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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 6, 2006

Taylor future uncertain despite U21 success

Peter Taylor has not been asked by the Football Association to assist finding the next England Under-21 boss - but he looks set to hold onto the post a little longer after victory in Switzerland last night.

The 3-2 success, courtesy of James Milner's 88th-minute strike, put England into a play-off to reach the 2007 European Championships next month.

Taylor is set to take charge of their next tie even though England boss Steve McClaren wants to find a full-time successor for the Crystal Palace manager.

'I've got no doubts it will be full-time eventually,' Taylor said. 'It is a case of when Steve will decide who they will go for.

'They haven't asked for my advice on that but Steve and myself have spoken about squad selection and we talk about the Under-21s quite a bit.'

England needed to win to go through but topping the three-team qualification group seemed unlikely after they squandered a two-goal lead in Lucerne.

Theo Walcott's opener and David Nugent's tap-in were cancelled out by Johan Vonlanthen's penalty and a curling strike from Tranquillo Barnetta before Milner struck.

'We scored two fabulous goals which put us in a fantastic position before we let in a poor goal which put us under pressure,' said Taylor, whose side drew with Moldova in their other group game.

'It was a hard place to come to for an away win, if we had won our last game a draw would have been easier to get.'

Walcott struck after 13 minutes, the Arsenal youngster getting played through and lobbing the goalkeeper for his second Under-21 goal in his first two appearances at this level.

'He has got great feet and a very powerful finish - but his finish was very clever with a high quality,' Taylor added.

Walcott's goal came as his Gunners team-mate Johan Djourou lay prostrate with a shoulder injury, and the centre-back was eventually replaced.

Nugent converted from Wayne Routledge's low cross from the right after 18 minutes but England then struggled to hold onto their advantage.

Vonlanthen was brought down by Scott Carson after 28 minutes, with the goalkeeper avoiding an instant dismissal but unable to stop the striker's spot-kick.

Switzerland pushed forward in search of the equaliser they needed to qualify for the play-offs, and they were rewarded with 20 minutes remaining when Barnetta cut in from the right and unleashed a curling effort past Liverpool goalkeeper Carson, currently on loan at Charlton.

With time running out for Taylor's men, Newcastle midfielder Milner found the bottom corner with a cool finish after the hosts had failed to clear.

'If we got to the finals, of course I'd love to take them there,' said Taylor.

'I'm happy to carry on. I'm delighted that I'll, hopefully, be doing it for the next play-off games, which should be very exciting.'

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