Taylor denied Bolton armband

17 April 2009 12:02
Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson has turned down a request from Matt Taylor to skipper the side against former club Portsmouth on Saturday. Taylor will make his first return to the South Coast club since leaving in January 2008 at the weekend but will not be wearing the captain's armband. The midfielder asked Megson if he could skipper the Trotters against the club where he spent almost six seasons, but the Wanderers boss has turned down his request. "I'm sure Matt's looking forward to it. This is his first return to the club and he is quite emotional about it," admitted Megson. "He actually came to see me to talk about whether or not he could be captain for the day, but I had to tell him it was not a possibility. "That's Kevin Davies' job. He understands. Kevin's his friend so it's not a problem." Meanwhile, Megson has reiterated his claim that Taylor's form this season warrants an England call-up. "If England want a left-winger who can go past the full-back and get crosses in then that's not Matty - it's probably Stewart Downing," he continued. "But if you want someone who gets into the box, is top-class with set-pieces, has a great strike from all distances and can finish with both feet, you won't get much better. "If he got called up by England I know he would not let the side down."

Source: ESA