Kids Put On Stand-By

Last updated : 02 November 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

The league MUST take preference over a match we can afford to take lightly. And this could be the golden chance for youngsters Fraser Foster, Tim Krul, Paul Huntington, Matty Pattison, Alan O'Brien, James Troisi and Andy Carroll, who are all included in the 23-man squad.

Roeder: "I have a reputation for playing young players if required and that may be the case tomorrow. This is what these boys dream of at Newcastle and I would not have brought them if I didn't feel they had the potential.

"We have seen them play five times, which is perhaps more than normal. We have gone into great depth and I have spoken to West Ham's chief scout, who has already scouted Palermo for them.

"They are a very good team with some very good individuals who could all play very well in the Premier League. Like I have said, tomorrow we are playing one of the favourites for the UEFA Cup this season.

"I have always appreciated Italian football and Italian players and they are some of the best in the world."