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The West Ham boss has stated that the striker is not as fresh as other players in the England squad and hopes that he is looked after while away with the national team

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has warned England manager Roy Hodgson not to expect too much too soon from striker Andy Carroll in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The striker, on loan from Liverpool, has only just returned to club duty following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Allardyce is hoping that his star man is carefully looked after.
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"Andy is really lacking in match practice. What I will speak to Roy about is his fatigue level," Allardyce told Sky Sports.

"Andy will be stiffer than everybody else after this because he hasn't played a full 90 minutes in recent weeks, so he will take a bit more time to recover."

The Hammers manager is keen to see his striker feature for England, if only to help him regain match fitness, and admits that Carroll has the potential to be a fantastic player for West Ham despite their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

"He should be fine for Friday and hopefully he will get a game at some stage to improve his match fitness," Allardyce added.

"Andy can only get better as time goes on. As long as we can keep giving him the service, I think he is going to be a tremendous asset."

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