Fabio Capello impressed by Andy Carroll

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Fabio Capello has backed Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll to stay out of trouble and enjoy a long England career.

The Italian has included the volatile Geordie in his squad for Wednesday's friendly international against France even though Carroll is currently on bail after being charged with assaulting a former girlfriend.

Capello said of the 21-year-old:"Everybody makes mistakes when they are young.

"It is very important for him to be in the seniors because we have a lot of important players who can stay with him and speak with him about what happens outside the pitch. That is important.

"I haven't spoken to him but I talked to the FA, who have told me I can pick him. I also spoke with (England Under-21 manager) Stuart Pearce and he has no problems either. He is only young. He can change.

"Carroll is a really interesting player. He is good in the air, has good movement without the ball and finds space. Technically he is very good and he is a fighter."

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