|GRAHAM TAYLOR SENDS GREETINGS TO T&T AHEAD OF SUNDAY'S AFFAIR|
Former England manager Graham Taylor, the man noted for first taking Dwight Yorke to England when he signed him as a teenager at Aston Villa, has issued a congratulatory message to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation on its 100 year anniversary and says he expects the “Soca Warriors” to present a good challenge to England on Sunday.
“I am sure Fabio Capello will be looking at a number of “squad” players in this match, and of course whoever he chooses to play the team should be strong but in the years to come if the record books show a win for Trinidad and Tobago… no one will worry about the strength of the England team! We shall see.”
Taylor commented on his brief spell as technical advisor to the T&T team in 2005, a role he was offered by TTFF Special Advisor Jack Warner while here on a FA workshop.
“I can say that I enjoyed my very brief spell helping Bertille St Clair by keeping an eye on the Trinidad and Tobago players here in England . I also had a long conversation with Dwight here in my home about him returning to play for the national team. I think he had already decided he was going to return before our meeting, but I was very pleased he chose to. Dwight has done fantastically well. His fitness levels have always been good and of course he has to go down as one of the best signings I ever made. I knew when I left Aston Villa for the England job in 1990 that he was a “special talent”. In fact I had already given him his debut – against Manchester City if I recall correctly in 1989/90.
“I must tell you one special story about him which I will always hold dear to me. In 1999, when I had returned to Watford I was due to watch the European Champions League Final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich on TV at home. At about 5.00pm local time my phone rang and on picking it up, it was Dwight who informed me that he was just leaving the hotel to get on the United team coach to go to the ground for the game.