Newcastle United’s young 21 year-old striker Andy Carroll has been selected for the full England international squad for the very first time.
Andy Carroll – in training with Newcastle
The Gateshead-born forward was called up by Fabio Capello tonight, to be part of the squad to face France at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Carroll has scored seven Premier League goals for Newcastle this season, and of course came through the Newcastle club’s Academy.
Carroll started to wear the famous number 9 Newcastle shirt only this season, and it didn’t take long for England to give him a call.
Andy has previously represented England at Under-21 level where he played 5 times with 2 goals and for the England Under-19 side, for whom he appeared 8 times with 4 goals.
Carroll, on hearing the news tonight, had this comment:
“It’s a real honor to be selected for England. It obviously shows I am progressing on the pitch and it is fantastic that Mr Capello has given me this opportunity to be involved with the senior England team.”
England will play France this coming Wednesday evening 17th November, with an 8:00 pm kick off time.
Andy has so far played 97 times for the Newcastle side with 30 goals, and he follows in the foot-steps of Alan Shearer, Malcolm MacDonald, Les Ferdinand and Jackie Milburn who were also number 9s at Newcastle United, and went on to be selected by England.
Well done Andy – now get a few goals on Wednesday night.
Other youngsters like Man United’s Chris Smalling and Sunderland midfielder 20 year-old Jordan Henderson, are also included in the squad for the very first time, along with Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd.
Also in the young squad named by Capello are Arsenal youngsters 18 year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere, and 21 year-olds Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott.
22 year-old Micah Richards of Man City gets his first ever call-up by Fabio Capello.
England Squad in full:
Ben Foster, Robert Green, Joe Hart;
Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Chris Smalling, John Terry;
Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young;
Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jay Bothroyd, Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch.