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CHN Links: Friday Edition

Good morning, Toon Army. Tired of hearing about Joey Barton? This post has you covered.

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 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)