West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has insisted that Andy Carroll can still make England's World Cup squad despite being left out of the upcoming friendly with Denmark.

The former Newcastle United striker was omitted from Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad after making only a handful of appearances this season, with England set to take on their European rivals this Wednesday. 

Since the start of March 2013, Carroll has played only 16 games and scored four goals, but Allardyce is confident that the 25-year-old can put his troubles behind him and stake a claim for a place on the flight to Brazil.

"I think Andy is a fantastic alternative in so much as you can change from the plan that you've got, whether you start with him or bring him off the bench," he told the club's official website.

"I'm not talking about pumping the ball up to his head. I don't put him on to just win headers but to control the ball with his chest and feet and bring other people into play.

"You saw on Saturday what he can do inside and outside the box. If he stays fit, he's got it in his own hands and if he does as well as he did last season, Roy can't ignore him."

West Ham have turned their season around in recent weeks after failing to retain any consistency in the early stages of the campaign, and have won four out of their last five matches.

With their next match two weeks away, Allardyce is considering the possibility to arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly to boost Carroll's match fitness.

"Andy has been constant in training terms but it's match fitness that we need to help him with," he added.

"If anybody needed a game next week it would be Andy but we've got to wait a couple of weeks before we can get him fit again.

"We may fit in a behind-closed-doors game for him and some of the other squad players that might not have been playing so much recently."


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