Paul Merson slams Liverpool’s Andy Carroll for hiding from taking a penalty – like he did
“Andy Carroll should be ashamed of himself. It’s an absolute disgrace that he didn’t take a penalty for England. He cost [Liverpool] £35m – it’s his job to score goals. Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world. It’s his job to defend, not score goals. That’s what Carroll is there for. How he doesn’t take a penalty in front of Cole is disgusting. It winds me up so much. Even if Roy Hodgson had him down to take the sixth penalty, that’s not an excuse. It’s not good enough.”
Merson, a striker, scored 99 goals for Arsenal in 381 matches.
On April 20, 1995, in theUEFA Cup Winners Cup Semi-Final Second Leg, Merson took a penalty after such gifted scorers as, erm, Lee Dixon (England theme song: ‘If Dixon plays for England so do I’), Eddie McGoldrick and Tony Adams had had their turns. Merson was Number 5. His kick was saved. Dixon scored. Defender Dixon was, for a time, Arsenal’s main penalty taker, ahead of – yep – Paul Merson…