Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Carroll eager to kick on

Andy Carroll is determined to score on a regular basis for West Ham

Andy Carroll wants to hit the ground running with West Ham and force his way back into international reckoning with England.

The 24-year-old completed a club-record transfer to the Hammers earlier in the week after spending last season at Upton Park on loan from Liverpool. The former Newcastle forward has nine England caps to his name, with the last coming as a substitute in the 5-0 win over San Marino in October.

"I want to keep fit, score goals and perform week-in week-out," he told the club's official website. "If I do that hopefully I'll get into the England team. If it comes with England, then it'll come."

Carroll also wants to taste success at club level and is hoping his blossoming relationship with Sam Allardyce can see him add to his npower Championship and League Cup winners' medals.

"Every footballer wants to win trophies too and I don't see why we can't the way our team is going," he added.

"Sam is a great manager and a great man. I enjoyed working under him at Newcastle and here too, so speaking to him over the summer, he was happy with the way I was last season and I'm looking forward to working with him again.

"It's always good when you have somebody who is behind you. He only gives me confidence to go out there and show what I'm about."

Carroll penned an initial six-year deal at West Ham on Wednesday after a largely unfulfilled time at Liverpool, who shelled out £35million to take him from Newcastle in January 2011.

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