A good report in the Evening Chronicle today that has revealed that England manager Fabio Capello has sent assistant and England U21 manager Stuart Pearce to Newcastle to get assurances from Andy Carroll that he will commit to play for England.
Andy Carroll – England getting worried?
There has been news recently that Scotland manager Craig Levein has been pestering Andy to commit to play for Scotland, but surely Andy isn’t that daft – apologies to Scottish fans.
Andy qualifies for Scotland because of his grandmother (and because he downed a couple of Scotches during Newcastle’s Championship celebrations), but he has every chance of becoming an England international after the World Cup in South Africa.
Apparently Stuart Pearce has twice been to Newcastle to speak to Andy about his International ambitions over the last month in a bid to ward off interest from Scotland manager Craig Levein
Pearce, who is big fan of his England U21 striker, saw Carroll in action in the final home game of the season against Ipswich Town, and was also on a more recent to Tyneside to speak to the 21 year-old.
Apparently the responses from the England Under-21 international striker has been a positive one from an England viewpoint – that’s good.
But Scotland manager Craig Levein still seems desperate to lure the big lad to play for Scotland, and this news will be a blow to Craig.
Even though Carroll ha played 5 times with 2 goals for the England u21 side, and has often looked excellent in an England shirt (his play is pretty good too), that doesn’t prevent the Gateshead-born player from representing Scotland of course.
England’s first game after World Cup will be in qualifying for the European Championships in 2012, when they play a tough first game against Portugal, and we have to think that Andy will make that squad, given his play for Newcastle early in the season is as good as it was earlier this year.
A source close to Andy Carroll told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Andy has twice met Stuart Pearce and has made it clear he is focusing on England and Newcastle.” “Pearce has had terrific reports back from Andy’s everyday work in training and willingness to get even better as a player.”
“He is highly regarded at Newcastle and, because he is such a unique talent, England are very keen.” “There are no guarantees whatsoever when it gets to the international stage.”
“However, Andy has been told Mr Capello picks the players in the best form and next season Andy will have the chance to stake his claim.”
Craig Levein talked about trying to get Andy to play for Scotland and he said today:
“I am dead keen to get Andy involved with Scotland. His grandparents have Scottish blood.” “He is a smashing player and somebody who I feel would be a great asset to the Scottish national team.”
“I am not saying it is impossible, but it would be very difficult for him to break into the England side and would like him to come on board with is.”
It says a lot about Andy’s potential that the England hierarchy are going out of their way to ensure Carroll remains available for England, and it’s an open secret that Fabio Capello sees great potential in the Tyneside youngster.