Carroll to face France
England manager Fabio Capello has confirmed that Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Kieran Gibbs will start against France.
Last Updated: 17/11/10 11:40am
England manager Fabio Capello has confirmed that Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Kieran Gibbs will start against France on Wednesday.
Carroll returned to training on Tuesday after missing a session on Monday due to a groin injury, but Capello has revealed that he has no concerns over the controversial Newcastle striker's fitness.
Sunderland midfielder Henderson will also make his first senior-team appearance from the start, while Arsenal's Gibbs is in line to kick-off against France.
Capello told a press conference shown live on Sky Sports News: "Carroll is fit and will play tomorrow. He will start in the first XI, like Henderson and Gibbs."
But midfielder Jack Wilshere will not make an England start because he is being sent back to Arsenal after sustaining an injury in Tuesday's training session at Wembley.
"Wilshere is going home because he will not be fit for tomorrow," said Capello.
The Italian is not worried about Phil Jagielka after the Everton defender missed training on Tuesday due to a fever, while he is also not overly concerned about an injury suffered by first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart.
"Jagielka has the flu, but we think he will be okay for tomorrow," said the England boss.
"Hart, the doctor is waiting to decide what happened. But we think it will not be a big problem."
Asked whether he was concerned about allegations surrounding Carroll's personal life, Capello said: "No. I think you have to help him because he made a mistake but he is really young.
"I think everyone makes mistakes during their life and you have to help the young ones.
"He's a good player and I think he will understand, to stay with the senior (squad) will be really important for him because all the people, the newspapers, journalists will be focused on his life. I think he will improve."
Capello admits Carroll will take on more responsibility as a senior England player.
"Yes, I hope so," said the Italian. "He needs to improve things in his private life now because it's really important.
"I spoke with him about what you have to do on the pitch (on Tuesday morning). This afternoon I will speak to him about his private life.
"I didn't select him in the last game we played because the FA, myself and Stuart Pearce decided it was not okay to select him. I think this was really important for him and for us. Since then I think he learned something about this."
Capello also spoke in praise of another new cap, Henderson, and urged the crowd to support the emerging players even if they find it difficult to adjust to senior international football immediately.
"The three players (Carroll, Henderson and Gibbs), we have to support them if the performances are not okay," he said. "It's really, really important. Also, the senior players like Rio Ferdinand, Gareth Barry and Steven Gerrard have to help these players."