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Bilic backs West Ham striker Carroll for England squad

Bilic has backed Andy Carroll to get back into the England squad. Credit: PA

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes Andy Carroll's hat-trick heroics against Arsenal have catapulted him back into the England reckoning.

Striker Carroll plundered a stunning treble in just eight minutes either side of half-time in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park.

The 27-year-old was involved in Roy Hodgson's squad at the last European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in 2012 and opened the scoring in the victory over Sweden in the group stage.

Carroll has struggled with injuries since, but Bilic feels that if he can stay fit his aerial prowess would be a major asset for Hodgson and the Three Lions in France this summer.

"I've said my opinion about a few of our players." said Bilic.

"Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, and Andy Carroll is definitely in the category that he has to make you think about him because there are not many players capable of doing what he is doing. But it's Roy's decision.

"His problem is not consistency in terms of little injuries. A lad who is six foot whatever and with so many kilos - he needs to be fit. Now he is fit we hope he is going to last like this for years."

Quickfire Carroll double stuns Arsenal at Upton Park

Carroll scored twice in three minutes at the end of the first-half. Credit: Reuters

Two goals from Andy Carroll in the final three minutes of the first time cancelled out Arsenal's 2-0 lead in a thriller at Upton Park.

The England forward powered a header past David Ospina before sending the home fans wild by volleying the Hammers level when he was afforded far too much time in the box.

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Andy Carroll 'upset' to only draw at Chelsea

West Ham striker Andy Carroll. Credit: PA

West Ham striker Andy Carroll rued an "upsetting" draw at Chelsea before vowing to continue the pursuit of European football this season.

Cesc Fabregas converted a late penalty to earn a 2-2 draw after referee Bobby Madley adjudged Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been tripped by Michail Antonio. Replays suggested there was minimal contact just outside the area.

Carroll had thought he had scored a second winner against Chelsea this season to boost the Irons' bid for Champions League qualification, but Fabregas scored his second after a brilliant free-kick had earlier cancelled out Manuel Lanzini's opener.

"All the lads 100 per cent want us to get into Europe," Carroll told whufc.com.

"That is what we are pushing for. It would have been nice for us to come away with a victory and push us even higher up the table but we will have a nice break and come back and work harder from there.

"It was a bit upsetting to only get a point. We conceded just before half-time and then just before the end which is upsetting. But we worked really hard and we did deserve the win."

West Ham striker aiming for Euro 2016 spot

Andy Carroll started at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

West Ham's Andy Carroll is dreaming of FA Cup glory, a top-four finish and an England recall in time for Euro 2016.

A Champions League spot and a trip to Wembley could be on the cards - something that would have already been guaranteed had Anthony Martial not cancelled out a wondrous Dimitri Payet free-kick to take Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United to a replay.

Roy Hodgson was at Old Trafford for the 1-1 draw as Carroll impressed on his first start since January - a display he hopes caught the England manager's eye.

I have three things to aim (for) with the club pushing for top four, the FA Cup final and making the England squad.

I don't want to be getting injured now, it would be the worst thing. I don't know why (the setbacks) happens, it just does. It's upsetting, really.

It's been hard, I have been injured a lot. My run in the side hasn't been continuous, but it's still a dream to play for my country. It's something I want to do and I will never give up on it.

I have great memories of Euro 2012 and would love to be there again.

My love for my country is never going to go away. Hopefully, I will stay fit, keep playing, score goals and I will get a chance to go.

– Andy Carroll

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll suffers ligament damage

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is likely to be out for four to six weeks with a torn medial ligament on the side of his knee, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has said.

Carroll has struggled with injury since joining West Ham. Credit: PA

The 26-year-old was forced off in Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton as the Hammers finished the game with only nine men following a red card for goalkeeper Adrian.

It is likely to be a few weeks, the medial ligament on the side of his knee has a tear in it from a fairly innocuous collision.

Hopefully (he will only miss) four to six weeks if we are lucky, depending on Andy's recovery rate. It is a big blow for his and a big blow for us but it is one we have to cope with.

It is traumatic when someone is going through a period when in a short time they overcome one injury and another occurs.

– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

West Ham striker Carroll 'lost respect' for Rodgers after 'mixed messages' at Liverpool

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying during their brief period together at Liverpool, and confessed he has 'lost respect' for the Reds manager.

Carroll will be hungry to impress at Anfield. Credit: PA

Speaking to Rory Smith at the Times, the towering striker who returns to Liverpool with West Ham today, opened up about his testing spell at Anfield.

Carroll was bought during Kenny Dalglish's brief renaissance as manager but never seemed likely to fit in following the appointment of Rodgers in June 2012.

He was telling me one thing to my face, then I'd leave the training ground and he would ring me and tell me a completely different thing.

He would say: 'You're going to play every week, you're going to play every game up front with [Luis] Suarez. I'd leave and get home and he would ring me and say: 'Fulham and West Ham want you and I think it's best you should go.'

I would go back and see him and he would say the opposite again. It was the same thing round and round and round. On phone calls, it was: 'I think you should go.' To my face it was: 'You'll start every week'.

It was mixed messages. He was messing with my head. I lost respect for him to be honest.

– West Ham striker Andy Caroll speaking to the Times

Andy Carroll 'quizzed by police over alleged Dublin assault'

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was quizzed by Police in Dublin after a photographer was allegedly assaulted as the player left a fast food restaurant in Dublin, the Daily Mirror reported.

West Ham released a statement to the newspaper which said: "Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip. Credit: PA Wire

“Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street.

“Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

“When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety.

“Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.

“The Garda took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.”

A Garda spokeswoman said no arrests had been made but the incident is under investigation, the Daily Mirror reported.

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