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West Ham round-up: Bilic slams refereeing; Carroll backed for England call-up; pre-season preparations made

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West Ham round-up: Bilic slams refereeing; Carroll backed for England call-up; pre-season preparations made

Slaven Bilic could face punishment from the Football Association after hitting out at referee Michael Oliver after a number of debatable decisions in their game against West Brom. Bilic told the press:

“We were on the wrong end of all the major decisions, and there were more than a few. First their goal, then the disallowed goal for us, a couple of penalty decisions, the last throw-in which led to their goal, then the goal itself. We go home tonight and instead of having three points and being so happy before this break, we now have a bitter feeling.”

However, using video footage it was clear that Oliver got all of the big decisions correct on the afternoon.

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Controversially, co-owner David Sullivan wrote in Saturday’s programme that he wanted Andy Carroll to avoid being called up by England to help him focus on staying fit for the Hammers but Slaven Bilic contradicted those comments, saying:

 

“I want him to get picked for England. I have no worries about his fitness if he is picked. The confidence that every player gets when he gets a call-up for the national team is much more than the couple of days that he loses, or that he would use to rest. On the scale, the positives are much bigger.”

Given his debut by Fabio Capello in 2010, Carroll has nine caps and two international goals to his name but has not played for the Three Lions since 2012.

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The Sun believe that club bosses are in talks to enter into the Asia Trophy, a pre-season tournament which will see the Irons do battle with Liverpool, Southampton and Shanghai SIPG. The tournament, set to take place in July, has previously been shown on Sky Sports and is set to take place with fixtures across Hong Kong and Shanghai until a winner is decided, likely to be on 22nd July this summer.

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