Andy Carroll’s debut pleases Fabio Capello

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Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll earned praise from boss Fabio Capello after making a solid England debut in the 2-1 defeat by France at Wembley.

The 21-year-old lasted 72 minutes of the clash with Les Bleus, having been a major doubt right up until kick-off due to a groin injury.

Capello commented:"I'm really happy for the performance of Andy because he played very well. He'll be a player who'll be important for the future of England.

"When he received the ball he played quickly and his movement every time was dangerous.

"Franco Baldini (general manager) spoke with Newcastle before the game and we checked him before the game.

"I spoke with Andy at the hotel, personally and after the warm-up here. After the first half, too. He told me he was fit to play every time.

"No player has ever played with me who was not fit. Our doctor said he was fit, so the player was ready to play. He played 70 minutes very well, no problem."

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