West Ham striker Carroll wants England World Cup place

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is hopeful of being fit in time to prove to England manager Roy Hodgson that he is worthy of a place in the squad to go to the World Cup in Brazil next year, Sky Sports has reported.

Carroll has struggled with injury in the new season and has yet to turn out for the Hammers after completing a £15m move from Liverpool over the summer. Carroll spent last season on loan at Upton Park, scoring seven goals in 24 games, but a heel problem has hampered his attempts to maintain a place in the England set-up, having played at Euro 2012 under Hodgson.

In Carroll’s absence the likes of Rickie Lambert have been added to the squad, with Lambert scoring twice in three appearances, and Carroll knows he has to prove his form and fitness at club level before he can return to the international scene. “The first objective, of course, is to get back playing well for West Ham,” Carroll said. “I want to do that because they’ve been so supportive but if England follows, that would be good, too.

The lads did a great job and it’s brilliant that England will be in Brazil,” he added. “It also gives me something to aim at and, once I get back playing, I might have a chance of breaking back into the squad.

Carroll has two goals to his name for England, the first coming in a 1-1 draw with Ghana in March 2011, the second at Euro 2012 in England’s 3-2 win over Sweden. The former Newcastle centre-forward has nine caps, having made his debut in November 2010.

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