IT LOOKS likely that Newcastle number 9 Andy Carroll is to be called up to the England squad after he was omitted from the Under-21s.
Stout target man Carroll has been in the form of his life this season, sitting joint top of the Premier League scoring charts alongside Chelsea’s Florent Malouda, Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and teammate Kevin Nolan on seven strikes.
However – and I must stress this is nothing to do with his off-field run ins with the tabloids and the law – I do not think 21-year-old Carroll is ready or even right to do a job internationally.
My case in point is Peter Crouch – trying to watch spindly Peter play for England is a frustration, as he is repeatedly called up for fouling opposition defenders, and often yellow carded, just for challenging but being a bit taller than his opponents.
Can you imagine the human battering ram that is Carroll trying his no-holds-barred aerial tactics in front of fussy international officials?
Sure he’s got a powerful stride on him, and a touch of the ‘fox in the box’ opportunist to boot, but youngster Carroll hasn’t nearly enough guile yet to lead the line for the Three Lions.