Carrick optimistic on future

Michael Carrick thinks the future is looking bright for England ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Last Updated: 04/09/13 at 23:42 Post Comment

Michael Carrick: Believes future is bright for England

Michael Carrick: Believes future is bright for England

The Manchester United midfielder believes there is plenty of talent coming through, and is excited by a possible international strike partnership between his club team-mate Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.

"They are two top, top players," he told Sky Sports News. "They have slightly different strengths, but are equally as good.

"I see a lot of talent, an awful lot of talent, among the boys that are in the squad this week. There is so much talent there. The Under-21s had a great result last time out (a 6-0 win against Scotland).

"There's a lot being said about it (the lack of quality English players), some positive, probably a lot more negative of late, but I think it's easy to get carried away either way.

"I think you have to have a balanced view. I'm really confident there is a lot of talent in this country to come though this season and for the years after."

Carrick also warned against complacency on Friday when England take on Moldova at Wembley - a team they beat 5-0 in the reverse fixture.

"We won't be complacent at all," he added. "That result (the 5-0 win) was a terrific result, but that's gone. Nothing we can take from that going into the game, it's a whole new scenario.

"Different game completely and complacency won't be an issue, I can assure you of that.

"They are all pivotal you can't look too far ahead.

"As players we think about the next game, you have to. It's hard enough winning games at this level. If you are not putting in all your efforts, you're not going to do yourself justice, your fellow players and your county, so that's really not an issue for us."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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