West Ham forward Carroll confident of making England's World Cup squad


The goalkeeper, England's long-term first choice and on loan from Manchester City to West Ham, kept a clean sheet and was named man of the match in his most recent worldwide appearance against Slovenia.

"The Hammers are undoubtedly in for a tough afternoon, but I'll take a point ahead of the important games with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace".

'You didn't have that feeling from the the commentator saying it was a penalty (when Hart clipped Josip Ilicic) - it wasn't a penalty.

"If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation nobody would say it was a penalty". I'm saying no. Joe Hart is a great professional and the long-term No 1 goalkeeper for England'. "He is a top pro".

Hart is established as West Ham's first choice goalkeeper this season following the period of uncertainty that came when both Adrian and Darren Randolph vied for selection, and he will play against Burnley on Saturday.

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"I am feeling good".

Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the game, the former Hammers frontman said: "Burnley are a good side, a proper unit who are hard to break down".

"When did he make a mistake?" When did he make a mistake for England? "So, we took time and now I'm close to being ideal". "He did that against Swansea, so I'm very pleased for him".

Conceding just one goal in the three-and-a-half matches he has played, Pope has helped Burnley move up to sixth.

The Senegalese striker was out for most of last season due to a recurring back injury making just four appearances without scoring for the Hammers.