England captain Steven Taylor, as well as Manchester United young gun Danny Welbeck, have pulled out of the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship due to injury.
Steven Taylor – has now played last game for England U21 side
Newcastle’s star local defender has an Achilles problem, while a knee injury sidelines Manchester United’s exciting young prospect Danny Welbeck.
It looks like neither player will be on the 23-player final squad list that will be submitted to UEFA on Monday, and replacements will have to be named by Stuart. Steven will now have played his last game for the England U21 side and had 29 caps and 5 goals.
Stuart Pearce’s England youngsters begin their campaign against Finland on June 15th in Halmstad, and also face group games against Germany and Spain.
This will be a huge disappointment for Steven and we wouldn’t be surprised if he picked up the sore Achilles towards the end of the season – and kept quiet about it. But that’s now another Achilles injury one of our players has sustained.
Viduka, Smith and Uruguayan loan signing Nacho Gonzalez, all had long term Achilles problems last season – we need to get Sherlock Holmes in to understand, not only why we have Achilles injuries so much – but far too many injuries in general.
The good news for Newcastle fans is that hopefully Steven will be all set for the start of the Championship season for Newcastle. Let’s hope this can be cleared up quickly – the last thing we want to see is Steven injured for the start of the season. 🙁
Thought for next season – wonder if we can get Danny Welbeck on loan?