Steven Taylor believes that his team can march all the way to the European Championship Finals.
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
11am (BST) Friday 12 September
Matches to be played over two legs on 10/11 and 14/15 October 2008
England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor believes that his team can march all the way to the European Championship Finals next summer, and even take the trophy which was last won by The Three Lions in 1984.
The Newcastle United centre-back believes that the experience of playing at Wembley, where they beat Portugal last Friday to win Group Three, will stand them in good stead for their play-off game next month on the road the Sweden.
On Friday, England will be one of 14 teams in the hat for the play-off draw, and could face Italy, Turkey, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Serbia, Germany, Wales, Denmark, Belarus, Israel or France. But Taylor thinks that Stuart Pearce's team have no one to fear, especially after downing a team like Portugal.
"The experience of playing at Wembley was fantastic for us," said the 22-year-old. "All the lads rose to the occasion.
"I was fortunate to be in the senior squad against Germany last year - even though I was on the bench. So I was just delighted to get the opportunity to play at Wembley.
"In the first 20 minutes we made it difficult for ourselves. But after that we rattled a few cages in the Portuguese camp.
"We're in the play-offs now and we fully deserve it. The lads worked so hard. We'll look to win every game going forward and can go all the way."
Taylor earmarked Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor as one who can cause problems against their play-off opponents. "The pace we've got up front is electric - and we've got to use it to our advantage," he said.