​West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has backed his in-form striker Andy Carroll to make an impact for England, should he be recalled to the side ahead of next month's Germany clash.


​Speaking to the Sun, the ex-Besiktas boss said: “Andy would help any team. He’d help the German team, Andy would help the Croatia team, the Spanish team.


“Andy is very difficult, if not impossible to mark in the box. He’s great in the air, very physical, has a great touch — he has all the attributes that are required for a top player."

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Carroll has recently returned to the Hammer's first team setup, following a string of injuries. The former Newcastle striker has scored four goals in his past four games as Bilic's West Ham look to turn their season around.


The Englishman is hoping to add to his nine caps for his national side and certainly has the backing of his Croatian manager.


There was a cause for concern when the striker appeared to tweak his groin, but Bilic has confirmed he will be fit to face West Brom this weekend, insisting that “It is not something major.”

Carroll's form has coincided with the pressure being lifted, a bit, off of Bilic's shoulders. The former West Ham player was close to losing his job just before Christmas, but a decent opening to 2017 has seen the coach potentially being offered a new deal at the London Stadium.


Bilic has been tasked with finishing in the top eight at the end of the season, many will think it will be too tough for him.


If he does, however, manage to keep his top players fit, then he will feel that he has a squad more than capable enough of producing that sort of finish.

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