It was when Steven Taylor was captaining the England U21 side back in 2007, that it looked like he would become an England regular in the full side.
Great shot of two Newcastle heroes at final whistle Saturday
And while Steven played for the England B side in that same year, and amassed 29 caps for the England U21 side he captained, he is still to make an appearance for the full England side.
But if Steven continues his excellent form for Newcastle this season, he must have a decent chance of making the England squad for the European Championships next summer, to be played in Poland and Ukraine from 8th June through 1st July.
England have already qualified, but why the journalists keep saying they need one more point we don’t know, although technically that is accurate.
England have 17 points from their 7 games in Group G, and Montenegro, whom they play this Friday night, are 6 points behind with two games to play.
But even if they won both those games, which would mean beating England on Friday night, their goal difference right now is 2 compared to England’s 12, so the best they can do in reality, would be to equal England’s points total.
But they would still be second on goal difference – unless they can beat England by 5 goals, and so to us, unless a miracle occurs in the Podgorica Stadium on Friday night, England have already won the group.
Steven is playing close to his best form ever for Newcastle, and his team-mate Peter Lovenkrands has been singing his praises today:
“I always play against him in training and he’s not a nice guy to play against. He carries that onto the pitch and he’s been fantastic for us this season.”
“I really think Fabio Capello should look at him. He’s a fantastic defender and I really hope he gets his chance.” “They clean up so much at the back it gives us an opportunity to go forward as we normally do.”
“That’s shown by how many clean sheets we’ve had, three in the league, and so many games we’ve won 1-0.” “For us going forward we know we have security at the back and it helps a lot.”
Steven has always given 100% for the Newcastle cause, and he was born of Geordie parents in Greenwich, but soon after his birth, the family moved back to Whitley Bay, where Steven grew up, and he was even a ball-boy for Newcastle during the Kevin Keegan era.
And as we saw when Steven represented he England U21 side, he doesn’t cringe in the big matches, and we think he will be in the England squad for next summer, if he maintains his current top form for the Magpies.
What do you think?