Gary Neville raves about West Ham's Andy Carroll

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Gary Neville had only positive comments about West Ham's Andy Carroll. Could an England recall be in the offing?

Andy Carroll is back in the goals, netting a superb brace for West Ham against Swansea at the weekend.

His timing was perfect, with manager Sam Allardyce inadvertently putting pressure on by revealing he could have signed Wilfried Bony instead of him two summers ago.

While Carroll has struggled with fitness, his two goal display underlined why Allardyce made the decision, and offered further hope for the future.

He impressed pundit Gary Neville, who raved about him on SkySports Monday Night Football.

He said: "He was a big investment, he's got to stay fit. With Carroll, Sakho and Valencia, West Ham have a big threat. Sam's best teams always have a physicality about them.

"It was his fourth game back, and he's a real handful at his best. He messes defenders about."

Neville went onto show highlights clips looking at how the striker hangs back on the edge of the box in open play and set pieces allowing him a run at crosses, rather than staying around the six yard box and allowing defenders to grapple with him, describing his approach as 'clever'.

Carroll is a match-up nightmare for defences on this sort of form, and it should not be forgotten the influence Neville wields.

He is Roy Hodgson's assistant manager for England, and if Carroll can continue to stay fit and on form, then you have to fancy his chances at earning a recall for the Three Lions, potentially at the expense of Liverpool back-up striker Rickie Lambert.

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