Thursday's goalless Europa League draw against Braga was Carroll's first complete game for Liverpool after more than two months out with a thigh injury and he completed it in front of Capello. Dalglish said that the striker had not regained peak fitness. But Capello sees Carroll as a key part of his attack, in partnership with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
Carroll's England debut, against France in November, prompted controversy. Before the forward was called up his club at the time, Newcastle United, said he was struggling with an ankle injury. The prospect of his selection to face the Welsh has generated similar concern at Anfield.
Dalglish, who has opened talks with Liverpool's American owners over a two-year deal to continue as manager after a positive start in temporary charge, said: "I don't know if Fabio wants to pick him or not but there is no point us being as guided as we have been in his recuperation, and doing such a good job to get him to where he is now, if someone else is going to waste all that. There is nothing we can do to stop them picking him but common sense has to prevail.
"It is great to have the big fella back but he also needs games and I don't know what kind of state he will be in after the Braga game, when he stayed on longer than we hoped he would have to. A lot of things he did in that game were encouraging and he still has a good bit of fitness to come but England have to be responsible with him.
"It is not a case of going to war with anyone. We fully understand somebody wanting to pick his best players for England but they also have to understand the fact that [Carroll] is not really there yet for fitness. If [Capello] picks him, he picks him. That's up to him."
Capello is due to name his squad on Sunday evening. The Italian would like to select Carroll and Tottenham Hotspur's Peter Crouch. His instinct is to retain two taller strikers and two quicker players – presumably Rooney and Darren Bent – in his party.
However, a fifth striker could well be included, most likely Jermain Defoe of Spurs. With the friendly against Ghana on the following Tuesday in mind, Capello intends to announce a slightly larger squad of up to 25 names. Some regulars may be rested for the Ghana match. John Terry will captain the team at the Millennium Stadium, and potentially at Wembley three days later, in place of the injured Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard.
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