Tony Cascarino accuses Brendan Rodgers of snobbery and narrow-mindedness over Andy Carroll

Tony Cascarino says he is worried that nobody is talking about Andy Carroll as an option for England.

Pundit and former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has told The Times that he thinks Brendan Rodgers was 'narrow-minded' about now-West Ham striker Andy Carroll.

Carroll, 27, hit his fourth goal of the season on Saturday afternoon, smashing West Ham's second goal in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea after a superb assist from Dimitri Payet.

That was Carroll's 19th Premier League appearance of the season, and only seven of those have been starts in another stop-start campaign for the giant striker.

Carroll has suffered a host of injuries during his time at Upton Park, and his problems have severely damaged his status with the England national team.

The former Liverpool man hasn't played for England since 2012, despite some promising displays for Roy Hodgson's men at the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Now, Hodgson has the likes of Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney to pick from ahead of Euro 2016, but one pundit believes Carroll should be in contention.

Tony Cascarino has told The Times that he thinks Carroll should definitely be in the England squad this summer, because he possesses aerial ability that few others players can provide.

Cascarino also criticised Carroll's former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who immediately farmed Carroll out to West Ham upon his appointment at Anfield in 2012, and accused Rodgers of 'snobbery' and 'narrow-mindedness', suggesting that current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has figured out how to use Carroll effectively whilst still playing attractive football. 

"We all have our soft spots, we all have a view on whether Wayne Rooney should start for England if fit. I am worried, though, that there seems to be too little debate about Andy Carroll," said Cascarino. "The West Ham United striker simply has to be part of the England squad. Before any of you start shrieking in horror about how his season has seen a paltry return in comparison with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, let me reassure you that I am not suggesting that Carroll should start for his country."

"I am arguing that he would be extremely useful. He would be an option off the bench that could really change the game and give the opposition a lot to think about. I admire enormously the way that Slaven Bilic has used Carroll this season. The West Ham manager has applied none of the snobbery that we saw from Brendan Rodgers, who took over at Liverpool and immediately offloaded the striker because he did not view him as his type of player. This was acute narrow-mindedness," he added.

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