Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels defender Steven Taylor must be close to an England call.

The 25-year old central defender has been a rock at the heart of the Magpies rearguard alongside skipper Fabricio Coloccini, and their form has been the foundation for three clean sheets in four Barclays Premier League games.

Pardew said: "Steven 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, Steven."

He added: "I do see a tendency of players to be picked elsewhere than in the north-east.

"Steven Taylor is definitely playing at a level where he should be considered, in my view.

"I don't know how many times the England manager has seen us this year or seen us last year or has been to games in the north-east, but he would be welcome, most certainly."

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