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Toon striker poised for England debut

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Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will make his England debut against France on Wednesday night, Fabio Capello confirmed on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old trained on Tuesday after sitting out Monday's session with a slight injury and will start alongside Sunderland's Jordan Henderson, who also wins his first cap, and Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

"He's okay. He's fit. He'll play tomorrow," Capello said of Carroll. "He'll start in the first XI along with Henderson and Gibbs."

One player who definitely will not play is Jack Wilshere, who is to return to Arsenal with an injury.

But the Italian was more hopeful about Phil Jagielka and Joe Hart, who also missed training on Tuesday.

He said: "Wilshere is going home. Jagielka has flu but we think he will be okay tomorrow.

"Hart, the doctor is waiting to decide what happened. We think it will not be a big problem for him."

Asked whether he was concerned about allegations surrounding Carroll's private life, he 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."

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