Steven Taylor Gets Deserved England Call-Up

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 – 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.”

“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).

15 comments so far

  • Dingo

    Aug 17, 2007 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    I tip my hat at ST….. good job son. just jimmy milner to go!

  • Tito

    Aug 17, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    He certainly certain the place more than some of the over-rated defenders in the country.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 17, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Stevie is the man. Congrats mate.

  • Sean

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Milner should be in that team. KIERON DYER was picked ahead of him!!! Is McLaren havin a laugh.
    Anyway, Congratulations Stevie. Its good to see Newcastle have 3 england internationals although it should be 4

  • Alex

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #5

    A well deserved call up Taylor truley deserves it.I think Nicky Butt should have been in the squad also .

  • hadrian

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    frustrating to see england pick some of the ‘big names’ rather than good players in form . milner should have got his call up well before dyers name even came into it .

  • Nox

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #7

    lol i find it funny why is dyer picked instead of Milner? Dyer was injured for most of last season and just came back from injury but Milner has been playing fit and did very well all the way from last season and still hasnt been call up?? Whats up with that??

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    It would be good if young N’Zogbia gets a call-up for the French Under-21s – assume he’s still eligible.

  • steve

    Aug 17, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Delighted for him – there are few players who are more genuine committed than this lad – the reaction when he scored his first goal for us was something I will not forget for a while.
    Well done Steven

  • Tom

    Aug 17, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I have just read that we are matching a Man City bid for a Keeper from Livorno :S ??? Is this to replace Harper or Given?? I assume Harper.


  • adam

    Aug 17, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #11

    talys is going to be better the terry

  • Hammy

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Well done Steve……hope you remain the same level headed newcastle passionate kid that you are at the moment……with BSA nurturing you hopefully you’ll be an England regular for the majority of your career.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 18, 2007 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #13

    A well deserved call up for a tremendous prospect, well done Steve!

    James Milner will get his England call later this season, followed by Zog with a call-up from France as he’s another young man with a great future…….

    There are few better English midfield players than Nicky Butt; but I wan’t to keep him fit for Newcastle especially when McLaren call’s up the Dyer’s of this world!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Tom – i think he’ supposed to be the 3rd keeper to back up Harper – but maybe Sam is thinking if he’s getting one he may as well get a good one. Think Sam’s concerned with Given’s groin and will not play him until his medical staff think it’s better – that’s a good move otherwise Shay will be in and out all season. Our injuries are improving – now down to 5 injuries and 11th in injury table – ManU top with 8 injuries.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Lamesley Mag – agree about James and Zog – great young players and will rapidly improve under Big Sam – who seems so good for the youngsters – a father figure who talks a lot of sense and reality to them. Zog has looked particularly good under Sam – Milner as good as he’s ever been and so much better than Dyer – both in skill and attitude.


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