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.
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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