The West Ham man suggests that it is up to Roy Hodgson whether his team-mate is fit enough for international football, despite Sam Allardyce insisting that he is not ready
West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te believes that Andy Carroll can turn England into world champions, providing that Roy Hodgson utilises the 23-year-old's strengths properly.
The Liverpool loanee made his comeback from a month-long hamstring injury against QPR on Monday night and caused the home side problems in defence by winning numerous aerial battles.
And Vaz Te feels that it is up to Hodgson to decide whether Carroll is fit for a call-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, despite Hammers boss Allardyce insisting that the striker is "woefully, woefully" short of fitness.
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"[Carroll's] great to have back. He's such a handful. He is an England striker," the Portuguese told reporters.
"I'm not sure if he's back in time [for San Marino and Poland] - that's for Roy to prove. He proved for us that when he is fit he is ready. We have one more game, hopefully, that will show [it too].
"Give him a call - a player will know if he is ready."
The Portuguese striker complimented his team-mate on his ability both in the air and with his feet, suggesting that Carroll can take England to the next level.
"With Andy's strength, England can do anything," he declared. "Every time you play a ball to him, you know he is going to control it. He lets the team breathe, he lets you push on. He buys you time.
"Normally, you get big players who are strong but not so good with their feet. Andy is an all-rounder. He is not fast - but not slow either. He showed that at QPR.
"He is a terrific player."