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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor called up for England duty

19 Mar 2013, 17:58 IST

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has been called up for international duties today by England manager Roy Hodgson following the withdrawal of Gary Cahill from the squad because of injury.

Taylor will be a part of the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro in this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Roy Hodgson had come under criticism earlier after overlooking the lad from the North-East, after some fine displays from the centre-half had helped Newcastle steer clear of the imminent danger of the relegation zone as well as  book their place in the last eight of the Europa League.

Taylor was delighted with the recent events and sounded  joyous in the recently released statement from the club:

“It’s a dream come true. 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.”

“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.”

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