David Gold: These three West Ham stars could earn England call-up
By Will Butcher
David Gold is adamant that Andy Carroll deserves a place back in the England side after a wonderful run of form for West Ham.
Carroll, 28, has scored four goals in his last four games for the Hammers, while Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio could also be given a chance by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.
Co-owner Gold revealed on West Ham’s official website that he was aware that England boss Southgate would be in attendance to cast his eye over the Hammers’ England stars.
“I know Gareth Southgate is coming to the game and hopefully he will see the quality from Andy [Carroll] once again,” Gold claimed.
“I have no doubts that he deserves a recall to the England squad.
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“It is also another great opportunity for the likes of Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell to impress the new England manager.”
Target man Carroll’s return from a knee injury has coincided with the Hammers resurgent Premier League form this season, which has seen the win three of their last four league games.
West Ham now lie in the top half of the table, after a dismal start to the season that saw them fall perilously close to the relegation zone.
But the former Liverpool striker, who won January’s goal of the month award, will be hoping to earn a recall and make his first Three Lions appearance since October 2012.
Liverpool-born Cresswell made his England bow against Spain in November, while Antonio is yet to make his debut despite being called up this season.
All three will be hoping to be picked in Southgate’s next squad with England set to face Germany and Lithuania in March.