Why England's Loss is Newcastle's Gain

Stu Forster

Once again the England squad is announced and once again there is not one Newcastle player. It is undeniable that Newcastle United's squad has a Gallic flair to it, but the driving in force in defence is non-other then an old-fashioned, no nonsense English defender.

Steven Taylor is in the form of his life at the moment. Producing man of the match performances week in, week out is no mean feat. Yet for some time, he has been churning them out. Taylor isn't the most technically brilliant player ever, but what he lacks in ability he more than makes up for with passion. It's fair to say he isn't the ball playing centre-half Gerard Pique is but he is good at what he does. Always there to make a last ditch challenge, always in the air looking to win the first ball, always chasing the ball even if it is a lost cause, he will never give up.

And that's exactly what England need. The golden generation is over! No more of the primadonnas earning their millions and not caring about the three lions, what England need is a player who will give his all, and wear his heart on his (short) sleeve. Taylor now in his prime at 27 years old is trying to do the impossible by winning over Roy Hodgson, even in an injury crisis Taylor doesn't seem to get a look in. Joleon Lescott of Manchester City has been in and out of Roberto Mancini's side, while Steven Caulker hasn't been what you would consider to be a regular for Tottenham Hotspur. It does seem unlikely that Steven Taylor will get a better chance of the elusive first England cap, but whatever happens Taylor can be proud of his exploits in the famous Black and White shirt of United.

Taylor has had his injury problems in the past and is hopefully past them. It is much rumoured around Tyneside that he is 'made of glass' due to the amount of injuries the player has had. But with nearly a fortnight to rest and recuperate it is unlikely that he will pick up an injury from playing games anytime soon.

This season has been a watershed in Taylor's career. He has managed to even further endear himself to the Geordie public and 'the corner' in St James' Park. His tomfoolery in front of Asmir Begovic became an internet sensation and Taylor-mania took off. He has achieved iconic status around Newcastle and is currently one of the citie's favourite sons. His lack of an England call up can allow his to concentrate, on playing for his boyhood team and do what he loves to do. Play for Newcastle United Football Club. Without a doubt when the time to hang up his boots comes to pass, and he is without an England, it would haunt him. But if he carries on in this rich vein of form, he could have a hatful of caps. However, even if he doesn't attain a single England cap he can rest firmly in knowing that he was an icon for children and men all around Newcastle and that he'll never have to pay for a drink on the Quayside again.

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