Fabian Delph has praised Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick following England’s 4-0 win against Lithuania on Friday.
Delph combined with Carrick and Jordan Henderson in Roy Hodgson’s 4-3-3 system during the Euro 2016 qualifier.
Carrick, who was making his first England appearance since October 2013, has often been left out of England’s starting XI despite his obvious talent.
Delph was full of praise for the 33-year-old and insisted his experience has helped the England camp.
Speaking about Carrick, Delph said: “I watched him over the years and I really admire the way he plays. He is a great guy, he has been great with me and it was a pleasure to play with him the other night. He is calm in possession and he is an experienced head. It is definitely going to help me playing with him and hopefully I can pick up some things that he does and try to implement it in my own game.”
“Real football people can see what he does and how he affects and controls games. I don’t think he is unappreciated, definitely not from me anyway. I have seen all his strengths and I get really excited when I look to my left in a game and he is there or when I am training with him, seeing him around the building.
“I am really excited to be able to play with him and learn from him.”
Carrick now has 32 caps, which is criminally low for a player of such quality. To put that into perspective, Shaun Wright-Phillips has 36.
Unfortunately, a succession of England managers have preferred to use Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the middle of the pitch. Paul Scholes suffered a similar fate for his country, eventually retiring from international duty aged just 29 after repeatedly being played on the left flank.