Danny Murphy suggests reason Tom Carroll has struggled for England's under-21s

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Danny Murphy has attempted to explain why Tom Carroll has struggled for the England under-21 side.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he feels Spurs player Tom Carroll has struggled for the England under-21 side.

Carroll has been a feature of Gareth Southgate’s team for England’s opening two games of the under-21 European Championship.

However, he’s arguably failed to impress and Murphy has suggested that the problem is a lack of vision for the middle man.

“I think when he gets the ball, he’s looking up and only seeing Harry Kane – I thought it was interesting that he looked a bit better with Alex Pritchard in the team,” he said.

Is it just a case of familiar faces?

It can’t be a case that Carroll feels more comfortable with Tottenham players around him, because he’s just spent a season playing on loan with Swansea City under Garry Monk.

He did grow up playing alongside the likes of Kane and Pritchard and it’s the responsibility of the duo to ensure that they don’t allow the midfielder’s head to drop.

They need to try and ensure that Carroll has a spring in his step when everyone reports back for pre-season training at Tottenham.

Is it a case of fatigue?

Carroll was part of the Tottenham squad, which toured Malaysia and Australia after the close of the Premier League season.

However, in total, he only made 13 appearances across all competitions for the Swans last season, which is hardly a tally which would leave a player tired.

How can Southgate and Pochettino help him improve his vision?

The best approach is arguably just to keep things simple and encourage him to play out of his skin tomorrow against Italy.

Southgate can have an immediate impact on him, before Mauricio Pochettino can work with him more intensely on his technique ahead of next season, while talking through what’s perhaps gone wrong over the summer.

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