Liverpool reject Andy Carroll has been told he's got less talent than an eight-year-old boy, ahead of England's World Cup qualifier in Warsaw tonight.
Poland legend Zbigniew Boniek launched the astonishing jibe as the West Ham loanee hopes to persuade Roy Hodgson for a starting berth with the Three Lions.
Described by Pele among the greatest 100 players of all-time, Boniek said: "My grandson Mateo moves better on the pitch than Andy Carroll. He has better co-ordination [and] he is very good at golf and tennis."
Carroll became Britain's most expensive footballer of all-time in January 2011, when former Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish paid £35million to bring him to Merseyside from Newcastle United.
But, the 23-year-old failed to find his feet at Liverpool, and was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Brendan Rodgers, who shipped the striker on loan to Upton Park.
Carroll had been out of action for four weeks, before returning to action for Sam Allardyce's side in the defeat against Arsenal, prior to the international break.
And, after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 5-0 thrashing of San Marino at Wembley last week, the Hammers ace will be looking for a place in the starting XI.