Hodgson happy with Carroll report
England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he approached Brendan Rodgers for a report on Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Hodgson says Rodgers was glowing in his praise for the 23-year-old former Newcastle striker.
Carroll’s future at Anfield has been the subject of constant speculation throughout the off-season with potential moves to Newcastle and West Ham leading the headlines.
And having named the forward in his 23-man England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Italy, Hodgson took the time to get an update on his club form.
"I checked Andy out with Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard because I realise there is a situation there," Hodgson told Sky Sports
"They were both happy with Andy in training and the way he is going about his business."
And despite the fact that none of his three chosen strikers - Daniel Sturridge, Jermain Defoe and Carroll - are regular starters at club level, Hodgson remains happy with his options up front.
"We have to accept that a lot of our front players aren't first choices at their clubs," the former West Bromwich Albion manager said.
"There are a lot of foreign centre-forwards at the big clubs in the Premier League so it's not easy for our boys sometimes.
"But Andy Carroll did well when he played in the Euros and I have no worries putting him in this squad."
Hodgson is using the friendly against Italy to gain a closer look at some potential young stars, with Tottenham's Jake Livermore called up after excellent reports from his club's coaching staff.
"Jake did well at Tottenham last year," Hodgson said.
"I had a long chat with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood about him. They are impressed so it was a good chance to have a look for myself.
"A couple of players dropped out so Jake has been promoted up from the reserve list."