Liverpool’s £35m striker Andy Carroll says that his first goal for England proves that he is ready to be the Three Lions starting number nine for years to come.
The former Newcastle United target man was missing from the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on Saturday, due to a lack of match sharpness after coming back from a thigh injury, and had to watch as Darren Bent scored in the Millennium Stadium, to do his chances of leading the line against Switzerland in June the world of good.
But Carroll slammed home his first goal for his country in the friendly draw with Ghana this evening, striking past Richard Kingson after good work from the Aston Villa pair of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, and declared afterwards that he is ready to make an England spot his own.
“It was great to get the goal,” Carroll told ITV.
“The lads played well, we’re obviously disappointed they scored in the last minute.
“I’m coming back fit now. Getting the goal proved I’m here and ready to score goals for England.”
England manager Fabio Capello was also pleased with his sides performance, despite the late goal that they conceded through Asamoah Gyan.
“It was a fantastic game, I’m very happy,” the Italian told ITV.
“It was not a friendly game, there were two teams on the pitch playing well, strongly, with lots of tackles. It was absolutely not a friendly game. I’m really happy with the performance.
“The players played without fear, with confidence. Ghana are a really good team, the performance was fantastic.”