Andy Carroll was left off of England's U21 squad (Sky Sports), further fueling rumors that a senior call-up is imminent. Carroll insists that his focus is on the club (Sky Sports); meanwhile, he is being backed publicly by Alan Shearer (BPL Official Site) and Carlo Ancelotti (Adam Davies, CaughtOffside), with the latter comparing him favorably to Didier Drogba. James Beckett of EPLTalk also wrote a glowing article in support of Andy.
Danny Simpson is rumored to be in line for a call from Fabio Capello as well. (Adam Davies, CaughtOffside)
Shola Ameobi had to leave Wednesday's match with a "minor hamstring injury," and his status for Saturday's tie with Fulham is in doubt. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle) Ed Harrison of nufcblog.com says it's time for other players to get a chance while Ameobi heals up.
Chris Hughton admitted that he does have a point threshold in mind for the Magpies. (BPL Official Site)
Tottenham Hotspur are said to be poised to make a run at Mike Williamson in January. (CaughtOffside)
The sentencing hearing in Paul Gascoigne's first drunk driving trial has been postponed until December 9. (MirrorFootball)