England booked their place at the World Cup on Thursday evening after a late Harry Kane goal saw them beat Slovenia 1-0.

Now, Paul Merson has provided Sky Sports with the 23-man squad that he believes should be taken to Russia and he has included West Ham’s Andy Carroll in his list of names.

Merson knows that not many England fans will agree with his choice of striker, but he believes that Carroll will provide Gareth Southgate with a different option should England be losing a game with just 15-20 minutes to spare.

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He suggests that if England are desperate for a goal, bringing Carroll, an imposing striker, off the bench will enable England to simply pump the ball up him to see what carnage he can cause.

On his day, and when he is fully fit, Carroll has the ability to cause any defence problems, and when it comes to his ability in the air, there are not many who surpass him.

You never know, if given the chance, he might just score or set up a goal that keeps England at the World Cup.

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