Michael Carrick's probable return to England's starting line-up for tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland is a just reward for his impressive form at Manchester United.

The 32-year-old midfielder - who is the Premier League champions' current Player of the Year - is set to replace Frank Lampard in the holding role in front of the Three Lions' back four, alongside captain Steven Gerrard at Wembley.

Criminally under-capped, Carrick has just 30 international appearances to his name, in over a decade with the England team, despite the fact he has been one of the most consistent central midfielders in the Premier League for a number of years.

His passing statistics are so impressive that you could be forgiven for thinking he was of Spanish descent, but no, here's a player that has quietly gone about his business, with a high level of success.

Five Premier League titles, one League Cup, and one Champions League trophy can be found among Carrick's medal collection, highlighting just how important a role he has played in Manchester United's success in recent years.

It must come as a surprise then, to find out that the midfield maestro is in the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford, and with no new offer yet on the table, will be free to speak with foreign clubs when the transfer window reopens in January.

David Moyes would be mad to let Carrick leave, let alone lose him on a free transfer, particularly given Manchester United's current dearth of midfield talent.

The former West Ham and Tottenham star is definitely deserving of a new deal, and Moyes must make it his priority to get Carrick tied down before the turn of the year.

Carrick is not alone in wondering where his future might lie, with several important first-team stars in the Premier League also approaching the end of their respective contracts.

Click through the tabs - above or below - to check out the players who could walk away from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Tottenham for free next summer, and see if you agree with GiveMeSport's order of priority for securing their futures.

All contract information is sourced from transfermarkt.co.uk

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