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Carrick ready for Boca test

Posted on 14 July 2005  - 12:00

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Michael Carrick has tested himself against South American opposition in international friendlies and now gets the chance at club level when we face Boca Juniors in our Peace Cup opener on Saturday.

The midfielder has featured for England against both Paraguay and, more recently, Colombia, so he is not a complete stranger to the style of football of the continent.

"I have played against South American sides for the national team but not at club level so it should be interesting," said Michael from our hotel base in Seoul. "I think Boca get in on Friday, so they might be a bit jet-lagged and it will be interesting to see how it goes.

"I struggled a little bit at first, I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep so I was feeling a bit tired," he explained, before adding that he is looking forward to the chance of performing in World Cup stadium. We face Boca and Sundowns in Suwon before travelling to Ulsan to take on Real Sociedad.

"They look very nice and hopefully we will get a few people there to generate a good atmosphere."

Meanwhile, Michael said himself and the squad relish the opportunities of meeting and running coaching sessions with young children when we are on our travels, admitting the look on their faces make it all worthwhile.

"We always make the most of it because the kids enjoy it and it is great for them. It is good, when you see the smile on their faces it makes your day and it is nice to know you can make people happy."

His thoughts were duly echoed by Robbie Keane, who always seems to have the kids spellbound when he produces his party pieces.

"You remember what it was like when you were a kid," reflected Robbie. "Making them happy is the most important thing."