Andy Carroll insists appointment of his former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will not help his England chances

West Ham's Andy Carroll

The striker has not played for his country since 2012.

West Ham's Andy Carroll

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has insisted to the Mirror that the appointment of his former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce as England manager does nothing to help his chances of an international recall.

Carroll has not played for the Three Lions in four years since featuring for the national side at Euro 2012, with injuries prevented his chances of building up a head of steam and winning place a place in the squad since then.

He was overlooked by manager Roy Hodgson for this summer's European Championship in France despite scoring six goals in his final 10 appearances of last season.

England manager Sam Allardyce after the press conference

However, the appointment of former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce as Hodgson's replacement has sparked speculation that Carroll could find himself in line for a recall.

The 27-year-old has moved quickly to quash that talk, though, insisting that it would be unfair for his chances to be improved just because of his prior relationship with the new head coach.

Carroll explained to the Mirror: "Obviously England is right in my head. That’s where I want to be, back in the England shirt, but I can’t get there just on the manager being my old manager at West Ham. It would be unfair to even think that.

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"I’ve just got to work hard, listen to the staff at West Ham, play games, score goals and create chances and hopefully he will pick us. Nothing is a guarantee. I don’t think Sam being in charge gives me a better chance.

"Clearly Sam knows what I am capable of, in and out of training and in games, that’s nice to know. Hopefully I can push myself in."

At still just 27 years old, Carroll certainly has plenty of time to prove to his old mentor that he can be a useful option for England.

They key, though, is likely to be his battles with fitness and injury; if Carroll can stay fit and firing on a regular basis, he will surely at least enter the considerations of his former manager.

West Ham's And Carroll applauds their fans after being substituted

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