Carroll wants Rooney partnership


Newcastle United front man Andy Carroll is confident he can form a potent partnership with Wayne Rooney in the England side.

The Magpies sensation has impressed in the Premier League this term after helping the club land the Championship title in May and his performances were rewarded when Three Lions manager Fabio Capello called him into the squad for the recent friendly clash with France.

Despite Les Bleus winning the friendly 2-1, Carroll was one of England's stand-out players and, although he had concerns about making the step up, he now wants to retain his place in the team.

"Wayne is a great player so to have people talking about me and him playing up front for England means a lot," he said.

"I definitely think we could form a decent partnership. The way we both play I reckon we'd go well together.

"I knew I was capable of playing for England. In my head I wanted to step up and I knew I could do it. Now I've played one game, I have to try and keep my place in the squad.

"Turning up at the England hotel was good. The rest of the lads were there and I just walked in all normal, like – as if I should be there. We had a bit of banter and that was that."

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