Agbonlahor out; Carroll doubtful for England

14 November 2010 10:00

Andy Carroll's hopes of making his England debut against France on Wednesday are hanging in the balance after it was found the Newcastle striker is suffering from a minor groin injury.

Although Carroll joined up with Fabio Capello's squad at their Watford base on Sunday evening, England were sufficiently concerned about him and Gabriel Agbonlahor to instantly bring in Carlton Cole as back-up.

As Agbonlahor subsequently withdrew on Sunday evening with a knock collected in Aston Villa's draw with Manchester United on Saturday, it proved a wise decision on Capello's part.

However, it remains to be seen whether Carroll will be fit as he is due to train with England at Arsenal's London Colney complex on Monday morning.

If the 21-year-old does come through, he is likely to be handed his debut at some stage, given the only other strikers at Capello's disposal are Cole, Peter Crouch and Jay Bothroyd, who could become the first Cardiff player to represent England and the first from the Football League since David Nugent in 2007.

After naming a 23-man squad on Saturday night, Capello lost three players on Sunday.

Agbonlahor maybe could have been predicted given he had a problem before heading south, but there was also bad news from the Chelsea camp as John Terry and Ashley Cole both pulled out.

Terry missed his side's 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on Sunday after suffering a nerve problem in training that is leading to pain in a gluteal muscle and hamstring.

Bolton's Gary Cahill and Aston Villa full-back Stephen Warnock have been called in as replacements to join the four uncapped players who were selected Saturday; Carroll, Chris Smalling, Jordan Henderson and Bothroyd.

Source: PA