Carroll set for senior call

Image: Carroll: In line for call-up

Andy Carroll appears to be set for his first call-up to the senior England squad after being left out of the Under-21s.

But Wilshere & Gibbs named in Pearce's squad

Newcastle star Andy Carroll appears to be set for his first call-up to the senior England squad after being left out of the Under 21 squad for their upcoming European Championship play-off. Carroll has impressed for Newcastle so far this season with four goals to his name and his performances are thought to have caught the eye of Fabio Capello. Carroll's omission from the Under 21s is understood not to have been injury-related and, with England suffering something of a striker shortage ahead of their October 12th Group G clash, it appears the Newcastle youngster will be drafted into the senior ranks. However, Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are likely to miss out on senior call-ups after both were named in Stuart Pearce's squad for the double-header against Romania. Wilshere had been hoping for a recall after being dropped for last month's double-header against Bulgaria and Switzerland. Gibbs, 21, was an unused substitute in both matches but was expected to keep his place in the squad. Wigan's Victor Moses was a surprise omission from the squad, while Everton's Jack Rodwell is missing through injury Manchester City defender Micah Richards returns after withdrawing from the squad for this month's final two Group Nine qualifiers, while goalkeeper Scott Loach is back after being drafted into the senior squad as cover. Pearce's side party will host the first leg of their play-off at Carrow Road next Friday before travelling to Botosani for the return four days later and Pearce is expecting a tough encounter. Pearce told www.thefa.com: "There's been a great team spirit within the squad this season and the results have been pleasing as well. "Now we're in the situation of a play-off after the pressure of last month's games, but I think that will stand them in good stead for these games against Romania." "It will be tough for us. "We've watched Romania on DVD and they are obviously a very good side. But we'd like to think we are a good side too, so that's why there is a consistency within the squad. "More of them have gone out on loan and that will help them as individuals and, fitness-wise, when they turn up they should be much sharper." Full squad: F Fielding (Blackburn), S Loach (Watford), A Smithies (Huddersfield) J Steele (Middlesbrough); R Bertrand (Chelsea), K Gibbs (Arsenal), P Jones (Blackburn), M Kelly (Liverpool), M Mancienne (Chelsea), M Richards (Manchester City), C Smalling (Manchester United), K Walker (Tottenham); M Albrighton (Aston Villa), T Cleverley (Manchester United), J Cork (Chelsea), J Henderson (Sunderland), H Lansbury (Arsenal), F Muamba (Bolton), D Rose (Tottenham), J Wilshere (Arsenal); N Delfouneso (Aston Villa), D Sturridge (Chelsea), D Welbeck (on loan at Sunderland)

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