Allardyce urges Carroll to impress for West Ham to win back England place

The Hammers boss calls on his loanee to force his way back into Roy Hodgson's plans after scoring on his return to the starting line-up against Swansea City on Saturday
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has again tipped loanee Andy Carroll for an England recall after the striker netted his second goal of the season against Swansea City.

The 24-year-old, on a season-long loan from Liverpool, started his first game for 10 weeks after overcoming a knee injury and climbed highest to beat an impressive Gerhard Tremmel to head home the only strike in the 1-0 win.

And, with Carroll omitted from the England squad set to welcome Brazil to Wembley for a friendly encounter on Wednesday, Allardyce highlighted the unique attributes that the striker could bring to Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.

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"There is no one of his type who is being thought about for England so, if he stays fit and keeps putting in top-class performances, you get picked, don’t you?" Allardyce is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“Everyone says that is playing to his head but it's not. It's playing to his feet or chest. He is good at holding the ball up and then you can break from there."

Carroll, meanwhile, expressed his relief after returning to competitive action following a long injury layoff.

He added: "It was very hard keeping sane, to be honest. Seeing all the lads go out training when I had to go to the gym and the treatment room, it was difficult. But I am back and I have got the goal."