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Allardyce tips Carroll for England recall

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has tipped loanee Andy Carroll for an England recall after his match-winning goal against Swansea.

The striker, on a season-long loan from Liverpool, was making his first start since late November after overcoming injury and headed in the only goal of the game at Upton Park on Saturday.

Allardyce believes a strong finish to the season would force Roy Hodgson to consider picking the nine-time international.

“It’s his first full 90 minutes in nine weeks,” Allardyce said.

“When you looked at him today, there looked like there was no fatigue and he was enjoying himself. As long as he stays fit he should be (back in the England fold).

“If he can build his goal tally up and start putting in more good performances … the season started in a disappointing way for him then he’s had his injuries.

“If he can finish the season and these last 14 games on a high then it will be great for us, and great for him.”

West Ham went into the game with just one win in nine, while their opposition were unbeaten in seven.

Allardyce said his team were under pressure to get more points on the board after the gap between themselves and the relegation zone was reduced to four ahead of kick-off.

“I thought we were under big pressure to produce a result,” Allardyce told reporters.

“I have to say our home form all season has been great and today’s performance thoroughly deserved victory.

“We’ve hit the 30 points total, which is great relief having gone eight games with only five points.

“There’s still a long way to go and still a lot of improvement in terms of away results to sort.”

Meanwhile, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes the result showed his side were maturing and difficult to beat.

“It was a game I expected, with us having the ball and them playing direct through (Kevin) Nolan and Carroll,” Laudrup said.

“In the first half we did not create that many chances. Second half they came more into the game.

“They got a goal from a set piece. They’re very strong from set pieces, what can I say? We just have to accept it.

“We’re a team that’s very difficult to beat. It proves my team is very mature and that’s great to see, as we’ve only been in the Premier League for 18 months.”

Sat 2 February, 2013
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