Capello: England will help Carroll
Currently on bail after being charged with assaulting a former girlfriend, there are some who do not feel Capello is sending out the right messages by picking the 21-year-old for the first time. Yet on performance alone, Carroll deserves his place, particularly as injury has robbed the England boss of
"Everybody makes mistakes when they are young," said Capello. "It is very important for him to be in the seniors because we have a lot of important players, who can stay with him and speak with him about what happens outside the pitch. That is important."
"I haven't spoken to him but I talked to the FA, who have told me I can pick him. I also spoke with
Carroll is said to have annoyed Pearce by pulling out of an England Under-21 squad in August with an injury the manager wanted to be assessed. The Newcastle striker has shrugged off that problem and a brief dip in form last month. Capello was present at the
"Carroll is a really interesting player," said Capello. "He is good in the air, has good movement without the ball and finds space. Technically he is very good and he is a fighter."
Capello had already decided not to pick Rooney even before Manchester United assistant manager
As Wilshere is also expected to be part of Pearce's squad for the European Under-21 Championships next summer, it looks like being a busy year for the 18-year-old.
However, Capello has already noted a rare quality. "I am looking for something different from a young player so I know he is ready to be with us," said Capello. "Wilshere is really intelligent on the pitch, so I think he can play with the seniors. He needs to understand what really happens when England play at Wembley in front of 90,000 people.
"There is also a new style. Arsenal's is their school style, from the academy, with a lot of touches. He has to find out what he has to do here. In a really short time it is impossible to learn everything but it will be interesting for him to stay with us."