Ferguson shows Carrick international support

Sir Alex FergusonManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists Michael Carrick can establish himself as a regular in the England midfield.

Carrick has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the newly-crowned champions and Ferguson believes the 31-year-old could be a key player for England in the 2014 World Cup.

The midfielder missed out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad but his performances over the course of the current season saw him shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award and Ferguson believes Carrick would give the England boss some added experience in the centre of midfield.

“It depends on what the England manager does with our players and everyone is different,” Ferguson told the official United magazine.

“Michael’s had opposition from [Frank] Lampard and [Steven] Gerrard for most of that time and they were always the favoured ones.

“The England manager kept playing them in the same team, sometimes out wide to make sure they were accommodated. So I think it’s been difficult to install himself as a regular player all the time.

“This season, though, he has been phenomenal and along with the developing players Rafael and [David] De Gea, him and [Robin] van Persie have been outstanding.”

Carrick made his England debut in 2001 but has managed just 27 appearances for the national side to date, although the United star has been included in every competitive squad since failing to secure a place in the Euro 2012 party.

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