Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald has revealed he is one of many admirers of Andy Carroll, after watching the youngster go from playing his first season at the Toon to heading to Liverpool for a record £35 million fee.
And now, with Carroll being selected as part of the England squad and clearly in Fabio Capello’s long term plans for the Three Lions, Macdonald believes Carroll could just be the striker English fans have all been waiting and praying for.
"There is a dearth of talent when it comes to attacking options with the England team," Macdonald told Telegraph Sport.
"So, Andy Carroll must be manna from heaven to Capello because he is desperately in need of someone of his quality.
"I represented England over a span of four years and I once counted all the other forwards who were in and around the squad in those days and it came to total of 22 players, so the competition was intense.”
Macdonald sees Carroll as a one of a kind striker that England managers don’t get the privilege of being able to select too often now.
"Nowadays there are just a few international-class strikers - Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent and Wayne Rooney - but Capello will now know that in Carroll he has at his disposal someone who would not only lead the line but would score goals as well," he said.
"The way things look Andy can have a long, prosperous England career.
"But it will need all the England players to work hard around Carroll to make him welcome into the squad and to expand his knowledge of the game beyond the Premiership."
Macdonald, a striker for Newcastle and Arsenal in the 1970s, has a famous rivalry with Liverpool fans after he boasted about how Newcastle would thrash the Kop at the 1974 FA Cup. When the final took place at Wembley, Macdonald hardly touched the ball and Liverpool smashed Newcastle 3-0.