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West Ham's Darren Randolph fears for player safety after Andy Carroll's gunpoint experience

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Image: Darren Randolph was at West Ham's training ground when Andy Carroll was held up by gunmen

West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has admitted that team-mate Andy Carroll's terrifying gunpoint experience has left him fearing for his own safety.

Striker Carroll was hijacked by gunmen on motorbikes on November 2 on his way home from the Hammers' training ground at Chadwell Heath, East London.

Randolph and the rest of the West Ham squad were kept at the base after the incident, which is being investigated by police, and he admits he is aware that footballers are targets for criminals.

He said: "It has been frightening, considering he left first and a lot of us had to go the same way to get back home. Everyone stuck around for a little bit longer, just in case.

"It was obviously not nice for him and not nice to hear about for anybody. Obviously when it strikes a bit closer to home, it is a little bit scary.

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"I think players get targeted, but I don't think it's something that you wake up and think about every day.

"When it does happen, it does play on your mind for a few days. You just hope you're not the unlucky one it happens to."

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Image: Darren Randolph is currently Republic of Ireland's first choice goalkeeper

Randolph is currently with the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Saturday's World Cup Qualifier in Austria, where he is expected to continue his reign as first-choice goalkeeper.

Of his stint in the team under Martin O'Neill, he said: "It's been brilliant - a lot of highs - and I have got the experience of the Euros, so I have come a very long way in just over a year.

"We took a lot of confidence from the tournament's performances, and we've got off to a good start in this group, so another positive result on Saturday would help us."

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