Time for Chelsea has-been to make way for Taylor

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Debates have been raging this week over Fabio Capello’s latest England squad, with fans of various clubs offering their two cents on who should and shouldn’t be taking part in the upcoming friendly games. A lot of the attention has been focused upon Manchester City defender Micah Richards, with scores of supporters taking to twitter to voice their displeasure that the 23-year-old wasn’t selected for the squad with the inept Glen Johnson and exciting Kyle Walker chosen ahead of him. Whilst Richards has enjoyed a decent season he is playing in a team with a midfield and attack that sorts out a majority of problems before they reach the defence, making his job far easier than people realise. In my opinion, fans of the national team should focus their attention on Newcastle United centre half Steven Taylor after Capello overlooked him in favour of England skipper and chief controversy courter.

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Let’s start with the fact that Chelsea’s ‘rock’ is currently embroiled in a racism scandal after he allegedly abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a recent game – a matter that is currently being investigated by the police. Surely that is enough for the FA to suspend him from the national team? Dissension has plagued Terry’s career and whilst I could moan on about the example he is setting to today’s youth and that the hypocrisy surrounding his position as England captain is a farce, I’m not going to go down that route and use them as justification for the argument in Taylor’s favour.

It would be disrespectful towards the Geordie defender to do that and paint over the fact his performances have been of the highest quality this season. Both players have been ever presents in the Premier League for their respective clubs so far this season with Terry statistically the poorer of the two. In his 11 games for Chelsea the 30-year old has been the leader in a defence which has conceded 15 goals and kept two clean sheets. Taylor on the other hand has formed a solid centre back pairing with captain Fabricio Coloccini and has played a major role in the Newcastle’s storming start to the campaign which has seen them conceded only eight goals and keep four clean sheets making them the meanest back line in the league.

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  • James says:

    Stick to worrying what your ground is going to be called. 3rd in the league and you start writing shit like this. Taylor has impressed since he has got back in the team but don’t compare him to Terry. The system Chelsea are playing is ridiculous for the personnel they have. They had the joint best defence in the league last season despite a period where they couldn’t buy a game for two months. Before you write crap look at the record of Terry-Alex and Terry-luiz, then you will realise how wide off the mark your comments are. Terry-invanovic is they problem and there record together will justify that. So it’s far from terry, like your saying is the problem.

  • Badt guy says:

    I don’t know how to say this but I think you ‘jak penny’ are crazy

  • Platt says:

    Wow. No love for Terry, but this is a silly article. Presumptious, not well thought out and with a point that is blinkered and frankly ridiculous. What a waste of space.

  • Raul says:

    Trolls. Terry is definitely on the decline, and Taylor has been overlooked by Capello because he plays for a “small club” in the northeast. If he was indeed picking players on form Taylor would be starting for England.

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