There is a report in the News Of The World Today that Newcastle’s 21 year-old in-form striker Andy Carroll is on stand-by for the England World Cup squad.
Andy Carroll – Capello is impressed with his form
The news is that Fabio Capello, the England manager has been impressed with Carroll this year and the impressive England Under-21 star is on a list of players on stand-by.
Presumably these are are a list of players who could be called up in case of emergencies, due to injury to established players or lack of form.
Capello and his assistant Franco Baldini, along with England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce, have been more than surprised at Andy’s rate of improvement with Newcastle this season, and see him as a future England striker.
But the only way Carroll could make the England squad is if more established and experienced strikers either get injured or their form takes a dive.
Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey’s and Carlton Cole have recently been off form, but Carlton did look sharp yesterday during West Ham’s 1-0 home loss to Stoke City at Upton Park.
Sunderland’s Darren Bent has been looking good all season, but he had a poor game when given his chance for England against Brazil last November, when he had 45 minutes to impress and didn’t.
The England manager will take a big squad to England’s Austrian World Cup training camp before paring the squad down to the required 23 man party on May 31st.
If Carroll gets to go to Austria that gives him a big chance to impress Capello and he could well be a surprise late selection for the 23 man squad.
Andy usually takes his chances when given them, and he has looked impressive whenever he’s played for the England U21 side this season.
This news may also be political because Andy has a choice, and Scotland are pressing him to play for them, since Andy qualifies because his grandmother is Scottish.
Carroll has been one of the success stories at Newcastle this season, and is a product of Newcastle’s impressive Youth Academy.
Andy’s form has been particularly impressive this year, and the lad is the Magpies top scorer with 16 goals, many of those being important goals for his home town club, who are currently top of the Championship.