West Ham striker Andy Carroll turns 28 today, and we at Shoot! would like to wish the England international a very happy birthday!
The forward started his professional career all the way back in 2006 with Newcastle United, and went on to score 33 goals in 91 appearances for the Magpies, including 17 in their Championship promotion-winning campaign back in 2009/10.
Carroll then earned a £35 million move to Liverpool after an excellent start to the 2010/11 Premier League season, although he struggled at Anfield, netting just 11 times in 58 games for the Reds, although he did win the League Cup with the Merseyside club in 2012.
A successful loan spell at West Ham followed in the 2012/13 campaign, and the 28-year-old then secured a permanent move to East London in that summer, although recurrent injuries has thwarted his progress at the London Stadium.
Carroll has also earned nine England caps in his career, the last of which coming in the European Championships in 2012, although if he can stay injury-free over the next few months, he could well put himself back into the England reckoning in the near future.
And, with the striker celebrating his 28th birthday today, we at Shoot! thought we’d go through Carroll’s career thus far in pictures…