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Published: 11:08 | 17/4/16

Hodgson plays down Carroll's England chances

England boss to stay loyal to regulars

England boss Roy Hodgson has dismissed suggestions that Andy Carroll should be included in his England squad for Euro 2016.

There have been calls for Carroll to be included after his recent hat-trick against Arsenal, but Hodgson has played down the chances of the 27-year-old making the final squad.

"Every time someone scores a goal and he's English it is 'why is he not playing for England?'

"I'm certainly not going to pick him on the basis that he scored a hat-trick so therefore has to be in the England team,” said Hodgson.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who has 22 goals this season, Jamie Vardy who has netted 21 times have established themselves in the England squad and they are expected to lead the attack in the summer.

Arsenal forwards Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge were also in those squads, while captain Wayne Rooney has now returned from injury.

Carroll has not featured for England since 2012 due to a string of injuries and the 68-year-old Hodgson says he would struggle to leave out one of his regulars to bring Carroll to France.

"We know Andy, we know his qualities," added Hodgson.

"In an ideal world, if you had a lot of places at your disposal, you'd always include a guy like him because he is exceptional in the air - but whether or not I'd be able to include him with all these others, I don't know."

The 68-year-old also revealed that Rooney might not be assured of his place in the squad after his injury lay-off.

"There's no disguising the fact that people like (Arsenal midfielder) Jack Wilshere, (Manchester City forward) Raheem Sterling, (Liverpool midfielder) Jordan Henderson, (Arsenal midfielder) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wayne Rooney - a year ago they were five players who were getting into every squad," said Hodgson.

"Things have happened to them and we have to reassess.

"If we can be sure they are at the level of fitness and capability to produce the performances they produced a year ago they will be serious contenders. If we are not convinced, we have to give it some thought."

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