Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish feels that striker Andy Carroll deserves to be in the England squad for Euro 2012, or in Team GB for the Olympics
Dalglish has always backed his former Newcastle signing, despite the player costing £35 million and producing very little until the past few matches.
To be fair, Carroll has put in some good performances in recent games, including against Chelsea in the FA cup final, and many people have suddenly jumped on the ‘Carroll for Euros’ bandwagon.
Dalglish, who has never wavered in his support for the tall forward, said: “Andy will benefit from the fact he has been here for a year and has not had any problems with injuries.
“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.”
If Carroll is not picked for Roy Hodgson’s Euro side, he will be in contention for Stuart Pearce’s Olympic team, which combines players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He cannot play in both tournaments though.