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16 Nov 2010 15:59:30

Andy Carroll trains with England - but Hart, Wilshere and Jagielka are injury scares

Andy Carroll will make his England debut against France on Wednesday night after seeing off a groin injury to take part in training at Wembley this morning. But boss Fabio Capello will first sit down with the controversial Newcastle United striker to discuss off-the-pitch issues that overshadowed a career on the rise. Carroll was last month ordered to pay £5,000 in fines, compensation and costs after pleading guilty to assaulting a man in a nightclub and he is due back in court in January on a separate charge of assaulting a former girlfriend. Stepping up: Newcastle striker Carroll (centre) is poised to make his full England bow against the French Capello confirmed that the 21-year-old will start against France - along with fellow Under 21 internationals Kieran Gibbs and Jordan Henderson. But the 64-year-old warned: 'Heneeds to improve things in his private life now because it's really important. I spoke with him about what you have to do on the pitch (thismorning). This afternoon I will speak to him about his private life. 'I didn't select him in the last gamewe played because the FA, myself and Stuart Pearce decided it was not OK to select him. I think this was really important for him and for us. Since them I think he learned something about this. Best foot forward: Capello takes training 'Ithink you have to help him because he made a mistake but he is really young. I think everyone makes mistakes during their lifeand you have to help the young ones. 'He'sa good player and I think he will understand, to stay with the senior (squad) will be really important for him because all the people, the newspapers, journalists will be focused on his life.' Capello hopes the influence of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard will rub off on Carroll and the player will return to Newcastle a wiser individual. Certainly he offers greater flexibility in his play than anyone else who has been tried since the summer retirement of Emile Heskey, with Capello especially impressed by his display in beating the Gunners. 'I watched that game,' said the England boss. 'Carroll was strong in the air and attacked the ball. 'He is really good when he receives it too. That is no problem for him, and his movement without the ball is good as well. 'He is a fighter and a really interesting player for us. When he receives the ball he helps the team to go forward.' There is less positive news about Jack Wilshere, who is unfit and has been sent back to Arsenal, while Capello also has concerns about Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. The Italian is waiting on a doctor's assessment of Hart, who was helped off the Wembley turf in obvious discomfort in his back and failed to finish the session. Concern: Hart goes down at a foggy Wembley as England prepare for Wednesday night's friendly The City No 1 went down in pain as fellow goalkeepers Ben Foster and RobertGreen gathered round and called over physios. If unavailable, it would almost certainly mean a rare startfor Birmingham keeper Foster. Jagielka missed the session with a fever, but Capello expects him to be available for the game against Laurent Blanc's side. But there is no hope for Wilshere. The 18-year-old had been tipped tomake his first international start on the back of some outstandingperformances for Arsenal this season. Howeveralthough he came out for a brief team meeting on the Wembley pitchprior to training, he then disappeared down the tunnel. 'Wilshere is going home,' said Capello. 'Jagielka has flu but we think he will be OK tomorrow. Hart, the doctor is waiting to decide what happened. We think it will not be a big problem for him.' Jay walking: Bothroyd (centre) trains with England at Wembley today One positive for the Italian was the presence of Carroll, who had seemed extremely unlikely to make the game only two days ago. The 21-year-old Newcastle striker hadbeen rated an extreme doubt after reporting for duty with a groin problem he picked up in the Magpies' goalless draw with Fulham on Saturday. Carroll did not train on Monday and was sent for a scan in the evening. Itwas anticipated he would return to the North East. Instead there was sufficient confidence in the player to keep him in camp, with the scan indicating he should come through training without a problem. Capello's only other striking alternatives are Peter Crouch, Carlton Cole and Jay Bothroyd.  The kids are alright: Pearce happy to supply Capello with U21s conveyor beltRio Ferdinand issues England rally cry as skipper demands Three Lions copy Manchester UnitedJay Bothroyd puts England call-up down to hard work, growing up and... Craig BellamyFrance win over England at Wembley would show how far we've come since miserable World Cup, insists Florent Malouda Jack's a natural born thriller: How Arsenal's child prodigy Wilshere grew into England's great midfield hope   Explore more:People: Jack Wilshere, Phil Jagielka, Joe Hart, Fabio Capello, Andy Carroll, Jay Bothroyd, Peter Crouch, Carlton Cole, Ben Foster, Stuart Pearce, Emile Heskey, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard Places: Newcastle, Birmingham, United Kingdom, France


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