England call for New Hartley’s Taggart

Dan Taggart in action for New Hartley Juniors. Picture by Steve Miller

Dan Taggart in action for New Hartley Juniors. Picture by Steve Miller

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Blyth-based footballer Dan Taggart will be hoping to play his part for England this week.

The 18-year-old striker flew out on Sunday with the England Under-19 Colleges party for a four countries tournament in Italy.

Taggart, who plays for Gateshead College during the week and New Hartley Juniors at weekends, paved the way for his inclusion after featuring against Wales.

England take on Gambia, Romania and Slovenia on consecutive days this week.

Success from the trio of fixtures would see England pitched into a semi-final on Friday with the final on Saturday.

John Maley, from New Hartley Juniors, said at the weekend: “We have had players like Ian Watts, Stephen Walker, Shaun Hills and Keith Hall as well as Graham Fenton and Michael Bridges – the latter two who both played for England Under 21s – represent their county in the past whilst Ray Kennedy is the most famous name in the group winning 17 full England caps after leaving New Hartley.

“Dan Taggart has had a good end of the season. He won the Durham County Youth League with us and we still have two finals to play.

“It’s a great achievement for him being selected for the England Colleges squad and he follows in the footsteps where several of our former players have tread before.”