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Carroll - I'm Fit To Face Bolton

By Dan King

After the excitement of making his England debut at Wembley on Wednesday, Andy Carroll is now looking forward to playing again for his beloved Newcastle United.

The Gateshead-born striker admits pulling on the Three Lions for the first time was his "proudest moment ever" but, after returning unscathed from the friendly against France, is ready to face Bolton on Saturday.

Carroll spoke exclusively to nufcTV within moments of reporting back for duty at United's Training Centre on Thursday, following his impressive international bow which earned glowing praise from Fabio Capello despite a disappointing 2-1 defeat for his team.

And he beamed: "It was a great moment. It was the proudest moment ever, really, and for my family to be there was well was great.

"It wasn't the best performance, but I thought I put myself about and showed bits of what I can do."

Carroll also revealed that he had not seen the positive reaction to his performance in the press - because he had spent most of the time since the game asleep!

"I haven't seen anything," he said. "To be honest, I've just been sleeping straight after the game so I haven't looked at anything or heard anything.

"But if it's positive, then I'll just take that and carry on doing what I'm doing at Newcastle.

"I'm in the frame for the weekend. It's going to be tough, like every game, but going away to Bolton is going to be difficult.

"But I know all the lads are looking forward to it, so it should be good."