England coach Roy Hodgson has been in contact with West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.

The big Geordie returned to full-scale training last week after recovering from a heel injury.

The Mail on Sunday says he has been informed that if he can stay fit, play at the high level is capable of and weigh in with some goals for the second half of the season then Hodgson is leaving a place open in his World Cup squad for the centre forward.

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