Levein retains Carroll hope

Image: Carroll: Eligible for Scotland

Scotland head coach Craig Levein has not given up on calling up Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.

Scots boss could call on Newcastle striker

Scotland head coach Craig Levein has not given up on calling up Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll. The 21-year-old forward has represented England at Under-21 level, but is yet to win a place in the senior squad. Carroll has quickly taken to Premier League football after helping guide the Magpies to promotion last season. The Gateshead-born striker qualifies for Scotland via his grandparents and Levein is not ruling out him making the switch in allegiance. However, Levein, who is preparing his squad to tackle Czech Republic and Spain in Euro 2012 qualifiers, is focusing on the players currently at his disposal.

Options open

"We are continually looking for players to play for Scotland," explained Levein. "(With regards Andy Carroll), nothing is dead in the water. "Until Andy Carroll plays a competitive match for England he is still eligible and it's something we haven't given up on. "But I would rather concentrate on the players who are in this squad." Levein included Surrey-born Jamie Mackie in his latest party and sees no problem in naming players born outside Scotland. "I make no apologies, we will trawl every league to try to find more players," he continued. "We sent emails to all the agents in England asking them to let us know if there were any players we didn't know about with Scottish ancestors or had been born in Scotland. Jamie's agent contacted us."

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