St James’ Park youngster to get his first senior cap.
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Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will make his England debut against France at Wembley on Wednesday.
England boss Fabio Capello said that Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson, 20, will also make his debut while Arsenal left-back Kieron Gibbs starts.
Carroll, 21, recently pleaded guilty to assault and Capello admitted he “needs to improve his private life now”.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been ruled out through injury, while keeper Joe Hart is being assessed by a doctor.
That comes after the Manchester City player suffered an injury during a training session at Wembley on Tuesday which Wilshere – who had been tipped for a first international start – did not take part in.
“Wilshere is going home,” said Capello. “[Everton centre-back] Phil Jagielka has flu, but we think he will be okay.
“Hart, the doctor is waiting to decide what happened. We think it will not be a big problem for him.” (BBC Sport)
There has been far too much written about how Andy Carroll should not be playing for his country because of some questionable behaviour off the pitch but Fabio Capello has seen sense and rightly judged the St James’ Park star solely on his footballing abilities. The Newcastle United youngster has had a great season thus far, scoring seven goals in 12 starts, and fully deserves to get his first cap.
Good to see also that youngsters Jordan Henderson and Kieran Gibbs are getting starts as they are stars for the future who are more than capable of performing at the highest level in the present. The Sunderland midfielder has been particularly impressive and this news completes a memorable week for the local born starlet after he helped the Black Cats to a famous win at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal full back Kieran Gibbs has shown what he is capable of and surely it is only a matter of time before he ousts Gael Clichy for the Gunners left back spot.