Newcastle central defender Steven Taylor is banking on his international exploits to help force his way back into Newcastleâ€™s first team.
But young Taylor, who was appointed England Under-21s captain after his heroics at this summer’s European Championship finals, is in no doubt it will be tough to make the team every week, with so much competition now in the Newcastle defense.
Steven Taylor – England Under-21 captaincy helping the 21 year-old mature quickly
Of course as we reported recently young Taylor is thriving on the responsibility of wearing the England armband, and is hoping the lessons he is learning will help further his club career. Certainly itâ€™s a great experience for the Greenwich born youngster, who seems to be growing rapidly in maturity.
Steven is still hoping to force his way back into contention for tonightâ€™s Premier League clash with Tottenham, but we think he will only make the bench with Cacapa, Rozehnal and Faye all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Taylor said yesterday:
“The competition is massive – it’s probably the best it has been for a good few years now, and that’s what you want.â€
“To develop your game, you need that. It’s good competition and that is what this club needs.â€ “To be given that opportunity to captain my country, there is no greater honor.”
“To lead the side out in every game is fantastic.â€ “It has been really good – but I am looking forward to getting back to club football now.”
Taylor’s England Under-21 side is doing just great in European qualification, and are clear at the top of their qualifying group after completing an easy double over Montenegro and beating Bulgaria and Ireland without conceding a single goal. This of course is in stark contrast to their senior colleagues, who were beaten by Russia last Wednesday in a disastrous game. Manager Steve McClarenâ€™s own defensive tactics only allowed Russia back into the game after they had looked dead and buried.
“We want to keep that going, and there is no reason why we cannot do that.â€ “The fans have been great in getting behind us.”
“I know last season we were a bit disappointing, but this season we are looking to build from that and get the results we need.”
“They have dangerous strikers, but our defense is very capable of coping with that.â€ “We want to keep our home record going and there is no reason why we cannot do that.”
It will be good if Newcastle can keep a clean sheet tonight, which hasnâ€™t happened for the last 5 games and of course Tottenham have been unbeaten in their last 6 games. But we still expect Newcastle to rack up all 3 points tonight, anything less will be a disappointment.
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