By George Brooks

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has told his players that they can beat anyone in the Premier League.

The Magpies are currently 11th in the Premier League, having taken 14 points from their opening 11 matches.

However, they have only won once in the league since the 2-1 home victory over Stoke on September 28 and the damaging 1-0 defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth have raised concerns over their season.

However, Benitez says he has told the players not to panic and that they can beat anyone in the league on their day.

“I said to the players the other day ‘Listen, if we are at the bottom of the table we still have to stay calm and keep working hard because we have shown already we can beat anyone,’” said Benitez, as quoted by The Chronicle Live.

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“We are a young team, learning and the way that we work I am confident that we will do even better.”

Newcastle have eight more points than they did at this stage of their last Premier League season under Steve McLaren.

However, they are still to face two of last season’s top four and are yet to play any of the top six away from home.

Benitez has said his team will know more about their season in January, after they have played the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, in December.

They face Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break on November 18.

Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16, finishing 18th in the table with 37 points.

In other Newcastle news, Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to leave this Magpies midfielder out of his latest England squad.

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