Andy Carroll has been left out of the England U21 squad for the upcoming Internationals over the next two weeks, and we wondered yesterday if that was because he would get a full England call up.
Andy Carroll – will get England call up
Well it turns out that the papers today are saying exactly that – and Andy will indeed get his first call up for the England squad when it is named on Monday.
Stuart Pearce had wanted to name Carroll in the Under-21 squad for the qualifier with Romania, but was told earlier this week that the full side wanted to take a closer look at the 6’3″ Geordie striker, who wears the very famous number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
Stuart Pearce of course has been a great admirer of the young striker, and Andy has looked outstanding, whenever he has played for the England U21 side and in 5 appearances the lad scored 2 goals. Andy also played 8 times for the England U19 side and scored 4 goals.
There are a number of injuries to England’s strikers, including Fulham’s Bobby Zamora and Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, and whether he likes it or not Wayne Rooney may not play because of advice from his manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
So this seems a good time yo bring young Andy Carroll into the fray.
Carroll is fast becoming a typical number 9 at Newcastle, by presumably soon getting his first England cap, and since the lad is just 21 years old, there’s plenty of time for him to get a lot better, which his coach Chris Hughton insists will happen.
And England will have been wary of Scotland trying to poach the youngster, since they need all the good players they can get, and Scotland manager Craig Levein had spoken just yesterday of his desire that Andy play for Scotland, as he qualifies through his grandmother.
This is what Craig said:
“We are continually looking for players to play for Scotland,” “With regards Andy Carroll, nothing is dead in the water. Until Andy Carroll plays a competitive match for England he is still eligible and it’s something we haven’t given up on.”
Carroll, however, only wants to play for England and was quoted yesterday as saying:
“Without a doubt I want to play for England” “That’s where I’m from and who I want to play for.”
Well said Andy!
It will certainly be a proud moment if and when Andy gets his first cap for England, and we have to think it could be against Montenegro on Tuesday, 12th October.