Tony Cottee: Gareth Southgate must pick this in-form West Ham ace for England
By Will Butcher
Tony Cottee has urged England boss Gareth Southgate to select West Ham striker Andy Carroll in his next Three Lions squad.
Carroll, 28, has scored four goals in his last seven games for the Hammers, but was overlooked by Southgate for his squad to face Germany and Lithuania this month.
Former Hammers striker Cottee told Sky Sports News’ Gillette Soccer Saturday that including Carroll would give Southgate something different if brought off the bench.
“Get him in the squad,” Cottee said. “Andy Carroll gives you a different option. If you aren’t finding the way through a defence you need something different on the bench to bring on.
“Gareth Southgate needs to be bold in his selection. He’s started well by implementing a three-man defence, but get Carroll in the squad to provide something different.”
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Carroll has been a rare shining light for the east London outfit in recent games, scoring four times against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Southampton.
His goal against Sam Allardyce’s Palace won the January goal of the month award, as he acrobatically volleyed home a Michail Antonio cross.
However, Southgate opted to pick strikers Jamie Vardy, Jermain Defoe and Marcus Rashford over Carroll, with Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane missing out through injury.
Carroll will be desperate to maintain his impressive form during the Hammers’ Premier League run-in, before Southgate picks his second squad as boss to face Scotland and France in June.