Why Hodgson picked Carroll

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New England manager, Roy Hodgson, named Liverpool forward Andy Carroll in his 23-man squad for Euro 2012.

Carroll, who was slow to pick up this season, finished the campaign in fine form for the Reds, sinking goals against Everton and Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup, which was enough to impress Hodgson.

"Andy is a different type of player to the players in the squad," said the Three Lions boss. "He has that ability to hold the ball up; he has that ability in the air which is very useful and he also has that ability to make the runs in behind defenders and use his strength and his power."

The former West Brom manager also named three of Carroll's teammates; Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing and newly-appointed England skipper Steven Gerrard in his squad.

However, Hodgson explained how having a conversation with ex-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish helped him make his final decision about taking the London-born striker to Poland and Ukraine in June.

"I spoke to Kenny at some length about him because I don't know him particularly well as a person," said Hodgson. "Kenny was absolutely convinced about the player's ability and his personality and his seriousness as a professional. When I heard that it meant I had no further reservations."

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck were the other three strikers named in the 23-man squad who will travel.

Hodgson has admitted that he would consider anything less than a quarter-final appearance to be a disappointment.

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