West Ham striker Andy Carroll is looking to force his way back into the England first-team picture.

Speaking to Sky Sports, as covered by FourFourTwo, the former Newcastle man discussed the prospect of playing for his country again, and admitted that he’d be keen to return to the England fold.

It would be nice to be in the squad. All I have got to do is work hard and hopefully get the call but, at the minute, I am focused on getting fully fit here, scoring goals and getting good results. If I deserve it, hopefully I will get the call.

I am confident of what I can do and it is different to what they have got at the minute. I am fully confident of my ability.

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Carroll has not made an appearance for the national since 2012, having suffered an injury-plagued tenure since. However, this has not lessened his appetite to prove himself on the big stage, and he remains hopeful of a call.

The powerful forward has returned to fitness for West Ham and has been involved in their recent run of games. However, Carroll will know that he must maintain his fitness levels in order to stand a chance of catching Gareth Southgate’s eye.

I am feeling good. I am feeling a lot sharper than I did at the beginning of the season, getting back fit. I have had a run of games. In training, I feel a lot sharper, not 100 per cent yet but I am getting there.

West Ham face Burnley away from home on Saturday afternoon, as they look to make it two Premier League wins on the bounce following the win over Swansea before the international break.

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