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West Ham striker Andy Carroll says he still hopes to make Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's European Championships in France.
Carroll netted a nine minute 50 second hat-trick on his first Premier League start for three months as West Ham drew 3-3 with Arsenal at Upton Park.
The former Newcastle striker, who last played for England in October 2012, says he hopes his marauding performance against the Gunners will catch the eye of national team boss Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson names his 23-man squad for France on May 12, three days before the end of the Premier League season.
When asked if he hoped for an England recall, Carroll told BT Sport: "Without a doubt. At the minute I've got to play each game here and take it how it goes."
Carroll was booked in the first half at Upton Park for a late tackle on Koscielny, and could have seen red after catching Gabriel with a stray arm in the second half, but the Hammers' forward insisted that there was no malice in the challenge.
"It was one of those games. Both of us gave it about but it wasn't vicious," Carroll said. "It was just football, tough. I enjoyed it."
The 6' 3? striker says manager Slaven Bilic tweaked his 3-4-3 formation at half-time to increase the attacking threat from Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio down the flanks.
"It was a tough game. It was disappointing first half, we didn't play the best but luckily we got two goals before the break," he continued.
"They pressed us, our set-up didn't suit us and we changed it at half-time. But nicking the two goals back was delightful.
"We focused on them conceding on crosses and it paid off. We've been working on it all week."