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Hammer looking forward to Carroll link-up

New signing Stewart Downing is looking forward to playing with Carroll

By | 16th August 2013
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New West Ham United winger Stewart Downing has revealed his delight at the opportunity to link up with former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll at Upton Park this season. The pair both made permanent moves to West Ham from Liverpool this summer following Andy Carroll’s successful loan spell with the club last season, and Downing is looking forward to re-establishing the relationship they enjoyed together at Anfield.

Downing also went on to reveal that next summer’s World Cup was a factor in his decision to join the Hammers after earlier this summer insisting that he’d rather guide Liverpool to a top four finish than win a spot on Roy Hodgson’s final World Cup squad. Now, with the opportunity to be Andy Carroll’s main source of assists, Downing hopes that he has a chance of making the Three Lions’ final 23 for next summer’s tournament.

“I have come here to get in the team and play regularly,” Downing said, according to The Express. ”I didn’t think I was going to play at Liverpool as often as I wanted. At my age I need to play. Coming up to a World Cup year I need to be in with a chance.

“I enjoyed playing with Andy at Liverpool, but we didn’t play as often together as we would have liked. His strength suits me for crossing and you know he’s going to get in the box to head it, so I’m looking forward to playing with him.

“He’s a friend of mine and had been asking me if I was coming when I didn’t really know what was happening.”

West Ham United begin their season tomorrow with a home fixture against newly promoted Cardiff City. The Hammers will hope to get off to a quick start as they then take on Newcastle United, Stoke, Southampton, Everton, and Hull before the end of September, representing a reasonable set of fixtures before they take on Tottenham and Manchester City in October.

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