Football: Three changes for Taylor's last hurrah

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PETER TAYLOR is still waiting for the call that could offer him continued employment after he bows out as the most successful England Under-21 manager in history.

Taylor can finish on a high, as victory over Bulgaria tonight at the Hristo Botev Stadium in Vratza will ensure England win their European Championship qualifying group with two matches to spare. Friday's 3-0 success over Sweden at Huddersfield maintained their 100 per-cent record in the group and in five games they have scored 16 goals and conceded none.

Now he is hoping to step into management or coaching at club level, having previously had spells with Dartford, Enfield, Dover, Watford and Southend. However, little in the way of concrete offers have come his way since the Football Association decided in March to dispense with his services. Sunderland's Peter Reid takes over the job on a part-time basis.

Taylor will be forced to make three changes. Frank Lampard is ruled out through suspension, while Danny Mills and Kieron Dyer have been called into the senior squad.