Breaking news that Newcastle United center-back Steven Taylor has been called into the England squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino, after Chelsea’s Gary Cahill was ruled out of the match.
Steven Taylor called up by England
Gary is not available for the game on Friday, but he is will be looked at later this week – and could be available for England’s qualifier against Montenegro next Tuesday.
Steven is now 27 and played for the England U21 side 29 times under Stuart Pearce, and he was captain and the local lad also has one cap for the England B side back in 2007.
This is what Steven said today when he was given the news:
“It’s a dream come true.” “I am so happy to have received a call-up to the full squad. It is every player’s ambition to represent their country and it is the greatest honour in professional football.”
“If I am lucky enough to be given that chance over the next seven days, it will be one of the proudest moments of my playing career.”
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew had this to say:
“This is a fully deserved call-up for Steven.” “He missed part of the season but since his return has been outstanding.” “He has a great chance, on this form, of going to the World Cup. “On behalf of all the squad, staff and supporters, we wish him all the best and hope he is given the chance to win his first senior international cap.”
This is really great news for Steven and he deserves the call-up – now as long as he doesn’t come back injured next week. 🙁
We need Steven for our tough run-in to the season.
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