I'm the man for England against Ukraine, says Carroll
20:59 GMT, 16 June 2012
Andy Carroll believes he has done enough to persuade England manager Roy Hodgson to let him keep his place in Tuesday night's starting line-up against Ukraine.
The inevitable return of Wayne Rooney, following his two-match suspension, will force Hodgson to leave out either Carroll or strike partner Danny Welbeck, who scored a goal each against Sweden on Friday.
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And, with Rooney more accustomed to playing alongside Manchester United teammates Welbeck and Ashley Young, Liverpool's Geordie striker seems the obvious choice to sit on the bench.
But Carroll wants the England boss to forget the United connect ion and reward him for his goalscoring display in the 3-2 win over the Swedes in Kiev.
Not only did his magnificent header from Steven Gerrard's cross pave the way to victory, his work-rate was equally impressive.
Carroll said: 'I think I put myself about in the game against Sweden. Now I've just got to do that in training and try to keep my place.'
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The 23-year-old will re-assert his claim to a place when the England players pick up their preparation at their base in Krakow, Poland, this morning.
'Obviously, Wayne is a fantastic player with great qualities and we need him in the team,' said Carroll.
'I would love to play alongside him – any player would – and I've never had that chance before.' Carroll praised the quality of the delivery from Anfield team-mate Gerrard, which enabled him to bullet the header past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.
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'It was a great ball in by Stevie and I just had to get my head on it and get it on target,' said Carroll.
'I thought it was a great win. We stuck together as a team. We got the three points, which is what mattered. We showed what we're about after we went behind and came back really well.'