Carroll Back - But He Won't Be Heading To Toon!

05 October 2012 01:26
Andy Carroll has played for two Premiership clubs this season (the limit), so the FA confirm he will NOT be heading to St James' Park in January.

He is out injured, but West Ham manager Sam Allardyce welcomed Andy Carroll's international call-up.  Carroll has been named in the England squad to play San Marino and Poland, despite a hamstring injury limiting him to just one start for the Hammers this season.

Allardyce: "I am glad (he has been called up).

"Going off to England because he is short on match fitness would be a good thing for us and a good thing for him.

"I will liaise with Roy. Andy is in a position to play for him but (I want them to) just be careful about fatigue because fatigue is what brings injuries.

"Andy's match fitness is a little behind where we would like it to be.

"Helping him to perform for England and catch up on match fitness would be an ideal solution for the pair of us."