Fabio Capello Eyes Newcastle’s Andy Carroll For World Cup

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • UTD111

    Mar 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Of course if Andy was playing for a london club, he’d already have played some games for England……..

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 28, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I am really interested to see how this Andy/Steve think works out.

    They are both good young players who should be in the English team within a few years and will need to sort out their differences if they are to play together then.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Unless Tayls decides to not play for England cause Andy is….. lol

    I bet Bridge wishes he thumped terry

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    The incident between Taylor & Carroll & the backing of Carroll by Newcastle amazes me. Carroll is a thug an alleged woman beater and someone who is on bail for allegedly glassing someone in a night club, While Taylor has never been in trouble on or off the field has captained his country and every level up to & including U21’s. We should be sticking by Taylor & giving Carroll the boot.

  • ginkoh

    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5


    We don’t know what’s really happen behind the door. Only CH and team know that. He should stick with the one who deserved, Taylor or Carrol I don’t know who’s fault but I confident CH will do the right thing for them and for team.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Nicely done doonsooth,

    Quote “Carroll is a thug an ALLEGED woman beater and someone who is on bail for ALLEGEDLY glassing someone in a night club”.

    It’s good to know there are still those out there who are prepared to condemn without knowing the facts.

    You say Carroll is a thug and yet you only have allegations to base this accusation on.

    You have taken info from the tabloids and are regurgitating it like it was fact, although you do qualify your statement with the words alleged and allegedly, and that is all they are allegations.

    Yet you are saying Carroll should get the boot on the strength of some tabloid allegations, nice.

    I say they should both be supported until the truth be known and if one of them needs to go then so be it but until then stop the witch hunting.

  • The Entertainers

    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Haaaaaaaaaaa, by theres some rubbish in the papers today!

  • pobstar

    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Chris hughton should have nipped the whole Taylor/Carroll thing in the bud before it got to this point. There have always been players who have problems with each other at clubs but a good manager would make them work together. Take Cole and Sheringham hated each other didn’t even speak but still scored bagfulls why? A good manager letting them know his way or no way. CH has to sort this or he’ll lose a star in the making whichever one it is!

  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Carroll strikes me as a future international man, he lacks emotion when he plays which I like and is often the mark of a player who can step up to the next level,,, just have a look at those empty soulless blue eyes of rooney and you’ll knaa what I;’m on aboot,, ha.

    We just don’t know the score, the club have kept stum – why?? to avoid this incredibly crucial period for the future of the club being derailed,, so let’s not create a stink ourselves by jumping to any conclusions.

    Yees seen the louise taylor article in the guardian?? unbelievable odious attack on Hughton somehow… card-carrying mackem she is.

  • wsquare

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    doesn’t matter england is not going to win the wc haha

  • lenny83

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Although Doonsooth may have stated ALLEGED rumours and press speculation, the woman thing is a FACT as he was cautioned, The glassing incident must be pretty factual for it to go to crown court. I dont want to brand the lad but to have 4 incidets of such magnitude within 2 years is amazing. I know papers write alot of crap but stories have to start somewhere otherwise there would be stories on every player!
    would ppl be so unerstanding if he wasnt a local lad?!?!?!

  • Toon Under

    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #12


    On the limited information available I agree with you Taylor has been solid for us even back when Souness & co could not buy a decent central defender….Carrol has had 3/4’s of a good season in the first team. I would always stick with those who have done the most for me. But whatever is at the root of the ‘Taylor is a bad guy’ rumours needs to be uncovered and the sooner the better……

  • darryld2010

    Mar 29, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #13

    lol dont make me laugh carrol for england!! what that pile of crap!! lol he cant even make it in the prem and that has already been proven!! ok some of you think he is great because he can score in the coca cola fizzy pop league well so can shola are you saying hes prem and england quality???? no!!!!! what about chopra who we let go whos on fire at cardiff!! get a grip lads and stop dreaming!


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