Carroll - We are all focused on Leicester

Andy Carroll is hoping the Hammers can bounce straight back against Leicester on Sunday

Andy Carroll is hoping the Hammers can bounce straight back against Leicester on Sunday and says the players are excited at the prospect of facing the Premier League leaders.

Carroll has nothing but praise for the way the Midlands Club have surprised everybody in the game by storming their way to the top of the table and now stand on the verge of securing their their first ever Premier League title.

The Hammers striker is keen to spoil the party at the King Power Stadium on Sunday as his team-mates look to get straight back on the winning trail following their disappointing defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final on Wednesday night.

And with the chance to secure a European spot at the end of the season, Carroll insists his side have still got everything to play for.

Carroll said: “The result against United was disappointing, it was one of those days when things didn’t happen for us. Now, we are all focussed on the game against Leicester who have done fantastically this season.

“They were probably favourites to go down and they have turned that round. They are where they are for a reason and we are all really excited to go up to Leicester and play to our best.

“People kept putting them down and saying that they won’t be able to keep it up, but week after week, they prove they can and they stay strong.

“I think that if you look at a lot of the games in the last few weeks, there are quite a few games in which we feel like we have dropped two points.

“Under Slaven we concentrate more on the other team than we did in the past. Before, we focussed more on our own tactics, but now, we vary our tactics from game to game.”

After scoring a stunning hat-trick against Arsenal last weekend, Carroll is desperate to stay among the goals as he looks to keep alive his hopes of playing for England at the European Championship Finals during the summer.

Carroll said: “It’s nice to be talked about like that (with England). Getting back on the international stage is something I think about a lot. But at the moment I am just concentrating on the way I am playing and trying to play as best I can.

“Slaven has been great with me. He understands what I have been going through with the injuries and he wants me to be on the pitch just as much as I do.  He knows how frustrating it is to be out with injury.”