Steven Taylor’s desperate to play for Newcastle United

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STEVEN Taylor is desperate to return to the front line in Newcastle United’s battle to stay in the Premier League.

The defender sat out last weekend’s defeat at Stoke City, with manager Alan Pardew surprisingly naming Sol Campbell in his team ahead of Taylor.

Campbell, at fault for the opening goal, went on to have a torrid afternoon, while Taylor, an unused substitute, could only watch in frustration at the Britannia Stadium.

And the 25-year-old, pictured, is hoping for a recall to Pardew’s starting XI when Newcastle take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’s Park on April 2.

Pardew will have decide whether to recall Taylor, who is vying with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson for a place in central defence.

“I’m fit for selection,” Taylor said. “I’m just waiting for my chance – it’s as simple as that.

“Every game, you have to see what side the gaffer picks, and that’s all I can do.”

The Stoke result left 11th-placed United just four points above the Premier League’s drop zone.

Having gone through the pain of relegation the season before last, Taylor’s desperate for the club to secure its top-flight status sooner rather than later.