Steven Taylor For England!

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?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • blissna

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s been rock solid. Would live to see a proper geordie playing for England!

  • blissna

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    * love

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    He’ll get his chance esp if the stopped acting like being short in the gut / face / manhood when the ball hit his hand… 🙂

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘ he stopped ‘ .. typo

  • drongo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Problem with this is capello has never been to SJP

  • zeetoon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    he is imho definitely better than both phil jones and smalling…should be given a chance ahead of them.

  • drongo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #7

    He is playing better than Cahill and Jagielka so far this season too

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    @ zeetoon

    Who is Phil Jones? and Smalling?

    Taylor deserves a look at one of the euro qualifying matches like, been much better than jagielka

  • drongo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    @ ameobi – the 2 young ManU defenders

  • shearermania

    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    with the lack of defensive centre back cover at nufc, im happy for him to watch the england games on telly like the rest of us……keep his energy for the slaughter of the yids.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Drongo That is why they play for england.. was it smalling that was found in the lower ( lower, lower) Divisions, and now he has gone to manpoo he is the dogs bollock$

    If Capello did his fair bit of scouting, we may actually have a decent national team.. The fact that Gareth Barry gets anywhere near the pitch for England says it all for me.

  • cheikmate

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Capello has never visited St James, on the one occasion he was going to he couldnt make it becasue of the fog he claimed haha.

    Stevie looks like ur time is after the euros !

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    When copello does finally visit st. james’ i will be waiting outside to steal his glasses

  • toonincheek

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Steven Taylor for England?

    If his tackling is anything to go by, he should be playing for the England rugby team.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #15

    it will be a morale boost for him if he played for England


    Players always get unneccesary injuries during International Games

  • zeetoon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Ameobi No.9
    thing is capello’s too busy picking players from the ‘big’ clubs…

  • lee1892

    Oct 5, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed – your report is inaccurate the group does not go on goal difference it goes on head to head – England drew against them in the first game so if they beat us and win their next they will go through with the better head to head results against us.

  • Dai

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    For England ?

    You’re having a laugh.

    Let’s not get carried away with the fine start we’ve made lads. Otherwise we’ll come down to earth with an almighty bump and be swinging from one extreme to another.

    Good start, playing well as a team. But that’s it. Let’s judge things in January / February, not the 1st week in October !!!

    Give me strength Ed !!!

  • veto

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    he doesnt get half the credit he deserves .
    he’s old school with some of the trick’s he pulls , such a crafty and sly defender , someone you would want to clip if not for him playing from you .
    the obvious one where he pretended tobe shot (hit in the stomach) with the hand ball , ive seen him do that loads of times .
    he works the ref’s , always in their ear and he gets off with loads of bookable offences due to this , watch him defending corners , he’s all over their shirts and backs , elbows high with every challange .
    and his blocking is amazing , always has been , always seems tobe in the right spot for goal lines saves , or last ditch blocks .
    he’s a crafty sod and a great player

  • Geordie Jonny

    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Capello is too stuck in his ways to give Stalyor a chance. He said originally he was going to pick players on form, so how the hell can Gary Cahill (whos’ team have conceded 21 goals this season) get a call up when Taylor has only conceded 4 this seasons.

  • cartoonie

    Oct 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Tayls has done well this season, but he is a very long way behind Terry, Rio, Cahill, Smalling, Jones, Upson, King, Dawson, Woodgate. Unfortunately for the kid i dont think he will ever get a cap for england unless he gets a run out in a friendly.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 6, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    proper geordie playing for England? AC a former tho..

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #23

    steven taylor will definatly be in the mix come euro ,thats because newcastle will be top four watch

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #24

    its a blessing to newcastle any how ,just means theres no further risk of injury and we can have him all to ourselves

  • toon tom

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #25

    lee1892, ed is right it goes on goal difference, then goals scored, then most away goals scored, so england are already through barring a freak result, ie montenegro winning both games 5-0


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