Andy Carroll got the late equalizer on Saturday at the Riverside, and showed that this season’s Newcastle team are made of a lot sterner stuff than last season’s overpaid relegation side.
Andy Carroll (9) talks to England U21 colleagues
Andy’s goal tally for the season is now 12, and he’s already played for the England U21 side 5 times and scored a couple of goals, after also playing at the U19 level 8 times with 4 goals.
In all likelihood the 6’4″ striker will go on to full England honors, but not if the Scottish FA can stop that.
It turns out the Scottish FA are trying to hijack Carroll to play for the full Scotland side, as he qualifies for them via his grandmother.
That’s the qualification just before the one when you have to down a couple of Scotch whiskeys to also qualify.
Only last week we were told that some top clubs in England will try to sign Andy in the summer, but Carroll will not fall into the trap of accepting Scotland’s advances on the International front.
The Gateshead-born striker talked today about the Scotland approach:
“I have heard I am wanted by Scotland,”
“I am obviously doing well with the England Under-21s at the moment and I will see what is happening there. I would be lying if I said that the Scotland thing wasn’t in the back of my mind. It is there.”
“It is nice to know I am wanted. But England is where I am from, it is my country and that is who I want to play for really.”
“Scotland is in the back of my mind and it is flattering to be wanted by the new manager.”
“A few of the backroom staff at Newcastle are Scottish, and are getting on to me about playing for Scotland. They keep telling me to get up there.”
“You never know. That might be what ends up happening.”
“It is my grandma who means I qualify for Scotland, but I’m English.”
“England is my number one target really.”
Andy would do well to hang on until after the World Cup in South Africa, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he gets an England call-up.
But we must say the lad doesn’t seem 100% certain he will not eventually end up playing for that country north of the border.