Carroll praying for green light

The Magpies ace received his maiden call-up to the senior squad
over the weekend ahead of England’s friendly with France. However,
Carroll is a doubt after picking up a groin problem in the Magpies’
0-0 draw with Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. Carroll has
linked up with the Three Lions camp at their training base in
Watford and he is hoping that he will be fit enough to play at
Wembley on Wednesday. “I just felt a twinge in the groin as we were
pushing forward to try and get a goal but I don’t really know how
it happened,” Carroll told The Sun. “I saw the doctor after the
match and it was decided to have another look at it on Sunday
lunchtime. “I hoped that if I got a good night’s sleep I might wake
up and it would feel better because that’s happened before. “It
felt worse when I got up but improved during the day.” Carroll
admits he was overjoyed to receive his first call from Fabio
Capello, saying: “There had been a lot of hints that I would get in
the England squad and when I got told officially on Saturday night
it was the best feeling in the world. “But then the prospect of
having to pull out felt like the worst feeling in the world.”
Carroll has been hampered by many off-the-field issues in recent
months which some suggested would prevent him being called into the
England squad. Capello has even stressed his willingness to sit
down with Carroll once he links up with the squad. “There’s been a
lot said about me off the pitch and I want to change that round,”
he said. “I want people to be talking about what I do on the pitch.
“I think I deserved the call-up. I’ve been doing well this season
and I’ve got seven goals in the league. “Plenty of opposition
players and managers have said good things about how I play. “If I
keep my good form going I hope the England manager will be picking
me again. I really believe I can score goals for England and I want
the chance to prove it. “Last season when I got 19 goals as we won
promotion back to the Premier League, people were saying I could
only do it in the Championship and that they’d find out what I was
about when I was playing regularly in the Premier League. “Well I
think I’ve shown I can do it in the top division and I’m convinced
I can do it as an international as well. “I’m not afraid of playing
for England, I see it as a great challenge and if I miss out this
time it will just make me more determined to get in the squad the
next time.”