Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will not be fazed if he is called up by England boss Fabio Capello this evening.
The in-form 21-year-old has been widely tipped to be named in the senior squad for next week's friendly against France after an impressive start to the Barclays Premier League season. He has hit the headlines as much for his off-the-field problems as for what he has done on it in recent weeks, but he is confident he would take the step on to the big stage in his stride.
Carroll told the Evening Chronicle: "It will not bother me. I don't bother reading newspapers - I don't even watch Match of the Day."
He added: "That way, I don't know what anybody is saying and I can get on with my job. I just go to training, train well and prepare for the next game and work with the manager - I just focus on the job.
"When Saturday or a match comes, I just look forward to playing football and scoring goals for the team. That has got me this far, so I probably will not change my preparations for matches.
"If it [the England call-up] comes, it will be a great feeling for me - but not just me, it will be for my family as well - but we will see what happens.
"I will be delighted if I do, but it will not stop me doing my job for Newcastle United."
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