Michael Carrick shows his importance on the international stage

Michael Carrick. What a superb player. The 32-year old from Wallsend put in an excellent performance which guided England to a successful victory over a potentially tricky Poland side fronted by Robert Lewandowski. Carrick bossed the midfield and controlled the tempo of the match, picking pass after pass and finding an England shirt more often than not.

It comes as no surprise that when Carrick was subbed off for Frank Lampard, England began to lose possession far easier and suddenly found themselves on the back-foot. The Manchester United midfielder has always been so underrated by rival fans domestically, and often left out of England games altogether. Last nights performance has shown England what they have been missing at previous tournaments, and its such a shame that he only has 31 caps to his name.

Roy Hodgson named Carrick on a provisional list of players for last years European Championships, but Carrick refused to be a bit part player for his national side and rightly so. In my opinion he should be starting every England game alongside Steven Gerrard and last night showed exactly why. They compliment each other well, whereas Lampard and Gerrard have similar playing styles. Both like to get forward although they are playing the holding role, whereas Carrick excels defensively.

The former West Ham youngster has been the heartbeat of United’s midfield since 2006 and has won everything possible with the exception of the FA Cup. He has five Premier Leagues, five Community Shields, one League Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and one Champions League crown. This impressive haul makes his recent exclusion from the England side all the more baffling.

The only blemish on his record is probably his lack of goals. In his thirteen year career he has found the net 31 times which is less than three goals a season.

United now need to get him wrapped up in cotton wool and ensure that he stays fit for United, because when Carrick doesn’t play, United don’t play well. Its as simple as that.

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