Steven Taylor is desperate to play for Newcastle United today at Sunderland.

England U21 captain Taylor said: "Every Geordie looks forward to the derby games. It's a massive game for me, the fans and everyone associated with the club.

"It's a game we have really got to win. It means so much to the whole of Newcastle.

"I am desperate to play, but the manager makes the decision.

"If I am not playing, it will be like someone punching me in the face - that's how much pain I will be in.

"But all players should feel like that, and there is that much competition for places, no-one's place is safe. You have got to perform to keep your place."