Carroll eyes England recall under Allardyce


The 27-year-old has enjoyed a productive pre-season, netting both goals as the Hammers went down 3-2 to Juventus at their new London Stadium on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce was the manager to sign Carroll for the east London club, and now as national team boss, the centre-forward is more motivated than ever to prove he deserves a place in the Three Lions fold.

Carroll said: "Obviously England is right in my head. I want to be back in the England shirt, but I can't get there just on the manager being my old manager at West Ham.

"I think it would be unfair to even think that. I've just got to work hard at training, listen to the staff here, play the games I play, score goals and create chances and hopefully he will pick me. Nothing is a guarantee.

"Obviously he knows what I am capable of, in and out of training and in games, that's nice to know. But for me I have to just carry on playing for West Ham as best as I can and hopefully push myself in."

Carroll earned his first call-up to the England squad for the friendly against France in November 2010 and was part of the team for the 2012 European Championship. He has a total of nine caps and two goals for his country.