Kenny happy with duo’s treatment

Carroll scored his first international goal in the 1-1 friendly

draw with Ghana on Tuesday. However, much of the pre-match

discussion concerned Capello’s advice to the former Newcastle

forward to concentrate on football and cut out potentially bad

drinking habits and also his possible involvement in this summer’s

Under-21 European Championships. Dalglish brushed aside any

potential controversy by reaffirming his belief that the

22-year-old was fully focused on improving himself and his game.

“Is that not his job, football?” said the Scot. “I would expect him

to focus on it to get to where he is. He has done fantastically

well. “I think Andy Carroll is focused on his football.” And on the

Under-21s issue he added: “We’ll wait to see if he is picked first

but I can’t answer the question until it has happened so I can’t

see the point in discussing it.” The Reds boss thanked Capello for

using Carroll and Johnson sensibly in midweek. England’s last

friendly at Wembley in November against France saw Liverpool

captain Steven Gerrard sidelined for a month having sustained a

hamstring strain after playing longer than the club believed they

had agreed he should. That was under the tenure of former manager

Roy Hodgson, who Liverpool will meet on Saturday when they come up

against his new club West Brom, but there were no complaints from

Dalglish. “The way England treated our players was fantastic,” he

said. “They gave Andy the hour knowing it wouldn’t have been

beneficial to play him any longer. “They gave Glen 45 minutes

because he has a slight problem with an Achilles. “I though they

were very professional and respectful with the way they treated our

players.” Dalglish also hoped Carroll’s England goal would spur him

on to his first for Liverpool since joining in January. “It is a

great milestone for Andy to score his first goal, especially at

Wembley,” said the 60-year-old. “It is a great reward for his

recuperation and it will give him a lift and kick him on further.

“I think everyone can be proud but obviously Andy will have been

happy.”