Gerrard impressed by Liverpool teammate Carroll’s England performance

Steven Gerrard, the captain of Liverpool and England, has praised his club and country colleague Andy Carroll for his contribution to the Three Lions’ win over Norway, the Liverpool Echo has reported. Carroll started as a lone striker in Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge and the national team’s first pre-Euro 2012 friendly.

With Wayne Rooney suspended for England’s first two group games of the tournament Carroll looks likely to lead the line in the Manchester United striker’s absence, and Gerrard believes the former Newcastle United player showcased a great deal of heart and desire in the 1-0 victory.

Gerrard also insisted that a fit and in-form Carroll would be a valuable weapon to England. He added: “Andy worked so hard and put a real shift in. He will be a big asset for this team if he can play to his level. Not only is his form good at the moment, he is putting in a hell of a lot of hard work for the team.

Carroll ended the regular season with three goals in his last eight games, including the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton and a goal in the final itself after coming on as a substitute.

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