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.