England need Man United’s Michael Carrick, says Dietmar Hamann

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann urges England manager Roy Hodgson to pick Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Dietmar Hamann has urged England manager Roy Hodgson to turn to Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

The Three Lions were held to a goalless draw by Ukraine in Kiev as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere were picked in England’s midfield.

The trio struggled to keep the ball for sustained periods as Ukraine enjoyed 53 per cent of the possession but the England boss failed to turn to Carrick.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was among the PFA player of the year nominees following an outstanding season for the Premier League champions.

And ex-Liverpool dynamo Hamann feels England should be turning to Carrick ahead of players like Frank Lampard and Wilshere, particularly when playing away from Wembley.

“Carrick is one of the few top class players England have got and he can’t get a game,” Hamann posted on his Twitter page.

“He keeps the ball as well as anyone. Beyond belief. England have got one of the few players in the holding role of world-class talent.

“Half carried United in the last two seasons. Yet he can’t get a game. England stuck in the dark ages.

“Players picked on reputation not merit. Jack Wilshere would be far more effective with Carrick next to him.

“Roy Hodgson has got to build a team. At the moment it’s a jigsaw with loads missing.

“Wilshere is world class but done nothing in the game yet, Carrick is a vital part of United and has won five leagues and Champions League but is not even considered.”

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