Carroll: My time is now

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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll believes his attributes fit with the way Roy Hodgson wants England to play football, and thinks he has found form at the right time ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The 23-year-old led the Three Lions' line in Saturday's 1-0 friendly victory over Norway in Oslo, and warranted his inclusion with an assist for Ashley Young's decisive goal in the opening ten minutes.

"It's a great honour to be involved with England. This is what I want to be involved in during my career," Carroll told Liverpool's official website. "Now I've got a chance to show what I'm about.

"I thought I did well. We've got a big squad and loads of quality players but I gave it my best shot and we'll see what happens.

"The season is over for everyone not involved in this (Euro 2012) and it's great for me to carry it on and I want to do well if given the chance.

"The way Roy Hodgson has played at his clubs, he wants a big man up front and he has picked me, so that is great."

Carroll has come into widespread criticism for a number of under par performances since moving to Anfield in a club record £35million deal in January 2011. But, the former Newcastle front man has never doubted his ability, and is starting to grow into his role at Liverpool, after finishing the 2011-12 campaign strongly.

His impressive performances in the FA Cup semi-final victory against Everton, and his substitute appearance in the final defeat against Chelsea made a huge impact on Hodgson, and helped earn him a place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.

"I always believed in myself but things weren't going too well for me," Carroll added. "The price tag meant nothing to me. I just signed for a new club and it was hard to fit in straight away.

"I came into Liverpool when injured and it was hard for me to get my fitness back but I didn't think about the price at all. I don't think about those sorts of things.

"I know what I'm about and, as soon as I got my fitness up, I've started to show it. Towards the end of the season, I got a run of games and did well - and now I'm here.

"Training and playing gets your confidence up, certainly after a good game, and I carried on from there. I feel a lot fitter now than I did at the start and halfway through the season.

"I'm feeling good, feeling fresh. From the end of the season, I felt good, felt like I was moving a lot better and getting involved in games more than earlier in the season."

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