Poland v England

Poland legend mocks Carroll

October 16, 2012
By ESPN staff and Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Andy Carroll has been ridiculed by Poland legend Zbigniew Boniek ahead of England's World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

Andy Carroll
PA PhotosEngland striker Andy Carroll: Has had his critics

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Carroll, 23, has had his critics since his £35 million transfer from Newcastle United to Liverpool in January 2011, although he has demonstrated a return to form in recent months, and he is expected to be a key player as West Ham, where he is on loan, look to fight off relegation this season.

The forward was introduced in the 73rd minute of England's 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday, and it is understood he could be in line for a starting berth when Roy Hodgson's men tackle Poland on Tuesday night.

However, former Juventus and Roma forward Boniek has questioned the ability of Carroll, being quoted in a number of newspapers, including the Telegraph, as saying: "My (eight-year-old) grandson Mateo moves better on the pitch than Andy Carroll. Mateo is very good at golf and tennis. He has better co-ordination."