Shearer sings Carroll’s praises

A side featuring debutants Carroll and Jordan Henderson as well as

fellow youngster Kieran Gibbs was outclassed by their fellow World

Cup flops in London. However, the trio were certainly not the most

disappointing performers in Fabio Capello’s team and Shearer wants

him to persist with the fringe players. Speaking about Newcastle’s

new number nine, Shearer told BBC Radio Five Live: “I thought he

battled well, his touch was good and I thought he won his fair

share in the air and he was probably the only positive of the

night. “But I hope people don’t get on the young guys’ backs

because none of them really shone last night. I hope they are given

another chance. I hope (Capello) sticks with the young guys because

I think it does need freshening up.” As for Carroll’s personal

life, Shearer added: “We must not forget he’s 21 and obviously

never been in this position before. “I think what’s important now

is he learns from his mistakes, realises that now he is a senior,

full international which doesn’t compare to the under-21s. He will

have to realise now the spotlight will be on him for the next 10 or

15 years because of that.”