Striker tipped for England
West Ham United,
Despite only just returning from injury, Sam Allardyce has put forward Andy Carroll for a place in the England squad next month.
England have what looks like two relatively easy World Cup qualifiers next month against San Marino and Montenegro but they are short of strikers and Allardyce says Carroll could be the man.
The Liverpool frontman, on loan at West Ham until the end of the season, has only just returned from a nine-week injury lay-off but he was excellent in the win over Swansea and Allardyce says he should be in.
"All this talk about someone as tall as him suggests that England would play a different way...well you play to win, don't you?" Allardyce said.
"If you have a player of his capabilities, play to him. Everyone is saying that playing up to his head is the best way, but it's not. It's playing it in to his feet or chest.
"He is good at holding the ball up from the opposition and then you can break from there."