The club versus country argument has been raised again since the England loss the France on Wednesday night.
Andy Carroll – fir for tomorrow’s game at Bolton
The gossip press had hoped that Andy Carroll would have injured his groin again on Wednesday night (yes they would), but they got a gift when Steven Gerrard injured his hamstring with just 6 minutes to go in the game.
It turns out that Liverpool had an agreement with England manager Fabio Capello that Steven play an hour maximum against France, but Fabio kept him on the field to support the England youngsters, since both Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry had both left the game at half time.
Gerrard is now out out for around three to four weeks, and that’s hardly good news to manager Roy Hodgson, who is trying his best to revive the Reds fortunes.
But Newcastle have essentially avoided any argumentative debate about Carroll since Wednesday night, because not only did the Geordie lad play well for England, but it looks like he’s fit for the important game at Bolton tomorrow afternoon.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been very diplomatic in press interviews since the game, and has tried to put the Newcastle club’s concerns about Andy playing, in the right light.
But Chris thought Andy had a good game on his debut:
“I thought he did well. It was a difficult game because the French had periods of possession when they were very good and Andy Carroll is the type of player that has to rely on service into him.”
“It was a night when it was very difficult to do that. But he showed he is able to work for the team and get into positions and, taking all that into consideration, he did well.”
“He is a little bit stiff, but that is to be expected. It doesn’t look as though he has aggravated anything or had any reaction and I would expect him to play against Bolton at the weekend.”
We were impressed with the way Andy fitted right in, and looked a good technical player and this boy have massive potential to become much better than he is now.
Whether he can get as many goals as the great Alan Shearer scored, is still open to question, but he’ll get his fair share of goals with that left foot and his excellent heading ability.
So we look forward to Andy starting tomorrow afternoon, when we fully expect him to be the only striker up front, as Chris Hughton reverts to a 4-5-1 formation in the absence of Ivorian Cheick Tiote in central midfield.