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Andrew Carroll biography

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Club career

Newcastle United

Carroll, an occasional scorer in Newcastle United F.C.'s Newcastle United F.C. Reserves and Academy, made Andrew Carroll first-team debut on 2 November 2006 at the age of 17 years and 300 days in a 1-0 UEFA Europa League win over U.S. Città di Palermo, coming on as a late substitute (association football) for Nolberto Solano. In doing so, Andrew Carroll became the youngest ever player to represent Newcastle in Europe.

Andrew Carroll made Andrew Carroll FA Cup debut on 17 January 2007, appearing as substitute for the last ten minutes in the 5–1 home defeat by Birmingham City F.C.. On 25 February 2007, Carroll made Andrew Carroll Premier League debut for Newcastle, coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute in the 1–0 defeat by Wigan Athletic F.C., almost scoring in the process; only a good save from Wigan Goalkeeper (association football) John Filan prevented Andrew Carroll from scoring Andrew Carroll first Newcastle goal.

In 2007, Andrew Carroll was the recipient of the "Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy", which is awarded every year to the rising star of North East England football, chosen from among Newcastle players.

On 29 July 2007, Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first senior goal with a left foot shot in a 2–0 win over Juventus F.C. in a friendly match. After the game, Carroll received praise from Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who tipped Carroll to have a big future.

On 14 August 2007, Carroll began a six-month loan (sports) with Preston North End F.C., and made Andrew Carroll debut for them in the League Cup against Morecambe F.C. on the same day. Carroll was sent off playing for Preston against Scunthorpe United F.C. on 18 September. Andrew Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first Championship goal, and Andrew Carroll first English league goal, against Leicester City F.C. on 6 November.

Carroll made Andrew Carroll first appearance for Newcastle in the 2008–09 season on 20 October, coming on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi at home to Manchester City F.C.. Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first competitive goal for Newcastle on Andrew Carroll first ever home start with a header against West Ham United F.C. in a 2–2 draw on 10 January 2009. Andrew Carroll signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract on 12 March 2009, in theory keeping Andrew Carroll at Newcastle until 2012.

Following Newcastle's relegation, and the departures of first team strikers, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins, Carroll was paired with Shola Ameobi in attack for Newcastle at the start of the new season. Andrew Carroll first league goal in the Championship came on 16 September 2009 against Blackpool F.C. with a header. By 2010 Carroll was playing almost every game, in a new strike partnership with Peter Løvenkrands. This partnership accounted for more than half of the club's goals in 2010. Carroll finished the season as Newcastle's top scorer, with 19 goals in all competitions, 17 in the league. Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first career hat-trick against Aston Villa F.C. in the their 6–0 win in the Premier League on 22 August 2010. Carroll captained Newcastle for the first time on 3 October 2010 when Andrew Carroll came on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan against Manchester City F.C.. In October 2010, Carroll signed a new five-year contract, on paper keeping Andrew Carroll at the club until 2015. Carroll scored Newcastle's third in a 3–1 victory over Liverpool F.C. at St. James' Park on 11 December 2010, with a low 25-yard drive.


On 31 January 2011, Liverpool F.C. put in a bid of £30 million for Carroll, which was rejected. Newcastle then accepted a bid of £35 million and, following the agreement of personal terms and a medical, the transfer was completed shortly before the 11.00pm deadline.
Liverpool confirmed that Carroll would wear the number 9 jersey previously worn by Fernando Torres, who left Anfield for Chelsea F.C. on the same evening for £50 million. The transfer made Carroll the Transfer (association football) Highest fees at the time, and also the most expensive British footballer of all time. Andrew Carroll also became the second most expensive footballer playing for a British club, after Torres. However, due to an injury that was sustained while with Newcastle United, it was announced that Carroll would have to wait some time before Andrew Carroll Liverpool debut.

Andrew Carroll finally made Andrew Carroll Liverpool debut as a substitute in the 3–1 win against Manchester United F.C. on 6 March 2011. On 10 March, Andrew Carroll appeared in Andrew Carroll first European game for Liverpool in a 1-0 loss at SC Braga in the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League, appearing as a substitute after half-time. In the return leg a week later, Andrew Carroll made Andrew Carroll first Liverpool start, although the game finished 0–0, leading to Liverpool going out of the competition losing 1–0 on aggregate. On 20 March, Andrew Carroll made Andrew Carroll first Premier League start for Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in a 2-0 victory against Sunderland A.F.C.. On 11 April, Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first goals for Liverpool in a 3–0 victory against Manchester City F.C. at Anfield, scoring Andrew Carroll first with a long-range strike and Andrew Carroll second with a header. Andrew Carroll played several more times that season, but did not score any more goals.

