The West Ham United fans playing darts in The Transfer Tavern are discussing comments made by their manager regarding their English striker’s hopes of making the EURO 2016 squad.
The Independent is reporting that Slaven Bilic has told Andy Carroll to concentrate on his work and fitness at the club, and ignore speculation linking him with a return to the England squad.
Bilic claims if England have any chance of winning the European Championship in France this summer there are better options than Carroll to take with them. Speaking about Carroll’s fitness and England speculation, Bilic said:
“He is good and fit and it’s all about him now. Is he going to maintain and progress and look after himself and train hard and rest, or is he going to go the other way? He has a history in that and I’m not his dad, I can’t demand things from him, but I’m expecting that, to be fair.”
“To talk about the Euros is wrong for him. If England is a serious national team and you’re trying to win the Euros then you can’t talk about the national team when the player has scored two goals.”
“He’s got all the quality. To ask me, ‘does he have quality?’ then, yes, but he has to show it on a longer scale and now it’s there. He’s got a chance, that’s why I’m asking. It [Euro 2016] would push me, definitely, and I hope that he’s going to do everything because when he’s like this he’s hard to play against.”
The West Ham United fans in The Transfer Tavern echo their managers sentiments and just want the striker to stay fit and continue to bang the goals in for the club.
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