England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken about Andy Carroll’s England chances and it certainly won’t please West Ham fans.
Hammers front man Carroll has been in good form lately, scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal before dispatching an excellent penalty against Leicester City in the Hammers’ 2-2 draw against the league leaders yesterday.
When the England manager was questioned about including Carroll in the England squad, his response didn’t exactly inspire confidence:
“I’m certainly not going to pick him on the basis that he scored a hat-trick so therefore has to be in the England team.”
“We know Andy, we know his qualities,”
“In an ideal world, if you had a lot of places at your disposal, you’d always include a guy like him because he is exceptional in the air – but whether or not I’d be able to include him with all these others, I don’t know.”
It looks as if Carroll may have to keep his fine form up for the rest of the season if he is to catch the attention of the Geordie forward.
What will frustrate Hammers fans is the fact that Andy Carroll certainly offers something different up front for England. His commanding presence in the air caused Leicester problems yesterday, summing up the effect he can have on teams when he is in good form.
Another player that must be grabbing the attention of the England manager is Aaron Cresswell, who scored a fantastic goal at the King Power stadium in front of a watching Roy Hodgson. Whether he is considered for the Euros remains to be seen as Hodgson’s recent comments regarding Carroll seem to follow a familiar pattern when the England manager comments on West Ham players.
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