Andy Carroll in England U21 squad


Andy Carroll

Liverpool's £35 million signing Andy Carroll has been included in England's provisional squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship to be held in Denmark from 11th to 25th June. Head coach Stuart Pearce announced his forty-member squad which will be trimmed to twenty-three players by 1st June. The squad also includes players like Jack Wilshere, Micah Richards, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck.

The former Newcastle United striker is the only player from Liverpool to make it to the squad. Although he is presently 22 years old, his date of birth being 6th January, 1989, Carroll is eligible to play in the Under-21 competition as he was underage when qualification began at the beginning of the year.

Injuries have hampered the early stages of his Liverpool career and a certain section of Liverpool fans will surely feel it worthless to risk their star striker for an Under-21 competition. Even though media reports have claimed that Carroll has said it could only be good for his career, harsh criticism is sure to follow any form of injury which could affect his Liverpool prospects next season.

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship is a biennial event consisting of a qualifying stage and a final tournament. The final tournament comprises eight teams in two groups of four, with the top two teams from each group playing the semi-finals in a knock-out format. England have been drawn in Group B and will face Spain (12th June), Ukraine (15th June) and Czech Republic (19th June) in the group stages.

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