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.