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CARRICK'S DREAM

Posted on 10 May 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick says it 'means everything' to have made it into England's World Cup squad.

Michael Carrick says it 'means everything' to have made it into England's World Cup squad.

The midfielder was named in Sven Goran Eriksson’s 23-man party for Germany alongside Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon.

Michael earned a recall to the national squad for last summer’s tour of the USA and his performances since have seen him maintain his place in the squad, earning a fifth cap against Uruguay in March.

So consistent in the Premiership, Michael’s displays in a holding midfield role this season led Martin Jol to insist that he was ‘arguably the best in that position in England’.

Those performances – not least his magnificent display against Arsenal at Highbury – led to calls for his inclusion but Michael insisted he never took it for granted.

“People have been telling me for the last few weeks that I had the chance to get in but until you know for certain you can never be sure – it was great to get the text just to confirm it,†said Michael.

“I can now concentrate on going to the World Cup and that’s a dream.

“There wasn’t really any particular stage when I thought I had a good chance, just the longer it went and the longer I was in the squad, the better chance I had.

“It was a case of staying in as many squads as I could and the longer that goes on the more of a chance you will get in what is such a good team.

“It will be valuable experience. I’m still young and hopefully I’ll have another couple of World Cups in me. These are very exciting times and I can’t wait to join up with the rest of the squad and get going.â€Â