Roy Hodgson calls Andy Carroll into England squad for games against Ireland and Brazil
England Manager Roy Hodgson has revealed his delight at being able to call on Andy Carroll again after naming him in his latest squad.
West Ham United striker Carroll, who is on loan from Liverpool, last played for the Three Lions after coming on as a substitute in the 5-0 win against San Marino in October.
But the 24-year-old suffered a knee injury in December and missed the 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley Stadium in February and the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March.
However, Hodgson is relieved to have Carroll, who has scored four goals in his last seven matches for the Hammers, back amongst his party for upcoming games with Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
The England boss said: "In a squad of players, you need various qualities. It is important to have players who give you different dimensions.
"Games pan out in different ways. Since Andy has come back from injury he has been in our thoughts and he gives another dimension to our squad.
"He gives us other possibilities. There is always room for a centre-forward of his class. He is in particular good at attacking crosses, not only in the opposition penalty box but our own penalty box."
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England squad in full
Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker
Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott
Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck