England Better Pick Carroll Soon – Or He’ll Play For Scotland


We were hoping that Newcastle’s  21 year old striker Andy Carroll would get a call-up for the England squad for the game next week against Hungary, but Andy wasn’t included.

Andy Carroll – will wear number 9 shirt this season at Newcastle

But England had better include this 6’4″ striker soon, otherwise he may elect to have a regular gig with Scotland, who seem desperate to make him a Scotland International, and he will not have to wait either.

Andy qualifies to play for Scotland because of his grandmother.

Andy Carroll scored 19 goals for Newcastle last season and was given the famous number 9 Newcastle shirt be Newcastle manager Chris Hughton earlier this summer.

Chris feels the  21-year-old has what it takes to be another famous number 9 at Newcastle United, to follow in the footsteps (so to speak) of former greats Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer.

Chris talked about Andy over the weekend

“He has the potential and  he’s still learning the game. There’s still areas of his game that he needs to improve, but the most important thing is that he’s a willing learner.”

“He will spend time on the training pitch and he has a thirst for knowledge. When I gave him the opportunity to have the number nine shirt, it’s something he didn’t shirk. He is a player that doesn’t play with any fear.”

“What is important as well, being in the area, is that he is a local lad. There are a lot of reasons why I felt very comfortable giving him the number nine shirt.”

It’s an important season for Andy, but the way he will be measured will be by  how many goals he scores for Newcastle.

Despite Emile Heskey being the England striker in the World Cup,  even though he scored only 7 goals in 62 International appearances, a striker should be measured on his goal record – because that’s what he’s there for – to score goals.

Just ask Alan Shearer, who scored 379 goals in 733 club games over his career, a goal in every 1.93 games – so now you know why this Geordie legend  was so great!.

Oh, and Alan in addition scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for England.

Comments welcome.


12 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Awful squad from Capello why pick Gibbs whens hes been injured all year?? Hes once again picking by team not form

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  • Ericles

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    If Capello still persists in selecting his uninspired bunch of over-rated and overpaid under-achievers then Andy would better off
    playing for Scotland. As long as Capello persists in slecting his favourite bunch of catwalking aftershave advertisers then England has little chance of developing let alone Andy Carroll getting and England shirt from him. Despite all the post-world cup waiing Capello has opted for the same old media inspired choice of squad. Play for Scotland Andy – at least they pass the ball!!

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    play for scotland, he will get more international games for scotland than england.

    Darrent Bent
    Agbonhalor

    Scoring goals dont guarantee england place

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Capello hasn’t picked a new squad, he’s picked the same squad but different faces on the bench to change at half time…. he’s still got the same 10 outfield players who failed so miserably at the WC & you’re right when you say he doens’t pick players in form, he picks players from certain teams & thats it!!!

    I think the FA should sack him now & give a new ENGLISH manager the chance to start agian with players under the age of 26 only 🙂 🙂

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  • bobby_ollox

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry I clearly slept through the 2010-11 season and missed his 20 goal premiership season, his hat-trick away at man u, and his canonisation into St Andy – in fact last time I looked, Andy Caroll was a player newly promoted to the Premiership with an average championship season behind him, a dubious reputation with the law, and bruised knuckles just recovering from a brush with a teammate’s chin .

    Why exactly do we thik he is ready for England ?

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Comon guys.. Carroll doesn´t qualify for England. He was good last year in Championchip but need to make some goals in PL before we should even mention England. It is time we wake up and realize that we lack tempo and first touch after a year in championship

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  • tom tomb

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry don’t even think he is a guaranteed 1st choice at Newcastle, so why England? Mind you I like the lad it is just as CH says, he has a lot to learn.

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  • Wright

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    all the england strikers in this squad a proven prem goal scorers who i felt were unlucky not be at the world cup so why should carrol get in the squad now he will get his england chance after euro 2012

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  • Ericles

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Isn’t Capello the name of an old Victorian music hall clown?

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  • howay man

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Any of us on this ste could pick a better side than cappello, its crazy that kieron gibbs, who played 3 times in the league last season gets picked for england complete disgrace

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  • Obafan

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    This really makes me laugh. Like I mentionned earlier; you have to support every player in your team that’s true. I also support Carroll and I will be the first to jump if he scores. But I still believe he is overrated. I think it is really unfair that Carroll and also S. Taylor are being named as our best players, because they are Geordies. That is far from the truth; they both are overrated. If I read which comments are written about certain players (look at Collo’s first season here) then it is really sad that those players are immediately pointed as the “clowns”.

    Carroll for England, come on he has yet to prove that he can score a few in the EPL.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Scotland is nowhere near England. I’d pik England no matter what.

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