Slaven Bilic does not think Andy Carroll is currently worthy of an England recall. The West Ham United boss says Carroll, 26, must show consistent goalscoring form at club level before he is selected by Roy Hodgson for the Three Lions.
Carroll has suffered a series of injury problems since joining the Hammers in 2013, but has recorded three goals in 13 appearances so far this season. His performance against former club Liverpool on 2 January has led to talk of a return to the national side. But the Upton Park gaffer thinks such calls are premature.
The West Ham boss said, according to ESPN: "To talk about the Euros is wrong for him. If England is a serious national team and you're trying to win the Euros then you can't talk about the national team when the player has scored three goals.
"He's got all the quality. But he has to show it on a longer scale."
Bilic also said Carroll's desire to return to the England fold should help his form with West Ham. The Croatian also claimed the burly forward's physical style of play makes him a nightmare for defenders.
"It would push me definitely," Bilic admitted. "And I hope that he's going to do everything because when he's like this he's hard to play against."
Carroll made just 12 Premier League starts for West Ham last season, with his campaign bookended by lengthy spells out injured. However, the ex-Liverpool striker was selected by Roy Hodgson in his Euro 2012 squad and is in contention for this summer's European Championships in France.