Steven Taylor Called Up As England Replacement For Gary Cahill

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Newcastle centre-back set to join up with squad for games against San Marino and Montenegro.

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Newcastle’s Steven Taylor has been called up to the England squad according to BBC Sport.

The Magpies centre-back comes into to the squad after it was revealed that Chelsea’s Gary Cahill may not be available for the game against San Marino.

It is thought the Chelsea defender should be fit for the second, and more important, of England’s games against Montenegro.

Cahill injured his knee during his club’s game at the weekend with West Ham.

Cahill is the latest in a list of centre-backs to give Roy Hodgson problems for his current squad.

Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand pulled out after his manager Sir Alex Ferguson met with Hodgson to discuss his concerns over the player’s fitness.

Tottenham’s Michael Dawson was also forced to pull out after going off at half-time during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham.

They have been replaced by Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott, who has rarely featured for the Premier League Champions this term, and Tottenham youngster Steven Caulker.

Midfielder Aaron Lennon is also looking likely to miss out. The winger missed out on Tottenham’s game with Fulham and is reportedly on the verge on rupturing a muscle.

England will be looking for six points from their two games as they look to book their place in next summer’s World Cup tournament in Brazil.

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