Car­roll looks out in the wilder­ness

Daily Mail - - International Football - By SAMI MOKBEL

ANDY CAR­ROLL is fac­ing a bleak in­ter­na­tional fu­ture fol­low­ing his lat­est Eng­land snub due to lin­ger­ing doubts over his body. Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate de­cided against re­call­ing the West Ham for­ward de­spite the chronic short­age of strik­ers. There looks no way back from the in­ter­na­tional wilder­ness for Car­roll, whose last cap came in 2012. South­gate has made dis­creet checks on Car­roll as well as hav­ing him scouted. But the man­ager has not been con­vinced by the 28-year-old. Con­cerns over the for­ward’s fit­ness lev­els were South­gate’s main worry, par­tic­u­larly his abil­ity to stay in­jury-free in the build-up to and dur­ing tour­na­ments. South­gate’s pre­de­ces­sor Roy Hodg­son held the same reser­va­tions about Car­roll, which is why the striker was not se­lected for Eng­land’s Euro 2016 squad. It is un­der­stood those con­cerns have been re­layed to the cur­rent regime. The for­mer Liver­pool striker missed most of the first half of the sea­son with a knee in­jury. And de­spite scor­ing six goals since re­turn­ing for West Ham in De­cem­ber, he has since been trou­bled by a groin in­jury. Mean­while, South­gate views Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain as a cen­tral mid­fielder in the Eng­land set-up this week. The Ar­se­nal player was handed a re­call last week, which has co­in­cided with his new role in the heart of the Gun­ners mid­field. The for­mer Southamp­ton man has been used as a winger in pre­vi­ous Eng­land squads but South­gate, who is set to start Mar­cus Rash­ford in tomorrow’s friendly against Ger­many, is keen to have a look at Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain in a cen­tral role.

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