Taylor aims for winning start
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Taylor is aiming for a winning return to his role as England Under-21 coach.Peter Taylor is aiming for a winning return to his role as England Under-21 coach when his new-look side tackle Ukraine.
Taylor, who was previously in charge of the young guns between August 1996 and June 1999, is combining his Under-21 role with that of Hull City manager.
He replaced David Platt as Under-21 coach earlier in the summer and commences his second stint at the helm at The Riverside Stadium.
A squad of 26 was initially named by Taylor for the friendly, with several surprise inclusions in the party.
The likes of Blackpool's Robert Clare and Brighton's Daniel Harding will be bidding to grasp a chance to display their talents to the wider footballing public.
Taylor has called up seven new faces to his squad while there are ten players in total who have yet to make their Under-21 debuts.
Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant is easily the most experienced member of the squad with 19 caps and he is the only player in double figures for the Under-21s.
Carlton Cole is expected to lead the line alongside Jonathan Stead and the Aston Villa loanee is seeking his first goal for the Under-21 side.
Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil will captain the team, with Glen Johnson in the senior squad, and Taylor is looking for the current batch of Under-21 players to follow the Chelsea full back in to Sven Goran Eriksson's set-up.
"I think a dozen players went from the Under-21s to the seniors when I was manager in my first spell," said Taylor.
"I've told the players there is a chance.
"Apart from the odd exceptions like Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, players normally get their chance for the full squad by performing well at this level."
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