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Friday 23 February 2018

Capello has fitness doubt over Carroll

fabio capello has warned Andy Carroll that he has to get himself into shape before he can be considered a potential England starter.

Carroll (22), who was left out of Liverpool's last match against Bolton, is highly-rated by Capello but was not even on the bench for Friday's 3-0 victory over Bulgaria.

With Darren Bent withdrawing from the squad yesterday with a groin problem, the England manager has a decision to make as to whether Carroll will be promoted to the bench for tomorrow's game against Wales.

Capello is considering a recall for Frank Lampard for tomorrow's game just four days after the England manager left the midfielder out of the team against Bulgaria -- the first time Lampard had been dropped for a competitive England match in four years.

Capello is concerned that a booking for either Gareth Barry or Scott Parker at Wembley will mean they are suspended for the final Group G qualification match in Montenegro next month -- from which England will need a point to be sure of qualification if they beat Wales.

Meanwhile, Arsenal star Jack Wilshere will be out of action for up to three months with an ankle injury.

Irish Independent

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