Andy Carroll With England Under-19 Side

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:

“My summer will consist of a bit of rest but also games with the under-19s. I am looking forward to them.”

“You always want to do well for your country just like you do for your club.”

“It is a great experience for me.”

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 club’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 didn’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 Sam’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.

Andy continued:

“All of these appearances left me hungry for more.”

“Even if I play five minutes it makes me want to play even more for the first team.”

“And hopefully that can continue next season.”

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • flexon

    May 26, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    A star in the making…Hope he is our new Alan Shearer!

  • aqmin

    May 26, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #2

    i’m the first the land!! haha… go carroll go.. really bored reading this blog lately, mostly because devastating newz bout no contract talks, keegan to be fired etc… no good news means no good day 4 me..

  • Graeme

    May 26, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    He now has it all to do!! Making that next step and breaking into the 1st team is the hardest step of all. Hope he makes it though.

  • Stami

    May 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    i really hope he makes his way into the 1st team next season!!! he is still young and the experience will do him the world of good!

  • Bobby Ollox

    May 26, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Well, I dont follow the reserves very closely, so I dont know what this lad can do . So far he hasnt really been given a proper chance, but when he has been on for the odd 10 minutes, he has been absolutely anonymous. People who know about stuff, say good things about him so i am hopeful that we have a home grown hero in the making, but its all down to him now.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s gonna be a big season for him next…
    …He’s gotta really pull it all together, he shows potential, but that ain’t enough, he’s gotta make a place for himself, not wait to be given one…That’s the difference between potential & making it!..

  • Leo

    May 26, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    oh nooo, that word potential, i dispise it haha

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye Leo,
    he’s gotta make it, then we can stop using it!..Ha!..
    …Maybe it’s another way of saying ‘not good enough’, we’ll see huh?..

  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree Leo, another term I hate is squad player or utility player. Either they are good enough in their own right or the aint. It tends to infer that they are not quite good enough for regular places but can be stuck on in a pinch. i.e Carr is a good squad player, same with Smith, Ameobi and others like them. I do not want good squad players I want all first teamers fighting for a place.


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