Steven Taylor's England call can lighten the mood for Three Lions

By Lee Ryder on Mar 20, 13 11:49 AM

When John Beresford won a call-up to the England squad to face Turkey in 1993 the recognition was hailed by Kevin Keegan as a reflection of the whole club at the time.

Of course, Newcastle were flying high at the top of the old First Division and knocking on the door of the recently formed Premier League - but nevertheless Beresford's recognition for the Three Lions at that time was a novelty for the Magpies.

Yes in the days of the Second Division talk of an England call-up at Newcastle would have been dismissed as a sick joke, unless Mike Bassett had have been appointed of course.

Beresford didn't win a full cap sadly - and one of his most famous lines at his excellent talk-ins is a tale of Gazza having a best with the rest of the squad that he could eat four family size boxes of Coco Pops in one go!

Bez's call-up though was the start of a string of international honours for Newcastle.

Later Peter Beardsley was recalled and there were call-ups for Barry Venison, Rob Lee, Steve Howey and others.

Steven Taylor's elevation to the England squad this week was also good to see and after a few seasons of what feels like a host of international snubs from the Three Lions, it brought back memories of the afternoon that Beresford's England call flickered up on to the old Ceefax pages back in the day.

Only Andy Carroll has won an England cap since Newcastle were promoted back to the Premier League in 2010.

Of course, United have French caps coming out of their ears at the moment.

But for Alan Pardew he will be pleased to see Taylor in the mix once again.

Pardew has stood by Taylor since being appointed.

He was the man who finally sorted Taylor's contract out just days after being appointed as boss in Toon.

And recently he has been rewarded with some fine displays from the Whitley Bay lad.

Overall, it has been a season of ups and downs.

Yet in 2013, Newcastle have been much better in the Premier League and ended up in the last eight of the Europa League.

Taylor's call-up - even though England have had defensive issues - is a reflection of that form.

He must now wait to see if he gets the nod against San Marino.

If he does, England might just get a few extra viewers too.

Watching the Three Lions has proved to be a dull and at times painful experience in recent years.

And it would be just like Taylor to brighten things up a bit.


Eddey said:

Good Luck Steven Taylor


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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