Andy Carroll has explained that he picked up his slight groin injury in the final minutes of Newcastle’s 0-0 draw against Fulham on Saturday.
Andy Carroll – in action on Saturday
The news yesterday that Andy had withdrawn from the England squad, came just as Andy was getting all the plaudits for finally making the full England squad.
Carroll talked about the call-up:
“There had been a lot of hints that I would get in the England squad and when I got told officially on Saturday night it was the best feeling in the world.”
“But then the prospect of having to pull out felt like the worst feeling in the world.”
And there is news today that England manager Fabio Capello had planned to give Andy a start against the French, so it makes it that more frustrating that Andy will very likely not make the game.
Andy is very disappointed with the injury and the shattering of his dream to play this Wednesday night for England against France, and he continued:
“I don’t know what the manager’s plans were for me.” “All I wanted was to get involved and show what I could do.”
“I just felt a twinge in the groin as we were pushing forward to try and get a goal but I don’t really know how it happened.” “I saw the doctor after the match and it was decided to have another look at it on Sunday lunchtime.”
“I hoped that if I got a good night’s sleep I might wake up and it would feel better because that’s happened before.” “It felt worse when I got up but improved during the day.”
Andy did travel last night to England’s training camp at The Grove in Watford, and the England doctors will now have a scan made today, and then presumably make some definitive decision on Andy.
Because of Andy’s history with the England U21 side, we were not too surprised that Carroll was asked to travel to the England camp last night.
Andy had pulled out of the U21 squad for the Portugal and Lithuania matches last September through injury, and the England manager Stuart Pearce was very annoyed that Andy didn’t even travel to join the squad.
It is said that not even turning up for that game cost Carroll a call-up later for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, but we have a hard job believing that.
Andy is getting a lot of stick because of some of the baggage that surrounds the player, but we have to believe that he will start to clean up his act rather quickly.
We hope he will start to clean up his act rather quickly.