Manchester United’s Michael Carrick has is happy to occupy a holding midfield role for England should Roy Hodgson wish to use him in the position.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have retired from international duty, while Jack Wilshere is currently sidelined due to injury.
As a result, Carrick has been tipped to line up for England in the role for their upcoming fixtures against Lithuania and Italy.
The player himself said he is suited to a holding midfield role and would be pleased to fill it should he be called upon.
When asked about playing in a holding midfield role, Carrick said: ”It is a certain position that I’m used to and suited to playing. So if that’s what manager wants to do then great. That’s where I’m comfortable.”
Carrick has enjoyed something of a renaissance this season and has looked in imperious form for Man United when free of injury.
Against Liverpool last weekend, the 33-year-old ran the show as United sealed a 2-1 victory. Carrick is widely regarded as one of England’s most accomplished midfielders but he only has 31 England caps to his name.
Unfortunately, a succession of managers have failed to recognise his talent, with many often preferring a Lampard and Gerrard partnership. Another fantastic player, Paul Scholes, suffered the same fate and eventually retired early from international duty after being played on the left wing.