Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andy to Handle Snub by England

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andy to Handle Snub by England

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Byline: Luke Edwards

CHRIS Hughton does not believe Andy Carroll will suffer because of his England snub as he admitted there was part of him that was relieved he had not been selected by Fabio Capello. Speculation was rife last week that the 21-year-old was set for his first senior call-up after he was left out of the England Under-21 squad, only for the youngster to be ignored in favour of 33-year-old Bolton forward Kevin Davies. But Hughton is sure Carroll (right) didn't let the speculation go to his head before Capello's announcement and he is equally satisfied the disappointment of being left out will not damage him. "I don''t think Andy will have been affected by the fact he wasn''t selected by England," said Hughton, who will welcome the players back to training this morning. "There was a lot of speculation in the media and I''m sure he was aware of that, but I don''t think he is upset. He knows he is still a young player and he is still learning. He won''t worry about it. He will just get on with it. He has had a very good start to the season, but he is still developing. I left him out of the starting line-up at Manchester City because he had been struggling with a virus and he was a little below par, but that is normal. "He is going to have ups and downs, that is natural at this stage of his career. He isn''t going to be at his best all the time because he is a young player, and that happens." Indeed, from a purely selfish point of view, Hughton admitted he was happy the striker had been left on Tyneside this week rather than away with the national side preparing tMontenegro on Tuesday night. He added: "Whether he is called up by England, or whether he is called up by the Under-21s, all of that is out of our hands. "But, if I'm honest, the one thing you always worry about when a player is away on international duty is whether they come back injured. "Instead, we've managed to keep hold of Andy and he is here with us. I'm sure he will be selected again, but that isn't up to me." Carroll has had a rollercoaster start to the season and, for a player who has not even started 10 Premier League games, there has been an inordinate amount of attention on him because of a hat-trick against Aston Villa back in August. …

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