Andy Carroll Passes Fitness Test – Starts For England


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.

Comments welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • spanishtoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Im really chuffed about that….I know we should worry etc about him but actually i think its brilliant!! englands number 9!!!

    dunno if anyone caught this before but i really enjoyed this piece on morality in football..

    http://www.postmatchpint.wordpress.com

    HWTL

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #2

    spanishtoon – yes I must say I feel great about it too – let’s hope he gets a goal!

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Too right Ed! Wouldn’t it be great?! Carroll on the scoresheet for England…its not often that we get the England spotlight…but tonight the toon are centre stage!

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  • tdt

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Just hope he doesnt get injured.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #5

    ¿Where in Spain are you Spanishtoon?

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  • partizanovec

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Knowing Hughton’s cautios thinking, I think that whatever the condition of Andy’s fitness will be after this friendly (and ofcourse I want him to pass unscathed), he will be rested for Saturday’s game at Reebok, to be sharper for Chelsea.
    Just a thought.
    Now Andrew, put two goals aside France, one left foot rocket, and the other bullet header. ^^

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  • Toonmania

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Big Lad will be ok ……….i hope and i’m so proud to have a geordie back in the main position of the england squad (move over rooney, there a striker coming that can handle the pressure!!!!)

    Toon Toon Black and White Army

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope he gets a good game and snags a few goals while he’s at it.

    Does this count as a full England cap or are caps only given in competitive games?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Counts as a full cap, Thump.

    I had a massive grin on my face when Murphy was talking about Wor Andy 😀

    Then miserable Southgate ruined it and got me angry 🙁

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I wouldn’t think too much of it HTL. I like to remind myself that Murphy is a consummate professional, a good bloke and a player who can do more than a job in the EPL.

    Southgate is an inept child who is quick to spit out the dummy, stick out his lip and stomp his foot when something doesn’t go his way. Can’t stand the man.

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Im in Madrid!

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #12

    LOL

    “We have been told that the French players have been asked to sign a code of conduct. Part of which requires the players to sing the national anthem”

    I’m not even sure if I can see their mouths moving let alone singing.

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13

    that was for Hugh…..

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #14

    So Carroll’s not a singer, eh.

    I wasn’t sure whether he’d be silent or booming.

    Interesting.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m in Calpe, Alicante.
    Too far to meet up for a pint to watch The Toon !

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Divvent worry, Thump, it was just a short outburst including a few profanities. I’ll still enjoy Carroll’s hat-trick 😀

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Andy’s looking a bit nervous out there. Calm down, lad.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Could be his injury.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Harper would of saved that.

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Beautiful goal. England defence is looking horrid… to be honest, so does the rest of the squad. No flow, no fight… shame.

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #21

    It could be HTL. He isn’t looking as flighty as he usually is.

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Now he’s looking like the Andy we all know and (begrudgingly) love 😀

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Has Barry done forward (or even sideways) pass yet!

    It’s so incredibly predictable:

    Rio to Lescott.
    Lescott to Gibbs.
    Gibbs to Rio.
    Rio to Barry.
    Barry to Lescott.
    Lescott to Jagielka.
    Jagielka to Henderson.
    Henderson to Barry.
    Barry to Lescott.
    Lescott to Carroll.
    Carroll’s flick on intercepted.
    France turn us inside-out.
    France miss one-on-one.

    Repeat.

    Boring.

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Lads I think HTL is actually Fabio Capello.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #25

    *deep breathing and sweating*

    I, errr, no understand wa you mean.

    Think I got outta that one

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  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Hah! Southgate “if he’s in the team then there’s at times we’ll have to go direct which runs a danger of becoming a little bit predictable”

    Aye because the total football system we’re currently using is a surprise with every pass.

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  • CT

    Nov 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #27

    issa goinski oakah buts these raneeelets is pritsy trixie twos controllings these footsiees bolls.
    andee okays buts

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