That Old Carroll for England Chestnut
The international break, for England, came to a satisfactory conclusion.
Despite two very poor performances Gareth Southgate`s side did manage to qualify for the forthcoming 2018 World Cup Finals, in Russia.
Quite how successful England will be when the chips are down remains to be seen.
But, with England having qualified there is the opportunity for players to still make that breakthrough into the World Cup squad.
Could one of them be our very own Andy Carroll?
When pressed on the situation at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League fixture against Burnley, this Saturday afternoon, Slaven Bilic had some very sensible words to say, with the gaffer remarking,
"Players are hoping and thinking of the World Cup, not only British players but the foreigners too. It`s a motivation and it`s the same for Andy Carroll.
"We spoke so many times, as we did before Euro 2016. He needs to be consistent, play well, score goals and make an impact on a regular basis for West Ham to think about an England call-up.
"I watched the second England game because of Aaron Cresswell, but Andy needs to concentrate on club football because only by playing well for West Ham will he force Gareth Southgate to give him a call."
It might also be pointed out that Carroll needs to remain fit if he`s to stand any chance of being selected.