Carroll to make Three Lions debut
Andy Carroll will make his England debut on Wednesday night after being told he will play in the friendly against France. The Newcastle forward has never even been involved in a senior England Three Lions squad before, but Capello plans to include him from the start against Les Bleus. "It's a big chance, to play with the seniors and to change his lifestyle," said Capello. "I hope that he will understand what really happens when you play with the seniors." Carroll would have made his senior debut before now had it not been for off-the-pitch matters. Stuart Pearce, the U21 coach, was unhappy with the way he pulled out of previous squads at the younger level - and made that clear to Capello. Carroll has also been accused of assaulting a woman in a Newcastle nightclub. He was bailed on the condition he moved in with Kevin Nolan, the Newcastle captain, but has still not been able to get away from lurid tabloid stories about his private life. "Carroll needs to improve in his private life. I didn't select him before because the FA, Stuart Pearce and myself were not okay about it," said Capello. "He must learn something about this. But now he is here, it is really important because he is a good player. We have to help him. "He has made some mistakes during his life but everyone makes them and he is only young. Carroll is a really good player. He must understand when he stays with the senior team that everyone, including the newspapers and journalists, will focus on his life even more." Jordan Henderson, the Sunderland midfielder, will make his senior debut while Kieran Gibbs will make his second appearance.
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