Sunday 22 October 2017

Carroll confidence on up

Jason Burt

Andy Carroll says Euro 2012 offers him "a chance to show what I'm about."

Weighed down (despite his denials) by a £35m price tag, the huge expectations at Liverpool and his own inability to cope, Carroll has struggled to make an impression beyond being an expensive acquisition since he arrived at Anfield, while his opportunities for England have dwindled.

Fabio Capello first watched the 23-year-old striker when he played in the Championship and fast-tracked him into his squad in Newcastle United's first season back in the Premier League. Capello saw him as the kind of battering ram that he wanted for England.

Capello's successor, Roy Hodgson, has taken an even more pragmatic approach, making it clear that he wants a classic No 9 in his team in front of a disciplined midfield and defence.

"I was delighted to be in the squad," Carroll said having played the full 90 minutes against Norway.

"At the end of the season I just felt like I was moving a lot better and getting involved in games more than I did at the beginning." (©Independent News Service)

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