With England’s World Cup campaign drawing to its swift conclusion, the post-mortem into what went wrong has begun in earnest. Question marks over the formation, tactics, players and even substitutions have been banded around by journalists and on social media.

For many though, the biggest mistake that Roy Hodgson made this summer was leaving Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick at home. While Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson toiled in the defeats to Italy and Uruguay, the 32 year old Red Devil has been pictured sunbathing on holiday in Barbados.

For a select few on Twitter, Hodgson was correct in leaving Carrick out of his final twenty three man squad.

Granted, the 32 year old has suffered a poor season by his standards at Old Trafford and certainly isn’t on the same level as Andrea Pirlo. But in spite of all this, most believe that Carrick would have been the ideal man to sit deep in England’s midfield.

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