West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has backed the forward to break back in to the England squad- but it has been so long since the player played due to injury our customers are struggling to remember what makes the big man great.
In the Mirror today Bilic has no doubt that Carroll can return to the England squad despite not being part of the set up since 2012. Carroll has been plagued by injuries over the past few years but was a regular member of Roy Hodgson’s squad and scored against Sweden in Euro 2012. Bilic said:
“First of all he has to stay away from injuries and only that will put him in a position to have a good or great season. His form or his quality was never in doubt. The problem was this and without that you can’t have form.
“The England squad will come as a logical result if these things occur. And there is no reason for these things not to occur if he is fit and in the shape like he is now.”
England do not have a vast array of forwards at the moment. The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck constantly seem to be struggling with injuries which has given the likes of Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings opportunities to break into the national team.
Bilic will hope firstly that Carroll can help maintain West Ham’s excellent start to the season with a win against Sunderland on Saturday.
Liverpool fans in particular are likely to laugh of the claims of Bilic, particularly saying his quality was ‘never in doubt’, as they paid £35m for the forward who couldn’t hit a barn-door at Anfield.
West Ham fans, is Bilic right? Can Andy Carroll still be a big player for England? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!