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Capello: Youngsters make mistakes

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Fabio Capello is convinced being around the England camp this week will help keep Andy Carroll out of trouble in future.

After discussions with Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, Capello was cleared to select Carroll for his squad to face France on Wednesday. Currently on bail after being charged with assaulting a former girlfriend, there are some who do not feel Capello is sending out the right messages by picking the 21-year-old for the first time.

"Everybody makes mistakes when they are young," said Capello.

On performance alone, Carroll deserves his place, particularly as injury has robbed the England boss of Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Bobby Zamora and Jermain Defoe.

Capello certainly has no fears for the 21-year-old, who he feels will benefit from the experience he will be surrounded by in Watford this week.

He added: "It is very important for him to be in the seniors because we have a lot of important players, who can stay with him and speak with him about what happens outside the pitch.

"That is important. I haven't spoken to him but I talked to the FA, who have told me I can pick him. I also spoke with Stuart Pearce and he has no problems either. He is only young. He can change."

Carroll is said to have annoyed Pearce by pulling out of an England Under-21 squad in August with an injury the manager wanted to be assessed.

The Newcastle striker has shrugged off that problem and a brief dip in form last month. Capello was present at the Emirates Stadium last week when the Gateshead-born player scored the goal that defeated Arsenal, since when he has added a seventh of the season in the home loss to Blackburn.

"Carroll is a really interesting player," said Capello. "He is good in the air, has good movement without the ball and finds space. Technically he is very good and he is a fighter."

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