It would have been hard last night for Andy Carroll to have had a stormer for England, because he had very little service from a disjointed England side
Andy Carroll – Capello pleased with Carroll performance
But with the service he did receive he looked good, competent and even exciting at times, and looked the class of the team in the first half, before Steven Gerrard tried to impose himself on the game after half time, when he was switched to the middle of the park.
It seemed that manager Fabio Capello liked what he saw of Andy last night:
“I’m really happy for the performance of Andy because he played very well. He’ll be a player who’ll be important for the future of England.”
“When he received the ball he played quickly and his movement every time was dangerous.” “Franco Baldini, the general manager, spoke with Newcastle before the game and we checked him before the game.”
“I spoke with Andy at the hotel, personally and after the warm-up here. After the first half, too. He told me he was fit to play every time.”
“No player has ever played with me who was not fit. Our doctor said he was fit, so the player was ready to play. He played 70 minutes very well, no problem.”
We are biased of course and we thought Andy was England’s best player in that first half, when England were over-run by France, but then the TV commentators said the same thing – so Andy was as good as we thought.
But the thing with Andy is that he still has massive potential and can (will) get a lot better that he is right now.
If Andy can keep improving then in a year or so he could be a world class striker, but he will need to keep his feet on the ground, since the press are always talking about him.
Andy should keep his head down and listen closely to Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who seems to be making the local lad into a world class player.