Newcastle’s 19-year-old striker Andy Carroll is currently in Belarus with the England under-19 squad, where the team is trying to gain qualification for the European Championships in the Czech Republic.
Andy Carroll – currently with the England Under-19 side
The team plays Poland in Borisov today before games with Serbia (28th May) and hosts Belarus (31st May) in the final qualifying round of the competition.
Carroll talked to the Evening Chronicle from his training HQ today:
â€œMy summer will consist of a bit of rest but also games with the under-19s. I am looking forward to them.â€
â€œYou always want to do well for your country just like you do for your club.â€
â€œIt is a great experience for me.â€
Andy Carroll has seen some turmoil in the club in the last year when we have had 3 different managers in Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and now Kevin Keegan at the helm.
Glenn Roeder always showed faith in our youngsters and Andy became the clubâ€™s youngest ever European player in the UEFA Cup tie during the 1-0 win over Palermo, in which young goalkeeper Tim Krul also made his debut and had a fantastic game.
All 3 managers have rated young Carroll highly, but his loan to Preston North End to gain more experience in the Football League didnâ€™t exactly turn out to be too successful.
But Sam still played Carroll against Stoke City in the FA Cup which ended in a dour 0-0 draw and turned out, rather surprisingly, to be Samâ€™s last game in charge.
Keegan has also seen Carroll excel with Newcastle Reserves, and it was noticeable that Kevin attended almost every reserve team game to look over his young charges at the club.
â€œAll of these appearances left me hungry for more.â€
â€œEven if I play five minutes it makes me want to play even more for the first team.â€
â€œAnd hopefully that can continue next season.â€
Andy has as good a chance as any of our youngsters of breaking through next year, as long as he keeps working hard, and also keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
He can hold the ball up well, and is a big lad at 6’3″ and doesn’t let anybody push him around on the field.
Andy can have a great future at Newcastle, if only he applies himself to the tasks at hand, and doesn’t get carried away with his own early success.