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.
“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.