Can The Masked Man Grab First England Cap?

Anybody who saw Steven Taylor’s performance at Stoke City on Monday night would have been impressed with another solid performance from the Newcastle center-back.

Steven Taylor – can masked man get England cap?

When Alan Pardew arrived at the club last December, he quickly identified Steven as a key player for Newcastle,  and helped to get Steven signed to a new long term contract, before the end of last year.

At the time Steven had gone through a terrible year  of injuries, but he now seems back to his very best form,  and he’s just one reason why Newcastle have done so very well so far this season.

Unfortunately the England manager Fabio Capello is unlikely to watch Steven in person many times,  as it’s too far up north for him to travel to watch Newcastle games, and he’s regularly seen at the London games.

And if that comes over as a criticism of Capella – it’s meant to be exactly that.

Of course Fabio leaves the England job after the 2012 European Championships next summer, and that’s probably the time when Steven could see himself get his first full England cap, when presumably an Englishman will become the next England manager.

Just as long as that’s not Alan Pardew, who has so far done an outstanding job on Tyneside.

Steven captained the England U21 side and made  29 appearances for them with 4 goals, and he made one appearance for the England B side back in 2007.

England play friendly games at Wembley against Spain and Sweden during the International break and the squad will be announced this weekend, and that would be the time for the England manager to give a try out to some fringe players like Steven.

But whether Capello will or not we have no idea.

Alan Pardew has put in a word for Steven today, as he had this to say to the local Newcastle press when asked if Steven was ready to play for England:

“Steven is more than capable.” “He has one of the best defensive records in the country.”

“England have a good collection of centre-halves but he could easily fit in.”

Steven Taylor will again be wearing that protective mask of his against Everton at St James’ Park on Saturday, and the Newcastle manager was quick to dampen any unreal expectations about Newcastle.

The Magpies have shocked everybody this season and are currently in 3rd place in the Premier League, the highest we’ve been since the great Bobby Robson reign.

Alan continued:

“We look no further than Everton.”   “Our fans are underestimated by people outside of Newcastle about their knowledge of the game.”

“They know where we are, and we just go from here.”

Good words from the manager and he’s starting to become accepted on Tyneside, but who wouldn’t be with six wins and four draws in the first 10 league games, and Newcastle playing attractive and attacking football to boot – so to speak?

Alan Pardew and the players just have to keep it up – simple isn’t it? 😀

Howay The Lads!!

71 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Under capello, i will say no

  • Stuart

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Will never happen under Capello. We may aswell be living in a different country as far as he’s concerned.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Well he should because he’s better than Cahill and Jagielka and Lescott but while Capello is in charge thaz no chance because he is an absalute w*nker and should never be the manager of our national team cos all he does is lie lie lie

  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I got a feeling he could get a call up. Call me mad but capello can’t ignore him forever if he keeps up this form.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Toonboy – he really can mate and he will, he’s got all his favourites mate

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    2 17 year olds arrested in connection with racist abuse towards newcastles sammy ameobi

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    For the last 2 months of last season and for this season so far Steve Taylor is the best English CB in the country. He is playing far better than any other CB at the moment including Terry & Ferdinand.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    The sweetest thing about lying 3rd?
    We overtook Chelsea on the way there…

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    GeordieToon89 #6 I hope they throw the book at them stupid ignorant idiots

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Geordiedoonsooth – Ferdinand has lost it now and Terry has never been as good as some people seem but he is still good.. Taylor reminds me of Terry in a way he wears his heart on his sleeve every single time he goes on that pitch and does everything in his power to make sure the team win.. if Capella wasnt manager im 100% sure Taylor would be getting called up

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    And also yes a hope they give them prison for life the tw*ts

  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12


    They could share a cell with Nile … 😉

  • Phil K

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Interesting that Pardew is starting to bed in, both as a manager and as a foil with the fans.

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Capello should not still have his job after the World Cup diaster!

    And his English still really pisses me off – he speak broken English, come on FFS

  • Phil K

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    GeordieToon – the 2 dickheads with Sammy were doing what cowardly, bullying shits always do, and have been doing for the past dozen years.
    Carrying out cowardly attacks on people. What annoys me, is unless the attacks have an -ism or -phobia besides it, it isn’t punished.
    Double standards.
    There are kids have been driven to suicide by twitter/facebook/mobile phone campaigns against them and virtually NOTHING is done.
    Unless they call it something that ends in -ism or -phobic.
    The sick double standards of today.
    They are a pair of cowardly shits. And why do they think they can get away with it ?
    I’m on Sammy’s side against these arseholes, but it SHOULD be across the board, not just when its directed at SOME.

  • jarnytoon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry to digress, but reagrding obertan’s injury…..i’d play jonas on the right and marveaux on the left AND switch raylor to RB so that jonas can keep tracking back and helping out and then put santon at LB.

    Apart from that, the same line up as monday!

    up the toon!

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #17

    personally a reckon Harry is the best man for the England job

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Bonjour messieurs.


    In french or in english today?

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    jarnytoon – only problem with that mate is Simpson played really well against Stoke and shouldnt really be dropped but a do see your point.. Jonas hasnt played right wing from the start before and he looks comfortable on the left wher he can cut inside but then again Marveaux looked very uncomfortable against Blackburn playing on the right

  • Brutooon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Cahill and Jagielka are ahead of him, considering that their team and far far below the league….

