Ince says Carroll is the Premier League's best header; backs Euro 2016 calls

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Paul Ince believes West Ham's Andy Carroll should go to Euro 2016 with England.

Former West Ham United and England midfielder Paul Ince has told TalkSPORT that Andy Carroll is the best header in the Premier League and explained why the striker should go to this summer's European Championships.

The Hammers target man has hit form of late and scored a hat-trick in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground.

Carroll then provided the assist for James Tomkins' consolation goal in Wednesday's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, further increasing calls for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad.

"I think he gives us a plan B," Ince told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Thursday. "I understand the game's changed now - it's all about pass, pass, pass, pass - but if you're 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go and you get that ball in the box, you know...

"I think he's the most aggressive and the best header we have in the Premier League."

Injury has restricted Carroll to 21 league appearances this season, but Ince believes the former Newcastle player's lack of action should be viewed as a good thing.

"The one thing we forget is that he's been out for quite a while, so you're getting a fresh, potent Andy Carroll," he added.

Carroll has been capped nine times by England and scored at the 2012 Euros in Poland and Ukraine, with his most recent appearance coming later that year.

Hodgson is expected to have a striking dilemma on his hands this summer, with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott all vying for four or five places.

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