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Carroll targets World Cup spot

West Ham striker Andy Carroll admits that England's qualification for the World Cup has spurred him on to return from injury.

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Andy Carroll: West Ham striker has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines

Andy Carroll: West Ham striker has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines

Carroll has been ruled out for an indefinite spell with a heel injury and was unable to play his part for England as they reached next summer's tournament in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday.

The former Liverpool striker featured early in England's qualification campaign and hopes to stake his claim for a spot in the World Cup squad, but the Hammers will not rush the £15million summer signing back into action.

Carroll knows he must first prove his fitness at club level before he can even think about earning an England recall.

"The lads did a great job and it's brilliant that England will be in Brazil," he told the Daily Mail.

"It also gives me something to aim at and, once I get back playing, I might have a chance of breaking back into the squad.

"The first objective, of course, is to get back playing well for West Ham. I want to do that because they've been so supportive but if England follows, that would be good, too."

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