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West Ham's Carroll eyes England recall under Big Sam

By Andy Sims

Published 09/08/2016

Big target: Andy Carroll wants to enjoy an injury-free season
Big target: Andy Carroll wants to enjoy an injury-free season

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has targeted an injury-free campaign and an England recall heading into the new Premier League season.

After years of fitness struggles the 27-year-old has enjoyed a full pre-season for the first time in east London and proved he is fit and firing with two goals in the friendly against Juventus.

And with Sam Allardyce, the man who brought him to West Ham in 2012, now in charge of the national side, an in-form Carroll must be in with a chance of a call-up for September's opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

"England is right in my head," he said. "I want to be back in the England shirt, but I can't get there just on the manager being my old manager at West Ham.

"I think it would be unfair to even think that. I've just got to work hard at training, listen to the staff here, play the games I play, score goals and create chances and hopefully he will pick me. Nothing is a guarantee.

"He knows what I am capable of, in and out of training and in games. But for me I have to carry on playing for West Ham and hopefully push myself in."

Italian champions Juve ran out 3-2 winners in the match to mark the official opening of West Ham's London Stadium thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza, but it was Carroll who caught the eye with two trademark towering headers.

Meanwhile, the Hammers have signed left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos for £6m.

"It's a big honour to be part of this club," he said. "To be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, it's crazy! I can't wait to play with him and the rest of the team."

West Ham have also completed the signing of Swansea forward Andre Ayew on a four-year deal."

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