Newcastle striker Andy Carroll looks set for a first call-up to the national side after being left out of the England U-21 squad.
Carroll, 21, has been tipped for a senior England debut after a stunning start to the season, but concerns over his private life led some to believe he may be left out.
Now BBC Sport reports that Carroll has been left out of Stuart Pearce’s squad to face Germany in next week’s friendly, which would appear to mean he is in Capello’s plans and may line up against France on Wednesday.
Carroll has made headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, with two court appearances followed b by this week’s alleged revelations that class A drugs were used by two women at the home of Kevin Nolan, where Carroll is currently living as a condition of his being bailed on a charge of assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
Former Magpies midfielder Kieron Dyer has issued a stark warning to Andy Carroll as the Newcastle striker faces further tabloid headlines about his private life, reports Tribal Football.
Dyer, now at West Ham, was part of the Newcastle ‘Brat Pack’ which included Craig Bellamy, Jermaine Jenas, Titus Bramble and Carl Cort. Jenas famously described life in Newcastle as ‘like a goldfish bowl’.
“This is what happens when you turn young men into millionaires in a city where they receive so much adulation just for being footballers,” Dyer said. “There are so many dangers when that happens, so many pitfalls – and I fell into a lot of them. There are things I did which I just can’t believe when I look back.
“We were doing well on the pitch and intent on enjoying ourselves off it, but we got into too many scrapes. But that is the problem you have in a city like Newcastle. I look at Andy Carroll and you can see the same problems.”
Barton apologises for punch.
Joey Barton has apologised for the punch on Blackburn’s Morgan Gamst Pedersen in the 2-1 loss to Blackburn on Wednesday, according to AFP.
Referee Mike Jones did not see the incident at the time but reviewed video footage, resulting in the FA charging Barton with violent conduct. Barton admitted the charge and has been handed a three-match ban. He will now miss Saturday’s visit of Fulham, next weekend’s trip to Bolton, and the visit of Chelsea on 28 November.
“I fully accept that I was in the wrong on this occasion and accept the charge that the FA have brought against me,” Barton said in a statement. “I would like to apologise to (Newcastle manager) Chris Hughton, my team-mates, our supporters and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn Rovers.
“I reacted badly to the situation on Wednesday night and I deeply regret it. I have been working very hard to keep that side of my game under control and I think it has showed in the way I have been able to get on and enjoy my football this season.
“I look forward to trying to get back into the team once my suspension is over and helping the club maintain its good start to the season.”