Pearce, Taylor and Milner Epitomize England’s Fighting Spirit


In one of the most exciting finishes to a game in recent memory Stuart Pearce’s brave England Under-21 team went down to defeat last night to Holland. There was no doubting the courage and guts shown by the young England stars – none more than Newcastle’s brave warriers Steven Taylor and James Milner.

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Steven Taylor

With Holland equalizing with one minute to go in normal time – and the score level at 1-1 after extra time – Pearce’s young guns went out after a dramatic match in Heerenveen.  A drained Stuart Pearce was interviewed by Sky Sports after the emotional 13-12 penalty shoot-out loss last night.  This is what Stuart had to say:

“It was an incredible evening,”
“I get emotional about representing my country anyway but I told the guys it was the proudest moment in terms of achievement I’ve ever had in football.”
“They are crestfallen. They gave their lot emotionally and physically. They’ve sweated blood for the country and it was not quite good enough.
“You want to be out there, it’s a small second best being a coach.”

Steven Taylor was injured just before Holland’s goal – and with Taylor limping on and Nedum Onuoha helped off with an injury, England amazingly held on during extra time.

Pearce continued:

“The game carried on, we’ve got no complaints. The Dutch scored a goal fair and square.”
“Whether I could have patched up a team for the final, I don’t know,”
“It would have been nice to go all the way but I’m not so sure we could have fielded a side.”

Taylor of course had to take a penalty after the Dutch coach’s intervention – but Pearce had no complaints about Dutch Coach Foppe de Haan telling the referee that Taylor had to take the penalty.

“When their coach raised the point, I was going to agree with him,”
“It’s the fairest way of doing it. It was the right and proper way to do it. The only thing it did was enhance the magnitude of Steven Taylor.”
“We were prepared, for weeks we were practising.
“The shoot-outs I’ve been involved in as a player were about five or six kicks so it’s a step in the right direction.”

Pearce also heaped praise on Newcastle hero Steven Taylor – who plays the game much like Stuart did.   Pearce added:

“He’s the closest to Terry Butcher I’ve seen.
“I met his father last night and the biggest recommendation I could probably give the kid is that if my son turned out to have a mentality like him, I’d be very, very proud of him.  “I can say no more about the boy.
“The beauty of working with these young lads is you get to know them inside out and as I say what a character this kid’s got, unbelievable.
“Ability wise he’s impressed me as well. Him and (Nedum) Onuoha have handled everything that’s been thrown at them.
“He’s an absolute credit to his football club and himself and his family.”

England’s performance last night epitomized the way Stuart Pearce thinks about England – and the way he used to play for England – 100% all out.
We feel he will be an excellent full time coach for the England Under 21s – certainly the youngsters are inspired under his leadership and we expect him now to get the job full time – and he deserves it.

Stuart finished with:

“Whether it is me or someone else, there is a nucleus to take it forward,”  “It’s down to the FA but I have enjoyed it immensely.”

Well said Stuart – comments always welcome on this site.



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4 comments so far

  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 21, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    What I saw from Taylor and Milner last evening, was real commitment, and if the rest of the NUFC squad current and future play for the team like these 2 lads did for the U21’S last night then we certainly will be at or near the top of the leaague and in CL . They were a real credit to themselves and to the Team and great ambassadors for NUFC . Very Well done lads you deserve all the accolades .

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  • DZ Adams

    Jun 21, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    seeing as Taylor is definately going to be a future toon captain and the defence to be built around,BSA and the money men should be looking to invest in some of the young guns that Taylor performs with so well in the national side

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  • Gateshead Glenn

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Taylor and Milner both did very well last night as did the rest of the team given the circumstances,i.e. playing the favourites on their home turf.

    I wonder if Bentley was watching or was he too tired?! Huddlestone also let us down by stupidly getting sent-off the previous game for swearing at the linesman. These 2 + the injuries left us despertely short of bodies by the end when we were hanging-on against a good dutch side.

    As regards potential signing for us, defenders are obviously the priority. As I’ve said before Baines would be a great signing for left-back. At centre-back, the lad from Man. City (Onuoha?) did very well as a partner for Taylor and has also played right-back. He’s a great athlete + is a natural defender + looks like he’s got a good temperament.

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