Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton will have his first start since his latest altercation on December 27th. Emre is also back following a three-match ban, with James Milner giving way. Also on the bench is the returning Mark Viduka and Fraser Forster is today’s substitute goalkeeper.
Gareth Southgate is without injured duo Tuncay and Mido, while record signing Afonso Alves is still awaiting a visa, but Emanuel Pogatetz and Lee Cattermole are in the side.
It looks like Emre will play on the right wing in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation.
Newcastle United: Given, Carr, Taylor, Cacapa, N’Zogbia, Duff, Barton, Butt, Emre, Owen, Smith.
Subs: Forster, Milner, Ameobi, Edgar, Viduka.
Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Young, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, O’Neil, Rochemback, Cattermole, Arca, Downing, Aliadiere.
Subs: Turnbull, Boateng, Lee, Johnson, Grounds.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)