Lascelles sends message on Twitter, Newcastle fans respond

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto Paloschi

Newcastle United got relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.

Everton's Ross Barkley is brought down in the area by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles resulting in a red card to Lascelles and a penalty to EvertonEverton's Ross Barkley is brought down in the area by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles has taken to social networking site Twitter to express his excitement at the start of pre-season training.

The Magpies have started training ahead of the 2016-17 season, and Lascelles is among the players who have reported for duty already.

The 22-year-old former Nottingham Forest defender is looking forward to pre-season training and to the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto Paloschi

Lascelles is a very talented young defender, and he played well in the final weeks of the 2015-16 campaign for Newcastle.

The former England Under-21 international scored two goals and created two chances in 18 Premier League matches for the Magpies last season.

The 22-year-old had a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 100%, and won 42 headers, three dribbles and six tackles.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Lascelles showed good leadership in the final weeks of the campaign, and some Newcastle fans have suggested on Twitter that he should become the captain of Rafael Benitez’s side next season (see tweets below).

Newcastle got relegated from the Premier League at the end of 2015-16 campaign and will feature in the Championship next season.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during trainingNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles

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