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Carrick targets long career

Michael Carrick has indicated that he believes he can follow the example set by Manchester United team-mates Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and play on into his late thirties.

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Carrick turns 32 in July and has been playing regularly in the Premier League since 2000, but insists that he is not intending to give up his place at the top level for a number of years.

The England midfielder received criticism during his early tenure at Old Trafford, but is now seen as one of Alex Ferguson's most experienced and reliable players, and a vital part of the team's success this season.

"When I started out in the game, once people saw you were past 30 they thought you were on a downward spiral in terms of your career and you had peaked at 28 or 29," Carrick said.

"Now I think you reach that stage a lot later and I'm feeling great.

"There is also the responsibility of leading the younger boys and showing them just how to do things and how to act - not just on the pitch but off it.

"This is my seventh season here and the older you get, playing a lot of games all helps."

Carrick has 26 caps for his England, and will be hoping to establish himself in Roy Hodgson's first team plans for the rest of 2014 World Cup qualifying.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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