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.
If your answer to lack of creativity from midfield is Carrick, then England is definitely going through a bad period.
— Udit (@OnlyWayIsJose) June 20, 2014
Just read an article by an English journalist: “England do have a Pirlo, & his name is Michael Carrick.” You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding.
— Vince D’Elia (@vinnydelia) June 17, 2014
This is why you don’t take slow central midfield players like Carrick, football is about younger players who can get up and down the pitch
— TONY_H (@Tipton21) June 18, 2014
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.
England could of done with Carrick tonight. best passer on the ball. Roy Hodgson is a disgrace. #ENG
— Man Utd News (@SirAlexStand) June 19, 2014
So England were obsessed with Pirlo in the first game, yet left their own Regista (Carrick) in England! #clueless
— Oluwaseye Omidiora (@theReal_SeyE) June 19, 2014
As poor a season as Michael Carrick’s just had, England still don’t anyone that’s close to him at running their midfield. #URUvsENG
— Michael Gatt (@MikielGatt) June 19, 2014
#ENG picked Gerrard over Carrick, who is England’s best holding midfielder. Liverpool’s defence stats prove Gerrard’s failures in that role.
— Lucas (@Lucas_MUtd) June 20, 2014
Though I back Hodgson to the hilt, I would question his decision to leave out Michael Carrick.
— Rob Vernon (@Ictoano) June 19, 2014
Gerrard is horrible in a two-man midfield. Carrick had a horrible season but is by far a better CM to play in that role. Hodgson to blame.
— eulogy (@insidesafstand) June 19, 2014