It’s a long time since Newcastle had so few players involved on the International scene, and we have but one player, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez involved in this year’s World Cup.
Andy Carroll – England International next season?
Malcolm Macdonald, Newcastle’s former great number 9 at the club thinks that both English players Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll have a chance to break through to the England squad under Fabio Capello, but it’s up to them to impress.
Malcolm told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As they stand, they could be watching the next major tournament on TV too.”“It’s really down to how determined they are – but they have got over the first hurdle by helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League.”
“That was vital because Capello will not consider you seriously if you’re playing Championship football. Both Andy and Steven have to set their sights as high as possible this season.”
“They’ve got to be consistent and catch the eye, and force their way into the fold and try to get into the squads for the qualifiers for the Euros.”
“It can be done and it’s achievable, but I think they’ve got to work extremely hard and remember that they are both Newcastle’s future and prize assets.”
Relegation may have cost young Steven Taylor a place in the England World Cup squad, but there was no way that Fabio would pick a second division player for the World Cup squad, but Steven has a big chance to impress next season, and there’s a place available for him at the center of England’s defense, no doubt about that.
He’s certainly already a lot better than West Ham’s Matthew Upson, that’s for sure.
And Andy supposedly is right on the radar screen of Fabio Capello already, after his excellent performances for the England U21 side, and his 16 Championship goals this year for Newcastle.
Andy still has a lot to do to improve his game, but Hughton may be the perfect coach to bring on the 21 year-old.
“I think while Andy has time on his side, next season is time for Steven to look and play like the complete professional.”
“If you look at the top international defenders in the World Cup they will stick to the basics and they won’t break the golden rules of trying the audacious out there.”
“Nobody gets away with trying that at the top level, and it’s something to consider for any young aspiring international defender.”
“I’m not going to be one of these former players that comes out and says both Andy and Steven will make it, because it’s not cast iron, it is down to their application next season.”
And of course Carroll is the leading contender for the famous No 9 shirt next season at Newcastle, but MacDonald would like to see even more goals from the Gateshead-born striker. So would we.
“He took a lot of plaudits last season but he can’t rest on that.” “The first half of the season saw him score just a couple of goals, but he had a great run in the second.”
“He’s got to look at how good he can be and how bad he can be, assess the strengths and weaknesses and make sure he’s the main man at his club, in the same way as Rooney at Man U and Drogba at Chelsea.”
“You’ve got to aim high.” “Look at Darren Bent – he scored 25 goals for Sunderland in a poor team, kept them up and he still didn’t make it.”
“That’s the benchmark for Carroll if he wants to be in the international reckoning at senior level in the next couple of years.”
We look to both Andy and Steven next season to be two of Newcastle’s very best players, and maybe they will get their England debuts too.
And there’s no way either of these lads will leave Tyneside this summer- whatever the gossip press may say.