Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll could become a fixture for both Newcastle and England - and should be given a chance by Fabio Capello against France next week.
Carroll played under Allardyce during the Blackburn manager's short time in charge of the Magpies and has thrust himself to the verge of England selection with some powerful performances.
Allardyce, who will return to St James' Park for the first time as a manager tomorrow night, has also warned that if Carroll does get the call by Capello he must not let it go to his head.
Allardyce said: "I had Andy as a young man at Newcastle when I was there, and you could see the raw talent.
"They love a number nine there and it's a big ask to live up to the expectation but he's brave, he's fearless and he has exceptionally good ability, particularly aerially - as we saw against Arsenal. Few players could score goals of that type today and that's why he's such an exciting player.
"He's the sort of centre-forward that Fabio Capello likes - a big man up front."