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The former Newcastle and Blackburn striker has defended the Reds forward following his inclusion in England's Euro 2012 squad, arguing that he is still adapting to life at Anfield

Former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer has backed Liverpool forward Andy Carroll following his inclusion in England's Euro 2012 squad.

Carroll has struggled for the Reds this year, scoring just nine goals in 47 appearances, but finished the season on a high with late, match-winning strikes against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final and Blackburn in the league.

The 23-year-old also made a vital contribution in the FA Cup final, appearing from the bench to score an impressive goal and coming within inches of levelling the match with a towering header.
"When you go into the team you want chances as a forward and he probably hasn't had as many as he would have liked" - Alan Shearer


And Shearer, another former holder of the legendary Newcastle No.9 shirt, expressed his belief that Carroll will come good with the Merseysiders.

"People forget that the whole system at Newcastle was designed for Andy," Shearer told The Guardian. "That was always the first movement.

"That hasn't always been the case for him at Liverpool this year. Maybe that's why he hasn't played as much as he would have liked to.

"Age is on his side. He absolutely has time. I hope he can build a partnership with Luis Suarez that's there for many years because he's a good lad, Andy.

"He wants to improve and he wants to play. I don't think that Liverpool should change everything just for one player, Liverpool are bigger than that.

"When you go into the team you want chances as a forward and he probably hasn't had as many as he would have liked."

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