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Carroll hoping to impress Hodgson

Andy Carroll hopes his club record move to West Ham will help him cement a place in the England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 24-year-old finalised what is understood to have been a £15.5million deal, plus a further £2million in add-ons, from Liverpool after passing a medical on Tuesday night.

Carroll, whose six-year deal could be extended by a further two, scored seven times in 24 league appearances while on loan at Upton Park last season.

Much of his stay in east London was hampered by injuries, with a heel problem ruling the frontman out of contention for the end-of-season friendlies against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley and Brazil at the Maracana.

However, Carroll feels if all goes well for him at the Irons next season then he should be very much in Roy Hodgson's plans once again as the Three Lions battle to qualify for the World Cup.

"I just want to keep fit now, keep scoring goals and performing week in and week out for West Ham, if I do that here, play well and keep fit, then hopefully I will get in the England team," Carroll told West Ham TV.

Wednesday's confirmation brings to an end a largely disappointing spell of the centre-forward's career at Anfield, where he never really made a major impact following a high-profile £35million transfer from Newcastle on deadline day in January 2011.

Now, though, the striker is fully focused on helping West Ham build on a creditable 10th place last season as he and his team-mates prepare for their opening game of the season, at home to promoted npower Championship winners Cardiff.

Carroll is in no doubt he has signed for a club going places, with West Ham set to take up tenancy in the revamped 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016/2017 campaign.

He said: "Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did - we did great, and it can only get better for us. The way the club is being run, obviously getting the new stadium and everything like that, it is only going up, and that is what I want to be a part of."

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