Newcastle’s concerns about not wanting Andy to play this week has brought up questions about how much the club will support his future England International career.
Chris Hughton – is Irishman concerned about Andy playing for England?
But we don’t think this is a major problem, and Chris knows lads want to play for their country, but when it’s only a friendly game, the very last thing you want is to have your best players come back injured, which has happened to Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard this week.
Newcastle pay Carroll’s wages, England don’t, and they will want to ensure Andy comes back fit from International duty, although that hardly ever happened with Michael Owen, when he was at the club and also playing for England.
Chris continued with his rhetorical questions about Andy:
“Is there any frustrations that he played regardless?” “Not at this moment because I think we would have benefited from it.”
“The fact that he has got through 70 minutes and made his debut is something we wanted as a club and for the lad himself.”
“So I think at this moment we can only gain from the fact that he has got the experience of playing for the senior side.” “That is something we all wanted and that is the way we have to look at it.”
Newcastle will be supportive of Andy playing for England, of course they will, but when it’s a friendly and the lad has a slight injury, they will be concerned about him playing, and so they should be.
Newcastle have come out of the Andy Carroll affair this week looking good, as they usually do when Chris Hughton is the front for the club.