Steven Taylor: Capello thought I was a midfielder
Newcastle United defender reveals former England manager's gaffe
Steven Taylor has sensationally revealed that former England manager Fabio Capello thought he played in midfield.
The Newcastle United centre-back, who was called up to the England squad this week due to the injury to Gary Cahill, said Capello made the mistake last season when talking to Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
Speaking to the Guardian, he 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."
This was after several public attempts by Pardew to get Taylor into the international fold due to his eye-catching performances. The Newcastle manager previously urged Capello to take a look at Taylor, saying: "Taylor is probably playing the best football of his career for me. I think he has a chance of being involved in England again.
“I think the management should come and have a look at him, he’s doing that well. He is a good player."
So for an international manager to show a lack of knowledge about such a high-profile player is astounding, especially for the money he was earning at the time. It questions his commitment to his previous employers.
Capello, who has been working as the manager of the Russia national team since July, walked out on England in February 2012 following a meeting with the Football Association.
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