Glenn Roeder suggests that St James’ Park man should not get his first cap against France.
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Former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has urged England boss Fabio Capello to think twice before awarding Magpies striker Andy Carroll his debut.
Roeder warned that the in-form 21-year-old will not fulfil his potential unless he changed his lifestyle.
Carroll’s impressive season has been marred by off-field problems.
“I’d select him but I’m not saying he should play. I’m not certain he’s sending out great signals to young players,” Roeder told BBC Radio 5 live.
“If he is picked the signals for me would be ‘I can do what I want it doesn’t matter, as long as I play well I’ve got a chance to play for England’. The standards should be much higher than that.
“He’s a great lad around the training ground, coaches love working with him, but by living the way he is he’s not fulfilling the potential that he could possibly fulfil by having just a bit of a quieter life.” (BBC Sport)
Really not sure if Glenn Roeder needed to stick his nose into this issue. If he truly believes that Andy Carroll should be punished for his off field behaviour then surely he would tell Fabio to not pick the talented Newcastle United youngster at all, but he is saying pick him for the squad but don’t select him for the game, which makes little or no sense.
There have been a load of articles produced about Carroll’s recent run ins with the law as well as some odd goings on in his house but clearly these issues have not affected his game and after all the England boss picks his according to performances on the pitch. If Fabio was going to select his England eleven based on their moral code away from the game then he would probably not be able to select a full complement of players!