If things had gone slightly differently, Andy Carroll would be preparing for Euro 2016 with England right about now.
The West Ham striker missed the early parts of the campaign but showed his class by scoring nine goals in 24 Premier League appearances.
When he struck a hat-trick against Arsenal on April 9, there were talks of him being named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championship.
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However, the former Liverpool forward wasn’t named in the provisional 26-man squad for the Three Lions with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford proving to be stiff competition.
While Hodgson’s side are preparing for this summer’s competition, Carroll is off on his jollies with his mates.
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Following the domestic campaign, the 27-year-old travelled to the United States to relax.
But relaxing wasn’t all Carroll was doing in the States. He was also doing an extremely good deed in the meantime.
Carroll uploaded an Instagram video, with the caption "Helping the homeless!! #godblessamerica🇺🇸" of him and his friends emptying the entire contents of their car and handing them to a homeless man.
And it appeared that Carroll and co. had just done a shopping trip. In the video, the homeless man was handed a pack of water, a pack of Sprite, four shot glasses, three towels and some Pringles.
At the end of the video, the grateful homeless man tells the boys that they’d “better run.” That’s because Carroll and his mates may actually have been breaking the law as feeding the homeless is restricted in some states.
Of course, given the money that Carroll is likely to be earning at West Ham, a few cans of drink, some crisps and some towels is hardly going to trouble him.
Having said that, It’s good to see a footballer sharing his wealth to those less fortunate, though.
Carroll is documenting his road trip around the United States on his Instagram page. So far, he has visited Houston, Galveston, Austin and is now heading to New Orleans.
Upon his return to West Ham, Carroll will be looking forward to playing in their new home - the Olympic Stadium. The forward will also be playing in the Europa League with his side after the achieving qualification after their seventh-placed finish coupled with Manchester United winning the FA Cup.