Andy Carroll convinced he has firepower England need after scoring first international goal against Ghana

"I'm ready to score goals if I'm picked" says £35m striker after clinical strike against Black Stars at Wembley, while Downing lauds understudies in Capello's side as "brilliant"
After returning from injury, Andy Carroll is sure he has what it takes to find the net for England on the international stage after scoring the solitary goal in the 1-1 draw with Ghana.

The strapping target man found the back of the net shortly before half time, profiting from some delightful build-up play from Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to rifle home from the edge of the box to give England the lead.

The £35 million Liverpool striker was starting his second game for the Three Lions after making his debut against France earlier in the year.

With Fabio Capello opting for a new-look 4-3-3 line-up, that has looked fluid in its first two outings, Carroll is the potential beneficiary, with the lone front man role ideally suited to his style of play.

When asked about the new formation, Carroll confirmed that the role is one he could revel in.

"I enjoyed playing there, I got great service and the lads did great," he told ITV.

"It was great to get playing again and get the goal. It was great for me to score another goal. The lads did well, it was disappointing for them to score in the last minute."

With Darren Bent also on top form for his country, Carroll felt he staked his claim for a starting place against Switzerland in June, with Wayne Rooney suspended.

"Obviously I am," when asked whether he was ready to prove himself for Capello.

"I’m coming back fit now, getting a goal there has proved that I’m here and I’m ready to score goals if I’m picked."

Downing was one of the chief architects behind England's attacking endeavour in a display that showed both guile off the ball and purpose on it.

Having crafted the majority of the game's better chances, the Villa winger felt that a win was not beyond England's grasp.

"We played some good stuff, especially in the first half and it’s a little bit unlucky at the end that they got the equaliser," he said.

"It proves we have strength in depth, the players that came in did magnificent.

"Obviously coming off a good performance on Saturday, we had to show that we’re capable of stepping in and we proved that tonight."

With several senior players rested for tonight's friendly, big questions have been answered about the capability of the understudies to replace the bigger names.

"If we can come in and do the job, we will be picked more often," said Downing.

"Coming off a good performance on Saturday we had to stand up and be counted here tonight. We were brilliant."

Our  provides the best breaking news online and our  football fan community is unmatched worldwide. Never miss a thing again!