Reading announced Andy Carroll’s return and surprised everyone by handing the striker the No 2 shirt… Now the club have released the WhatsApp messages revealing it was the 33-year-old’s children that chose his unconventional number!
- Andy Carroll joins Reading after seven-month stint at West Brom came to an end
- Mocked up Whatsapp conversation appears to reveal his children chose number
- Carroll returns to Reading after short, eight-game stint with the club last term
Reading have released a mocked up Whatsapp conversation with Andy Carroll which appears to reveal it was the striker’s children that chose his unconventional shirt number.
The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward signed for Reading on a short-term deal until January having turned down offers from around the world.
However, social media was aghast after it was revealed Carroll, 33, would wear the No. 2 shirt for the Royals this season.
Andy Carroll has re-joined Reading and has selected a surprising shirt number for his short-term stint
In a video released on Friday, Reading appeared to reveal the extent of the conversations that saw the forward wind up with the No. 2 shirt for the next few months at least.
‘Andy, we need a squad number for you,’ Reading wrote Carroll in a mocked up version of the conversation. ‘Lucas [Joao] has No. 9 this year, sorry. Two, 20, 26, 27 – let me known quickly otherwise Amadou [Mbengue] will beat you to it!’
The forward, who played eight games for the club towards the start of last season, replied: ‘Can I let you know in an hour? Kids are at school, they can pick when I go and get them. They will love that.’
Grabs of the mocked up conversation between the forward and his new -temporary – club
The former England forward was revealed to have sweetly asked his children to choose for him
The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward returns to Reading after his eight-game stint at the club last term
‘Sure no problem,’ Reading wrote.
Carroll is then said to have come back: ‘CARROLL 2’.
Appearing to have questioned the forward’s decision just as much as most online, Reading replied: ‘Two? Are you sure?’
‘It’s my daughter’s 2nd birthday today so they picked that,’ he wrote.
The former England international caused uproar across social media when it was revealed he would be wearing the number most commonly associated with right-backs.
‘Andy Carroll signing for Reading and wearing the number 2 shirt is gonna keep us awake all night tonight. Cheers,’ one account wrote.
Another wrote: ‘Andy Carroll taking the No. 2 for reading should be a crime.’
‘Now I’ve had some time to think about it, I’m even more annoyed about Andy Carroll taking number 2, it’s horrific,’ another supporter noted.
Carroll arrives at Paul Ince’s Reading with the side flying high in the Championship, fourth after nine games with 15 points on the board.
However, the club are coming off the back of a chastening three-goal defeat at the hands of Sunderland earlier this week.
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