Newcastle striker Andy Carroll hasn’t scored yet for Preston North End in the Championship but he took just 15 minutes to score last night with a close range effort for the England Under-19s against Belarus at Nottingam.
This was Andrew’s debut on the international stage and what a nice way to start.
The England Under-21 team had a fairly easy victory 4-0 in their friendly against Belarus.
Andrew Carroll - scored after only 15 minutes for England Under-19s on debut
Andrew will hope he has played well enough to be selected by England coach Brian Eastick, who was a former Newcastle Academy Director. As we reported yesterday England have 3 qualification games early next month when they face Iceland (Doncaster 12th Oct), Romania (Scunthorpe 14th Oct) and Belgium (Barnsley 17th Oct) as qualification for the 2008 Finals in the Czech Republic. We hope Carroll gets the call-up for those games.
Both Steven Taylor and James Milner played the full 90 minutes again for the England Under-21 team who won 2-0 against Bulgaria on a rainy Tuesday night in Sofia. Steven Taylor was captain and James Milner was involved in both of England’s goals. Tom Huddlestone and Mark Noble both scored in the first half to give Stuart Pearce’s young guns another three points towards their 2009 European Under-21 Qualification.
Today we have another round of games on the International Front and several of our players are again involved. These are all European qualification games.
Michael Owen, Alan Smith – England
Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Russia (h) (Wembley)
David Rozehnal – Czech Republic
Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Ireland (h) (Prague)
Shay Given – Republic of Ireland
Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Czech Rep (a) (Prague)
Emre – Turkey
Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Hungary (h) (Istanbul)
Charles N’Zogbia – France U21s
Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Malta (a) (Valetta)
We’ll report on how everybody did tomorrow – and of course we’ll keep our fingers crossed that nobody gets injured – so far so good.