    Forget about England Saylor

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #21

    niafron – english please a done french in school but am not too fresh on it now haha so prefer english when everyone can speak it ha

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #22

    we should start a twitter and facebook campaign ‘Taylor for England’

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #23

    jarnytoon > my thoughts as well. Both Jonas’ and Raylor ‘s prefered possition is on the Right. Santon is a LB and was bought as Jose’s replacement. Then Marveaux can come in on the left wing and produce an even more dedlier partnership with Santon moving forward.

    Good Shout 😀

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #24

    All right.

    Sorry, it’s just your New zealander cousin who made me enraged past week!


    And the worst pat of it, the ref was a south african called Joubert, so one these huguenot who leaved France in the 16th and 17th centuries!

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #25

    As long as it’s not “Pardew for England!”

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #26

    niafron > any philisophical words of wisdom for this months run of games?

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #27

    @Toon tom

    Well, as long as it’s about runing straight away in trouble without thinking, we french are enlightened!

  • boater

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t care if Taylor plays for England. It’s a tawdry bunch of haircuts n’ thugs who are outplayed by the likes of serbia and belgium, whilst picking up millions for the trouble.

    Pleased to see the beat arresting those two racist knackers.. will make others think twice about saying whatever offensive abuse they like whilst hiding behind a computer screen.

    And.. aye finally, Obertan out. I was all for giving someone else a shot in that position anyway, although we now may see how important he has been .. we’ll see, certainly got lots of exciting options for that position.


  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m dreaming day and night of the games against MU and MC.

    Some see danger in these games. I see an opportunity.

    A draw at old trafford and a victory at city, and we enter in “terra incognita”.

    How will react the team? Maybe will we be frigthened to be at the door of such an achievement. It’s like looking in the void at the top of a great mountain.

    Or maybe will we play without fear! I don’t know how english people see such games, but being the outsider, the underdog, is absolutly delightfull for a french.

    This is our favourite situation and we are generally great in such circumstances. Maybe cause of our pride, our love for glory. Or cause we feel free in such situations.

    I don’t know. But it’s very exciting!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Capello annoys the hell out of me. He sticks with players, formations and strategies that aren’t working, he took too long to accept the fact that England need to blood their new/younger players, he still can’t string three words of coherant English together (imagine him giving the half time team talk to Newcastle when we were 4-0 down to Arsenal – hardly an inspiring idea) and he has overlooked Owen since his tenure began. The man would still pick Heskey if he hadn’t retired! I’m not sure Saylor will get a chance with him around, the sooner he buggers off the better.

  • ConsettToff

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Completely agree Niafron, regardless of the result at Everton, Newcastle will be going in against Man U and Man City as the underdogs. They can play without fear of losing, and so long as we put in a solid team display as we did against Stoke we may come away with a few more points than expected.

    We’re not asking for miracles, just more of the same team spirit that we have showed all season.

  • ConsettToff

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh, and for the record, I think that AP will follow his usual tactic of not fiddling with the team too much against Everton – just a straight swap Marv for Oba. If Best can’t play as well, Lovenkrands in from the start as a supporting striker.

    Maybe HBA as an impact sub.

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    The best part would be to dominate them! Not only being lucky or to score during a counter attack. No, i want us to dominate them the same way we did at home those past weeks.

    But on their own ground. Like in Villa park. MU and MC stadiums are now libraries, so i want to heard the fellow geordies singing “Toon! Toon!…” and at the same time, to witness our lads blocking them on their 30 yards!

    In their own place!

    It can sound made, but i really think Tioté and Cabaye can do that. Prevent them to breath, strangulate them, tear their midfield apart!

    i don’t want to see a football’s games, but some epic battles!

  • niafron

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    After this call to arm lads, got to go.

    Bon après midi messieurs.

  • toonashwin

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #35

    is cheiky boy playing this weekend????

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #36

    naifron > good comments mate!

    From the moment the fixtures were printed, this month/run of games was always coming up and always stood out from other months. But to be going in to these games, unbeaten, invincible and playing the type of football we have been leads most fans to now look forward to these games, to really test our resilience and to now see how our team can cope against the so called “big guns” of English Football.

    My point is we were always going to play these 3, in a row, but we could have been in a much much worse possition (in the table) but now we have no fear, we only smell fear now!!!


    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Before Steve Taylor gets an england call up i want to see him continue to be a rock alongside capt collo and score us a couple of goals 1st!

  • Marzy

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Overran out! Shame as he’s getting better with more confidence.
    I would put R Taylor on the right midfield instead & Santon at left back, therefor we have an even better defensive unit then before but without the pace in attack but with Ryan we have a dead ball specialist & better open play crosser of the ball.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    a wonder when our new sponsors will be announced.. Puma and Northern Rock both finish at the end of the season


    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Marzy. just said the same thing on the ”obertan out for 4wks” article but without adding in the deadball thing. Must be on the same wavelength bud. Wish niafron was still here. i wanted him to post that french saying again it’s f’n awesome ”be realistic demand the impossible” or summit like that?


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