Carroll Couldn’t Have Done Any More To Earn England Chance

Andy Carroll had excellent game for Newcastle United today, and but for the great goalkeeping of Mark Schwarzer, Andy would have added to his 7 Premier League goals he has scored so far this afternoon.

Andy Carroll – ready to play for England

And as far as getting his England chance his manager Chris Hughton says he doesn’t think Andy could have dome any more than he’s already done to get his chance to play for England.

This is what the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said after the game today, which ended all square at 0-0 with Fulham:

“He is a young player who we have wanted to make very good progress – he has done exactly that. He has added goals to his game.”

“He is very different to most other strikers and he couldn’t have done any more this season to stake a claim for England.”

“When we decided to give him that number nine shirt, it was because we felt he could very much develop into that role, and he couldn’t have done any more than he has done.”

Fulham boss Mark Hughes thought that his Norwegian defender Brede Hangeland did well to hold the Geordie striker today, and thinks the 6’4″ front man will definitely make an impression, when his International opportunity comes along.

This is what the former Man City, Blackburn Rovers and Wales manager said:

“He will certainly make an impression. Whether or not he would be able to go straight in and cement a place long-term, that’s a different debate.”

“But if he was involved, he would certainly make people sit up and take notice of him, certainly in opposition.”

If Andy Carroll doesn’t get into the England squad tonight, for the game with France on Wednesday night at Wembley, it’s hard to know what else he could have done over the last few weeks, as he’s been far and away the best English striker in the Premier League.

That’s the new Newcastle United number 9 for you. 😀

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 13, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #1

    He was hardly a world beater today!

    He looked a bit off it, but he had that monster shot that shows he’s always deadly.

  • CT

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry, don`t want him picked. Need him to concentrate on us.
    Getting injured on England duty in a meaningless friendly, nightmare.
    To hell with England, we`re wots important.
    Get an assistant quick for Hoots now or we`re screwed!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #3

    He didn’t have much luck today as most opportunities fell to Lovenkrands. he should be selected for England as our new number 9 is doing what our number 9’s do best and that’s scoring goals. Top scorer in the EPL, what a sesaon the lad is having. Mind you I have mixed feelings about him playing for England CT has a point. If Carroll were to get injured our season could be a disaster. I noticed today that we need more creativity from the flanks as Gutierrez does not create much. Guthrie did ok but wasn’t impressive either. Barton has been on fire these past few matches and he was missed today. What a shame Ben Arfa can’t play (I hate you De Jong). We need some of that class in midfield maybe when Gosling starts playing we’ll see more creativity. I would bring back Lua Lua in January to help out in that department as that kid does open up defenses with his direct runs.

  • Thump

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #4

    He had a great game today regardless of what anybody said. He made some excellent passes, some very nimble footwork and had a good few shots on target. I’d like to see a Toon player in England colours again but I’m in the boat that shares CT’s cynicism – I don’t want to risk injuries!

  • Thump

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    said = says

  • StuW

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    When is England squad announced? THought it was today?

  • Selbymag

    Nov 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #7

    The big lad had a great game today, held the ball up well and was unlucky not to score.

    One of the line from corner in first half and great volley save in second.

    If the 2 headers Lover had had fallen to Carroll there would have been 3 points in the bag.

    Proud day to have Englands centre forward playing for the Toon but im not sure if they have the players to provide the ammo. If Beckham was 10 years younger Carroll would be scoring international goals for fun.

  • chappywill

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #8

    the fa website, he’s in the squad, and jay bothroyd

  • CT

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #9

    chappy, can`t be bothered to check it out but if it`s true then SHIT!!!
    Bolton away next week, Kevin Davies and his merry band of thugs, either way Carrol is marked man>
    Still if Andy is injured Hoots forced to rethink tactics>

  • Selbymag

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Thats it CT keep it positive. Bolton appear to be playing good passing football under Coyle. Not sure if you are aware but nither fat head or Megson manager anymore!

  • daffy

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree , Carrol + Bent up front would frighten most defences , I think Carrol will be an England regular at some point + hes more of handful than Crouch & thats a compliment

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Official: Carroll in England squad


    Andrew Carroll (Newcastle United)
    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
    Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City)
    Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur)

  • leedodd

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Great News Andy Carroll Newcastle and England Legend !!!!! He Shoots He Scores Another carroll Goal England and Newcastle. Well Done Andy My Son !!!!!!!!!!!

  • CT

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Selby, only interested in Toon, couldn`t give a Toss about Ingerlind in a meeningless friendly!!
    Daffy, YOUR OWN PLAYER bentone is injured, not named, are you sure you know anything about your club?

    Next 6 games, We missed an oppo, Hoots needs help with tactics, badly!!

    Sorry to say but, TRUE!!!!

  • daffy

    Nov 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Iknow hes injured , im talking about the future man! Im a Sunderland fan but also an England supporter & i seriously hope Carrol does the business.

  • baro

    Nov 14, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #16

    This young superstar could not of done anything more to deserve his spot. He totally deserved it! Well done and hope he don’t loose your spot. We have our new SHEARER!

  • chuck

    Nov 14, 2010 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah Hughes is right Hangeland, roughed him up pretty good to-day, was all over him for most of the game and he failed to connect on the chances he had.
    But the good news is he is improving steadily as are the side in general, especially the defense.
    And the combo of Jonas and Toro have created a great understanding and were a constant threat on the left.
    But hey we could use a good winger on the right, wonder how Ben Arfa would fit ?
    This side is not that far from competing for a european spot, just a few new bodies.

  • Lynxie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Chuck, totally agree. A direct and competent right (attacking) midfielder/winger, and another ‘fox in the box’ type striker alonside Big Andy, and we are on track for a top half finish. A slice of luck, and lets not forget our FAIR share of dodgy refereeing decisions (which we have not had so far) and who knows? Have you ever seen a Mackem in ….. Milan/Rome/Barcelona/Kiev/La Coruna/Rotterdam/Basel/Lisbon/Eindhoven/ Bayer Leverkusen/BUDAPEST/Olympiacos Athens/ Ferencvaros/Metz/Antwerp/and so on and so on …..ha ha ha ha


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