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Thursday, 9 November, 2000, 09:42 GMT
Taylor's new kids on the block
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard has waited patiently for England chance
England's new kids on the block are all hoping for a chance of senior service when new caretaker boss Peter Taylor unveils his 25-man squad for next week's friendly with Italy.

Taylor boasted a proud record as England Under 21 manager and looks likely to bring a new, fresh-faced, look to his senior England squad.

"If I was coming in for the next game, I would appreciate somebody sticking in some kids as an experiment," he confirmed ahead of an England press call in Hinckley.

Many of his former charges have already established themselves in the England fold. Emile Heskey and Kieron Dyer were regular members of Kevin Keegan's squad, while Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry are establishing themselves as key parts of the squad.

Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand
West Ham team-mates Lampard and Rio Ferdinand could start

But several of Taylor's former favourites at Under 21 level are still waiting for their big break.

West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard is most conspicuous by his continued absence. Captain of the England Under 21s under Taylor, Lampard looks certain to get the nod after years of sitting on the fringes of the squad.

Despite regular trumpeting for his senior elevation, Lampard has just one solitary England cap to his name, from the friendly against Belgium in Sunderland two years ago.

Taylor has already indicated that he will confirm Lampard's overdue inclusion, but believes it is still too early for his Hammers team-mate Joe Cole to be considered an England player.

"I think Joe is more down the line, but there are other people - Frank Lampard, for instance, and Rio Ferdinand - who have that much more experience."

I intend to involve some youngsters against Italy and that will benefit whoever takes over for the next game
  Peter Taylor, England caretaker manager

Ferdinand, it seems, looks set for at least a squad place and could well find himself in the starting line-up, while another established international veteran from the defensive triumverate of Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Gareth Southgate could also be asked to give way to Wes Brown.

Brown was another to make his under 21 debut under Taylor, while another of his former defensive mainstays, Jamie Carragher, could also win promotion to the senior squad.

Heskey looks set to start up front, so Taylor may have to drop either Teddy Sheringham or Andy Cole from the side which drew in Finland last month.

With competition for places up front so intense, Taylor may choose not to recall the most-established youngster in the England set-up, as Michael Owen continues his recuperation from injury.

Richard Wright
Richard Wright could get the thumbs up for England

There could be changes in the goalkeeping department too.

Senior keepers David Seaman and Nigel Martyn have both been out injured - though Seaman hopes to be fit in time for this weekend - so Taylor could include at least one of an emerging trio of young goalkeeping talents in Richard Wright, Nicky Weaver and in-form Leeds star Paul Robinson alongside either Tim Flowers - his club keeper at Leicester - or Aston Villa's David James.

Derby's Seth Johnson and Aston Villa's Lee Hendrie are also pushing for places in the new England regime but Taylor will almost certainly resist the temptation to field a team full of youngsters.

There were times when it was claimed his Under 21 side could beat the senior England squad, but Taylor seems set to bring through his emerging stars gradually, nurturing their development alongside more senior pros.

"We have an outstanding crop of youngsters, especially the group I had in my second qualifying campaign as Under-21 manager," said Taylor.

He added: "I intend to involve some youngsters against Italy and that will benefit whoever takes over for the next game."

Whatever the result of Wednesday's friendly, for new coach-in-waiting Sven Goran Eriksson a fresh start could mean fresh faces and, more importantly, fresh hope for the future.

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