Andy Carroll discusses international hopes, admits he 'needs' another England call-up

Andy Carroll

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is aiming to return to the England squad.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has told Forever Sports, as reported by the Daily Mail, that he wants to get back into the England squad.

Carroll, 26, once again had another injury-hit season last term, playing just 14 games for West Ham in a frustrating campaign for the former Liverpool forward.

His return of five goals in those 14 games was impressive, but with just 30 appearances in the last two seasons, Carroll was earned the tag of being unreliable over the course of an entire season.

Now, Carroll is once again on the road back to the first team, and will be looking to make an impact under new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

However, Carroll has his sights set on something bigger - a recall to Roy Hodgson's England squad. The giant striker has nine caps and two goals for the Three Lions, and with the European Championship on the horizon, Carroll needs a big season to get close to the squad again.

Speaking to Forever Sports, as reported by the Daily Mail, Carroll says that he needs to get back into the squad - and believes that he should have earned more caps already.

"100% I need to get back in the England squad," said Carroll. "And I think I can, you know. I've been really unlucky with injuries. I've got nine caps but I think it should be a lot more," he added.

Could Carroll return to the England squad?

Hodgson has a number of strikers in contention for the England squad; Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane, Charlie Austin, Saido Berahino and Danny Ings will all be pushing for places in that European Championships squad in 2016.

Hodgson has limited spaces for strikers, and whilst Carroll offers the unique aerial ability that makes him such a threat, it's currently hard to see him surpassing the likes of Kane or Austin.

A big season for Carroll - featuring full fitness over the course of the season - could at least make Hodgson think about a call-up, but it looks unlikely right now.

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