Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Carroll for England?

Fabio Capello will shortly announce his England squad for the upcoming friendly with France on November 17th. Having watched Andy Carroll’s display against Arsenal on Sunday I think it would be incredibly difficult for him to be left out. With so many of England’s strikers not available it is surely an opportune moment to see how he handles international football.

Currently Bent, Defoe and Rooney are all out injured and Peter Crouch is not good enough to play at this level. Although his record is good for England the highest ranking team he has ever scored against is Croatia; whilst the others have been the minnows of international football. Carroll offers pace, strength and an eye for goal which should guarantee his place in the squad; he is also in a rich vein of form.

When Capello took the job he insisted he would only pick players who were in form; whilst this has not been the case during his reign he has little choice for this game. It is a great opportunity to play a few of the Under 21s and get them used to playing for the senior team. Wilshire will almost certainly figure whilst I also feel Phil Jones at Blackburn should be in the squad. Having been ever present for Rovers this season he has shown more than enough quality to step up to the next level.

Whilst many of these friendlies are ultimately pointless Capello has a real chance to blood some of the youngsters. Hopefully we will see a few new faces in the squad who maybe hungrier for success than some of their counterparts.

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