Carroll backed for England
Malcolm Macdonald believes Fabio Capello should be watching Andy Carroll and not Bobby Zamora.
Last Updated: 23/08/10 11:32am
Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald believes Fabio Capello should be watching Andy Carroll and not Bobby Zamora.
The England head coach missed Carroll's blistering hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition job on Aston Villa on Sunday as the Italian was at Craven Cottage taking in Fulham's league clash with Manchester United.
Zamora was in England's squad that played Hungary following the summer retirement of Emile Heskey after the World Cup finals.
The Fulham hit-man was not on the scoresheet on Sunday and Macdonald believes Carroll should be ahead of him in the Italian's pecking order.
"For Andy Carroll, I've been saying that this was going to be his make-or-break season," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"Doing it in the Championship is one thing and I felt he could have got more goals.
"This weekend he's gone through a major barrier for himself. It wasn't just scoring a hat-trick. They were three high-quality goals.
"Now he really has got the opportunity to show himself to be what a lot of people on Tyneside really think he is, and that's England material.
"He was watching Zamora I'd imagine. I think Andy Carroll is way ahead that's for sure, particularly on this weekend's performances."
While Capello chose not to cast an eye over Carroll this weekend, his assistant Franco Baldini was in attendance on Tyneside and he is likely to return to Soho Square with a glowing reference for the 20-year-old frontman.
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