Allardyce: Still time for Hammer Morrison to nail World Cup spot

Frank Dalleres
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WEST Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes rebel-turned-rising star Ravel Morrison could still force his way into England’s World Cup squad.

Morrison capped a landmark few weeks with two goals as England Under-21s thrashed Lithuania 5-0 on Tuesday. It followed the 20-year-old attacking midfielder’s lauded solo strike at Tottenham last week, which took his tally to four in seven games for the Hammers.

Talk of a first senior call-up has grown louder by the week and Allardyce says his star performer is on course to go to Brazil – if he can prolong his purple patch.

“It’s a little early to tell, but if he continues to be a regular player with our first team then I can’t see why he wouldn’t get noticed and maybe be pushing that way,” he said.

“He’s just started with the Under-21s and, of course, he’s played well in those games but they were little or no competition, so I’d have expected that. He’s in our team, he’s really enjoying his football with the rest of the lads here.”

Morrison’s reputation for trouble resurfaced during the Under-21s’ win when he clashed with team-mate Wilfried Zaha, and though Allardyce dismissed the fracas he admits the former Manchester United trainee needs careful management.