England boss Roy Hodgson has not ruled Andy Carroll out of his England plans but told him to rediscover the form that makes him unplayable.
And if he can do that – AND STAY FIT – then a place in the Three Lions squad for the Euro 2016 finals awaits the Geordie hit man.
Carroll has not played for his country for three years when he got on for the last 13 minutes of a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over San Marino in October 2012.
Hodgson said: “I don’t close doors. We have had Rickie Lambert do a very good job for us as that type of player, and there is Austin, too.
“I’m not going to hang myself by saying, ‘Unless you are a certain type of forward there is no chance for you’ because in a squad of players sometimes there is.
“And if Andy can catch up then everyone knows what a handful he is as a player. Then who knows? He could quite easily become a player we look at.
“But that’s got to be up to him and he’s been very unfortunate with injuries and I can only hope that he can recover from his injury problems in the same way that Phil Jones has.”