Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Match That

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Match That

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Why Boro's boy wonder is a shining example to ALL young soccer hopefuls...

Stewart Downing started to prepare for his full England debut today - amid claims that he is a role model for other up and coming stars.

The 20-year-old Middlesbrough-born star is expected to win his first senior cap as a second-half substitute in England's friendly against Holland at Villa Park tomorrow.

And now England Under-21s coach Peter Taylor is insisting that Downing's call-up sets a great example to his other young charges.

The Hull boss said: "My job and that of the England Under-21 staff is to help players get into the senior group, whether that process takes a year, 20 matches or whatever.

"We had a team meeting the other day when I talked about Stewart and told the rest of the lads it is up to them how they take it on for themselves from here.

"Everything Stewart has been taught he has taken on board and that has been down to him as a person and a player.

"As far as I am concerned he really deserved his call-up and I am sure there will be a moment when he gets on the pitch at Villa Park."

Downing has earned his call-up after only a few months as a Premiership regular.

Taylor said: "Stewart is first class and he has played well this season, consistently well.

"He has improved his game too, getting hold of the ball better, really making his mark in games and I would love to know if he has been having a word with the defenders at Middlesbrough to give him the first look as soon as they get the ball.

"Stewart has also improved on the defensive side of his game because he was not doing too much of that in the early part of the season."

Downing may still have to wait to make his full debut because England coach Sven Goran Eriksson is expected to start with Manchester City's right-winger Shaun Wright-Phillips on the left side of midfield. …

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