Johnson backs Carroll's claims
Reds defender hopes team-mate makes Euro 2012 squad
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: May 10, 2012 9:51am
Glen Johnson has backed Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll's claims for a place in the England squad for Euro 2012.
Carroll has started to show glimpses of his best form in recent weeks, including a man of the match performance in Liverpool's 4-1 win over Chelsea on Tuesday evening.
New England boss Roy Hodgson is set to name his preliminary squad for Poland and Ukraine next week and he has problems up front with Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening two games of the tournament and Darren Bent struggling for fitness.
Johnson believes Carroll deserves a call-up from Hodgson after finding himself out of favour under Fabio Capello.
"Should he go? Yes, definitely," said Johnson. "In the last few weeks Andy has been fantastic for us - he has been unplayable.
"Chelsea have got two big centre-halves and he just threw them around. He looks like he's quicker and he's working a lot harder. He's doing really well.
"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."
Andy Carroll Quotes of the week
"John Terry looked petrified at times.
"Andy is a big lump but he's good on the ball and works really hard. He will scare a lot of defenders."
Carroll would relish the chance of going to the Euros and believes he is finding form at the right time.
"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 said.
"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."