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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hoping Andy Carroll's heartache of missing out on the World Cup finals will help him begin next season in style.

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Andy Carroll: Missed out on place in England squad

Andy Carroll: Missed out on place in England squad

Carroll failed to make the final 23 for England's squad, only being placed on standby after an injury-plagued season which limited him to just 12 league starts.

Allardyce, though, is looking for Carroll to use his summer off to help him be in peak condition for the new season.

“It will have hurt Andy not being out in Brazil," he said.

“And if he has any burning ambition - both at club level and internationally to get to the European Championship in 2016 - he’ll use this experience to go forwards.

“What he needs to do now is to establish himself as a high-quality Premier League striker and to give me 30-plus games and 12-15 goals minimum next season.

“There is a place for him in the England squad. There is no other player like him.

“He’s compared to Rickie Lambert but they’re not the same. Rickie drops off, out of the box, and goes deep.

“Andy is a threat in and around the penalty area with his head and his feet as he has good technique.

“The other thing Andy has in his favour is his relatively young age."

Allardyce is looking for Carroll to stay injury free.

“For both the seasons we have had Andy, it has not been fantastic and he needs to change that," he continued.

“He got the injury and then we had the misdiagnosis on it and that meant a long spell out.

“When he first came we saw the best of him with a good run of goals in the last few matches. Now we want that consistently."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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