By Tom Blackburn
Slaven Bilic says Andy Carroll is in the sort of form to earn an England call up after he scored twice against Juventus on Sunday.
The Italian champions were visiting East London for a pre-season friendly, and a late Simone Zaza goal helped them win the match at the Olympic Stadium 3-2.
After the match Bilic said that Carroll has the raw ability that few strikers can match.
“Andy made his mark again,” said Bilic, as quoted by The Express. “If Andy plays like he did today and scores like that there are not many players that can do that week in and week out.
“The Juve defenders are tough, and they found that in a game where we didn’t always have a big influence and he didn’t have more service – but he still harmed them.
“He is that kind of a player and they were goals typical of his threat. He proved once more that we are right to count on him.
“He will do those things, not only scoring goals, he is a top quality player. It is not a surprise for us, it is how he played last season, and for Liverpool and Newcastle. If he stays away from injuries then he has a great chance to have a great season.”
Carroll will be hoping former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will give him an England spot despite missing out on a call-up to the England squad that flopped miserably at Euro 2016.
The big Geordie striker suffered from injury last season but he will be hoping to continue the form he produced at the end of last season, which included a memorable hat-trick against Arsenal in April.
West Ham have made it clear they are in the market for a new striker to spearhead their assault on this season’s Premier League, but have thus far been unsuccessful.