Belfast Telegraph

Andy Carroll targets West Ham triple success

By Staff Reporter

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is dreaming of FA Cup glory, a top-four finish and an England recall in time for Euro 2016.

The winners of the replay between Manchester United and West Ham will face Everton in the second FA Cup semi-final. The Hammers, Cup winners in 1980, drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Roy Hodgson was at the game as Carroll impressed on his first start since January - a display he hopes caught the England manager's eye.

"I have three things to aim (for) with the club pushing for the top four, the FA Cup final and making the England squad," he said. "I don't want to get injured now, it would be the worst thing. I don't know why (the setbacks) happen. It's upsetting.

"It's been hard, I have been injured a lot. My run in the side hasn't been continuous, but it's still a dream to play for my country. I will never give up on it.

"I have great memories of Euro 2012 and would love to be there again. My love for my country is never going to go away. Hopefully, I will stay fit, keep playing, score goals and I will get a chance to go."

Crystal Palace will play Watford in the first semi-final. Watford were last in the final in 1984, where they were beaten by Everton, while Palace lost the 1990 final to Manchester United after a replay.

Ties will be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 23-24.

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