Geordie pride returns at international level
Fabio Capello shuffled into his seat and announced: "Andy Carroll is OK, he is fit and he will start."
And at that moment the reality that Carroll is deemed good enough for England started to sink in.
It marks an incredible two year period for the Gateshead lad who was in the reserve team just two years ago and could walk down Northumberland Street almost unrecognised.
Not now, and just seconds after confirming Carroll will start against France, a word of warning over his private life followed from the former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss.
Capello also revealed that Carroll finally swayed his mind in the 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.
The big concern as a Newcastle fan is, that he has just picked up a groin injury against Fulham.
And having experienced international injuries for Toon players such as Michael Owen, that has to be a cause for concern.
Not least because Newcastle's season now hinges on the fitness of Carroll as he is now pivotal to the team's progress.
Nevertheless, Geordie pride returns at international level and for the first time since Alan Shearer's days leading the line for England, Newcastle fans have a REAL reason to take an interest in the progress of the national team.