Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called-up to the full England squad for the first time for next Wednesday’s friendly with Germany.
He was called up yesterday for the England Under-21 squad but Stuart Pearce had indicated yesterday that it was still possible for Taylor to be involved with the full England team.
Steven was one of the stars â€“ if not the star – of the Under-21’s European Championships campaign during the summer and had been tipped to take over the captaincy this season.
Steven Taylor– gets deserved call up for the full England Squad
Comments since that tournament from Steve McClaren suggested he was a big fan of Taylor’s and had followed Steven’s progress in the Under-21s over the last year.
This is what England coach McClaren said about Steven after naming his squad on Friday:
“Steven has been playing very well for Newcastle and was outstanding during the Under-21s tournament in Holland.â€
“He was with us for the B game against Albania at the end of last season and I was hugely impressed with his attitude and ability.”
Michael Owen is also included after his return from a slight thigh injury this week and Newcastle new boy Alan Smith is also named in the 28-man squad. David Beckham, now of the LA Galaxy is also included in the squad. We expect Steven to get his first England cap next Wednesday with a run-out off the substitute’s bench.
Full England squad named today:
Robinson (Tottenham), James (Portsmouth), Carson (Liverpool, on loan at Aston Villa), Richards (Manchester City), Brown (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Campbell (Portsmouth), Taylor (Newcastle), Neville (Everton), Shorey (Reading), Beckham (LA Galaxy), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Carrick (Manchester United), Barry (Aston Villa), Downing (Middlesbrough), Dyer (West Ham), Hargreaves (Manchester United), Smith (Newcastle), Owen (Newcastle), Crouch (Liverpool), Bent (Tottenham), Johnson (Everton), Defoe (Tottenham).