Taylor tips Hart for England
Maik Taylor has given his full backing to rival Joe Hart to become England's future No.1.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 09/04/10 11:12am
Birmingham goalkeeper Maik Taylor has given his full backing to rival Joe Hart to become England's future No.1.
The Northern Ireland international, who has been at the club since 2004, has seen many contenders to his jersey come and go at St Andrews, but Hart has been an almost ever-present this season so far for the Blues.
Taylor will feature for his side on Saturday due to Hart not being allowed to play against his parent club Manchester City.
But Taylor admitted that despite being ousted from the Birmingham goal, he has nothing but respect for Hart's ability and that he can go on to become the country's best.
"Joe has done so well this season and exceeded all expectations. He has really impressed me," he said.
"I really do believe he will be England's first choice one day. There is no doubt about that.
"In my view he's been the best English keeper over the course of the season but a lack of international experience might be the only thing that goes against him."
Despite being second choice at St Andrews, Blues boss Alex McLeish has gone on to say that he sees "no reason" why Taylor should not be offered a new contract.
With the Scot also admitting that the chances of keeping Hart on loan at the club from City next season were slim, the lure for Taylor to stay would, by his own admission, be his most suitable option.
"The club have made me aware they would like me to stay on and hopefully it will be sorted," Taylor added.
"It suits with the family and everything to stay around."