West Ham boss Sam Allardyce warns England about Andy Carroll's fitness

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will ask England boss Roy Hodgson to keep a close eye on Andy Carroll's fitness ahead of next week's World Cup qualifiers.

Carroll has recently returned after a month lay-off with a hamstring injury, but he was still called up for Friday's Wembley clash against San Marino and the following match in Poland on Tuesday week.

Alllardyce hopes Carroll will get the chance to improve his match sharpness, although he thinks that Hodgson must monitor his workload over the next few days.

"Andy is really lacking in match practice. What I will speak to Roy about is his fatigue level," Allardyce said.

"Andy will be stiffer than everybody else after this because he hasn't played a full 90 minutes in recent weeks, so he will take a bit more time to recover.

"But he should be fine for Friday and hopefully he will get a game at some stage to improve his match fitness."

Carroll played the full 90 minutes as the Hammers slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday and Allardyce thinks his team must continue to play to his strengths.

"Andy can only get better as time goes on," he said. "As long as we can keep giving him the service, I think he is going to be a tremendous asset."