Newcastle’s 21 year-old defender Steven Taylor has been named captain of the England Under-21team for the upcoming two games of England’s qualifying campaign for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
This is not surprising news following Steven’s courageous efforts in the summer when he seemed to have the St. George’s Cross emblazoned across his forehead.
Steven Taylor – in good hands with Stuart Pearce and the England Under-21 side
Although born in Greenwich, Taylor was moved to Newcastle when just 2 weeks old when his family settled in Whitley Bay. Steven though considers himself a Geordie – and we’ll not argue with that!
He was brought into the full England squad for the game with Germany last month but we think his progression is best served as captain of the England Under-21 team, as he will be given added responsibility at this level, which can only help his development.
Steven is so well thought of by the FA that we think he is being groomed for potential stardom at the full England level and could well take over the captaincy from John Terry – eventually. Certainly he is following in John’s footsteps because Terry also captained the Under-21 team about 5 years ago, when Sir Bobby Robson was interested in him for Newcastle.
Stuart Pearce, the newly appointed manager of the England Under-21 team, wants to have the Newcastle player around for another two years as he said yesterday:
“It was in my mind that Steven would be captain of this team. He has great respect in the squad and is an extremely good player.â€
“In an ideal world I would like him to captain this team for two years and then step up to the seniors.”
Seems to us that’s a great plan for Steven, although he may break into the full England side before the two years is up if he continues his improvement of the last two years. The England Under-21 side will play Montengro this coming Friday and Bulgaria next Tuesday.
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