Ex-England boss would pick Carrick over Wilshere

Date published: Monday 9th May 2016 1:55

Michael Carrick

The man who made Frazier Campbell an England international has named his selection for England’s Euro 2016 squad and included Michael Carrick over Jack Wilshere.

Stuart Pearce – who managed England to a 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in February 2012 – also picks Leighton Baines over Ryan Bertrand in his own left-back position.

“Leighton Baines has got a lot of tournament experience,” said Pearce on Sky Sports. “I still think he’s an outstanding full-back. Danny Rose has just gone past him ability-wise and I think he will start, but it was a tough call.

“We’ve had a lot of left-backs over the year with Keiran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand also playing for England, and they are all pushing for the position. I just went with Baines’ experience.”

But Pearce’s biggest call was the inclusion of Carrick, who has started one competitive game for England in the last two years.

He explains: “Michael Carrick’s form has been good and the one thing I’ve got on my mind is if Eric Dier, who will start as the holding midfield player, is let down by form or injury, who will start in front of the back four?

“I don’t think we’ve got many options to do it but I think Carrick can do it. That’s why he’s in my squad.”

Pearce’s squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City). Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), John Stones (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Leighton Baines (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

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