Dalglish backs Carroll to make cut for Euros

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes striker Andy Carroll is doing all he can to make a late run into England’s European Championships squad.

The Scot is confident the 23-year-old will start next season better than he began the current one whether or not he is involved this summer for either Roy Hodgson’s squad or Great Britain’s Olympic team.

Carroll has shown a marked improvement in the last couple of months, as Dalglish himself predicted just over a year ago, and on Tuesday gave former England captain John Terry a torrid night during the 4-1 win over Chelsea.

And Dalglish thinks the £35million record signing has finally settled in properly at Anfield.

“Andy will benefit from the fact he has been here for a year and has not had any problems with injuries,” he said.

“But the quality in the last couple of games has been fantastic and he has been building up to that for the whole season.

“I’m sure he will come back next season very much encouraged by his recent performances and starting afresh.

“We don’t know what is going to happen with Andy yet – whether he is going to be away with England in the championships or chosen for the Olympics.

“I am not going to pick either Stuart Pearce’s or Roy’s team but if you want to play for your national side – and he does – or the Olympics – and he would do if he was picked – the best way to is to produce the goods on the pitch.

“The players will be judged by the performances and the better they play the more chance they have got.”

Off the field, Fenway Sports Group have continued their restructuring at Liverpool, with director of communications Ian Cotton leaving the club after a 16-year spell at Anfield.

Last month the departures of director of football Damien Comolli and head of sports medicine and sports science Peter Brukner were announced.


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