Carroll: "I'm ready to score more"
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011
Liverpool striker enjoys his return to the England team.
England striker Andy Carroll scored his first senior goal against Ghana and said that he wants the chance to get more for the Three Lions.
Liverpool's £35m January signing was making his second appearance for Fabio Capello's men and fired in the opener just before half-time.
A neat flick over the defence from Ashley Young was controlled into the path of the former Newcastle United man, and from 15 yards he made no mistake, rifling low past Blackpool keeper Richard Kingson with his trusty left-foot.
"It was great to get the goal," said Carroll after the game. "The lads played well, we're obviously disappointed they scored in the last minute."
He added: "I'm coming back fit now. Getting the goal proved I'm here and ready to score goals for England."
It looked to be going according to plan with England heading for victory in a lively and enjoyable friendly encounter.
But in injury time Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan twisted and turned his way into the area before curling beyond Joe Hart to level for Ghana on their first meeting with England.
Downing, who was voted as man-of-the-match by England's official sponsor Vauxhall, was impressed by the performances of some of the players looking to make an impression on Capello.
"I think we played some good stuff, especially in the first half," the Aston Villa winger said.
"I think we proved we've got strength in depth. The players who came in played magnificently tonight."
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