Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish backs Carroll for Euros

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes striker Andy Carroll is doing all he can to make a late run into England's European Championships squad.

The Scot is confident the 23-year-old will start next season better than he began the current one whether or not he is involved this summer for either Roy Hodgson's squad or Great Britain's Olympic team.

Carroll improved markedly in the last couple of months and on Tuesday gave former England captain John Terry a torrid night during the 4-1 win over Chelsea. Dalglish thinks the £35million record signing has finally settled in properly at Anfield. He said: "Andy will benefit from the fact he has been here for a year and has not had any problems with injuries."

Dalglish continued: "But the quality in the last couple of games has been fantastic and he has been building up to that for the whole season. I'm sure he will come back next season very much encouraged by his performances and starting afresh.

"We don't know what is going to happen with Andy yet - whether he is going to be away with England in the championships or chosen for the Olympics.

"I am not going to pick either Stuart Pearce's or Roy's team but if you want to play for your national side - and he does - or the Olympics - and he would do if he was picked - the best way to is to produce the goods on the pitch.

"The players will be judged by the performances and the better they play the more chance they have got."

On Thursday it was revealed Manchester United had contacted the Football Association to state none of their over-age players apart from Ryan Giggs would be available for this summer's Olympics.

Only those not selected for the European Championships will be considered by Pearce and while there is no mandate on clubs to release players Dalglish is happy for any members of his squad to accept a call-up.

"If the players want to go it is not a problem for us," he added.

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