Steve Bruce cheekily blamed as he watches England lose T20 semi in Dubai as Eddie Howe settles into life in Newcastle

STEVE BRUCE was spotted cheering on the England cricket team as he enjoys an extended break in Dubai – but he was left tasting defeat once again.

England were taking on New Zealand in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup.

And Bruce, 60, has offered his support to the team throughout the campaign.

He attended the thumping of Australia with son Alex earlier in the campaign, courtesy of tickets given to them by Jonny Bairstow.

But this time round there would be no victory for Bruce to celebrate – as a late New Zealand fightback saw them to progress to the final.

And fans on social media poked fun at the ex-Newcastle boss, suggesting he was to blame for England's defeat.

One wrote on Twitter: "Defeat follows him everywhere, he's a f***ing curse."

Another added: "Doesn't work out for Steve Bruce when Sheikhs are in the general vicinity."


A third joked: "[He's] The reason we lost."

Bruce has been unwinding since his 27-month spell at Newcastle came to an end in October.

He was in charge for just one match under the new Saudi owners – the 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham.

And the Toon have been busy searching for his replacement, finally settling on Eddie Howe this week.

The new boss has looked to stamp his mark on the club immediately.

He turned up for his first training session at 6.55am on Tuesday, even though he has almost two weeks until his first match.

On Tuesday night he generously stopped his minivan while entering the training ground to meet fans who had waited 12 hours for his arrival.

And on Wednesday, Howe made his first appearance at St James' Park since becoming manager.

He has reportedly made it clear he wants to make Aaron Ramsey his first signing , with a number of players being linked with a move to the North East.

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