Carroll sets sights on England recall

Slaven Bilic instructs West Ham United during the Premier League Match against Swansea City

Slaven Bilic instructs West Ham United during the Premier League Match against Swansea City

West Ham United forward Andy Carroll has put his hand up for England selection.

"The Hammers are undoubtedly in for a tough afternoon, but I'll take a point ahead of the important games with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace".

"But you didn't have that feeling from the studio, from the commentator, saying it was a penalty, it wasn't a penalty". If it was anyone else keeping in that situation, nobody would say it was a penalty. I'm not just talking about goalkeeping now, the guy never slaughters anyone in the job, he is taking the bullets, he is there every single time whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham. I'm saying no. Joe Hart is a great professional and the long-term No 1 goalkeeper for England'. I know West Ham came from behind to win the last time they played at Turf Moor, but Burnley seems to have evolved again this season. I've done pre-season with Gladbach, I feel good and ready, I'm just waiting for my opportunity.

Obiang says the Hammers' squad not on global duty were put through their paces over the two-week domestic break as Slaven Bilic's side aim to record back-to-back wins following the victory over Swansea last month.

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'When did he make a mistake? "He did that against Swansea, so I'm very pleased for him". Then he kept clean sheets in the last three out of four.

Speaking at his news conference ahead of Saturday's clash with Burnley, Bilic said: "He needs to be consistent, play well, score goals and make an impact on a regular basis for West Ham, to think about an England call-up".

"Yet there is always a question mark about him".

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