Taylor – I Thought It Was Someone Taking the Mick

Steven Taylor has finally been called up for the full England squad, and it puts Steven’s career right back on track,  after the last three years have been filled with some serious injuries.

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Steven Taylor – England call up at last

If it hadn’t been for the injuries we have to think he would have been called up a lot earlier,  having had an outstanding career in the England U21 side with his then team mate James Milner, and Steven played 29 times for the U21’s and was the captain, and Milner played a record 46 times, but James has already played 33 times for the full England side.

And Steven thought that it was a prank when he got the phone call – this is what he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I was lying in bed watching TV, and my phone rang.” “I didn’t recognise the number, and didn’t answer.” “I then got a text from Lee Charnley congratulating me – but I didn’t know what he was congratulating me for!”

“My phone went again and I answered it.” “I thought it was someone taking the Mick!” “I thought one of the lads had got their missus to ring me!” “The last few years have been tough with injuries.”

“There’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s paid off. I’ve got to thank the physios, the gaffer and my team-mates for helping me get there. “I’ve got to say a big thank you.” “I’m ready if I get the chance.” “It’s an honor to get here with the players around me.

“The lads have been brilliant with me. The tempo’s been great, and it’s great to be around the lads.” “I’m feeling great. It’s a massive two games.”

“We’ve got San Marino, which everybody thinks is going to be easy, but we can’t take anything for granted, and then Montenegro.” “Hopefully, we’ll get two wins.”

Steven has been in the best form of his life this year, and he’s played some outstanding games for Newcastle, and of course he has the temperament and skill to be a big player for England, and we are now just hoping he can make is debut for the full England side, maybe on Friday against San Marino.

It’s always good to have an England International in the Newcastle ranks – and Steven has thoroughly deserved his callup – there’s no doubt about that.

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6 comments so far

  • G.unit

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done Taylor lad!!

  • ajcrawfs

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    This guy is someone you’d want to be friends with! absolute hero!

  • Wendall

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    From previous post:

    I am a longtime reader, but seldom post.

    Transfer. I was about the make the same point. If the FA is able to rescind a red card (which is in actual fact re-refereeing), why can they not have retrospective punishment for a decision that was wrongly made by the official. Bunch of spineless hypocrites!!!

  • ajcrawfs

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    I was listening to talksport last night and someone brought up an interesting point.

    The FA already do re-referee matches by rescinding red cards. Throughout the season there are numerous times when they take back red cards if it was harsh or whatever.

    The FA have bottled it!

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    So happy for the lad. I think in any CB pairing you need a hard tackle who puts his body on the line for the team (also having the sense to know when to do it and a reads the game quite well)…also confident enough on the ball, Taylor fits the bill.

    This sort of player paired up with a another ball playing CB is whats needed in a good pairing.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I knew that this day would finally come! Great to see Saylor earn his place at last and I’ve been saying for years that he should be an England regular. His injuries have really hampered his chances in the past but now that he’s in I expect him to grasp this chance with both hands. He will be immense at the back for England if he stays fit.

    Good luck Tayls I wish you all the best! To me you are the best defender at the club, always putting your body on the line a quick thinker on the field, strong and always reliable with your heart on your sleeve.

    May this be the first Cap of many Tayls! You deserve it! 😀


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