Tayls Looking Forward To Europe Next Year

Steven Taylor will captain the England Under-21 side against Wales today in their second game of their two game playoff for a final place in the Euro Under-21 Championships next summer in Sweden.

Steven Taylor – can take nothing for granted

The Under-21s have a very good side and have been excellently coached by Stuart Pearce since he took over at the helm, and they should be able to beat Wales. But in their first game at Cardiff last Thursday, Wales gave England a very tough game before England came out 3-2 winners.

And Tayls is confident Stuart Pearce’s team have what it takes to get into next summer’s finals in Sweden.

Steven said:

“We know this play-off is far from over,” “We’ve still got a job to do, but we feel we have enough quality to win the game. If we work hard and play the football we are capable of, then we can achieve the result we want.”

“We’re in a similar position to two years ago when we qualified for the European Championship in Holland.”   “We met Germany in the play-off then, and won the first leg 1-0 at home. We went out there and got two late goals to send us to the finals.”

“So after narrowly winning the first leg, we still had to put a big effort to get the result overall.” “The same applies on Tuesday night.” “Coming back to Newcastle with the win would be massive for confidence for myself personally.”

“We got a good result at Everton which was important because of the break.” “Luckily for the lads who’ve been away we’ve got a couple of extra days to prepare with the game being on Monday.” “Hopefully we can build on the boost from Everton because a win would be massive for us at the moment.”

We expect England to get through but they will take nothing for granted tonight, against a very good Wales Under-21 side.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far


    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1


  • MattyDread

    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    How much longer will he be able to play for the under 21s? It’s a little confusing as he turns 23 in January…


    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Good point, maybe til hes good enough?


    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Or maybe when people stop calling him Tayls?


    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5


  • selly no skill

    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    he is a tayl.overrated because hes a geordie and has heart.


    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7



    Oct 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    yea, drop the ‘s’

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 14, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I think he would be better off moving to right back where he can defend with a little less pressure and attack as well. Who knows he might be a good replacement for Beye if he can get his act together. If we can get another centre back in maybe we can shore the defence up.

  • graeme

    Oct 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    He certainly needs to get his act together and start cutting out the stupid mistakes and lapses in concentration that cost us dearly.

    Hopefully, playing for England, with Pearce in charge, Taylor will actually start learning from a man who was a great defender in his day.

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 14, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Taylor has far too much to say for himself, just who does he think he is? Joined us as a forward and wasnt good enough now he’s a CB and still isnt good enough. I’ve supported us since the 60s and I cannot recall a player I have disliked as much as him. Does Alan Oliver have a secret crush on him? If he stays here and I’m sure he will play him anywhere but CB as he has cost us so many points with his errors. Prime example last match “Tayls turns season around for NUFC”, they didnt say Taylor was also responsible for the goals, so my mate who was there told me !

  • Terry

    Oct 14, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Butt and Collocini were responsible for the goals, not Taylor (though they did both come down his side so it’s debatable).

  • clinta

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #13

    For a moment there when i read the headline i thought he tayls(!) like yourself ed, was actually daft enough to believe we still have a hope of some european football at SJP next year….

    well there’s always pre season friendlies i guess.


You must log in to post a comment.