Date: 13th February 2006 at 6:38pm
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Shaka Hislop hopes a back injury to Roy Carroll can boost his own hopes of a trip to Germany for this summer’s World Cup finals.

Hislop will be 37 later this month, but the TV match against Brum could impress Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker.

Hislop: ‘Nothing has really changed in that respect as I was always trying to push Roy as hard as I could, although now I suppose I have added reason to. I will be trying my hardest to get into the side and hold onto the shirt as long as possible because recently I have also been the number two for Trinidad.

‘I am sure that if I can get a good run in the West Ham team, it would hopefully see me move up the pecking order internationally so I can play a big part in the summer.

‘It is an achievement that we as a team are proud of and I am also proud of it personally. We are the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup and that in itself is a bit of history on our part.

‘It will be incredible to go to such a big tournament and maybe we are one of the least fancied teams, but that is a tag we can cope with.

‘We know we are good enough to cause an upset or two and we are certainly looking forward to the World Cup as much as anybody.’