Kenny Dalglish backs Liverpool striker Andy Carroll for Euro 2012

Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll has played his way into contention for England's Euro 2012 squad with recent displays

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Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll is in contention to be called up to England’s squad for Euro 2012 after the Liverpool striker’s impressive performances over the past month.

Carroll has scored nine goals in 46 appearances this season, which takes the 23-year-old’s tally to 11 goals for Liverpool since joining in a record £35m deal from Newcastle United in January 2011.

Dalglish was particularly impressed by Carroll’s performances against Chelsea in their recent FA Cup and Premier League meetings, and the Reds boss insists the former Magpies striker is doing everything possible to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans for the European championship.

“Andy will benefit from the fact he has been here for a year and has not had any problems with injuries,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s website.

“But the quality in the last couple of games has been fantastic and he has been building up to that for the whole season.

“I’m sure he will come back next season very much encouraged by his performances and starting afresh.

“We don’t know what is going to happen with Andy yet – whether he is going to be away with England in the championship or chosen for the Olympics.

“I am not going to pick either Stuart Pearce’s or Roy’s team but if you want to play for your national side – and he does – or the Olympics – and he would do if he was picked – the best way to is to produce the goods on the pitch.

“The players will be judged by the performances and the better they play the more chance they have got.”

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