Michael Owen asks big question about Andy Carroll after his hat-trick v Arsenal

Michael Owen wonders whether Andy Carroll suits England's style of play.

Pundit Michael Owen has questioned on Sports Lobster whether Andy Carroll is the right fit for the England national team following his heroics for West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

Carroll, 27, has had yet another injury-hit season at Upton Park, making just eight Premier League starts having picked up a host of knocks and niggles throughout the campaign.

However, the giant target man showed what he can do on Saturday afternoon, terrorising the Arsenal defence throughout and scoring a superb hat-trick in the 3-3 draw at Upton Park.

Arsenal simply couldn't handle Carroll throughout, and his performance has again raised the question about whether he should be back in the England squad, with the European Championships on the horizon this summer.

Whilst Roy Hodgson has the likes of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge to choose from up front, none of them possess what Carroll does - a truly fearsome threat in the air, possessing huge size and great strength.

However, former England striker and current pundit Michael Owen has asked whether Carroll really fits in to England's style of play, as seen on Sports Lobster.

"Does Andy Carroll's hat trick put him in the England picture?" said Owen. "He's the best about at what he does but does he suit England's style of play?" he added.

It's true that, under Hodgson, England attempt to play a high-tempo, high-pressing style. Players like Kane, Welbeck, and Dele Alli all thrive in that type of game, but Carroll doesn't have the mobility or workrate to get around the pitch and press defences high.

Ultimately, if Hodgson was to take Carroll - and that looks incredibly unlikely right now, even after his hat-trick - he would be a Plan B option from the bench, much like he was at Euro 2012, where he scored a superb header against Sweden. If Hodgson remembers that night, Carroll may be in with a shout, but he will have to turn in more superb performances to get himself involved.

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