Gareth Southgate explains England omission for West Ham 28-year-old
By Danny Wright
Gareth Southgate has revealed that Andy Carroll did not make the England squad because of his lack of game time at West Ham.
The 28-year-old has started both of his last games for West Ham but prior to that he missed two games with a groin injury.
Before his spell on the sidelines, the striker scored four goals in four league games as he helped the Hammers climb up the table.
Southgate said that Carroll “hasn’t played enough,” according to the London Evening Standard, despite having more game-time than Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingaard in all competitions this season.
However there is no place for Carroll in the England squad which only contains three strikers.
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Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Jermain Defoe are the only three attacking options for Southgate in the upcoming games against world champions Germany and Lithuania in a squad that is missing captain Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane through injury.
The Three Lions travel to Dortmund to face Germany at the Signal Iduna Park for a friendly game before welcoming Lithuania to Wembley for a World Cup 2018 qualifier.
Other notable picks include West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Burnley’s Michael Keane.
Carroll’s West Ham teammate Michail Antonio does make the cut however.
The ex-Liverpool target man has scored six goals in 14 Premier League games this season for Slaven Bilic’s side.
In other West Ham news, here are two Hammers players you must have in your Fantasy Football team this week.