England Star Carroll Has Big Spring In His Step

Chris Hughton says that the Geordie striker, Andy Carroll has returned to Tyneside in buoyant mood after playing so well for the England Under-21 team with two goals on his competitive debut.

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Andy Carroll – man of the match for England U21s

The 20-year-old Gateshead born striker, who used to play left back for the Academy side, was man-of-the-match for England, as they beat Macedonia by 6-3, at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night.

And Hughton says that Carroll, who stands at 6ft 4ins, is in  a great mood in training, with a spring in his step, after his wonderful display for England.

The Newcastle manager talked about Andy to Newcastle United TV this afternoon:

“Andy has definitely returned with a spring in his step and rightly so,” “They were two very good goals and a very good performance.”

“It’s always a tremendous honour for any player to represent their country – but especially when you’re young and just starting out.”

“Andy has made a big impression and will be desperate to keep his place in the side.” “He can do that by scoring goals for England, like he did on Friday, and by scoring goals and playing well for his club.”

“We hope he uses that boost to our benefit because he is a big player for us.”

Andy could well get a recall to the starting line-up on Saturday, but there is some competition at striker with Marlon Harewood, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Kevin Nolan all pushing for a starting position up front.

It’s good that we have so much competition at the striker position, and of course we’ll need the goals on Saturday in our tough game at Nottingham Forest.

Andy will get his chance sometime during the game on Saturday, even if he doesn’t start the game.

Howay The Lads!!

10 comments so far

  • big bob

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #1

    macedonia u21 must be a quality team!!!!!!!!

  • Hiya Watha

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Apaches wipe their backsides with corn husk. Not very effective. They just like it. How!

  • murvar

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Carroll has promise but that’s all; he’s a bit ponderous but I have the impression if he can become a bit less like Shola and a lot more like John Tudor he will do well!!

    Decent article about Hughton on Soccernet here:
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=685094&sec=england&root=england&cc=5739 and whilst you are there check out The Fifth Official, one of the funniest football writers around, this week on about last weekend’s internationals rather than the usual Premier League programme.

  • OHurley

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey, as some of you may know:

    Charlie Davies (USA, Sochaux) was HORRIBLY injured in a fatal car crash Tuesday morning. He suffered a shattered femur and tibia, facial fractures, and a perforated bladder. His World Cup dreams are over, and it’s likely that he will never play again. At any rate, he’s most likely out for a year. If any of y’all are prayin’ men, please keep Charlie in your prayers.

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 14, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #5

    FCB will sell Andy if a decent offer comes in for him in January and any other player he can cash in on.
    This was his vision as revealed by Wise in the tribunal, get young talent in, develop them and sell them on.
    Its back to the days when we watched with sadness as Gascoigne, Beardsley and Waddle all left our club to be replaced by lesser players.

  • nzedtoonman

    Oct 14, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Posted earlier : nzedtoonman // Oct 14, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    Is it not just getting a bit tedious NOW all this takeover talk is unbalancing the team every week .
    WHO rezally gives a wink who’s the directors or gaffas or whatever its …
    THE TEAM that matters more than anything , and how we get behind them ..

    All these stories are to try and get all us sick to teeth geoordies out to buy stupid stories in stoopid rags called papers ..

    the fact is the press owe us alot of money back from all the papers we have bought in the past few months !!

    Lets get behind the TEAM and Chris HUGHTON he has done tremendous under great difficulty …


  • batty

    Oct 14, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #7

    why do people keep saying get behind the team and hughton we have been all season

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Brucie Baby voted his pal Beckham man of the match last night, sitting in a busy bar we heard it first mentioned but dismissed it as a wind up but then saw the prick getting the champagne.
    Just what is the point with this tosspot, someone please tell me as i get more angry each time he steps onto the pitch replacing very good, faster, younger players?

  • jordi

    Oct 15, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9


    Beckham didn’t deserve the MotM award but he did set up SWP for a goal with his first touch. His passing also opened the game up and his deliveries were begging for someone to get on the end of them. Thought he did well considering, but MotM? No.
    Any other game where a striker gets 2 goals its pretty much nailed on to be him, maybe Bruce just doesn’t like Crouchey?

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 15, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree Caroll has promise….put him in the same barrel as all our youngsters-Non are ready to set the world on fire and maybe non will apart from Krul.

    Still not convinced by Andy and at premiership level I am certain he would have trouble finding the back of the net on a regular basis.


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