CONFIRMED: Jamaal Lascelles appointed Newcastle United captain by Rafa Benitez

Jamaal Lascelles expressed his desire to lead Newcastle back to the Premier League after he was appointed club captain for the forthcoming season.

The Sky Bet Championship newcomers made the announcement on Thursday, just a day before they get their league campaign under way against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The 22-year-old has played 39 times for the club since moving to St James’ Park from Nottingham Forest in 2014, scoring four times.

Lascelles captained Rafael Benitez’s side during pre-season and is thrilled to have been handed the armband on a permanent basis following the departure of Fabricio Coloccini.

He told “It’s an unbelievable feeling for a manager like Rafa Benitez to give me the captain’s armband at a club like this.

“It is a lot of responsibility for a young player but I will always give my all because I want what is best for the team and the club.

“It is such a proud moment for me and the biggest in my career so far.

“It is nice for someone to show that much trust in you, and I want to repay the manager’s faith by leading this team back into the Premier League.”

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