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Bruce aiming to take Newcastle back to Wembley in League Cup

Steve Bruce says he is hoping to take Newcastle United back to Wembley as he prepares his side to face Leicester City in the EFL Cup.

The Newcastle manager was amongst a selection of local school kids chosen to be a ballboy the last time the club reached the League Cup final, losing 2-1 to Manchester City in 1976.

Now in charge of first team matters on Tyneside, Bruce is hoping to once again be on the touchline during a cup final appearance for his boyhood club, with the Magpies bidding to end a 50-year wait for silverware.

“If Hull is capable of getting to a final and maintain Premier League status then a club like this can too, surely,” Bruce said ahead tonight’s clash at St James’ Park.

“In the cup, any Premier League team, you only have to win four or five games to get there. We see Watford get to the FA Cup final last year. It is something we will take seriously.

“I want to go again. In 1976 I was just about on the halfway line sitting on a little stool. We lost. Heart-breaking.

“Now we have 25 players in a squad, I can’t put four or five in, so we have a squad big enough to make changes.”

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