NUFC pair Coloccini and Taylor backed for international call-ups

FABRICIO Coloccini and Steven Taylor have been backed to come out of international exile after starring for Newcastle United.

The pair have been outstanding in the early part of their campaign.

Coloccini has captained Alan Pardew’s side to an unbeaten start to the season.

And Taylor, along with Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott, is the top-ranked English defender in the EA Sports Player Performance Index.

Yet the 25-year-old and his Coloccini have been overlooked by England and Argentina this season.

Coloccini hasn’t been called up for two years, while former Under-21 captain Taylor has never made a senior appearance for his country, though he was once named in a Steve McClaren squad.

Their exclusion has baffled United’s assistant manager, John Carver, though he concedes Coloccini’s exile is to the club’s benefit given the gruelling trans-Atlantic journeys he has been spared.

“First of all, they’ve been quite prominent in the Premier League,” Carver told SportMail.

“Funnily enough, when the international squads came out I told Colo I was quite surprised he wasn’t included.

“That’s to our benefit, so I’m not going to complain about that one!”

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