Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (broadcast from 6am, April 7) that he wants to see Andy Carroll get playing time for West Ham United between now and the end of the season.
Carroll has had injury problems this season, but he has fully recovered now and is 100% fit.
The former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker, though, is not guaranteed a place in the West Ham starting lineup.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins has said that he hopes that Carroll gets some playing time in the final weeks of the season in order to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 finals in the summer.
“I wish Andy could get some games together because as an option now to take to the Euros,” said Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (broadcast from 6am, April 7).
“We have lots of these little quick players now, with great feet, great goalscorers, but for an option you see Andy Carroll coming on, we lose him for England, good grief.
“You can see the foreign players thinking, ‘No, no, not Andy Carroll’ (when Carroll comes on as a substitute). I hope Andy can get some games into his locker and give Roy another problem.”
Carroll has scored four goals and created seven chances in 20 Premier League appearances for West Ham so far this season.
The 27-year-old striker has a pass accuracy of 62% and a shot accuracy of 61%, and has won 62 headers, three dribbles and one tackle.
West Ham are sixth in the Premier League table at the moment and have a chance of finishing in the top four.