As we half expected, Fabio Capello has had to defend his selection of Andy Carroll for the England squad to play France on Wednesday at Wembley.
Andy Carroll – new big man for England?
Andy has been in a little trouble over the last few years, none of it really big, but for a professional footballer there’s no doubt he has to clean up his act off the field
This is what the England manager said today about Andy:
“I hope he will change,” “We have to help him. It will be important for him to stay with the seniors, with famous players and to learn something about these leaders.”
Capello has given call-ups to Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson, Manchester United center-back Chris Smalling and Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd – all for the first time as the England manager takes a look at some of the young talent at his disposal – although Cardiff’s Bothroyd is 28.
Micah Richards has been recalled to the side after a couple of years out in the wilderness, although he seems to be improving under the guidance of Man City manager Roberto Mancini.
32 year-old Kevin Davies, the Bolton striker, who got his first and maybe only call-up for the last England squad, loses his place.
The FA had told Fabio Capello it has no issue with Carroll being selected, and that was widespread news last week, and that’s because he was recently fined for admitting assault on a man in a Newcastle nightclub, and is on bail for an alleged assault on a former girlfriend.
Steven Gerrard had provided a precedent when he was selected for England while he was facing assault and battery charges a few years ago, when he got into trouble in Liverpool after starring in Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Newcastle at St. James’ Park in December of 2008..
“I spoke with the FA and they have told me I can pick him,” “He is a really interesting player. He is good in the air. He finds space. Technically he is good. He is a fighter.”
Fabio may be surprised to find Andy is a very good in training and listens carefully to what is said, and only wants to improve his game, and it seems that Andy has caught the imagination of England fans everywhere, who see an exciting and charismatic striker, who looks so good at only 21 years old, and is still improving.