Is Andy Carroll Getting A Senior England Call Up?


Andy Carroll has been left out of the England Under-21 squad for the 2011 European Championship play-off against Romania.

Andy Carroll – is he getting senior England call-up?

The Newcastle striker has been in good form this season and has scored 4 good goals in the Premier League, and the fact that he has been omitted form the U21 squad fill fuel rumors that England manager Fabio Capello will name him in the senior squad for the European 2012  qualifying games next week.

Here is the England U21 squad announced today:

Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones ( Blackburn Rovers), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd), Jack Cork (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck(Man Utd)

We’ll have to wait and see but if Andy is not named in the senior England squad then what is Stuart Pearce thinking about?

But then again the England selections sometimes are mysterious at best – otherwise why would  Emile Heskey have started the World Cup games at center- forward for England in South Africa?

We hope Andy gets the senior England call-up because one thing with Andy,  is that he’s not fazed by the big occasion, unlike some of the supposed England stars – who were just pathetic in the World Cup in South Africa – and that’s being kind. I just got a pain in my left arm thinking about the World Cup again. 😀

We’d also like to see Steven Gerrard retain the England captaincy, even if injury-prone Rio Ferdinand returns to the squad, because Steven has shown he rises to the occasion with the extra responsibility of being captain.

And Steven’s been just terrific for England while he’s been the captain these last few games with Rio out injured.

He’s almost as good as when he’s leading Liverpool – and that’s saying something.

The way he turned the European Champions Final against AC Milan in that second half in 2005, after Liverpool were 3-0 down at half time,  is still fresh in the memory – what a player this boy is.

Comments welcome.


23 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Sep 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Carroll is the best English centre forward in the Premiership by a country mile and it is a disgrace that he has not been selected long ago. Wakey wakey Capello!! Carroll has not looked great in the last few games because he is getting no support from ambling Nolan.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 30, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2

    The reason Carroll’s looked poor is because there’s been no service and Nolan hasn’t been getting forward enough.

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  • Sinner

    Sep 30, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I have a feeling he wont be making the senior team as his last 3 performances were kinda poor.

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  • Bucks mag

    Sep 30, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree with Supermac and CH on this one. Carroll can make the grade of an England player but it is too early for me, he’s not yet established himself as a Premier League player.

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  • toonboyjake

    Sep 30, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #5

    i hope so, i put a £5 bet on him being in the squad by the end of the year in may so that could be a nice little earner

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  • pearceet

    Sep 30, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I think its because of an injury worry…. but that is from the daily mail 🙂

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #7

    It almost certainly won’t be an injury worry. Sky Sports are reporting it as a probable move into the first team and, when you think about it, it’s not that strange.

    Rooney – out
    Heskey – retired
    Defoe – out
    Crouch – for some reason FC doesn’t seem to like him. Maybe he thinks his time is up, he’s not getting younger either…

    That’s the four strikers that went to the WC. Darren Bent will probably start.
    Who else is there that is much better than Carroll?

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  • Thump

    Sep 30, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s a fair point, HTL. I still think it’s a disgrace that Bent was left out of the final squad after FC claimed he was looking at “in form players”. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fact that a Sunderland player didn’t make the grade but that doesn’t make me dislike the flagrant contradiction.

    There’s a huge gulf between established England players, England players with potential and fringe/youngsters so I honestly think Big Andy will get the call up shortly.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Zamora’s another that’s injured too.

    Three ‘certains’ out. One possibly dropped. One retired.

    I can only think of:
    D. Bent
    Agbonlahor
    Crouch
    Carroll

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Vs Man City (a):

    —————————-Krul—————————

    –RTaylor—–Coloccini—–Williamson–Enrique
    —————————Tiote—————————
    —Arfa——————-Barton—————Jonas–
    —————————–Nolan————————
    —————————Carroll————————-

    Vs Wigan(h):

    ——————————Krul————————-

    –RTaylor—–Coloccini—–Williamson–Enrique

    –Routledge————–Barton————–Jonas-
    ——————————-Arfa———————–
    ——————-Carroll———-Lovenkrands——

    What you guys reckon?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 30, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Can anyone see this in Englands next match?

    ——————————-Hart————————

    —GJohnson——Ferdinand—–Terry—–ACole

    —AJohnson——-Gerrard——Lampard–Milner

    ————————Bent——–Carroll————–

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  • mattnufc

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Sounds like it! Watch him get injured

    Turkish, swap Lampard for Barry, Walcott for Johnson, Carroll for Crouch. I think Capello will go for something more like that.

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Carroll is the only big target man England have for now.

    But i think its too early. what if he didnt perform on his debut? that will affect his performance for nufc

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  • danuneek

    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #14

    My England team would be:
    ——————————-Hart————————

    —GJohnson——Ferdinand—–Terry—–ACole

    ————————-Barry————————

    ——————Gerrard——Lampard————–

    Walcott————————————Johnson

    —————–————Bent——–———————–

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  • danuneek

    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #15

    lampards injured so replace him with Milner.

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  • toon009

    Oct 1, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Isn’t Walcott injured as well??
    Carroll might make it on the bench. but a call up is on the cards.

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  • Darling27

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Carroll will get a call up but will only be on the bench.

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  • Darling27

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Turkish Magpie that’s the line up i’d play at Man City 🙂

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  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #19

    “The way [Gerrard] turned the European Champions Final against AC Milan in that second half in 2005, after Liverpool were 3-0 down at half time, is still fresh in the memory – what a player this boy is.”

    you mean when he dove in the box to get that penalty??

    Turkish, I like those two toon lineups. for the wigan one, though, i might drop mcloven and put tiote back in. but that would be one hell of an attacking lineup you have there

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #20

    A lot of progressive teams don’t play with a big target man any more , but rather use smaller more mobile strikers.

    Andy Carroll is a bit of a throwback, but in flashes has proved he can play on the deck and at times has a bit of pace and no little skill.

    I just hope if he does get a chance at senior level, they don’t just play ”hoofball” to his head as we do so much at club level, when he’s better than that.

    Ok Carroll’s not the brightest and often looks like a moronic thug who would probably glass you in a night club and indiscriminately hit women and team mates, but what the hey, he’s our thug !!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Hawaiian

    Dove ??? is that like a pigeon ?

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  • sweendog

    Oct 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Turkish .. agreed about Man City but Wigan that’d be a bit too attacking..

    —————————-Krul—————————

    –RTaylor—–Coloccini—–Williamson–Enrique
    —————————Tiote—————————
    —Arfa——————-Barton—————Jonas–
    —————————–Nolan————————
    —————————Carroll————————-

    Vs Wigan(h):

    ——————————Krul————————-

    –RTaylor—–Coloccini—–Williamson–Enrique

    ————————Tiote—————–

    –Routledge————–Barton————–Jonas-

    ——————-Carroll———-Arfa/Lovenkrands——

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