Aaron Cresswell has backed West Ham teammate Andy Carroll for an England recall despite Harry Kane’s dominance.
The 28-year-old striker last represented the Three Lions in October 2012, making a 17-minute cameo against San Marino at Wembley, with a string of fitness issues has squandered subsequent call-ups.
Cresswell, though, feels if he remains injury free this season, then manager manager Gareth Southgate should consider selecting him due to offering something different.
“Of course he can,” he told Press Association Sport when asked if Carroll could return to international. “Everyone knows what Andy is capable of, especially in the air, and you could say it’s a different dimension and that different way of playing.
“If Andy stays fit between now and the end of the season, there is no reason why he can’t be in contention.
“Everyone wants to be pushing for that World Cup spot and all you can do it keep playing your best week in, week out and hope to make that plane.”
Carroll for England
A graduate of Newcastle United’s academy, the Gateshead-born centre-forward made his international debut in a 2-1 loss at home to France in November 2010.
He’d subsequently feature across eight more matches registering two goals, the first in a 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley, before striking against Sweden at Euro 2012.
As mentioned his last appearance was a brief cameo at home to European minnows San Marino, which came at the start of his West Ham career, now 118 matches old.
To date the former Liverpool marksman has bagged 30 goals for the Hammers whilst creating a further 17 for his teammates. It remains to be seen whether Southgate brings him back into the international fold.