Pearce denies grudge against Carroll led to Campbell call-up
Published 23:00 23/02/12 By John Cross
Stand-in England boss Stuart Pearce denied that his decision not to pick Liverpool’s £35m striker Andy Carroll in either squad had anything to do with him missing the under-21s tournament last summer.
Pearce, who surprisingly put Sunderland’s fit-again Frazier Campbell ahead of Carroll, added: “That was an irrelevance. Andy Carroll was injured last summer, that’s why he couldn’t participate in the under-21s. That was the only reason in respect of that.
“It’s been reported that I had a problem with Andy which is so far from the truth it’s incredible. I picked this squad solely on the form of the other four that I put in front of him against anything he’d doing at the moment.
“I just feel with Andy at the moment is rediscovering some form. I feel as though the individuals we’ve put in before him are slightly ahead of him at this moment in time.”