Carroll in clear to face Italy
England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed Brendan Rodgers gave the official seal of approval for Andy Carroll to face Italy next week.
Carroll's Liverpool future is open to question following Rodgers' arrival at Anfield.
The Reds' record signing has already snubbed one proposed move to West Ham and is believed to be hankering after a return to his native Newcastle.
Carroll did not play in either leg of Liverpool's Europa League triumph over FC Gomel and whilst Rodgers insists the 23-year-old has a role to play with the Merseyside giants, it is not easy to see how the striker fits into the style likely to be in use this term.
Nevertheless, when Hodgson rang Rodgers to check on Carroll's fitness, he got a glowing response.
"I checked Andy out with Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard because I realise there is a situation there," said Hodgson.
"They were both happy with Andy in training and the way he is going about his business."
Having impressed during Euro 2012, scoring the opening goal in that five-goal thriller with Sweden, Hodgson felt Carroll deserved to keep his place, especially as Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are amongst those who have not been considered.
And, as the manager noted, the other members of his striking department, Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge, are not regulars for their clubs either.
"We have to accept that a lot of our front players aren't first choices at their clubs," said Hodgson.
"There are a lot of foreign centre forwards at the big clubs in the Premier League so it's not easy for our boys sometimes.
"But Andy Carroll did well when he played in the Euros and I have no worries putting him in this squad."
Hodgson's experimental squad includes older players like Michael Carrick, who have been given another chance, potential regulars like Gary Cahill who were forced to miss Euro 2012 through injury, and younger ones, who will benefit from the experience, amongst them Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore.
"Jake did well at Tottenham last year," said Hodgson.
"I had a long chat with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood about him.
"They are impressed so it was a good chance to have a look for myself.
"A couple of players dropped out so Jake has been promoted up from the reserve list."
The absence of Phil Jones with a back problem might be significant in that regard, whilst Gareth Barry has also been ruled out with an abdominal strain that prevented him featuring in the European Championship.
Hodgson has defended the timing of the fixture, which has drawn criticism as it comes just three days before the start of a new Premier League season.
The timing is hardly his fault and with a World Cup qualifying campaign to prepare for, it would be unreasonable for England not to play on a FIFA recognised date.
Arguably a more salient point is the public's appetite for a group of generally underperforming international footballers at a time when the country is being swept along on a wave of Olympic euphoria.
"I'd love to tap into the whole Olympic atmosphere," said Hodgson.
"I've been really impressed by the whole organisation, the coaches and in particular the athletes, who have done an outstanding job.
"The impressive aspect is the manner in which they have won medals and embraced their victory.
"It's been very refreshing to see talented people showing a good face to the nation and the world at large.
"The way that Team GB have conducted themselves in a home Olympics must make the world of athletics very pleased and proud.
"So many of them have done such a great PR job."