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.
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!!