Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that the time has come for Michael Carrick to finally make his mark on the England national team.
The midfielder has only earned 27 caps for his country in what might be called a modest international career. He was left out of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad after expressing himself as reluctant to play a bit-part role.
Well, no one can blame him for his lack of interest to participate. After all why should he settle for a spot on the bench when he is good enough to start for his country - and if the England manager cannot see that, perhaps the team would be better off putting a more suitable candidate on the bench who actually falls behind the pecking order in terms of ability.
The United midfield maestro was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and has been included in the Team of the Year this season after aiding his club to their 20th domestic title - and his manager feels that he has a lot to offer to his national side.
"It depends on what the England manager does with our players and everyone is different," Ferguson told the official United magazine. "Michael’s had opposition from [Frank] Lampard and [Steven] Gerrard for most of that time and they were always the favored ones.
"The England manager kept playing them in the same team, sometimes out wide to make sure they were accommodated. So I think it's been difficult to install himself as a regular player all the time.
"This season, though, he has been phenomenal and along with the developing players Rafael and David De Gea, him and Robin van Persie have been outstanding."
Carrick has been partnering England captain Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park for England most of the time. The most recent match would be the World Cup qualifier against Montenegro and has been included in every competitive squad since Euro 2012.
Carrick has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is one of England's best choices in midfield after his consistent performances for United this season. He was arguably United's most consistent performer, putting in quality displays week-in week-out. He has also recently said he feels he is at his peak. Should Carrick be able to continue his club form with his country, he could very well be a key player for England in the future.
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