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.

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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