West Ham defender James Collins believes striker Andy Carroll has to be in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup this summer, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Carroll was left out of England’s squad for their friendly with Denmark next week, as Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe all got the call.

The Hammers striker returned from a controversial three game ban yesterday against Everton and is now set to be the main man for Sam Allardyce’s side from now until the end of the season, should he stay fit.

Collins has to mark the striker every day in training and the no nonsense defender claims Carroll has got to go to Brazil this summer to give England a different option.

“Sessions against him are tough. I played against him when he was 18 at Newcastle and he gave me a hell of a time.

“He’s got such a presence about him. Even in the tunnel before the game, you look at him and know you’re in for a tough game – he has that effect on people.

“I think he has to be in that World Cup squad. He is a different option to what they have got – he’s a handful and if he’s playing like he did at the end of last season he would be a massive hit for England.”