Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has criticised the poor service Andy Carroll received on his England debut in the 2-1 defeat to France on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old striker got his first cap despite a groin injury sustained in the goalless draw against Fulham last weekend, and his performance was a rare positive on another poor night for Fabio Capello’s side.
Hughton told the Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette: “I’m delighted for Andy. But in some ways, it was a difficult night for him. He wouldn’t have got the type of service in the box to give him the opportunities to score goals, but I thought he did well. He kept possession quite well, and I think he would have been happy.”
Taylor out long-term.
Magpies utility man Ryan Taylor will be out for up to 12 weeks with ankle ligament damage.
Taylor, 26, has made just four appearances for Newcastle this season and will not be adding to that any time soon after a training ground collision with Sol Campbell.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton told the club’s website: “It’s very disappointing to lose Ryan for this period of time.
“Although he hasn’t played as much football as he would have liked, he has been a very important and valuable member of the squad this season.”
Best doesn’t want loan move.
Leon Best has said he will not seek a move away from Newcastle United despite a lack of playing time.
Best, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract when he arrived from Coventry City earlier this year, has recently returned from three months out injured. While he is well down the Newcastle strikers pecking order he insists he is not interested in going out on loan.
“I definitely want to stay here,” Best told The Northern Echo. “I want to play, of course I do, but I love it here and I want to fight for my place. I’ve got to wait for my chance and, when it comes, make the most of it.”