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The Iron Vault: International Players #10

4 June 2021

Today's Iron Vault article sees us look back to an international Scunthorpe United player, who made an appearance for his country while on the books with United.

At the time of writing, in total, the Iron have had 15 full internationally capped players make appearances for their country during their time with the club, totalling 43 caps.

We continue the feature by taking a look at a player who made two appearances for Montserrat while registered to the Iron, Lyle Taylor.

The forward was actually out on loan at Scottish side Partick Thistle when the call-up came for the two caps attained while at Scunthorpe, but nonetheless, he goes down in our history books as another internationally capped footballer while at the club..
Qualifying to play for Montserrat through his grandparents, those two caps were incidentally his first, with his inclusion in the squad coming towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Both games were against Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, with his debut handed to him by coach Lenny Hewlett a day shy of his 25th birthday. He also got an ealry birthday present of a goal for his country, but was unable to prevent the side from slipping to a defeat.
A few days later and Taylor again played the full 90 minutes with Montserrat this time coming away from the fixture with a draw.

His caps, while at the club, were as follows...

2014-15 28/03/2015 WC QUAL CONCACAF Curaçao A L1-2
2014-15 01/04/2015 WC QUAL CONCACAF Curaçao H D2-2

Taylor departed the Iron at the end of that season, but it wasn't his final involvement for his country.

He was left out of the squad the following opportunity he had, missing the 2-1 defeat to El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualification encounter, but he was drafted in for the following three games against Belize, Aruba and the Cayman Islands in the same competition, with all three ending in Montserrat wins.

Those wins lead to the country's qualification for the Nations League, with them placed in Group B. The team went on to take second place in their group in the inaugural season with two wins, draws, and losses each, thus keeping their place at the second tier.

Only one of those games would see Taylor involved, however. That was a 2-1 home win over the Dominican Republic in September 2019, but he wouldn't feature in the following five.

2021 has seen him return to the squad, again for World Cup qualification, making an added three appearances and notching three goals to his name in the process. He scored a brace against Antigua and Barbuda in a 2-2 draw before netting in a 1-1 draw against El Salvador. His most recent cap came in a 4-0 win over the United States Virgin Islands earlier this month.

In total, correct on June 4, 2021, he has attained nine caps, scoring four goals, playing a total of 810 minutes for his country.

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