Allardyce: Carroll for England
Sam Allardyce thinks Andy Carroll is the answer to England's woes after watching the striker inspire West Ham to victory over West Brom.
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Carroll was a key figure for England at Euro 2012, but he was left out of Roy Hodgson's latest squad for the double header against San Marino and Montenegro.
The Three Lions struggled to hold on to the ball and wasted good chances to take all three points in Podgorica last Tuesday, leaving their World Cup qualification hopes in the balance.
Hodgson was at Upton Park on Saturday to watch Carroll tear apart a sorry West Brom in a vital 3-1 win which leaves the Hammers six points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone with eight games left.
The 6ft 3in hitman powered a header past Ben Foster before scoring a stunning volley from a long pass which he struck first time after watching the ball drop over his shoulder on to his right foot.
"Get him in," the West Ham boss answered when asked about Carroll's international hopes.
"If you want someone to hold the ball up and bring others into play and relieve the pressure, he's fantastic isn't he?
"Roy doesn't have a lot of choice with frontmen and Andy's looking better and better.
"I think it would be something that lifts him and lifts the England squad.
"People shouldn't worry that we would have to play long ball to him.
"It's not that. If it's played up to him he's a good hold-up player.
"He'll cause any defender at international level problems if you deliver balls into the box to his feet or his head. As an alternative, what more could you ask for?"
England host the Republic of Ireland on May 29 before heading to Brazil for a glamour friendly four days later.
Carroll has endured a difficult time at Upton Park since he arrived on loan from Liverpool last August, but he is now fully fit and raring to add to the five goals he has scored for the Londoners in the hope of persuading Hodgson he deserves a recall.
Carroll told West Ham TV: "I hope to play in every game for England but I've haven't been picked, so I've just got to work hard here at West Ham and hopefully I'll be involved next time.
"I was putting myself about and got two goals, so that's what I like to think I'm about.
"Obviously I like to score goals, so getting two shows that I've got it.
"I'm feeling good with the lads and everyone is coming together."
Carroll suffered a hamstring problem on his debut against Fulham and then picked up a knee injury soon after.
Since returning to action at the end of last month, he has looked sharp and at the weekend he looked like the same striker whose performances at Newcastle prompted Liverpool to shell out £35million for him.
Allardyce has said for the first time that he wants to keep Carroll at Upton Park when his loan from Liverpool expires in May, but the Hammers boss sounded a cautious note about any permanent transfer.
He said: "I can't get any deal done before the end of the season, particularly with my budgets."