Carroll takes Capello advice

The 21-year-old forward made his Three Lions debut against France

earlier in the month and put in an impressive performance despite a

2-1 defeat. He has made the headlines for non-footballing reasons

as well as work on the pitch this season, sparking Capello to take

him to one side when the England squad came together. Carroll has

thanked the Italian for his advice, and admits it meant a lot

coming from such an esteemed figure. “The manager was really good,

really helpful. He told me what to do and what not to do and how I

need to live my life,” he said in The Times. “He said some things

and I know I do need to listen and take them in. He did say a lot

to me, which I understand. “And, obviously, it means a lot when

it’s somebody like him telling me. He was just encouraging me to

keep going.” Carroll has scored eight goals in 14 Premier League

games for the Magpies this term and has made the famous number nine

shirt his own. He says it is an honour to follow in the stead of

Alan Shearer, who he idolised as a youngster. Carroll added: “I

used to watch Newcastle when Shearer was No 9 and scoring goals and

I always said, ‘That’ll be me one day.’ “Alan retired when I was

coming through. I trained with him a few times and that was great,

but getting the No 9 and knowing what he’s done with it…it was

all I’ve wanted, everything I’ve been aiming for. It’s

unbelievable.” Carroll also thanked manager Chris Hughton and

team-mate Kevin Nolan for guiding him in the right direction during

his first top-flight campaign “I don’t think I could have done it

without them. Chris has stuck by me and so has Kev,” he remarked.

“Chris has pulled me in and spoken to me, but he’s kept me in the

team. “And I’m just there to score goals and show him my

appreciation for keeping faith in me.”