Steven Taylor So Proud to Be England Captain


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 yesterday’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.

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Steven Taylor – so proud to be England Under-21 skipper

The event showed Newcastle United’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.”

“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.”

“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 haven’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.

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10 comments so far

  • gordon

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    I dont think steven taylor has natural talent,he has to work ever harder because he does not possess skills at the highest level.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    He has about as much talent as John Terry and Tony Adams, didn’t seem to hold them back.

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  • leo

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    hes a defender he doesnt need skills and tricks, he needs heart courage and desire to win. god that sounded like a jaguar advert (beauty passion power haha) taylor is a legend, and i cant wait for a couple years where we have an even stronger defence than what sam has magnificantly put together in such a small space of time, with taylor centre to that as our captain our leader and our tallisman

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 21, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed – Taylor is from Greenwich in London.

    Great to see him putting in some good performances for the U21’s though. It can only make him a better player, and hopefully he can use his experience as captain at the Toon some day.

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  • Bosck

    Oct 21, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon Chicken – Taylor was born in greenwich yes but unless i’m mistaken, his family left greenwich soon after and moved to Witley bay, so he may not have been born in newcastle but he is toon through and through

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  • leo

    Oct 21, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #6

    he lived there for 7 days, deff a geordie

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 21, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #7

    If he was born there and lived there then he is from there. I’m not doubting where his allegiances lie, but am sorry the kid aint a Geordie.

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 21, 2007 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Hope we agree a 5 year deal with young Taylor as he’s a future England captain. He can learn so much from Cacapa, Faye, Rozanhall, etc provided he stays!

    Yep; Taylor was born down south and moved to Whitley Bay after several days. He talks Geordie and hoping his heart lies with the Geordie faithfull……

    Come on Steve, agree a contract and stay with Newcastle United Football Club

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  • steve

    Oct 22, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    @toon – rubbish, of course he’s a geordie, taylor may have not been born in newcastle but he was most certainly bred there.
    i moved down south a week after my eldest son was born in Newcastle general – however that doesn’t make him a geordie.
    You sound like Norman Tebbit 🙂

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 22, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Steve – thanks for the compliment 😉

    Say what you like – but unless you were born in or around the Toon, technically you’re not a Geordie.

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