Andy Carroll has pulled out of the forthcoming England friendlies and the Republic of Ireland and Brazil due to a heel injury.

The Liverpool striker, who has spent the season on loan at West Ham, joins captain Steven Gerrard and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire on the injury list.

Carroll has ended the season on a high as the Hammers' leading goalscorer after scoring seven times.

England host the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and then fly off to Brazil to play the 2014 World Cup hosts on June 2 at their newly-built national stadium.

It has been said that by the time England play their next World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September, Carroll could be a permanent West Ham player after it emerged that Liverpool and the Hammers have agreed a fee of £15m.

Roy Hodgson has decided to not call on any replacements and will use Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, along with Liverpool's in-form striker Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

Training will commence at St George’s Park on Sunday and Hodgson should have a clear idea whether United midfielder Tom Cleverley will be available.

Cleverley suffered a calf injury during the 5-5 draw between United and West Brom on Sunday.

With Rio Ferdinand announcing his retirement earlier, Hodgson has had to look at alternative replacements in defence.

With their captain out as well he will decide on who will wear the armband for the next two friendlies.

Rooney, Lampard and Ashley Cole are said to be his main three in contention; however, Cole may be asked over them as he reaches his 100th cap for England and Hodgson feels that it will be the perfect way to mark the occasion by offering him the armband.


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