By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has hailed the rapid progress of in-form Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.

In his first full season in the Premier League the 21-year-old has been a huge hit. His all-round play and five league goals have prompted suggestions he is in the frame for a call up to Fabio Capello’s England squad, and the Arsenal manager isn’t surprised.

“Personally, I have been highly impressed by him. He has presence, charisma, confidence,” said Wenger. “He is intelligent on the ball. I had doubts about him when I saw him one year ago but in the last year he has improved tremendously.

"He has to show it over a longer distance but I'm convinced Capello will have a look at him. I believe he will be good enough to play for England.”

And what does the Frenchman put this improvement down to?

“Attitude, and by that I mean motivation, and intelligence are the two main things I see personally. When you are not highly motivated and not very intelligent your potential to improve is very limited.”

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