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West Ham striker Andy Carroll clinging on to World Cup hopes

DETERMINED Carroll is aiming to win his place back in the England squadDETERMINED: Carroll is aiming to win his place back in the England squad [GETTY]

England coach Roy Hodgson will name a 30-man squad for next week’s friendly against Denmark and Carroll, and Everton’s Gareth Barry, know their hopes of going to tournament will be heavily shaped by whether they are included or not.

Carroll’s season has been ruined by injury, and the West Ham striker will also return against Everton on Saturday following a three-match suspension for his controversial red card against Swansea.

The forward won the last of his nine caps as a substitute in the World Cup qualifying win over San Marino in October 2012, but is eyeing a final push to gatecrash Hodgson’s plans.

“I’ve definitely not given up on the England squad and I never will do,” said Carroll.

andy carrollCOMEBACK: Carroll hopes to impress when he return from a three-match ban [GETTY]

I just need to focus on playing the games now and getting back in the team

Andy Carroll

“The sending-off has happened and I was annoyed at the time with missing games, which was not what I wanted after the season that I’ve had, but I’m over it now.

“I just need to focus on playing the games now and getting back in the team.”

Hodgson will include Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert in his squad for the games with the Danes at Wembley on March 5 and is poised to hand Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez another opportunity to impress after a low key debut in the 2-0 defeat to Chile last November.

It could see Carroll vying for a place with Jermain Defoe, who has not played since February 4 and officially moves from Tottenham to Toronto FC on Friday.

Everton midfielder Barry is also hoping to feature in Hodgson’s plans despite not playing for England since before Euro 2012 when he was injured in a friendly against Norway.

Barry, 33, has caught the eye this term but competition in midfield is fierce and knows making the Denmark squad is crucial.

Hodgson has already intimated Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 18, is likely to be called up, but that is unlikely to impact on Ashley Cole despite finding himself on the sidelines at Chelsea.

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll clinging on to World Cup hopes

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