Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff will be scratching their heads and contemplating the stars that will make the squad to fly off to Brazil this summer.
During the international break we witnessed the England boss experimenting with fringe players such as Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley in midfield.
However, despite performing at the top of his game and becoming one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons, Michael Carrick has almost always been overlooked when it comes to England’s starting XI.
Everyone involved in English football is aware of the abundance of potential possessed by youth players such as Evertonian Ross Barkley, but this upcoming World Cup has most likely come too soon for the 19-year-old.
Allowing several youngsters to travel to Brazil will surely be desired by the England manager in order for them to gain the experience of their first ever World Cup.
However with regards to the starting side, the former Liverpool and Fulham boss will surely choose to stick by the more experienced members of the squad who succeeded in qualifying for Brazil and who have proven themselves over recent years in the Premier League.
Therefore the central midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Michael Carrick would be ideal for attempting to make it as far in the competition as possible.
The Manchester United midfielder is currently sidelined for an estimated three weeks due to a recent procedure to resolve an Achilles problem and his absence from the current Premier League champions’ squad could prove how instrumentall he is to their side.
Last campaign, the 32-year-old obtained an 88 percent pass success rate and had more game time on the pitch than any other United outfield player excluding Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie.
The Englishman most definitely suffers from being the type of footballer who, to fully appreciate his talent, you have to be playing with him. Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes told the Express,”Over the last six years at the club he’s been terrific, one of the most under-rated players the Premier League has had”.
The admiration Carrick’s team-mates at Old Trafford have for him was conveyed when the midfielder was voted Players’ Player of the Year at the club last season. Every member of the first team were asked to vote for who they thought was their star man during their title winning campaign, and they unanimously voted for their number 16.
After receiving the recognition he deserves from the players and fans at the Theatre of Dreams, surely now it is time for Carrick to be given his long awaited opportunity for his national side.
His precise passing and experience of winning at the highest level could prove pivotal in England’s hope for a successful outing this summer in the world’s most prestigious football tournament.
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