Former England manager Fabio Capello turned down the chance to watch Newcastle’s Steven Taylor claiming he was “all right for midfielders”, the player has claimed.
The centre-back has been called up to the England squad as a late replacement for the injured Gary Cahill. But an international career seemed an entirely remote prospect last season when it emerged the then England manager was unaware of Taylor’s position.
Taylor said: “Last season [Capello] didn’t come [to see Newcastle] when we had the best defensive record up to Christmas. The gaffer went to some event and Capello was there and he said: ‘You should come up and see Taylor’. And Capello said: ‘I’m all right for midfielders’.
“That did a lot for my confidence, it was almost back to the feeling I had when we got relegated.”
But it is a much happier scenario now as Taylor celebrates his call-up.
He said: “I am so happy to have received a call-up to the full squad. It’s every player’s ambition to represent their country.”
As we all know, if you want to confuse Taylor’s position surely you would think he was a goalkeeper, as per the video above.