'My grandson is better than Carroll' - ex-Poland international Boniek

The former Juventus striker fired a low blow in the England forward's direction ahead of the teams' World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, though it is doubtful that he will start
Iconic ex-Poland international Zbigniew Boniek has laughed off the threat Andy Carroll, claiming that his eight-year-old grandson is better than the England forward.

The two teams play in Warsaw on Tuesday night in a World Cup qualification clash, though the Liverpool striker - on loan at West Ham for the season - is unlikely to start the match.

55/1 Andy Carroll is 55/1 with Bet365 to score anytime in a 2-1 loss for England against Poland
Nonetheless, this did not prevent Boniek firing a low blow at the Three Lions forward, who is more widely known for his aerial ability than skilful trickery.

"My grandson, Mateo, moves better on the pitch than Andy Carroll," the 56-year-old former Juventus attacker, who is reportedly in the running to be president of the Poland Football Association, said on national television.

"He has better co-ordination. He is very good at golf and tennis."

Poland currently sit third in the group on four points, having played one fewer game than Roy Hodgson's side, who sit top of Group H on seven points.

Both sides had fairly underwhelming Euro 2012 campaigns - the visitors on Tuesday night were beaten by Italy in the quarter-finals on penalties, while the co-hosts of the tournament failed to make it out of the group stage.