Andy Carroll followed his cameo for Liverpool with a dominant performance in the 4-1 victory last night, and Matthew Glazier of Bettingpro.com explains why Roy Hodgson should be taking him to Euro 2012...
ANDREW Thomas Carroll was a relative unknown amongst football fans until last season when he burst on to the Premier League scene with Newcastle United.
His performances and eleven goals for the Magpies impressed Liverpool to the extent that the Merseyside club were prepared to spend £35 million on the striker, although Carroll has largely struggled during the 18 months he has been at Anfield.
Nevertheless, we believe that Roy Hodgson should be taking the 23-year-old to Euro 2012 this summer and here are 7 reasons why:
What a superb FA Cup final cameo appearance
Perhaps Liverpool would have won the FA Cup final if the Geordie had started the game against Chelsea. His appearance in the 55th minute immediately changed the match and Carroll lashed the ball home within ten minutes to set up an exciting finale. But for Petr Cech’s amazing save, the England hopeful would have taken the game into extra-time. His performance last night was even better. He dominated Terry and Ivanovic physically, skinned them both on the floor and his distribution and movement was first class.
Carroll is coming into form at the right time
The forward’s FA Cup final goal means he has now scored three in his last six matches and that’s the type of form which means Roy Hodgson will sit up and take notice. Carroll headed home a winner at Ewood Park before the same thing happened days later against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.
Carroll will relish the supply line that Ashley Young, James Milner, Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could provide from the flanks
England need to take a target man to Euro 2012
We’re not advocates of the long-ball game here at Bettingpro, although we do think it’s useful to have a player that can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Andy Carroll is that player! Wayne Rooney would benefit from playing off the 6ft 3in front man, while the Geordie demonstrated in the FA Cup final that he can be an impact player from the bench.
Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two matches…
Rooney’s suspension might see Roy take an extra striker to Ukraine, although the new manager doesn’t know what combination will work best against France and Sweden, largely because the Manchester United forward has been the focal point of the Three Lions attack for the whole qualifying campaign.
…and Hodgson doesn’t have too many attacking options
Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first 2 matches. Darren Bent hasn’t played since February. There is a clear opportunity for Andy Carroll to re-enter the England set-up and demonstrate that he can play a part not only in England’s games against France and Sweden but for the whole of the tournament.
Carroll has a big old point to prove
The boy played with fire in his belly during the FA Cup final and caused untold problems for John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of the Chelsea defence, and again last night at Anfield. It was almost as if he was determined to silence his many critics who have been sharpening and plunging their knives ever since he arrived on Merseyside with a hefty £35 million price tag.
Hodgson’s likely 4-4-2 formation would benefit Carroll
Roy likes playing with wingers and it’s a system that would benefit Andy Carroll who would relish the supply line that Ashley Young, James Milner, Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could provide from the flanks. Carroll is a good old-fashioned number nine and Hodgson can’t afford not to take someone who changed the 2012 FA Cup final so dramatically.
This article originally appeared on Bettingpro.com, an award-winning sports, news and betting website.
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