England doctors to assess Carroll

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Andy Carroll will be assessed by England's medical staff on Sunday night, with a groin injury threatening to ruin his chances of making his international debut against France on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Newcastle striker received his maiden call-up to Fabio Capello's squad on Saturday night, but his involvement with the 24-man party could now be limited to less than a day after the injury he picked up in Saturdayy's 0-0 draw with Fulham.

His club have confirmed on their official website the player is to report for duty where he will be looked at by the England team doctors.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has already been called up as cover for Carroll and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, who is also struggling with a knock picked up against Manchester United.

Cole joins Carroll, Agbonlahor, Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd and Tottenham's Peter Crouch as the forwards in Capello's squad, with the Italian light on options with Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Bobby Zamora all out injured.

Carroll's selection was expected after a fine start to the season, but it was only possible after it was approved by Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.

The Gateshead-born player is currently on bail after being charged with assault, but Capello had decided his seven goals this season indicated more than a modicum of potential.

"Everybody makes mistakes when they are young,'' Capello said after picking his squad.

"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.

"Carroll is a really interesting player. 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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