Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is worse than an eight year old, according to Zbigniew Boniek, with the Poland legend making the claim as the striker travelled with England to face the Euro 2012 hosts on international duty.

Carroll made the move from Newcastle to The Reds in the 2011 January transfer window, for a then record-breaking fee of £35 million.

His performances for Liverpool were a disappointing, with the striker failing to replicate Fernando Torres' potency in front of goal, and is now on loan at West Ham United while Brendan Rodgers reassesses his attacking options at Anfield.

Carroll was an unused substitute as England drew 1-1 with Poland, but Boniek believes that he does not have the ability to be a star for his country or Liverpool in the future.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll is hoping to show his worth for England, but some critics are still scathing of the striker.

"My grandson Mateo moves better on the pitch than Andy Carroll," Boniek said, according to Metro.

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

Carroll is certainly no stranger to criticism, with the striker so far failing to live up to expectation for Liverpool after his big money move.

Since his loan spell at West Ham began, Carroll's form has begun to improved, but a hamstring injury worked as another obstical the 23 year old as he continues to strive to realise his potential.

But Roy Hodgson has made it clear on many occasions that he will give Carroll a chance for England, in the hope the forward becoming a long-term striking option alongside Wayne Rooney.