Toon Boss Says Carroll Has To Step Aside

17 June 2012 12:00
Alan Pardew says - if he was England boss - Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck would partner Wayne Rooney on Tuesday.

Alan Pardew: "Bringing Wayne Rooney back into the side is a no-brainer and I expect it to be Andy Carroll who makes way for him.

"Tell Andy he has scored a great goal and we need him to be ready to come on in the last 20 minutes again if necessary, but that Rooney is the man, especially with his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck alongside him.

"And Andy in my experience of him will accept that.

"He will be disappointed of course because they all want to play but he will understand that Rooney is a level above him at the moment.

"I was delighted to see him score a typical Carroll goal with that terrific header, the best of the tournament for me.

"What I would say is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has his critics in England, showed Andy with his all-round performance just how far he has to go to get to the next level.

"Linking up the play, getting shots off, shrugging people off the ball. If Andy wants to improve, that shows him the work he has to do on the training ground on his all-round game.

"I would keep Ashley Young in but there is a tough call for Roy Hodgson on the other flank between James Milner and Theo Walcott after Theo came on and did exactly what you want from an impact substitute.

"I'm happy to leave that one to Roy. But England to win."