Will Andy Carroll Get Full England Call-Up Soon?


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.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • stevep

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    bad timing, he’s just been charged with assault for the blu bambu incident back in dec. He’ll appear in court at end of Feb and dependant on how bad it was, provocation etc he could end up playing for HMPS rather than England!

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  • listie

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Was just reading that, it does say minor head injuries, someone looking for a meal ticket I think

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Stevep: I agree. And just look at Ed’s mispelling of the word ‘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 ….” He must know something we don’t.

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  • gica10

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    No because he is crap. He is not a top striker and I hope we sign someone when we are promoted.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    gica 10 – he didn’t look crap on Friday night.

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  • Aza9

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #6

    There is no other young English striker like Andy Carroll out there at the moment apart from maybe our own Nile Ranger. He has goal scoring ability with his head and feet, bags of potential and just keeps getting better and better. If he can put these assualt charges behind him, I think it is easy to say he will be part of the England set up in the not too distant future.

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I like this lad a lot, he actually wants to play for our team, and of course he’s a geordie native too. Think as he gets more games and matures he will start getting more goals, and it helps to have a midfield that can provide assists finally!

    When we got knocked out of the FA cup at WBA Andy was giving it his all and trying to get the team and crowd going and capped it with a clever goal. He’s been impressive since christmas.

    The lad is going places, just needs to keep his head down and play.

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  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed…. Andy to score a lot more gaols…. an unfortunate typo under the circumstances.

    On whether he’ll get an England callup, I’m not sure he will until and when he’s cleared of the charge hanging over his head.

    Capello’s just sacked Terry as skipper for being a naughty boy and he’ll not want to have England associated with Carroll until the charge is put to bed.

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  • Robbanufc

    Feb 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Even though if this isnt true, it’s a good story for Andy and Newcastle. He’s just turned 21 years old, and already caught the attention of the english media and maybe even the international management. He’s been in a great form recently, but he still has alot to prove if he wants to be our next no. 9.

    He’s young, and can only improve. Howay the lads!

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  • Sav

    Feb 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Must say just the happy thought of Andy Carroll getting an England call ahead of “England’s Michael Owen” makes me glad all over.

    What a no.9 sized smack in the gob for the little twerp.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m a big fan of Carroll’s and believe he will go on and be at least a good PL striker, he has the potential to go even further.

    2 things will prevent him:

    #1 His desire
    #2 Injuries

    Carroll has unfortunatey not shown enough desire in former games, when he should be bullying every defender around him. He is also like a lot of big strikers a bit injury prone!

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  • chuck

    Feb 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Bit overly exuberent there Ed.
    Yeah he`s put in a few in this league, but when compared to most PL strikers, leaves a lot to be desired, as do all our strikers.
    Ready for an England cap, not really !

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  • MacToon

    Feb 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    No for Carroll at the moment but

    STEVE HARPER for ENGLAND!

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Carroll scores a couple of goals in a game and is ready to challenge Rooney!!! Oh yeah. Complete overestimation. What is his goals to games ratio Ed? A much better pointer. You’ll find its pretty poor. I’ll take Rooney over a big old fashioned CF any day. Mind you Rooney would cost 50 mil and Carroll about 3.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 9, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #15

    In many ways Big Andy looks a natural alternative to Heskey. I seem to remember Carroll was thrown out of the U21s and has been arrested several times since for violent offences. My guess is Cap won’t touch him with a stick until Carroll gets his act together. I wouldn’t. The last thing you need if you are the England manager is one of your squad involved in a drunken brawl.

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