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CARRICK'S DOUBLE WHAMMY

Posted on 6 October 2005  - 12:00

Michael Carrick has admitted his frustration at missing out on England's key World Cup qualifiers this week.

Michael Carrick has admitted his frustration at missing out on England's key World Cup qualifiers this week.

The midfielder was ruled out of the squad through injury for the final group matches against Austria on Saturday and Poland on Wednesday week.

Michael, who has started training again this week after picking up the ankle knock at Grimsby, has been in Sven Goran Eriksson's last five squads including his impressive return to full internationals in the summer tour of America.

His target is naturally to be back in there at next year's World Cup finals but he'll have to watch as the squad go out to book their place in Germany over the next week or so.

"It was a bit of a double-whammy really," said Michael at Spurs Lodge. "First I was hoping to be fit for Charlton - it's a good job I wasn't because the lads won anyway!

I wasn't ready for that and therefore I was out of England as well

"It's very frustrating especially as these are the games that will hopefully get us into the World Cup finals. That is the place to play and it's a big year for a lot of players trying to get into the squad."

Nevertheless, Michael has played his part as we sit third in the Premiership after eight games.

"We seem to be moving forward at the moment and third is a good position at this stage of the season, " he added. "It's a confident place and everyone is positive at the moment.

"That's underlined by the amount of internationals here and to have the number of England players we've had called up (eight in total in the full and U21 squads) is another plus."