Stewart Downing believes West Ham teammate Andy Carroll will make England's squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Carroll hasn't featured for England since October 2012, and many believe it is a straight race between him and Rickie Lambert for a place on the plane to Brazil.

Carroll returned from a long injury-lay off in January, but still hasn't reached peak form. He has scored only twice, and a red against Swansea back in February gave the former Newcastle man a further three game absence. 

Downing feels despite Carroll's lack of goals, he will make the squad. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "He knows that Roy Hodgson is a big fan of his and I think if he stays fit, even if he didn't score between now and the end of the season, I still think he is a big threat for England and I think he will probably take him."

Downing, who also played alongside Carroll at Liverpool, says as long as the striker plays well between now and the end of the season, Roy Hodgson will include him in his 23-man squad.

"That is my own opinion. I just think he needs to keep playing well and take his good form into the World Cup," he said.

Downing also added that Carroll's aerial presence gives the England team a different option, which should also work in his favour.

He said: "If you put it in that area, he gets on the end of it. He is a target to hit. I think he is in with a hell of a chance of going."

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