News is coming through that Newcastle’s Andy Carroll has just passed a fitness test, and will definitely start for England tonight against France at Wembley tonight.
Andy Carroll – will start tonight and make England debut
Fabio Capello announced yesterday that he intended to hand the Newcastle United number 9 his international debut at Wembley, but Newcastle this morning were concerned about Carroll playing and informed the FA of that concern via an email.
The Newcastle medics are surprised their No 9 has recovered adequately enough from a groin injury, to play tonight, since manager Chris Hughton had said only yesterday that Andy was doubtful for the Bolton game on Saturday.
So Chris was hardly thinking that Andy would play tonight, even though he joined up with the squad on Sunday evening.
But we wish Andy the very best tonight, and we have a feeling he will also play well, since he was a star when he last played at Wembley for the England U21 side.
Nothing seems to faze Andy and unlike a lot of our World Cup players, he’s never over-awed by the occasion, which is a big strength Andy has.
Let’s just say one thing in ending this – he had better not come off that Wembley pitch injured tonight, or put another way – he had better be fit enough to play for Newcastle on Saturday at the Reebok.