Andy Carroll targets Euro 2012 inclusion

Liverpool forward Andy Carroll has targeted a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad after improved form of late for the Merseyside club.

The forward has come under criticism this term due to a lack of goals scored and mediocre performances, but has started to perform in the Reds’ run-in.

With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games of the tournament and Darren Bent nursing a serious injury, Carroll hopes to be on the plane to Ukraine and Poland.

“I don’t want the season to end now! It would be nice for me to go to the Euros, but I have one more game to go and we’ll see what happens after that,” he told reporters, published by Mirror Football.

“You can see that I’m more confident now when I step out on to the pitch, and I feel I have shown that in the last couple of games.”

“I’ve always been confident of playing well. I just needed a little bit of a run.

“I’ve been doing well in training and all that lads seem to be enjoying themselves. We have been sticking together and doing well.

“The fans were chanting my name on Tuesday and that was great. After losing at the weekend, I didn’t know what it would be like, but from the minute we kicked off, it was fantastic.

“It felt great to hear them singing my name, and I just can’t wait for next season now.

“I’m confident of doing well all the time. It’s not just the last two games I have played well in. To be honest, I feel I’ve done well in other games.

“But it’s not just me, it’s the team. Four different players scored against Chelsea, and that shows it is a team effort,” he concluded.

Roy Hodgson will name his England squad next Wednesday at a press conference at 1pm.

By Gareth McKnight