Martin Tyler: Andy Carroll must seize England opportunity and end off-field troubles

Football pundit Martin Tyler revealed exclusively to A Different League that he feels troubled England forward Andy Carroll should use the call to international duty to clean up his act.

Carroll, who is set to start England’s friendly with France later today, has been involved in a number of off-field problems in his career and Tyler believes he should take this opportunity to mend his ways.

“I hope Andy Carroll recognises the recognition he is being given as a footballer. He is a very young guy in a city that is full of temptation”, began Tyler. The Premier League Commentator of the Decade stated that Carroll will have to veer away from the lures of the Newcastle nightlife and concentrate on his football: “He will find that he needs to devote more and more of his time in maintaining his current level. It is completely up to him to keep making headlines on the back pages of the newspaper than the front”.

Tyler also said that for him Carroll was a player very much of the old mould – a big, tall striker able to hold the ball and a great header of it too. “He’s a throwback to the days when I started commentating. Back then every team had a player like Andy Carroll”, expressed Tyler who began his career in the broadcast box in the late 70s. Fabio Capello’s decision to call Carroll has been questioned by some sectors of the media but Tyler stated that the Newcastle United forward has the ability to compete at the highest level.

“Carroll has time on his side. It has all happened very quickly for him. And it is up to those around him to support him but eventually it will be Andy’s decision really”. Carroll is currently on bail after pleading guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend and he is having to stay with Magpies captain Kevin Nolan until the time of his hearing. The 21 year old was announced as a starter for today’s game against France by Coach Fabio Capello who will also be giving a full debut to fellow youngster Kieran Gibbs. Capello’s approach to management has changed considerably after the World Cup debacle and it seems at the moment that youth is his mantra for Euro 2012.

Tyler who has seen a fair bit of talent grow and come up during his time also spoke of the teenagers making their mark on the game currently. “Apart from the main title contenders, I have enjoyed seeing some of the youngsters coming up through the other teams like Aston Villa”. In fact, the veteran commentator encouraged the players to make the most of the opportunities that they get: “It is not so easy to get a Premier League game these days because every game is so crucial. And obviously for the younger ones it becomes a case of sink or swim”.

Martin Tyler, who was speaking to us on the launch of Make The Team, an initiative to encourage more volunteer participation in the activities at local clubs, also discussed various other topics including Liverpool’s fortunes in the Premier League, and A Different League will bring you these comments in the coming days.

To find out more about the Make the Team campaign, and to hear what the likes of Andy Gray, Kieran Gibbs, and Chris Kamara have to say on the subject, see our summary here, or go to

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