West Ham ace sets his sights on England return

West Ham striker Andy Carroll says that he has “not given up” on earning a recall to the England team in the build-up to the World Cup.

The burly front-man last pulled on the white jersey in 2012 and has spent much time out of action this season due to a series of injuries and a recent three-game suspension.

Carroll is set to return to action this weekend after his controversial red card for an altercation with Swansea’s Chico Flores, and he says that he has not lost hope of forcing his way back into the set-up as Roy Hodgson prepares to name his squad for next month’s friendly with Denmark:

“I have definitely not given up on the England squad – and I never will do,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

Carroll featured for the Three Lions at EURO 2012 after being selected by Hodgson for the tournament, despite coming into the competition on the back of an underwhelming season at his then club Liverpool.

The 25-year-old is far from being a shoe-in for the 23-man selection to go to Brazil, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Danny Welbeck all vying for a spot.

Should he stay fit Carroll is likely to feature on a regular basis for the Hammers between now and the end of the season, which could allow him to make the grade.

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