Andy Carroll has had quite a couple of days since he was called up for the full England squad on Saturday night, but Andy got even better news today, when Fabio Capello confirmed the 21 year-old Newcastle number 9 will start against France tomorrow night.
Fabio Capello – will start Andy against France
Carroll was passed fit to train last night, and he went through this morning’s training at Wembley and came through the session without any ill effects, and the England manager has confirmed that Andy, along with Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs will all start for England against France.
Capello told a press conference, shown live on Sky Sports News, the following:
“Carroll is fit and will play tomorrow. He will start in the first eleven, like Henderson and Gibbs.”
And Fabio also confirmed that Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the training session this morning and has been sent back to Arsenal, after he picked up an injury in the session at Wembley, will not play:
“Wilshere is going home because he will not be fit for tomorrow,”
And as we had mentioned earlier this morning Phil Jagielka is sick, but Fabio has said today that he thinks the Everton center back could still make the game tomorrow:
“Jagielka has the flu, but we think he will be okay for tomorrow,”
“Hart, the doctor is waiting to decide what happened. But we think it will not be a big problem.”
Joe Hart injured his back this morning in the training, and he looked in great pain as he was assisted by the other two goalkeepers Forster and Green, and we think it’s unlikely Joe will be fit for tomorrow night’s game, and is probably also very doubtful for the Man City game at Fulham this Sunday.
It’s expected that Ben Forster of Birmingham will now start the game in goal for England.
Asked whether the England manager was concerned about allegations surrounding Andy Carroll’s personal life on Tyneside, Capello seemed supportive of the youngster:
“No. I think you have to help him because he made a mistake but he is really young.” “I think everyone makes mistakes during their life and you have to help the young ones.”
“He’s a good player and I think he will understand, to stay with the senior squad will be really important for him because all the people, the newspapers, journalists will be focused on his life. I think he will improve.”
“He needs to improve things in his private life now because it’s really important.” “I spoke with him about what you have to do on the pitch on Tuesday morning.” “This afternoon I will speak to him about his private life.”
“I didn’t select him in the last game we played because the FA, myself and Stuart Pearce decided it was not okay to select him. I think this was really important for him and for us. Since then I think he learned something about this.”
Certainly Andy has seemed to get a lot lot of backing from the Italian, and hopefully he will take to heart all the good advice he’s been getting from these people who have been in the game of football all their lives.
But it does seem there’s little doubt Fabio thinks Andy could become a very special player for England, and we have to believe that Andy can also become a very special player indeed for Newcastle United, which is even more important.
After all he is Newcastle’s number 9. 😀