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West Ham's Carroll a great alternative for England - Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has again re-iterated his desire to see Andy Carroll go to this summer's World Cup.

Despite Carroll appearing just five times in the Premier League this season, the Hammers boss believes the 25-year old centre-forward has the ability to provide something completely different for the England squad in Brazil this summer.

"I think Andy is a fantastic alternative in so much as you can change from the plan that you've got, whether you start with him or bring him off the bench," he told reporters.

"I'm not talking about pumping the ball up to his head. I don't put him on to just win headers but to control the ball with his chest and feet and bring other people into play.

"You saw on Saturday (against Everton) what he can do inside and outside the box. If he stays fit, he's got it in his own hands and if he does as well as he did last season, Roy can't ignore him."

Former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker Carroll has represented England on nine occasions, scoring two goals. His last outing for the Three Lions came as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino in October 2012.

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