By Will Butcher

Dean Ashton believes England were missing the aerial threat of West Ham target man Andy Carroll against Lithuania on Sunday.

The Three Lions secured a comfortable 2-0 win over the European minnows with goals from Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy, but were criticised for not being more prolific in front of goal.

Former Hammers striker Ashton claimed on his personal Twitter account that the game was “screaming out” for 28-year-old forward Carroll to get on the end of a cross.

Carroll has been in strong form of late, which prompted pundits to consider him for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad to face Germany and Lithuania.

Scoring four goals in his last seven outings, the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker was backed by many to gain a place in the squad with Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney absent.

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However, Southgate overlooked the January goal of the month winner, picking instead Marcus Rashford along with Sunday’s goalscorers.

Carroll has not played for England since October 2012, and has openly stated his desire to work his way back into the England fold.

With nine England caps to his name, Carroll will be hoping to continue his form and remain injury free before Southgate picks his squad to face France and Scotland in June.

West Ham’s number nine will hope to catch the attention of Southgate once again on Saturday, as the Hammers travel to Yorkshire to face Marco Silva’s Hull City.

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