West Ham's new striker Andy Carroll is "gutted" after suffering a hamstring injury on his debut Saturday that will keep him out of the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce secured the loan signing of Liverpool striker Carroll earlier in the week after courting the 23-year-old for most of the transfer window.
But, following an impressive debut in a 3-0 win over Fulham, Carroll was forced off with a hamstring injury. The Football Association later announced that he pulled out for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for the back-to-back qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine beginning Friday.
"I think almost definitely that he is out of the England squad but we will just have to pray that it is not too severe," Allardyce said. "It looks like a hamstring which is obviously the most disappointing thing from today. We were ready to bring him off and unfortunately on that last jump he got hit by (Brede) Hangeland and that twisted his body and pulled his hamstring by the looks of it.
Allardyce believes Carroll will be a mainstay for England in the future.
"He is just so gutted because he has got injured and he can't go to England, that is why he is most disappointed because he wanted to get off there," Allardyce said. "We are going to play him and hopefully he will play every week for us and score goals and obviously Roy (Hodgson) is going to pick him -- he wants to do well for us and he wants to do well for England."
Skipper Kevin Nolan opened the scoring inside the first minute before goals from Winston Reid and Matt Taylor wrapped up the three points before halftime.
Allardyce, who worked with both Nolan and Carroll at Newcastle, believes his captain will benefit from the arrival of the Liverpool forward.
"I think what is important is the delight of everybody when Andy walked through the door today," Allardyce said. "I think it made us all feel that little bit better when you have got a 35-million-pound ($55.6 million) center forward walk through the door whether you have got him on loan or not.
"He is a quality center forward and he is our number one and we can hopefully play to his strength and he can hopefully help us do what we want to do and that is by winning as many football matches as we can and hopefully we can provide him with the service to score lots and lots of goals.
"It brought excitement to Kevin Nolan's performance because Kevin can feed off Andy instinctively very, very well. Kevin could have probably had a hat trick today because if he knows the ball is going to Andy he knows he can go beyond and get into areas where Andy can find him."
Fulham boss Martin Jol admitted he expected his defenders to be better equipped to deal with the threat of Carroll.
"If you are 5 foot 8 inches or 5 foot 10 inches maybe you have got a problem but we should have coped with it," he said. "Every game you see him, in the European Championships, you see he is good in the air, he is probably the best in the Barclays Premier League but I still feel there are a few answers for that but we couldn't cope with that."
Jol introduced his own new striker at halftime as Dimitar Berbatov looked to find a way back into the game for Fulham.
The ex-Manchester United forward had little chance to shine but Jol was pleased with the impact the 31-year-old had on his team-mates.
"The only positive for today was to see Berbatov again and to see his class and quality, I have missed it," Jol said. "What I did see was that Berbatov brought other players into his play and that is his quality, hopefully with Bryan (Ruiz) available for the next match. ... We should be a bit more positive."