Andy Carroll would offer England something different at the World Cup in Brazil, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
The striker scored the opening goal in the Hammers' 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light on Monday and a second from Mo Diame put the visitors clear.
Sunderland pulled one back through Adam Johnson but it was not enough to earn them anything.
Allardyce was quizzed afterwards about Carroll's suitability for England and he told Sky Sports: "If you want alternatives, Andy gives you one.
"He's unique in many ways. Not many can receive the ball and head a ball as good as he does, especially with quality balls in the box.
"Nobody was going to stop him for that goal. He has a lot more on the deck than people give him credit for. If he plays every week, scores goals, hopefully he'll go to Brazil."
The man himself admitted he was eyeing earning a place in Roy Hodgson's final 23-man squad.
He said: "That's what I'm looking for now, scoring goals and keeping on it until the end of the season."
West Ham now have 37 points, are comfortable in mid-table, and Carroll echoed co-chairman David Gold's claim that they are out of trouble.
"You take every game as it is, keep an eye on the teams winning below, but I think we are safe, yeah," he added.