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Johnson: Carroll deserves Euro call

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Carroll is pushing for an England place (©GettyImages)
Carroll is pushing for an England place (©GettyImages).

Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has called for his teammate Andy Carroll to be included in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 England squad.

The Reds defender insists Carroll's recent form merits a call-up, and the former-Newcastle frontman gave Chelsea defender John Terry a torrid time during their encounter earlier this week.

The Anfield striker has endured a mixed campaign this season, scoring just nine goals in 47 appearances, but the forward has hit a purple patch in recent weeks, netting three in his last six matches.

Speaking to the club's official website, Johnson said: "Should he go? Yes, definitely. In the last few weeks Andy has been fantastic for us - he has been unplayable."

Johnson has 35 England caps and is widely expected to be part of Roy Hodgson's squad for the Ukraine and Poland tournament, along with fellow teammate Steven Gerrard. But Carroll's performance against Chelsea saw the Liverpool target man get the better of another potential England teammate.

"John Terry looked petrified at times," said Johnson. "Andy is a big lump but he's good on the ball and works really hard. He will scare a lot of defenders."

New England boss Roy Hodgson will announce his squad for the European Championships on May 16, and Carroll will hope his recent upturn in form will be enough to secure a seat on the plane.

The 23-year-old came off the bench in the FA Cup final to score a well-taken goal and followed up that performance with a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea at Anfield this week.

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