After the game last night both England captain Rio Ferdinand and England scorer Peter Crouch had ample praise for the performance of Newcastle’s Andy Carroll.
Rio Ferdinand challenges Florent Malouda last night
Captain Rio Ferdinand seemed to be very supportive of the new England youngsters throughout the week, and he talked about Andy’s performance to Sky Sports after the game:
“When the young lads come into the team, it’s great that the fans get behind them and they really did.”
“We had quite an inexperienced team out against France. There were two debutantes in Carroll and Jordan Henderson.” “Andy, with what service he did get, I thought he did really well on the night.”
“Henderson, it was a great experience for him to be out there and playing in front of 90,000 at Wembley and Kieran Gibbs I thought had a good game.”
“It’s now down to the manager how he integrates them into the team but hopefully he can integrate them into the set-up now.”
Rio lasted only until half time, and it seems there was an agreement with Alex Ferguson he would only play the first half of last night’s game.
And Peter Crouch, who will now presumably have Andy as a competitor for the England striker position, scored within a minute of replacing Steven Gerrard and was complimentary of the young Geordie:
“I thought young Andy did really well.” “He can be proud of his performance.” “For me, he can go on and become an England player for years to come if he keeps learning and adapting the way he has.”
“He’s a big lad and a real competitor, and I think he has what it takes to play international football.”
Peter can’t stop scoring for England it seems, as he now has the fantastic record of 22 goals in 42 games for his country, after replacing Gerrard after 84 minutes.
Gerrard went off injured, and it seems that Liverpool are now very unhappy with that, because they had some agreement with Fabio Capello that he would play a maximum of about an hour last night.
But it must be very hard for Fabio Capello to play an England side, when he has all these different agreements in place, and after all he wanted to win the game, even though it was a friendly.