It looks like the full England side may not be too far away for our own Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – full England call-up soon?
Andy has progressed from the England U-19 side to being a standout for the England U21 side this season, and it looks like he’s being watched very closely by the powers that be.
The England U21 Manager Stuart Pearce was at the game on Friday night, and he must have been impressed by the rampant and brilliant display given by the Gateshead-born striker on the night.
An FA source told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s normal for the Under-21 coach to keep tabs on players at this level, but Andy is beginning to show real promise and they are intrigued to see if he can keep it up.”
“Playing in the Championship at Newcastle has given him the chance to establish himself this season, but the big test for him will be if Newcastle are back in the Premier League and he continues to do it.”
“The England manager is not ruling out a few new faces coming into the equation after this summer’s World Cup. The first place he is naturally going to look is the Under-21s and Andy is one of about half a dozen lads who are under consideration.”
The most important thing that Andy Carroll has to do is increase the number of goals he scores, since that will always be the measure of a center-forward.
He could have easily had 3 goals in the first 18 minutes on Friday night, but it’s consistency that Andy needs, so he can regularly score those goals.
And with Newcastle now having the wingers who can put in pin-point crosses, we look for Andy to score a lot more gaols like his second goal on Friday night, when he powered home a terrific header from six yards out.
The lad’s so tall and so physical, he is more than a handful for opposing defenders, but the next year is going to be crucial to Andy’s development.
It’s doubtful Andy will be called up before the World Cup since he has no chance of being on the plane to South Africa, but he’s got a chance next season.
That would be a lot more likely if Andy scores lots of goals this season for the Magpies, and Newcastle do indeed get promoted.
Chris Hughton is very good at keeping the players in touch with reality, and not get carried away with their success, and that seems to have been picked up by the local lad:
Andy said today:
“When you are in good form, you can’t wait for the next game to come.”
“But the main focus is getting another three points and hopefully I can get on the score-sheet again too.”
Keep your feet on the ground, listen well to the coaches, and give your all in every game, seems like good advice for Andy Carroll right now.
Oh yes, and don’t visit any nightclubs in the Bigg Market anytime soon.