Anfield striker to make international comeback from injury at Wembley against African giants.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will start tomorrow’s England game against Ghana, according to manager Fabio Capello.
He will be joined in the starting XI by Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines and Bolton Wanderer’s defender Gary Cahill as the head coach will ring the changes.
Capello released the Champions League players from his squad yesterday, meaning John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Dawson, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney can all return to their clubs.
Kyle Walker also returned to Aston Villa after picking up an injury.
The Italian says he will make seven changes to the side that beat Wales 2-0 in Cardiff last Saturday and Capello sees this as a chance for other players to impress.
Joe Hart will remain in goal while Scott Parker shall keep his place after impressing in the Millennium Stadium if he shakes off an injury niggle.
“Some of the players have played a lot,” Capello added. “They should only play three games in eight days – I think four games in 10 days is too much. I respect the clubs and the players.
“I’m not sure but it might be seven changes. Joe Hart will play in goal, I will play Cahill, Jagielka centre-backs and Baines on the left. I will play Andy Carroll and Barry will be the captain.
“If Parker is fit he will play. He’s got some little problem but I hope he will be fit.”
“I respect the fans, but it will be good for the fans because they will see some players they know very well,” he said.
“It will be interesting for me and for the fans because the players we play are really good players and it’s really very important for them to understand the spirit of the team.
“I hope tomorrow we can show on the pitch [a performance] like the first 30 minutes against Wales.
“Ghana is a really important team [to play], because the quality of Ghana is really, really high.”
Eager to preserve a favourable relationship with Premier League clubs, Capello insists it was in everyone’s best interests to allow those players involved in Champions League action next week to miss the friendly.
“The players that went home are not here because I preserve players for the clubs because at this moment if you are tired it is easy to be injured,” he said. “For this reason I decided to release these players to their clubs.”
But Capello confirmed he will support Stuart Pearce “100%” if he wants to name Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll in his squad for the summer’s Under-21 European Championships in Denmark.