Wayne Rooney v Andy Carroll

With there being a Champions League exodus from the England squad, as Manchester United’s, Chelsea’s and Tottenham’s players have been released, England manager Fabio Capello has announced that Gareth Barry will captain the side on Tuesday. He has also said that former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will play from the start in the absence of United’s Wayne Rooney, and while the pair may form England’s strike force for many years to come, how will they fare at their respective clubs?

It would be fair to say that Rooney has often struggled in the Premier League this season. Wayne has been outscored by Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and even Nani, with the England striker netting just 7 times to date in the league this season. While Rooney has still be showing his creative influence, it will still be a concern to Sir Alex Ferguson that his star striker has fallen well short of the 26 goals he scored in the 2009/10 Premier League season.

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Andy Carroll on the other hand has had a great season. His 11 goals for Newcastle earned him a big money move to Liverpool and even though he hasn’t scored for the Reds since returning to fitness from injury, hopes are high for the English youngster at Anfield. Whether he’ll be the main goal scorer at Liverpool remains to be seen, though, as fellow January signing Luis Suarez looks like he’ll be amongst the goals regularly in the Liverpool shirt.

bet365 are running a market on who’ll be the most prolific English striker in the Premier League next season out of Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll. Rooney is 2/5 on to out score Carroll, with the Liverpool striker 7/4 to come out on top next season and in turn 14/1 to be the 2011/12 Premier League Top Scorer. Who do you think will be amongst the goals more frequently? While you think about that, Carroll is 50/1 to score a hat-trick against Ghana. A bit of a long shot admittedly, maybe 2 goals at 12/1 is more realistic…

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