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CARRICK SET TO START

Posted on 25 June 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick looks set to step onto the World Cup stage in England's second round tie against Ecuador.

Michael Carrick looks set to step onto the World Cup stage in England's second round tie against Ecuador.

The midfielder has yet to feature in the tournament but appears to have got the nod from Sven Goran Eriksson to start in a holding role with Owen Hargreaves switching to right-back.

It will be Michael's seventh cap and he's under no illusions as to the importance of the occasion in Stuttgart, kick-off 4pm.

"This is the biggest game of my career by far," he said. "There is not one that has come close to this one. The biggest I’ve played in so far? Probably the game for Spurs against West Ham at the end of the season because there was so much at stake.

"This is what you work towards your whole career, to play in a World Cup.

"For it to come around like this, in this stage of the competition when things are starting to get exciting, is a great thing to be a part of.

"I’m just looking forward to it really. I want to enjoy it and make the most of it. You don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself. It’s a great occasion but the be all and end all is that we’ve got to win the game. If we can do that then it will be even more enjoyable."