World Cup: West Ham striker Andy Carroll sets sights on spot in England squad
Andy Carroll admits that England's qualification for the World Cup has spurred him on to return from injury.
Last Updated: 18/10/13 9:28am
Carroll has been ruled out for an indefinite spell with a heel injury and was unable to play his part for England as they reached next summer's tournament in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday.
The former Liverpool striker featured early in England's qualification campaign and hopes to stake his claim for a spot in the World Cup squad, but the Hammers will not rush the £15million summer signing back into action.
Carroll knows he must first prove his fitness at club level before he can even think about earning an England recall.
"The lads did a great job and it's brilliant that England will be in Brazil," he told the Daily Mail.
"It also gives me something to aim at and, once I get back playing, I might have a chance of breaking back into the squad.
"The first objective, of course, is to get back playing well for West Ham. I want to do that because they've been so supportive but if England follows, that would be good, too."