Andy Carroll v Man City

By Craig Hope

GEORDIE striker Andy Carroll has committed his future to Newcastle United by penning a new three-and-a-half year deal at St.James' Park.

The 20-year-old, who has scored twice from five starts this season, was handed his full home debut against West Ham in January and celebrated by netting a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

And, after signing the contract which will keep him on Tyneside until the summer of 2012, a delighted Carroll told nufc.co.uk: "I'm over the moon to get my future sorted and there was never any doubt I would sign a new deal.

"This is where I want to play my football and this season has been a dream for me.

"I came into the side earlier in the year and scored twice in six games.

"My first goal for my hometown club (against West Ham) was amazing and I hope to score many more in the future.

"But my immediate aim is to get back in the team and help us stay in the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Carroll has been recalled to the England Under-20 squad for their friendly match against Italy at Loftus Road on March 31.