Andy Carroll starts for England despite Newcastle fears

17 November 2010 06:26
Andy Carroll has passed a fitness test and cleared to start for England against France tonight.

Fabio Capello announced on Tuesday he intended to hand the controversial Newcastle United striker his international debut at Wembley, but the 21-year-old's selection was thrown into doubt when Newcastle raised an objection with the FA.

The Magpies are surprised that their No 9 has recovered adequately from a groin injury and emailed England chiefs with their concerns about letting Carroll play.

In the running: Andy Carroll trains with fellow England newcomer Jordan Henderson (right) at Wembley yesterday

However, after further checks, it is understood that Capello will name Carroll in his experimental starting line-up to face Laurent Blanc's France team.

Newcastle will not be impressed if their top scorer aggravates the problem and misses Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton.

Carroll has been one of the mainstaysof Newcastle's creditable start to life back in the top flight, which currently sees him at the top of the scoring stakes with seven goals to date.

One of those was the winner in his club's shock 1-0 victory at Arsenal earlier this month, a game for whichCapello was at the Emirates Stadium.

On target: Carroll impressed Capello with the winner against Arsenal earlier this month

Newcastle's concern is perhaps understandable with Shola Ameobi battling the hamstring injury which kept him out of Saturday's 0-0 draw with Fulham.

Capellohas been keen to spend time with Carroll and said yesterday that he would be sitting down with the controversial striker todiscuss the off-pitch issues that have overshadowed a career on the rise.

Carrollwas last month ordered to pay £5,000 in fines, compensation and costsafter pleading guilty to assaulting a man in a nightclub and he is dueback in court in January on a separate charge of assaulting a formergirlfriend.

Big chance: Jordan Henderson (centre)

Starter: Kieran Gibbs

The England boss is using the France game to run the rule over several young stars, yesterday confirming his intentions to start Carroll, along with Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs and Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere would also have been a likely starter but will miss the match after suffering an injury in training.

And goalkeeper Hart also picked up a problem at Wembley and has now been sent back to Manchester City after failing to recover from his back problem.

Birmingham keeper Ben Foster is nowcertain to play against France in Hart's absence, while Watford stopperScott Loach has been called up to the squad as cover.

Ouch: Manchester City keeper Joe Hart will miss the France match after being injured in training

Capello referred to Carroll as a 'really interesting player in the future' and added: 'This is a big chance. To play with thesenior side and to change his lifestyle. I hope he will understand whatreally happens when you play with the seniors.

'I havespoken to him about what he has to do during the game. I haven't spokento him about his private life but I will. Everyone makes mistakes whenthey're young. He's 21. A lot of people drink, no?

'We haveto help him but he has to understand he is in the senior team. Therewill be journalists, photographers, everyone focusing on him. Life willbe different now. Hisbehaviour has to be better.

'Wedecided it was not OK for him to stay with us for the Montenegro gamebecause his behaviour was not OK. Now we have picked him because he canimprove by staying with us. He has to be careful in every moment.'

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