Dream come true! Newcastle’s Steven Taylor proud of England call-up

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says it is a dream come true to be called up to the England squad for the 2014 World Cup qualfiers

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Steven Taylor says that it would be “one of the proudest moments” of the Newcastle defender’s career if he makes his England debut against San Marino after being called up to the Three Lions squad.

The 27-year-old was brought into Roy Hodgson’s 24-man party for their forthcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with Chelsea centre-half Gary Cahill unavailable for Friday’s clash due to injury.

Taylor has been a mainstay of Alan Pardew’s defence over the past two seasons, with the defender receiving his first call-up since being named in the Three Lions squad to face Germany in 2007.

“I am so happy to have received a call-up to the full squad. It is every player’s ambition to represent their country and it is the greatest honour in professional football,” Taylor told Newcastle’s website.

“If I am lucky enough to be given that chance over the next seven days, it will be one of the proudest moments of my playing career.”

Taylor, who has scored 13 goals in 226 appearances for Newcastle, will link up with the England squad on Tuesday morning.

And Magpies manager Alan Pardew reckons Taylor’s inclusion in the Three Lions squad was fully merited after an impressive spell.

“He missed part of the season but since his return has been outstanding,” added Pardew.

“He has a great chance, on this form, of going to the World Cup. On behalf of all the squad, staff and supporters, we wish him all the best and hope he is given the chance to win his first senior international cap.”

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