Andy Carroll and Frank Lampard in contention for surprise return to England starting XI to face Wales

A toe injury to Wayne Rooney and a possible return to a 4-3-3 formation could see the Liverpool striker and Chelsea midfielder back in the Italian manager's first team plans
By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Andy Carroll and Frank Lampard are both in contention for surprise England recalls against Wales on Tuesday night, can reveal.

England manager Fabio Capello is understood to be giving serious consideration to starting the pair at Wembley even though they were both overlooked for the convincing 3-0 win in Bulgaria last Friday.

Doubts have surfaced about how well Wayne Rooney has recovered from the toe injury he suffered in Sofia, while the places of Theo Walcott and Stewart Downing have also come under scrutiny as Capello considers tweaking the formation that proved so successful against Bulgaria.

England have not won at home in 12 months and, as they prepare for their penultimate Euro 2012 qualifying match, the manager might revert back to the aggressive 4-3-3 formation that formed the basis of the 2-0 win at Cardiff in March. understands that Carroll will stand in for Rooney if he does not make it, while there is also a possibility that the Manchester United striker could also join Ashley Young in being moved out wide either side of the Liverpool man, roles they both performed with some distinction at the Millennium Stadium.

Despite publicly criticising Carroll's alcohol intake for the second time this year in his pre-match press conference, Capello has been impressed by the Liverpool player's efforts in training after he did not even make the bench against Bulgaria. The former Newcastle centre forward is set to leapfrog Jermain Defoe, an unused substitute last Friday.

"He is not at the top of his form at the moment, but he was fantastic in the last two training sessions," Capello said of Carroll on Tuesday. "I was really happy with him and told him he needs to do the same when he goes back to Liverpool. He will be a really important player for Liverpool and for us."

However, the manager also warned that Carroll needs to drink less if he wants to hold down a regular place on the international scene. Back in March, the forward marked his second cap with his first senior goal against Ghana but he missed the qualifier against Switzerland and the European Under-21 Championships due to injury and was pictured partying this summer in Barbados and at the Glastonbury Festival.

Capello added: "I think if he wants to be a good player, a good sportsman, he needs to drink less. I spoke with him. It's a private discussion between two people but he understands a lot. He's young, we need to help him."

Capello has dismissed the possibility of dropping either Gareth Barry or Scott Parker, who are both a booking away from being suspended for the final game in Montenegro on October 7.

They are set to be supported by Lampard at Wembley to help nullify the considerable threat of Wales' Gareth Bale, who the Italian feels is back to his best after recovering from a series of injuries he sustained in the second half of last season.

"It's possible I will change the style," Capello said. "It is step by step and Wales will be a tough game. I watched the game against Montenegro. They played really well on the counter-attack and Bale is back on top form.

"After his injury he only played at 80 per cent of his capacity. Now he is really good. He is a really important player. He is so fast. It is difficult to stop him. We need to prepare something."

Bale played on the right flank for Wales last Friday but Gary Speed's team will be without suspended pair Craig Bellamy and David Vaughan at Wembley.

One possibility being considered by the Wales staff is that the Tottenham winger will be given a roaming role against England, with the licence to cause havoc wherever he can find space.