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.
“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!!