Reports suggest Andy Carroll was unavailable for contact following West Ham’s final game of the season on Sunday
Carroll only made the standby list for the plane to Brazil this summer, with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Rickey Lambert all being selected.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Carroll did not answer Roy Hodgson’s attempts to contact him on Sunday, after the striker featured in West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Champions Manchester City.
Carroll’s girlfriend took to Twitter this afternoon to post a picture of the 25-year-old on holiday in Dubai. She tweeted the picture with the caption: ‘There’s no place I’d rather be’. Carroll himself then took to Instagram stating he was ‘Dubai bound’, suggesting he is hardly primed for a call to Brazil.
Carroll joins the likes of Jermain Defoe, Jon Flanagan, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley on the England standby list, having only made 15 appearances all season in the Premier League. This was not enough in comparison to the 37 showings and 14 goals from Southampton’s Ricky Lambert, who is believed to have taken the last of the attacker’s places.
England’s World Cup squad came as a welcome announcement to fans, after Roy Hodgson fulfilled his promise of including plenty of youth and in-form individuals.
18-year-old Luke Shaw makes the plane to Brazil, along with his Saints team-mate Adam Lalana. Hodgson also includes Everton’s Ross Barkley, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his squad.
England face internationals against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras in the coming month, before the final squad is picked for their opening game with Italy on June 14.