On 24 August 2011, Andrew Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first goal of the new season with a 20-yard drive against Exeter City F.C. to make the score 3–0 in the second round of the Football League Cup. On 1 October 2011, Andrew Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first league goal of the 2011–12 Premier League during a 2–0 victory over Everton F.C. at Goodison Park. Andrew Carroll third goal of the season came in a 2–0 win away at West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Andrew Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first goal of 2012 in a 5–1 third-round FA Cup victory against Oldham Athletic A.F.C.. Andrew Carroll would go on to create the Dirk Kuyt goal that would secure victory in the 88th minute over Manchester United F.C. in the fourth round of the FA Cup on 28 January, before marking the first anniversary of Andrew Carroll signing with Liverpool with Andrew Carroll fifth goal of the season in a 3–0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. on 31 January. Andrew Carroll later scored, and set up team-mate Luis Suárez (Uruguayan footballer), during Liverpool's 6–1 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. in the fifth-round of the FA Cup.

On 26 February 2012, Andrew Carroll helped Liverpool win their first trophy since 2006 as they won the 2011–12 Football League Cup.

International career

England youth teams

On 11 September 2007, Carroll made Andrew Carroll England national under-19 football team debut against Belarus national football team, scoring in the 4–0 victory. On 12 March 2009, Carroll, fresh from signing a new contract at Newcastle, was called up to the England national under-20 football team for a match against Italy national under-20 football team, but was withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu of Swindon Town F.C..

Carroll received Andrew Carroll first call up to the England national under-21 football team on 5 August 2009. Andrew Carroll made Andrew Carroll debut on 11 August 2009 against Holland, coming on as a second half substitute. On Andrew Carroll second cap with the under-21 team, on 9 October 2009 against Macedonia national under-21 football team, Andrew Carroll scored two goals and Assist (football) another as England romped to a 6–3 win.

England senior team

Carroll's performances for Newcastle United F.C. earned Andrew Carroll a call up to the England national football team squad for the friendly against France national football team on 17 November 2010. Carroll passed a late fitness test to start the match.
Carroll scored Andrew Carroll first senior goal, a low left foot drive into the bottom corner, for England on 29 March 2011 in a friendly against Ghana national football team which ended 1–1.

International goals

Style of play

Carroll has been compared to Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, and also to former Newcastle and Everton striker Duncan Ferguson due to Andrew Carroll skill in the air. Andrew Carroll is referred to as a classic No. 9 centre forward, owing to Andrew Carroll strength, powerful shot and excellent heading ability. Former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan stated "he is probably in the top three headers of a ball I have ever seen in football".

After Newcastle's game at home to Blackpool F.C., Blackpool manager Ian Holloway described Carroll as the best striker in the Premier League.

Personal life

Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Carroll attended Brighton Avenue Primary School and Joseph Swan School.

Carroll and Andrew Carroll ex-girlfriend have a daughter, born 15 September 2009.


Carroll has been involved in many off-the-pitch incidents in Andrew Carroll career. On 14 September 2008, Andrew Carroll was arrested by police in Newcastle, and later accepted a police caution. On 7 December 2009, Andrew Carroll was arrested in the aftermath of a nightclub fight, again in Newcastle, accused of smashing glass in a man's face. Andrew Carroll was charged with assault and in October 2010 Andrew Carroll pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined £1,000. Andrew Carroll was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.

Whilst on international duty with England under-19 national football team, Carroll and teammates Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand were sent home from the squad after breaking a curfew on 14 October 2007 during preparation for a match against Romania U-19s.

Following England's 1–1 draw with Ghana national football team on 29 March 2011, England manager Fabio Capello told Carroll to curtail Andrew Carroll drinking habits. This was quickly refuted by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who stated "Well he's never bought me a drink. I've been with Andrew Carroll at Boyzone concerts and he's still never bought me a drink!"

In March 2010, Carroll was allegedly involved in an altercation with teammate Steven Taylor (footballer) during training that left Taylor with a broken jaw. Carroll reportedly suffered a broken hand in the incident, and Andrew Carroll was shortly photographed at a pop concert with bandages to both hands. Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, club representatives and both players declined to comment any further on the incident and no charges were pressed.

On 18 October 2010, Carroll was charged with assault in an incident with Andrew Carroll ex-girlfriend. Claiming self-defence, and having given a local hotel as Andrew Carroll address, Carroll was granted bail on the condition that Andrew Carroll resided with then Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan until the case resumed in January. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. Two days following Andrew Carroll bail, Carroll's car was arson whilst parked on Nolan's driveway, with the club captain's garage door also being daubed with obscenities.


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