Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll focusing on bouncing back from Blackburn Rovers defeat rather than potential England call-up

Striker has put thoughts of France friendly to back of his mind
Andy Carroll insists his focus is on getting Newcastle United back to winning ways against Fulham, despite increasing speculation of an England call-up for the friendly against France.

The 21-year-old continued his brilliant start to the season by scoring the winner against Arsenal and also netting in Wednesday night's defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

His performances, including seven league goals in 12 appearances, have caught the eye of Fabio Capello.

But Carroll is putting all thoughts of playing for his country to one side as Newcastle look to bounce back following a 2-1 defeat at home to Rovers.

"At the moment everyone is now just looking forward to Saturday and putting it all right against Fulham," he told the Evening Chronicle.

"We're hurting a bit and disappointed to lose. As far is England is concerned, we've just got to see what happens."

Carroll has also attracted the headlines for the wrong reasons this season and it has caused some people to doubt whether he deserves an England call.

But the Magpies ace will try to continue his good form and let Capello worry about the England squad.

He added: "Nobody from the FA has been in touch with me and I won't find out until everybody else on Saturday.

"We've just got to see what happens. I'm scoring goals, and doing the best I can do at the minute."

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