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Striker not at full match fitness yet despite returning to action

Kenny Dalglish has warned Fabio Capello and England that it would be a mistake to select Andy Carroll for the forthcoming internationals against Wales and Ghana as the striker is yet to regain full match fitness after recovering from injury.

The Liverpool striker has managed just one start for the Reds since his £35 million move from Newcastle United on the last day of the January transfer window due to injury and his boss hopes his recovery is not hampered by international duties.

"I don't know if Fabio [Capello] wants to pick him or not, but there is no point in us being as guided as we have been in his recuperation and doing such a good job to get him to where he is now if someone else is going to waste all that," Dalglish told reporters.

"England have to be responsible with him. It is not a case of going to war with anyone.

"We fully understand somebody wanting to pick his best players for England, but they also have to understand the fact that is he is not really there yet for fitness."

Dalglish has identified that his Liverpool side may have to adapt to fit the England striker in their line-up but also believes the former Newcastle man will have to learn about his new club’s style of play if he wants to succeed at Anfield.

"Andy [Carroll] has tremendous assets which we have to learn to get the best out of and we have got assets that will help," said the Scot.

"But he has to learn how we can get the best out of him.

"We have to fuse the two things together, play to his strengths but also play to ours and it will take a bit of time to get it working.

"The quicker they get gelling with each other the better it will be for everyone but I think the signs are very positive."

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