Steven Taylor’s form since he came back from his hamstring strain he picked up at Reading has been awesome, and it’s hardly surprising that there is talk of him getting his first call-up for the full England squad.
Steven Taylor – will he make England squad?
Center-back is a bit of a problem position now with John Terry having retired from International football, but there are rumors that Roy Hodgson may call up Rio Ferdinand – but Rio is hardly the future of England, and he’s way past his best.
Asked in the local papers today what it would be like if he was named in the England squad for the World Cup qualifying games in San Marino on 22nd March and then in Montenegro four days later, this is what Steven Taylor said:
“It would be dream come true. I’ve always said it would be the greatest honor for a professional footballer and for me it would be the icing on the cake; but Mr Hodgson has the final say.”
And Steven talked about the vital game on Sunday when that last minute Papiss Cisse goal was one of the most important of the season for Newcastle, as the win took us to 33 points from our 29 league games – and since the French boys arrived in January – in the six league games we’ve played – we’re averaging 2 points a game with four wins, and if we can keep that average up we’d finish on 51 points – which would not be bad at all.
This is what Steven said:
“We had a chat at the end of the game as a team and we’re now looking upwards. With the players we have, and the performance we showed against Stoke, there is no reason why we can’t do that.”
“You could see the relief all around when the winning goal went in.” “The lads were saying it was difficult to break them down, and that they came here and defended very well.”
“But it was one of those games where we didn’t find the cutting edge until the hour mark, and then we started to open them up.”
It’s been some turnaround for Newcastle since the defeat by Reading – and now things are really looking up – and there’s an effort on this week to get as many fans to the Anzhi game on Thursday night ass possible – so if you can get to the game that would be terrific – and cheer the lads on to victory.
Just think what it will feel like if we do qualify for the quarter finals of the Europa League at 10:00 pm on Thursday night, when a few weeks ago we were struggling against relegation after being beaten for the first time ever by Reading at St. James’ Park, after we had won all previous seven games in the fixture.
It could be some turnaround.
Howay The Lads!!
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