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Apr 1, 2013

Allardyce backs Carroll for England return

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll's double against West Brom on Saturday has put the 24-year-old in contention for a return to the England national team.

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Carroll was omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad for England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro last week, but bounced back with a brace in West Ham's 3-1 win at Upton Park.

The striker netted his fourth and fifth Premier League goals for the Hammers this season and Allardyce is confident Carroll proved he is vital for the Three Lions.

"Get him in," Allardyce said 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?"

A consistent run of form to finish the season with West Ham could guarantee Carroll selection for England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and Brazil on June 2.

The former Liverpool striker is confident he will be given his chance to impress Hodgson having recovered from a knee injury.

"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," Carroll told West Ham TV.

"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."

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