Andy Carroll Fit To Play In England Friendly Against France; Striker's Personal Struggles Do Not Bother Fabio Capello

While Newcastle striker Andy Carroll sat out yesterday's England training session, his injury was ruled to be "slight" and he will start for the Three Lions in Wednesday's friendly against France. Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere is headed back to Arsenal, an injury keeping him out of the match, and the fitness of Phil Jagielka and Joe Hart will be determined. Everton defender Jagielka has the flu, but will likely be fine for Wednesday, while Manchester City goalkeeper Hart will be examined after being pulled from training for a back problem.

As injuries for England continue to mount, the news that Carroll has recovered from a groin injury must cheer supporters somewhat. The Magpies man may still be struggling to overcome difficulties in his private life, including the assault charge filed against him last month, but coach Fabio Capello is not concerned, stating that the attention Carroll will receive from the media will help him improve.

Considering Capello stripped John Terry of the captain's armband last year for allegations surrounding his private life, one has to wonder why the England manager has changed his tune. Perhaps because he has no choice, given the number of injuries England face?

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