Alan Shearer was the last local lad to be the Newcastle and England number 9, and this morning Alan seems to have been pleased with the performance of Andy Carroll last night for England, in their 2-1 loss to France.
Andy Carroll – in training with England
Shearer talked to BBC Radio Five Live this morning:
“I thought he battled well, his touch was good and I thought he won his fair share in the air and he was probably the only positive of the night.”
“But I hope people don’t get on the young guys’ backs because none of them really shone last night.” “I hope they are given another chance. I hope Capello sticks with the young guys because I think it does need freshening up.”
And as far as Andy Carroll’s personal life goes, which it seems the gossip press will keep bringing up for the foreseeable future, Alan reminded everybody the lad is still only 21:
“We must not forget he’s 21 and obviously never been in this position before.”
“I think what’s important now is he learns from his mistakes, realizes that now he is a senior, full international which doesn’t compare to the under-21s. “
“He will have to realize now the spotlight will be on him for the next 10 or 15 years because of that.”
We think Andy will now realize the huge responsibilities he has as England’s new number nine, and hopefully he will start to live his life as a true professional, and if he does fulfill his vast potential, he’s going to be some player – for both Newcastle and his country.