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‘Pulis is still picking the team’, – These Middlesbrough fans are concerned as XI for friendly revealed

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Middlesbrough continue their pre-season preparations tonight with a friendly against fellow north-east side Gateshead.

It will be a chance for new boss Jonathan Woodgate to see the players in action ahead of the campaign and they will be desperate to impress.

That’s because the former England international has been tasked with building a new-look Boro side after criticism of how Tony Pulis’ side played last season.

Whilst it will inevitably take a lot of time before fans can properly judge Woodgate’s influence on the team, the early team selection can give a slight indication. And, it hasn’t impressed the Boro fans with the XI picked against the non-league outfit.

Midfielder Jonny Howson appears to be starting at right-back tonight, whilst some supporters are also not happy that Danish international forward Martin Braithwaite isn’t involved.

Even though there were some positive comments with Woodgate giving several youngsters a run out, the general feeling was of concern at the state of the Boro squad with under a month until they kick-off the Championship opener at Luton.

Here’s some of the reaction from Twitter…

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