Two players who will get a new lease of life under Big Sam
‘Things will be different this time.’ An all-too-familiar mantra that is likely muttered under the breaths of beleaguered England fans moments before their beloved Three Lions embark on yet another major tournament disaster. With an influx of promising young stars from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, said England followers didn’t need too much persuading to think that maybe this time they were right, maybe things would be different.
A nice sentiment it was, but one that would ultimately come crashing down after England fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of minnows Iceland in the round-of-16 stage.
After England’s Euro 2016 disaster, their boss Roy Hodgson swiftly resigned in the name of ‘self-preservation’, acutely aware that England’s FA’s chiefs would have shown him the door 10 minutes later anyway. With 5+ years of an uninspiring Roy reign finally over, Sam Allardyce was the man called in to take his place and with him we’re more than likely to see a change in personnel on the field.
The Three Lions are laughably 24/1 with the likes of Unibet and 888 to achieve World Cup glory in 2018 – so who are the two men Big Sam will likely recall to make that dream become a reality?
For most England fans, the fondest memory they have of Andy Carroll was his bullet header in Euro 2012 which helped England earn a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the group stages. In a simplistic goal that would have had the ‘tippy-tappy’ purists up in arms, it was a deep cross from Steven Gerrard that found Carroll unmarked in the box some four years ago and in stark resemblance to some of England’s finest no-nonsense strikers of years gone by, he duly headed it into the top corner of the Sweden net with minimal fuss.
Ever since that game, the 27-year-old West Ham striker has found international game time hard to come by. But with his previous Hammers mentor Big Sam now in the England hot seat, expect the 193cm forward to be one of the first names to be back in the fray.
Many West Ham fans were beside themselves following the news that Mark Noble would not travel with the England squad to France this summer. Given the fact that the likes of Jack Wilshere, a player who’d barely played a full ninety minutes of club football this season had been given the nod ahead of him, they had every right to feel aggrieved. But with the arrival of Allardyce, a manager who had a good working relationship with Noble during his time at the Irons, expect him along with Carroll to be another sure-fire inclusion in England’s next competitive international match.