald, Ayite; Aulko, Smith
Subs: Joronen, Stearman, Ream, Christensen, Edun, Woodrow, Parker

Newcastle United: Sels; Janmaat, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett; Anita, Hayden, Colback, Ritchie; Perez, Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Gamez, Mbemba, Shelvey, Aarons, Armstrong

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