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Pardew - Taylor for England

Newcastle boss wants Capello to give defender a chance

Last Updated: 15/09/11 3:52pm

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Taylor: Pardew confident his star defender is ready to play for England

Taylor: Pardew confident his star defender is ready to play for England

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that defender Steven Taylor should play for the England national team.

The 25-year-old centre-back has been in very good form so far this season and has struck up a formidable partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini that has seen the Magpies keep three clean sheets and concede just one goal in four Premier League fixtures.

Pardew now says that Taylor is ready to don the Three Lions shirt and urges Fabio Capello to award him with an England call-up.

"Steven Taylor is probably playing the best football of his career for me," said the Newcastle boss. "I think he has a chance of being involved in England again.

"I think the management should come and have a look at him, he's doing that well. He is a good player, Steven.

"I do see a tendency of players to be picked elsewhere than in the North East. Steven Taylor is definitely playing at a level where he should be considered, in my view.

"I don't know how many times the England manager has seen us this year or seen us last year or has been to games in the North East, but he would be welcome, most certainly."

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