Taylor called up to replace crocked Cahill as England's defensive crisis deepens after Ferdinand farce
09:58 GMT, 19 March 2013
10:19 GMT, 19 March 2013
Gary Cahill has joined the list of England casualties after being ruled out of Friday's clash with San Marino.
Cahill hurt his knee during Chelsea's win over West Ham at the weekend and will play no part against the minnows in Rimini.
Manager Roy Hodgson, who has already lost Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson and brought in Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker, has called up uncapped Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor.
Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England
Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro
An FA statement read: 'Chelsea
defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier
with San Marino on Friday evening.
was assessed by England medical staff on Monday and will not be able to
take part in the match, but will be reassessed later in the week with a
view to the second of England’s two qualifiers, against Montenegro on
Taylor earns his call-up on the back
of a string of fine performances for the Magpies. He has represented
England at every level from Under 16 through to Under 21 and earned a
place in the full squad for a friendly against Germany in 2007.
More to follow…
SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson