David Sullivan: "Andy Carroll will come good"

Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists that Andy Carroll will find his form at the club and believes that he will have benefited from not playing at the World Cup.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan believes that Andy Carroll will reap the benefits of not playing in the World Cup for England next season.

The 25-year-old was placed on the stand-by list for Roy Hodgson's side for the tournament in Brazil, but was never called upon for action as the Three Lions exited at the group stage.

Sullivan is adamant that Carroll will now find his form after a difficult first season with the Hammers, as injuries and a lack of form saw him score just two goals in the Premier League following his £15m move to the club.

He told The Mirror: "I still think Andy Carroll will come good. He didn't have a pre-season last year. He never really got his act together because of that and I think you'll see a much better player next season.

"It was a fair decision based on what he did last season. He didn't do enough when he came back.

"And I'm glad he is not playing for England. I don't want him arriving three weeks late because he has been in Rio all summer, particularly on the fringes of the squad not playing or not doing hard training. I'm pleased he wasn't with England this summer. His time will come."

West Ham face Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League opener on August 16.

England pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014
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