We saw the news last night that Stuart Pearce was not pleased with the way Andy Carroll pulled out of the England U21 side over the last International break.
Andy Carroll – spat with Pearce during last International break
As you may remember Andy had an ankle injury at the time, and was told that he couldn’t travel to join up with the England U21 squad.
Carroll was assessed by Newcastle physiotherapist Derek Wright, who is also an England Under-21 medic, and Derek informed Pearce he was not fit to travel.
However, Pearce was not satisfied and then insisted Carroll meet up with the squad for another medical assessment – but Carroll said that his ankle was just too sore to travel.
Andy had scored at Wolves on the Saturday before the break, but had been taken off after 80 minutes, as his ankle had started to play up again, and indeed he was even a doubt for the Magpies two weeks later for the home game against Blackpool, but played in that game.
Carroll will learn his fate tomorrow but England manager Fabio Capello said last night:
“I have to speak with Stuart Pearce before deciding on Carroll.” “I met with Pearce on he told me there was a problem.” “I heard he had this injury but we will see.”
It would be silly if this thing got in the way of Andy being in the squad for England, as he will have had some pressure put on him at the Tyneside club if his ankle was indeed sore.
There are far too many times that slightly injured players go out on International duty, and then make the slight injury worse, and we always have to remember who are paying the wages of these players, and it’s not the FA.
The News Of The World are making a big thing of this story today, but we think it’s a storm in a teacup, and we expect Andy to be named in the squad tomorrow, as long as he stays injury free today at Eastlands.