Sam Allardyce makes Andy Carroll plea over England role


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Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, has urged Roy Hodgson to go easy with Andy Carroll in the next set of World Cup qualifiers.

The 23-year-old impressed during his West Ham debut against Fulham on 1 September following a loan switch from Liverpool – only to limp off in the second half with a hamstring problem which ruled him out of the England's games with Moldova and Ukraine.

Carroll has now resumed light training and if all goes well, the striker could be back in contention for the visit of Arsenal on 6 October. That would almost certainly see the 6ft 3in striker included for England's games the week after.

"It would be something that would need a conversation between me and Roy to say 'Andy is back, but please be careful if he goes to England," said Allardyce. "I am not saying 'don't play him', just be careful of the situation where he has come from."