Belfast Telegraph

Andy Carroll’s Euro selection was a no-brainer

By Alan Green

Football can be very fickle — or, maybe, it’s just me?

Certainly, a month ago, I couldn’t have imagined that it would be Roy Hodgson who’d today be naming ‘his’ England squad for the European Championship nor that I’d be pushing the name of Andy Carroll for inclusion in it.

The Geordie has suddenly sparked into life after a wholly underwhelming first fifteen months at Anfield.

Reallyhe is playing very well and has added pace and, more surprisingly, some delicate footwork to his unquestioned strength.

He almost transformed the FA Cup final against Chelsea and then ravaged the same London opponents last week. Suddenly, Carroll looks a proper ‘Liverpool player’.

With Wayne Rooney unavailable for the first two group games, Carroll should be a ‘no-brainer’ selection ahead of the likes of Zamora and Bent.

I hope Crouch is included as well — he has an excellent goals per game ratio for England — and that Terry is left out. Where would I start for reasons why?

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