(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: Clive Hetherington
SIR BOBBY ROBSON is backing his youngest-ever side to clinch Newcastle United's place in the Champions League.
With thirtysomethings Alan Shearer and Gary Speed ruled out through injury for the rest of the season, Robson is relying on his rookies to complete the job in their final two games.
The average age of the team that faces Birmingham City at St. James' Park this afternoon is likely to be around 23.
Winger Nolberto Solano, 28, will be the oldest head, but - in the absence of Shearer - the skipper's armband goes to 24-year-old Kieron Dyer.
As things stand, Robson's side need four points for Champions League qualification.