Pearce hails hero Taylor
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce has likened Steven Taylor to Terry Butcher after he played through injury.Stuart Pearce has likened Steven Taylor to Terry Butcher after he played through injury against Holland's Under 21s.
The Newcastle defender played the whole of extra-time with an injured ankle as England's youngsters hung on for a penalty shoot-out in the European Under 21 championship semi-final.
Taylor then further showed his character by hobbling up to take England's tenth spot-kick - which he duly dispatched past Boy Waterman to keep England on course for a final berth.
England eventually lost out to the hosts and holders Holland in a marathon shoot-out, but Taylor's efforts could not be questioned and Pearce was full of praise for the 21-year-old.
The Under 21s boss believes the young centre-back will turn out to be a future star for both club and country at senior level.
"He's the closest to Terry Butcher I've seen," Pearce told Sky Sports News.
"I met his father last night and the biggest recommendation I could probably give the kid is that if my son turned out to have a mentality like him, I'd be very, very proud of him.
"I can say no more about the boy.
"The beauty of working with these young lads is you get to know them inside out and as I say what a character this kid's got, unbelievable.
"Ability wise he's impressed me as well. Him and (Nedum) Onuoha have handled everything that's been thrown at them.
"He's an absolute credit to his football club and himself and his family."