Last night Chris Hughton seemed really proud that Andy Carroll has finally been called up by Fabio Capello for the England squad.
Andy Carroll – call up for England
And of course like any teacher, Chris has every right to be proud of what Andy’s achieved so far in his career, because Chris has coached the youngster so very well over these last 16 months, during which time Andy has improved immensely.
Now we have to hope that Andy can get a start on Wednesday night against France, as Capello seems to want to check on some of the young talent England has available at the moment.
If he doesn’t get the start against France, then it’s almost certain he will be brought on as a sub to get his very first full cap for England, and follow nicely in Alan Shearer’s footsteps.
Shearer was also 21 when he made his England debut, in the 2–0 win against France in February of 1992, and Alan also got one of the goals and was at Southampton at the time.
Alan had also played for the England U21 side before then, so there are some comparisons to be made between Andy And Alan, at least at 21 years old.
Hughton is looking forward to his young charge playing for England (hopefully) on Wednesday night:
“It’s a very proud moment for this football club,” “For a young man to have the opportunity to represent his country – particularly with the amount of quality strikers that there are around – it’s a proud day for him and the club.”
“Following in Alan Shearer’s footsteps will make it even better. When we decided to give him the number nine shirt we wanted him to develop into that role – he couldn’t have done any more than he has done.”
“Now I’ll send him away with one message – don’t come back injured!”
As we mentioned quite late last night, when the news came through, that Andy follows Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Malcolm MacDonald and Jackie Milburn, as Newcastle number 9 strikers, who went on to play for the full England side.
We’re certainly looking forward to seeing Andy again in England colors on Wednesday evening.