The England rugby team failed at the final hurdle in their quest to hold onto the rugby World Cup yesterday, when they were beaten by South Africa, 15-6.
The England team did magnificently after losing to South Africa 36-0 just 36 days prior to yesterdayâ€™s final.
The England team of course showed some fantastic team spirit and their quest to hold onto their world crown gripped the nation as well as lots of other fans around the world.
Steven Taylor – so proud to be England Under-21 skipper
The event showed Newcastle Unitedâ€™s 21 year-old Steven Taylor the passion he needs to have and instill with his country. Taylor says he is learning to lead England’s Under-21 team by example, just like the rugby players did in France. Certainly Steven’s performances during the European Under-21 championships in Holland last summer showed him to be an inspirational force in the team. He portrayed guts and glory in England’s narrow semi-final defeat against Holland, when he scored his penalty, despite being injured with a foot injury.
Taylor said today:
“It’s a massive honor. I’ve been lucky enough to work closely with three great England captains and learn from them all.â€
“It’s made me realize that the job’s not just about what happens on the pitch, but also what I do off it – and I like to try and lead by example.â€
“Like the England rugby side showed in France, I’ll demand what’s best for the team and our country.
“England’s win over France in the semi-final was an inspirational performance watching the rugby lads.”
Steven can go on to be whatever he wants to be in football because he has so much natural talent. he’s in learning mode of course and he’s learning very quickly at Newcastle where he is now surrounded by very good and experienced defenders. He will learn quickly from experienced internationals like Cacapa, Beye, Faye and Rozehnal. Steven also knows he will need to fight for his place, just like everyone else in Sam’s squad.
And we still havenâ€™t heard any progress being made on his contract talks, which were stalled some weeks ago. We trust they are proceeding OK, because we have to keep young Steven, who is of course a local lad from Whitley Bay, and we need some local lads in the team, that’s for sure.