West Ham's Andy Carroll targets England World Cup spot

Saturday 18 Jan 2014
West Ham and England striker Andy Carroll in his comeback game at Cardiff City.

Andy Carroll is planning to make a big impact with West Ham United over the rest of the season and secure his place at the World Cup in the process.

The 25-year-old hitman has endured a frustrating campaign so far, having been ruled out for the entire first half of the season with a heel injury.

But the former Liverpool striker is back to fitness and made his comeback with a cameo substitute appearance in the Hammers' crucial win at Cardiff City last weekend.

 

Andy Carroll

Age: 25
Clubs: Newcastle United, Liverpool, West Ham United
England caps: 9
Goals: 2

 

 

And with places in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Brazil up for grabs, Carroll is aiming to fire his way into contention over the coming months.

"Of course the World Cup is massive and everybody wants to be in it," said Carroll.

"I've just got to perform well here [at West Ham] to get into the squad and it's in my head that there is a chance for me to go.

“I'd be devastated if I missed out to be honest.”

Carroll already has one senior tournament experience under his belt, after travelling to Poland and Ukraine for EURO 2012.

He scored one of the competition’s most memorable goals too, with his stunning header helping the Three Lions to a win against Sweden.

And after having a taste of the Euros two years ago, he’s now eager to experience a World Cup.

"It was great to be away at the Euros, playing with the best players in Europe,” he added.

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Carroll celebrates his stunning Euro 2012 goal against Sweden.

 

“Now I've got to work hard and I'll have a chance to play with the best in the world.

“That's a great incentive for me to do as well as I possibly can for West Ham."

After helping Sam Allardyce's side to that much-needed victory last weekend, he was involved again when the Hammers took on his hometown team and first club Newcastle United at the Boleyn on Saturday.

He couldn't prevent the Hammers from slipping to a 3-1 defeat but got more minutes on the pitch to further hone his fitness.

"I just want to stay fit, as every player does," said Carroll, in the official West Ham United matchday programme.

"I've been plagued with injuries, but I'm just going to forget about that and not worry about injuries at all, play in all the games and try to do well, create chances, score goals and get us well clear of the bottom.

"For me, it's been tough being out for so long and it's been disappointing for the team not doing so well. “

By Nicholas Veevers