Steven Taylor’s call up to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers this week and next, may be the only call ups he ever gets if he does not seize his chance.
Steven Taylor is fit and ready to go after admitting that he would run through brick walls for his country any time they asked him to do so.
Injuries to key players mean he has been drafted into the squad, with Newcastle fans everywhere stating it’s about time he should be given a chance at the top level of the game.
However, it’s the absence of certain key players which means that this could be his only chance to play for England unless he plays out of his skin and produces some man of the match performances.
The two immediate names who would definitely get into the side ahead of him are Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill.
Both of these players have been regulars since Roy Hodgson took control of the England side and both players are likely to go back into future England squads as soon as they are available.
Michael Dawson is also absent from the squad for the next two matches and he’s another in form centre back who would more than likely get the nod before Taylor.
Whichever way you look at it, regardless of whether Taylor deserves to be in the side or not, it’s a move which has been made out of necessity more than anything else.
Taylor represents a Premier League defence which has conceded 52 goals both home and away this season after Newcastle fell away following a promising start to the campaign.
Regardless of what his future in the England side holds, he is the sort of player that will enjoy and relish this chance, and to be fair it is well overdue.
What that means is he will sweat blood for the side if he gets to make his debut against San Marino or Montenegro or if he plays in both matches.
He is a typical English defender, a no nonsense centre back who will send the ball into space if the situation warrants it and rough up the opposition, if they’re trying out a little bit of gamesmanship.
That could be just what England need so it's up to him to ensure he has a future with his country beyond these next two qualifying matches.
Newcastle fans, is Taylor good enough for an extended spell for England?