Allardyce: Eng­land should take Car­roll to World Cup

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has tipped Andy Car­roll to book him­self a World Cup ad­ven­ture af­ter help­ing to fire his club to the brink of Bar­clays Pre­mier League safety.

The 25-year-old for­mer New­cas­tle front­man headed the Ham­mers into an early lead at Sun­der­land and turned in a fine in­di­vid­ual dis­play as Allardyce’s men ran out 2-1 win­ners at the Sta­dium of Light.

Vic­tory on Wearside left the men from Up­ton Park 11 points clear of the drop zone with just six games to play, but left Car­roll with a new tar­get ahead of him. Asked if there was enough foot­ball left for the front­man to force his way into Roy Hodg­son’s Eng­land squad, Allardyce said: “I think there is.

“There are six games to go and I think if he continues to score, if he scores any­thing like he did last sea­son - he scored eight in the last 12, I think - if he gets an­other two or three or four goals, I think it will hope­fully be dif­fi­cult for Roy to ig­nore him.

“There are not a lot of them to­day, un­for­tu­nately. I used to play against them ev­ery week, Andy Car­rolls, when I played many years ago. There used to be one in ev­ery side. But there’s a qual­ity with the size and the stature of the man. It’s not just a head­ing abil­ity, it’s an all-round qual­ity that he has.

“He’s quicker than he looks, some good hold-up play off the chest at times, takes the ball with his feet, he’s got a ter­rific shot on him.

“He’s su­perb in the air and he’s young, so hope­fully he keeps on not grow­ing stature-wise, but grow­ing in terms of his ex­pe­ri­ence and his abil­ity to stay fit and be an even bet­ter player than he al­ready is.”

The Ham­mers looked to be cruis­ing when, af­ter Car­roll had headed them into a ninth-minute lead, Mo­hamed Di­ame dou­bled their ad­van­tage fives min­utes into the sec­ond half.

How­ever, sub­sti­tute Adam John­son gave Sun­der­land, who saw strong ap­peals for a first-half penalty turned down, hope when he pulled a goal back 25 min­utes from time to prompt a late as­sault. But al­though Ki Sungyueng, Con­nor Wick­ham, Fabio Borini and sub­sti­tute Ig­na­cio Scocco went close, the vis­i­tors held out to all but se­cure their own top-flight sta­tus.

Allardyce, who was booed by his own club’s fans af­ter last week’s 2-1 vic­tory over 10-man Hull, was a sat­is­fied man as he left the north-east.

He said: “We have won six of the last nine matches, we are prob­a­bly in the top four or five in the Pre­mier League for re­sults at the mo­ment.”

Andy Car­roll of West Ham leaps over the tackle of James Ch­ester of Hull City dur­ing the Bar­clays Pre­mier League match at Bo­leyn Ground on March 26, 2014

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