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CARRICK WATCH

Posted on 2 March 2006  - 12:00

We kept a close eye on Michael Carrick's display for England against Uruguay as he made his case for a place in this summer's World Cup squad.

We kept a close eye on Michael Carrick's display for England against Uruguay as he made his case for a place in this summer's World Cup squad.

Michael impressed in his holding midfield role and his performance in the 2-1 victory won the praise of boss Sven Goran Eriksson and a number of national newspaper writers this morning.

The added bonus for Michael was being involved in the moves for both goals as England as Peter Crouch and Joe Cole secured victory.

Here is a minute-by-minute guide to Michael's performance...

0.19: First touch, broke up play and sent ball back to Robinson.

0.41: Switched play with typical 30-yard pass to Neville.

1.50: Won header from Carini's goal kick.

2.50: Strong tackle to win ball against Pouso.

3.20: Spread play wide to Bridge.

8.30: Took ball off Robinson, carried 10 yards before pass to Gerrard to start attack.

9.50: Pressurised Diogo on right touchline, won throw.

11.00: Headed away corner at near post.

11.38: Measured pass wide to Cole and then picked up clearance, controlled and drove just wide from 30 yards.

15.01: Attempted 50-yard pass to Cole cut out by Carini.

20.00: Slide-rule pass into Cole for best chance so far, Cole beat man but curled wide from 18 yards.

22.00: Clattered by Pouso as he won ball centrally.

32.11: After quiet spell, cross aimed for Bent cut out by keeper.

36.00: Probing pass into Rooney in space but Uruguay cleared.

46.00: Control and pass to King, got it back, then onto Jenas.

47.20: Pass over the top found Bent's run, got ball back, deep cross headed out for corner.

56.45: Attempted pass into box for Bent and Rooney ran out of play.

66.15: Body checked Varela and gave away free-kick.

68.08: On free-kicks with Beckham substituted, high floater aiming for Crouch taken by keeper.

71.00: Another pass cut out as Uruguay protect their lead.

74.00: Pass down left touchline to Cole led to equaliser as Cole controlled and crossed for Crouch to head home at far post.

76.33: Lovely reverse volleyed pass wide to Wright-Phillips.

78.00: First seriously misplaced pass intercepted on half-way, but comes to nothing.

87.20: Attempted pass with outside of right foot almost found Defoe.

93.00: Terrific pass wide to Neville lead to winner. Neville fed Wright-Phillips who crossed for Cole to flick home at near post.