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Magpies' No.9 should be called up to solve striker shortage

Newcastle United striker Andrew Carroll is set to start his senior England career when Fabio Capello names his squad this evening for Wednesday's international friendly versus France.

Numerous newcomers have been tipped to be included in Capello’s squad, including Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matthew Jarvis, yet Carroll can be fairly confident of the call in view of Capello’s depressingly long list of injured strikers.

With Darren Bent, Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney all ruled out, there is certainly space for the young Geordie.

Much debate has arisen in the past few weeks, most of it encouraging the starlet to be given the opportunity to start his senior England career despite his off-field antics. Carroll is currently living with team-mate Kevin Nolan in accordance with the court’s bail conditions, imposed after allegations of assault against a girlfriend.

The 21-year-old could even start England's game against the 2006 World Cup finalists as Tottenham’s Peter Crouch has struggled for goalscoring form in the Premier League so far this season.

Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies is set to retain his place in the squad, after a prolific start to his seventh season with the Trotters.

Some tough decisions confronts Capello, who may opt to select players he would not normally pick, faced with such an extensive injury list.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is available once more after missing England’s draw with Montenegro at Wembley last month due to injury, whilst Everton’s Phil Jagielka is also fit to return to Capello’s back four.

Both have played their part in England’s Euro 2012 campaign so far, yet face competition as Adam Johnson’s recent form - two goals in three games for England - could possibly push Walcott to the bench, while Jagielka may find it hard to break into Capello’s central defence with controversial skipper Rio Ferdinand and former captain John Terry ready to start again.

Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott is ready to return, but has not featured in five of City’s most recent games; while Glen Johnson is recovering from a groin injury and may be fit in time to take his usual position at right-back, despite Roy Hodgson’s claims that the player has failed to step up to the plate so far this season for both club and country.

As Wes Brown and Luke Young have both retired from international duty, if Glen Johnson is not fit for Wednesday’s clash with France, players such as Newcastle’s Danny Simpson and Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha and Micah Richards could be in line for selection.

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