Steven Tayor has one England B cap and was called up once before to the full England squad back in 2007, when Steve McClaren was managing England.
Steven Taylor – gets his big chance for England?
Steven had a good season last season, before he damaged his Achilles in early December against Chelsea at St. James’ Park, and he was out for the rest of the season.
But it has not surprised us that Steven has said he would run through brick walls for England – he had that attitude when he was the England U21 captain, and he puts his body at risk when he plays for his home town club – Newcastle – and he does it regularly.
His performance at home against Anzhi last week was simply a fantastic performance from Steven, and he was majestic at the back for Newcastle that night.
This is what Steven had to say yesterday:
“Last season Fabio Capello didn’t come to watch Newcastle even when we had the best defensive record up to Christmas.” “The gaffer, Alan Pardew, saw Capello at an event and told him: ‘You should come and see Taylor.’ Capello said: ‘I’m all right for midfielders’.”
“That did a lot for my confidence. It was almost back to the feeling I had when we got relegated.” “It killed me when we went down. Capello said he wasn’t going to pick anybody in the Championship.”
“It seems like a long time ago but I was called up in 2007 for a game against Germany and although I didn’t get on the pitch, it was incredible just being around the England squad. “I would run through brick walls to play for my country.”
“It would be the proudest moment in my career and if it comes, I would be absolutely delighted, over the moon, call it what you want. You cannot get any higher than playing for your country.”
Taylor’s been through a lot over the last three years with injuries, which started in January of 2010 when he suffered a knee injury against West Brom, when we were down in the Championship.
And then in his first game back in July of that year he badly damaged his shoulder at Carlisle – and so it went on..
But Steven now has his reward, and we hope he makes his debut for England in one of the two upcoming qualifiers – and that he stays fit too.
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