No-brainer: James Collins urges Southgate to pick teammate for England
By Will Butcher
James Collins believes West Ham teammate Andy Carroll is more than deserving of an England recall following his electric form in claret and blue.
Carroll’s return to the side from a knee injury has transformed the Hammers, as they climbed from just above the relegation zone into the top half of the Premier League table.
Scoring four goals in his last four games, talk of an England recall has been on the cards ahead of England’s March fixtures against Germany and Lithuania.
Speaking to the Hammers’ official website, Collins believes Carroll deserves his first Three Lions cap since October 2012 as he would give Gareth Southgate’s side something different.
“I think [Andy Carroll] should be [in the England squad]. A fit Andy Carroll is a handful for any defender,” Collins claimed. “It gives [England] something different.
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“I know if I was playing against him I’d be in for a tough afternoon. I’ve never trained against a lad or played against a lad who is as physical and as good in the air.
“I think it’s a no brainer for him to be in the squad as something different to what they’re used to.”
Carroll’s return to form has seen him score a brace against Middlesbrough, as well as the January goal of the month against Crystal Palace in his last four outings.
However, the former Liverpool target man is currently out injured with a groin problem that has seen him miss the Hammers last two matches against Watford and West Brom.
West Ham’s number nine remains a doubt for the east London side’s clash against Chelsea on Monday night, with Southgate soon to announce his Three Lions squad.
England face Germany in a friendly on March 22, before going up against Lithuania at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
In other West Ham news, fans have reacted on Twitter to reported bids in Geordie striker Carroll from China.