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Fabio Capello Worried About Carroll Defecting To Scotland

A good report in the Evening Chronicle today that has revealed that England manager Fabio Capello has sent assistant and England U21 manager Stuart Pearce to Newcastle to get assurances from Andy Carroll that he will commit to play for England.

Andy Carroll – England getting worried?

There has been news recently that Scotland manager Craig Levein has been pestering Andy to commit to play for Scotland, but surely Andy isn’t that daft – apologies to Scottish fans.

Andy qualifies for Scotland because of his grandmother (and because he downed a couple of Scotches during Newcastle’s Championship  celebrations), but he has every chance of becoming an England international after the World Cup in South Africa.

Apparently Stuart  Pearce has twice been to Newcastle to speak to Andy about his International ambitions over the last month in a bid to ward off interest from Scotland manager Craig Levein

Pearce, who is big fan of his England U21 striker, saw Carroll in action in the final home game of the season against Ipswich Town, and was also on a more recent to Tyneside to speak to the 21 year-old.

Apparently the responses from the England Under-21 international striker has been a positive one from an England viewpoint – that’s good.

But Scotland manager Craig Levein still seems desperate to lure the big lad to play for Scotland, and this news will be a blow to Craig.

Even though Carroll ha played 5 times with 2 goals for the England u21 side, and has often looked excellent in an England shirt (his play is pretty good too), that doesn’t prevent the Gateshead-born player from representing Scotland of course.

England’s first game after World Cup will be in qualifying for the European Championships in 2012, when they play a tough first game against Portugal, and we have to think that Andy will make that squad, given his play for Newcastle early in the season is as good as it was earlier this year.

A source close to Andy Carroll told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Andy has twice met Stuart Pearce and has made it clear he is focusing on England and Newcastle.”    “Pearce has had terrific reports back from Andy’s everyday work in training and willingness to get even better as a player.”

“He is highly regarded at Newcastle and, because he is such a unique talent, England are very keen.”  “There are no guarantees whatsoever when it gets to the international stage.”

“However, Andy has been told Mr Capello picks the players in the best form and next season Andy will have the chance to stake his claim.”

Craig Levein talked about trying to get Andy to play for Scotland and he said today:

“I am dead keen to get Andy involved with Scotland. His grandparents have Scottish blood.”   “He is a smashing player and somebody who I feel would be a great asset to the Scottish national team.”

“I am not saying it is impossible, but it would be very difficult for him to break into the England side and would like him to come on board with is.”

It says a lot about Andy’s potential that the England hierarchy are going out of their way to ensure Carroll remains available for England, and it’s an open secret that Fabio Capello sees great potential in the Tyneside youngster.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    May 25, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Probably one of the best headers around. It doesn’t matter what league you are in, you dont loose the ability to head in the quality Andy has this season.

    Clearly needs to improve aspects of his game, like movement and scoring on the floor and with his weaker foot (things that Shola has developed and showed this season) . But can have a big future for England, if he develops the way he did this season over the next 3 seasons we could be at the next world cup.

  • rwpoynter

    May 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    If I had been asked to play for Scotland in my long distant youth I am sure I would have been flattered but even more so if I had been asked to play for England ( as I am English, far more likely anyway!). Andy has a much more realistic chance of getting medals with England. Incidentally, having once made the decision, can you change your mind?

  • Craigg

    May 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    “Head of middlesborough fan club neil pratt stated on the clubs website that they expect wheater to leave for a premiership club. epected at this time newcastle united.”

    I know this is bo*locks but im clutching straws.

  • G

    May 25, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Wheater looked good 2 seasons ago? Did they mention a fee Craigg? I wouldn’t pay over the odds if he is a one season wonder, but he would deffo be worth a look.

  • Craigg

    May 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5


    £4m apparantly, I very rarely pay any attention to these fan sites but a hell of a lot of Boro fans seemed quite convinced about this one.

    Some were also saying that Strachan wants Smith or Shola in exchange.

  • Ericles

    May 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    This is good news for Andy and, by boosting his confidence, will improve his play for the club. Was Crouch’s goal last night an offside handball? Two acts of god?

  • JSYproject

    May 25, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    definitely excited to see how this lad does next season, and as ericles says this will only increase his confidence all the more.. Shame no one wants leon best i think hes in desperate need of some self confidence, or perhaps desperate need of some skill

  • cupiddstunt

    May 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    AC could be a monster centre forward I watched him playing against Chris Morgan who is anything but a soft touch and Andy appeared to enjoy the contest, and in my opinion came out well on top.

    I do not think there are many defenders in the prem who are going to have an easy game when he is playing for us in fact I can see him being a right handful for most defences never mind individual defenders.

    I remember one NUFC v’s Arse n hole game when both Viera and Campbell were complaining to the ref that Allan was abusing them, and when you consider that both of them were a lot bigger than Shearer it made me laugh.

    I honestly think Carroll has the attitude and most certainly the physical attributes to turn him into a fearsome centre forward

  • Gordo

    May 25, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Being Scottish i’d love to see big Andy play along side Kris Boyd for Scotland & Newcastle,rumours up here Boyd could be heading to SJP. 🙂

  • JSYproject

    May 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Maybe Gordo… luckily hes out of contract. Wouldnt have boyd on anything but a free personally, heard nothing but bad things about him, other than his goal scoring record of course 🙂

  • Xenarious

    May 25, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #11

    I love how the Scottish, Irish and Welsh try to leech off our youth, even when they are playing in our international teams. Those countries are a disgrace, they should nuture their own talent.

    As for Levien saying he has Scottish blood in his grandparents? One of his grand parents is Scottish. ONE. This shows the joke loop holes there is in the FIFA rule system today. Why bother putting players through our national youth teams till they reach Under-21 and then defect because they aren’t prepared to wait?

    Hopefully Carroll will see sense and know that he has a future with England if he carries on working on his game. He has come on leaps and bounds since breaking into the team.

    Why throw the towel in and play for a lesser nation because ONE of your grandparents was Scottish.

    Apparently C alderwood is the rat that is trying to persuade him inside the club. He should be kicked out of our club for trying to intefere with players like that, especially young ones.

    I would be gutted to see him put on a Scottish shirt. I would no longer be proud of our “local” lad.

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 25, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Just as FC played Beckham for no good reason except winning caps, so he will continue with Crouch and Heskey, neither of whom are 1st choicers or indeed prolific scorers. Both of these striking ‘legends’ would be pushed to hold down a 1st team place in the fizzy, and yet with them we are going to win the World Cup. A joke, right?

    Carroll has a right to be a little miffed at being sidelined from the provisional 30 as he is the only striker in form apart from Big Wayne, but it’s probably best for him not to be there when the whole house of cards collapses next month. Jonas will tear England’s right flank to shreds if we are lucky enough to be still be hanging in by then. Quarter finals tops, then the excuses will begin again…. Yawn!

  • Brutooon

    May 26, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #13

    the way i see this one is that capello is looking t at heskey and crouch and both is now old in age so Andy Caroll would be the next generation of “big striker” cos i dont think of any other english striker of his abilities…

  • cupiddstunt

    May 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Bee fart I think Crouches 21 goals in 38 games is a pretty impressive tally personally.


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