Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 22nd 2015 Contents A49
Monday, June 22, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Roy Hodgson has told Andy
Carroll he can win his place back
in the England squad if he hits the
ground running next season.
Deep in the bowels of the Stadion
Stozice in Ljubljana last night,
Hodgson was reminiscing about
the role Carroll played during the
first few months of his reign as
When asked whether Jack
Wilshere s second stunning goal in
the 3-2 win over Slovenia was the
best goal of his tenure, Carroll s
name suddenly popped into his
"I d have to put all the goals
before me (before making a judge-
ment), but I remember Andy Car-
roll s header," Hodgson said.
The goal Hodgson was referring
to was the one he scored in Eng-
land s second Euro 2012 group game
Carroll rose to beat his marker
in the centre of the box and nodded
in Steven Gerrard s pin-point cross
to set England on their way to a
vital 3-2 win.
Since the tournament in Poland
and Ukraine, Carroll has played just
62 minutes of international foot-
He came off at half-time during
England s post-Euro 2012 friendly
against Italy in Berne and made a
brief cameo off the bench in the
5-0 win over San Marino on Octo-
ber 12, 2012.
The 26-year-old was in and out
of the England squad for the next
two seasons and despite repeated
calls from then-Hammers boss Sam
Allardyce, Carroll was left out of
Hodgson s World Cup squad last
year as the former Fulham manager
opted for Rickie Lambert instead.
After another injury-plagued
season, Carroll was never men-
tioned as a possible contender for
a call-up, but Hodgson would
accept the towering forward back
into the fold, despite fears England
would revert to long-ball tactics
with the former Newcastle man in
the starting XI.
"I don t close doors," Hodgson
said when asked about the possi-
bility of a recall for Carroll.
"Rickie did a very good job for
us, Charlie Austin has been with
up where I say: unless you are a
certain type of footballer there is
no chance for you.
"If Andy can recapture his form,
you know how much of a handful
he is as a player, so who knows?
He could quite easily become a
player we look at.
"That is up to him. He has been
very unfortunate with injuries, I
can only hope he can recover from
his injuries in the same way that
Phil Jones and Jack Wilshere have."
Whether Carroll is up to the task
remains to be seen. He scored just
five goals in 16 appearances last
term. A change of scenery may do
him good. Newcastle are among a
number of clubs said to be eyeing
up a move for the striker.
But, as Hodgson points out, Car-
roll faces stiff competition. A couple
of years ago, Hodgson was bemoan-
ing the lack of strikers available to
him, but now he is blessed with
Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck
and Daniel Sturridge are all cer-
tainties when fully fit, Theo Walcott
is doing his chances no harm as a
striker with his form for Arsenal,
and there are three goal scorers
who are ready to step up from the
Saido Berahino and Danny Ings
scored 25 Premier League goals
between them last season and
Hodgson confirmed Harry Kane
would have been in the senior
squad for the games against Slove-
nia and the Republic of Ireland had
he not gone to the European
Manchester United midfielder
Juan Mata says he wants to see
David de Gea at Old Trafford next
season but will understand if his
friend decides to move on.
De Gea has just one year left
on his contract at Old Trafford
and the Spanish goalkeeper has
been strongly linked with a move
back to Spain with Real Madrid
said to be leading the chase.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper
Marca, Mata said: "Lots of people
ask me about him. He s a friend
and I want him to be happy.
"He s currently one of the best
goalkeepers in the world. From a
selfish point of view, I would want
to have him in my team."
Former Barcelona keeper Victor
Valdes is already at Old Trafford
but Louis van Gaal is rumoured
to be lining up a replacement for
De Gea with Tottenham keeper
Hugo Lloris and Ajax s Jasper Cil-
lessen heavily linked.
Mata also took time to praise
former manager Rafael Benitez
who he claims brought the best
football out of him when he played
under the Spaniard at Chelsea.
He said: "I had him at Chelsea
and we won the Europa League.
It was a great campaign, my best
in terms of statistics. Benítez
knows how to get the most out
of every player and get them per-
forming to their best."
Mata wants De Gea
to stay at Old Trafford
England door open for Carroll
ANDY CAROLL...was in and out of
the England squad for two seasons.
Fiorentina will introduce Paulo
Sousa as their new coach on
Monday, the Serie A club have
The 44-year-old Portuguese left
his post with Basle on Wednesday
after winning the Swiss Super
League in his only season with the
"ACF Fiorentina is delighted to
announce that an agreement has
today been reached with Mr Paulo
Sousa for him to become the new
first-team coach of the Viola,"
Fiorentina said in a statement.
"Mr Sousa will be in Florence
tomorrow to complete the formal-
ities. A news conference will be
held at the Stadio Artemio Franchi
tomorrow, (today), at 19:00."
The former Juventus and Borus-
sia Dortmund midfielder has pre-
viously managed QPR, Swansea
and Leicester, enjoying a brief spell
with Maccabi Tel Aviv before mov-
ing to Switzerland in May 2014.
He replaces Vincenzo Montella,
who was sacked at the end of the
season with the club citing a lack
of respect from the Italian in his
Montella guided the Serie A club
to a fourth-placed finish this sea-
son but then criticised the club s
supporters and his contract was
terminated after subsequent talks.
Sousa named new
Links Archive June 21st 2015 June 23rd 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page