On current form there is little doubt that Steven Taylor deserved an England call-up this week. As a Newcastle fan I was once excited when our players go the call up but this time I'm glad Taylor has been overlooked.
Newcastle has the best defensive record in England and Taylor has played every game. He has been exceptional and put in another quality display against Wolves at the weekend.
The statistics back up his impressive displays with EA's Player Performance Index showing him to be the best English defender in the Premier League so far this season. In the overall player ranking he is a massive 84 places ahead of Phil Jagielka.
While Taylor will have been disappointed not to be named in the squad, I for one was relieved. All too often it is after a call-up for England that players seem to become troublesome.
Maybe it is the culture within the squad that breeds a jealousy over wages or perhaps players' agents simply see the pound signs when their players have been called up. Players who have previously been perfectly happy start angling for bigger contracts or moves to bigger clubs.
The England squad is a poisonous place, in particular for players outside the top four clubs. As such while I feel sorry for Taylor, I hope Fabio Capello and England continue to ignore him for the foreseeable future.