Andy Carroll Ruled Out For England

New West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as he appeared to pull his hamstring on his Hammers debut against Fulham.

Carroll was awarded the Man of the Match award on an impressive debut despite not completing the 90 minutes after a collision with Brede Hangeland caused him to be substituted.

The injury is not thought to be severe and it is possible that Carroll will return in two weeks’ time for West Ham as they travel to Norwich City live on Sky Sports.

Roy Hodgson will be frustrated by the injury and it will certainly affect the approach he takes going into this first competitive game in charge of England since the Euro’s in the summer.

“West Ham United forward Andy Carroll has withdrawn from the England squad to face Moldova and Ukraine,” said the FA in a statement.

“After picking up an injury in the match against Fulham, Carroll will not be part of the squad for England’s opening FIFA World Cup qualifying matches next week.”

“Any decision on whether to call additional players into the squad will not be made until after the three fixtures on Sunday have been completed.”