You may think I have lost the plot or am waiting the impending arrival of those charming men in white coats, but really - I am serious in this suggestion.
Andy Carroll signed for Liverpool from Newcastle, on the last day of the transfer window (January 2011) for a ridiculous fee of £35m. In a move, probably designed to pacify the Reds fans who were upset with the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea for (an even more ridiculous) £50m, the striker immediately became Liverpool's most expensive ever signing.
|Liverpool's record signing - Andy Carroll|
He was injured at the time and did not make his debut for his new club until March 2011, scoring his first 2 goals a month later against Manchester City.
So why am I suggesting that Carroll could lead the line at Euro 2012? I am of the opinion that England are always a better side when then have a big strapping centre-forward, prepared to run through a brick wall if necessary to go towards goal. Someone who is not frightened to get stuck in and give good old Johnny Foreigner the fright of his life. I am convinced that Carroll is the man to do this.
|Carroll in his Newcastle days|
The only problem is that current England coach, Fabio Carp-pillow would most likely not want to go down this route, but with his getting involved in criticising the axing of John Terry as England captain, maybe sense will prevail and England will sack the Italian and then appoint an Englishman who will play the English way (I can dream can't I?).
I watched Carroll play for Liverpool against Tottenham last night and was suitably impressed with his movement both on and off the ball and with his aerial ability.
Carroll has been compared to both legendary Tyneside striker Alan Shearer and Chelsea's Didier Drogba and has been lauded as one of the top 3 headers of a ball Kevin Keegan has ever seen in football. High praise indeed, but who in their right mind would argue with Super Kev?.
One more suggestion, if Capello gets the bullet (please FA please!), how about begging K.K. as a short term appointment, to return as England Manager and lead us into to the Euro's in Poland and the Ukraine?
There certainly would be no shortage of passion (as there is with the Italian Galleon).