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Andy Carroll’s dream England debut has been cast into doubt after Newcastle sent an e-mail to the Football Association expressing their concern about the player’s fitness.

Fabio Capello said on Tuesday that Carroll would start in tonight’s friendly against France at Wembley.

But the Magpies are not convinced the striker is fully recovered from a groin injury he sustained against Fulham on Saturday.

There has been no official public response from the FA.

Capello was aware of Carroll’s groin injury on Sunday evening and kept him out of training on Monday, believing the player would eventually be ruled out.

However, after the striker reported an easing of the problem, Carroll was sent for a scan, the results of which were assessed by the England team medical staff.

They were sufficiently satisfied to clear Carroll to train on Tuesday and the player came through a full session without any discomfort.

Carroll has been one of the mainstays of Newcastle’s creditable start to life back in the top flight, which currently sees him at the top of the scoring stakes with seven goals to date.

One of those was the winner in his club’s shock 1-0 victory at Arsenal earlier this month, a game for which Capello was at the Emirates Stadium.


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