Alan Pardew says it is too early for Steven Taylor to be considered for England
Alan Pardew believes Steven Taylor may have to wait for an England call-up despite John Terry's retirement.
Last Updated: 24/09/12 2:35pm
Chelsea defender Terry announced on Sunday that he no longer wished to be considered for England duty, saying the Football Association had made his position with the team 'untenable'.
Terry's announcement came on the eve of his FA hearing over the alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Pardew insisted 31-year-old Terry's decision was his business, but admitted it would have come as a blow to national boss Roy Hodgson.
He said: "That's a personal decision that John has made and I am not going to throw my personal opinion on that.
"I just know for the manager of England, it's a blow because he is a great player and the pool isn't great for English players at the moment and the team.
"That's the tough end for us, but that is a personal decision John has made."
Pardew has on several occasions in the past championed Magpies defender Taylor for a senior call-up, and Terry's departure means there is a vacancy.
However, he believes the timing is not quite right for the 26-year-old, who has only just returned to action from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Pardew said: "Steven has ambitions to play for England and I think he has a lot of credentials for that.
"But I think it's too early for him at this stage because he is only just back from a long injury.
"Probably Steven needs another good half-season under his belt to be considered for England, I would think."