Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he hopes Andy Carroll will continue the impressive form he ended the season with the Reds for England during Euro 2012.
The Euros kick-off tomorrow, with England’s first game, against France, on Monday.
And Carroll is firmly part of new England boss Roy Hodgson’s plans. The former Liverpool boss has included no less than six Liverpool players in his squad for the tournament, being played in Poland and the Ukraine.
“Domestically Andy probably didn’t want the season to end, because he hit top form and became unplayable for us in those final games,” Gerrard told the Daily Star.
“Everyone is focused here now on England and the whole country, myself included, will be hoping that Andy can bring his form from Liverpool into the international set-up.”
Manchester Utd striker Wayne Rooney is suspended for England’s first two games of the tournament, with Carroll and Danny Welbeck expected to start up front for the Three Lions.
Poland vs Greece is the first game of Euro 2012, kicking off at 5pm (UK) on Friday afternoon, closely followed by Russia vs Greece at 7.45pm.
The big games this weekend see former Red Dirk Kuyt’s Holland take on Daniel Agger’s Denmark, whilst Germany face Portugal on Saturday.
Pepe Reina’s Spain take on Alberto Aquilani’s Italy on Sunday at 5pm, followed by the Republic of Ireland against Croatia.
France vs England kicks off at 5pm on Monday.