Steven Taylor played 29 times for the England U21 side and scored four goals.
Steven Taylor – could come back strongly next season
And Steven captained the England u21 side when Stuart Pearce managed at the end of Steven’s time playing for England, which was from 2004 though 2009.
But the well-thought of youngster has never gone on to full England honors, although he played once for the England B side in 2007.
Steven has had a terrible time with injuries over the last 30 months or so, or else he may well have become a full England International, and some of the players in the squad, notably goalkeeper Joe Hart and former Newcastle team-mate James Milner, played with Steven for the U21 side.
England will take on France tomorrow night in the first game of group D in Euro 2012, and we’ll see what England can do under new manager Roy Hodgson, although it’s fair to say that the expectations on England are very low at the moment, and it will be difficult for them to disappoint too much.
This is what Steven said on the Newcastle web-site about the upcoming tournament:
“It’s great for Newcastle United to see some of our players out there at Euro 2012, and in my opinion there should have been a few more given the season that we’ve just had”
“But I’m delighted for Tim, Yohan and Hatem because they’ve been absolutely outstanding for us and they fully deserve the recognition.” “I’d love to see Tim get his chance with Holland because he really deserves it.”
“He kept us in so many games last term and it would be something very special for him.” “For me, representing your country is the greatest honor in football, and even if you don’t play a minute in a major tournament, it’s all valuable experience for those involved.
“As a player you want to be part of these competitions and you want to go out and win it. It’s a chance to go down in history and there can be no better feeling than that.” “I like to watch every game and I’ll be watching out for our lads, cheering them on and hoping that they do really well.”
“From an England point of view, the best thing at the moment is that we’re being labelled the underdogs. People are saying we’ve got no chance and that we’re not going to get out of the group stages.” “That can work in the players’ favour, and while all the pressure is being piled on Germany and Spain, let’s leave that expectancy on them and concentrate on ourselves.”
“As we saw when Chelsea played Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, it’s all about the result and you might only get one or two chances in a game, but sometimes that’s enough.”
“The underdogs tag can work in our favour, and how many times have you seen the so-called favourites have all the possession but fail to put the ball in the back of the net? England have got pace in the side and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and really hurt teams.”
It will be a surprise if England do well, but England fans are probably due some pleasant surprises, after the poor showing England have made in nearly all recent tournaments.
With the expectations being so low, maybe this is the year for England to do well, and maybe even win the whole thing for the first time, to go with the 1966 World Cup, which is still a great memory for me.
Maybe, but we’re not holding our breath, either.
As for Steven, he played his best football for Newcastle at the beginning of last season, before rupturing his Achilles in early December, in the game against Chelsea, which kept him out for the rest of the season.
And if the 26 year-old had stayed fit, he would have had a very good chance of making the England squad for the Euro 2012 Championships, and we just have to hope that Steven comes back next season, just as strong as ever for Newcastle.
And maybe Newcastle can even think about winning something next season – that would be something!
Winning something I mean – and not just thinking about it – which we’ve all done for 43 years. 😀
And to think England have not won anything now for 46 years!
Howay The Lads!!