West Ham boss Slaven Bilic questions whether Andy Carroll is currently deserving of England place at Euro 2016

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The striker has been starting to stake a claim for a place in Roy Hodgson's squad in recent weeks, but his club manager believes he still needs to do more.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has claimed that Andy Carroll has not yet done enough to convince Roy Hodgson that he deserves a place in England's squad for Euro 2016, however, he is backing his forward to prove himself in the coming months, the Daily Mirror reports.

The 26-year-old has only scored three times this season, but with two goals coming in the Hammers' last two games, it appears that Carroll has moved himself back onto the periphery of the international radar after several years away. But while Bilic hopes the target man can earn a place at this summer's European Championships, he believes that he needs to do more.

"If England is a serious national team and you're trying to win the Euros then you can't talk about the national team when the player has scored three goals," he said, as reported by the Mirror.

"He's got all the quality. To ask me does he have quality then, yes. But he has to show it on a longer scale and now it's there."

Although Carroll's goals return is not currently strong enough to suggest that he deserves to add to his nine caps for the Three Lions, he has shown in recent weeks just how valuable he can be when crosses are flown into the box. All three of his goals have come from headers, and prove that he could be an excellent option to throw on if England are in desperate need of a goal.

However, with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy continuing their own charge for a place in the squad - with 26 Premier League goals between them this season - Carroll will have to bag plenty more goals, and perhaps in a variety of ways to prove to Hodgson that he deserves to go to France.

But with confidence high around the Boleyn Ground currently - with Saturday's excellent victory over Liverpool sending Bilic's men sixth in the table - it would not be a surprise if Carroll now goes on a run that convinces everyone that his name deserves to be considered.

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