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Euro rehearsal for Carroll

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Roy Hodgson will offer Andy Carroll first shot at leading England's Euro 2012 attack in Norway on Saturday night.

With Wayne Rooney absent and Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck injured, Carroll has been handed a starting spot in Oslo, knowing if he matches Hodgson's lofty expectations he will surely keep his place for the European Championship opener against France in Donetsk on June 11.

"I'm expecting what I saw from him in the latter stages of the season with Liverpool," said Hodgson. "Against top class teams, he played really well. He was extremely active and caused amazing problems for the centre-backs he played against, not just with his strength, but also his running power. I expect a lot from him."

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Danny Welbeck
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