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West Ham striker Cole: Carroll has lifted my game

Carlton Cole says he's had to step up his game at West Ham United since Andy Carroll's arrival on-loan from Liverpool.

Cole hailed strike rival Carroll for getting the best out of him.

"I had to up the level again and you need that as a striker," he said.

"Andy Carroll is a ­fantastic player and I needed to show what I could do as well, and now I'm pushing him."

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