Andy Carroll has today talked about the possibility of being called up for the senior England squad on Monday, and he seems nonchalant about the whole thing.
Andy Carroll – unfazed by all the attention
Andy was asked if he thinks he is ready to make the move from Under-21 to full England international, and this is what the 21 year old said today:.
“Yeah, whatever is in front of me I will have a go at,” “I don’t really know,” “I have to wait and see what happens. It is not really on my mind. If I get picked, I get picked. I have my job to do here.”
“Everyone wants to play for their country.” “At the moment all I want to do is play for Newcastle.”“That is what my job is, I have to keep working at it every day. It is what I do for Newcastle at the moment that matters.”
“If I get a call-up, great, if not I concentrate on myself. ”
We have been impressed with the way he and a number of the other youngsters at Newcastle have been coached in the last 15 months by the Newcastle manager.
And if Chris does nothing else, he keeps their feet very firmly on the ground, and rams into all the players that they have to produce the goods game in and game out, to use a well worked phrase.
With Andy being so keen to learn, he is picking up a lot from the manager, and he has not only improved dramatically over the last 15 months or so, but hopefully he is growing into a model professional both on and off the field – we hope so in any case.
This is what Chris said about young Andy today:
“He will go through the ups and downs all strikers go through – loss of form, goals etc,” “Any decision is made by the England manager but he has done very well for us.”
“He has risen to every challenge, scored four goals for us and got off to a very good start. As with any striker he will be judged on goals so from that respect he couldn’t have done any better.”
“He’s still developing his game. It is his first season, first real time in the Premier League and he will go through all the ups and downs.” “You don’t anticipate any young player playing the whole season and with him being a striker, most teams seem to freshen up in that area,”
“Do I see him playing 38 (league) games? No, that would be unfair to the others.”
Chris has a good squad these days, and it’s a big improvement on last year at this time, but he must use the squad this season, and the fact he has used almost the same players in the first 6 Premier League games, doesn’t point to him using the squad as much as we thought he would.
But it’s still early days yet of course, and we really don’t even know whether we’ll be involved in a relegation scrap this season.
We hope not but any more poor home results will certainly not help us.