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DEPTH OF QUALITY

Posted on 8 June 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick believes the composition and quality of England group makes them well positioned for a real shot at winning the World Cup.

Michael Carrick believes the composition and quality of England group makes them well positioned for a real shot at winning the World Cup.

The midfielder won his place in the party after impressing consistently throughout the season on the domestic front and is one certainly right on the fringe of breaking into the established England midfield quartet.

"I think we've as good a chance as we've had for an awful long time of winning the cup and bringing it home," said Michael. "There are things in our favour such as the age of the squad and players coming into their prime. There's a lot of experience and, being in Germany, other factors should suit us.

"You know what World Cups are like, you need luck at the right time, the drop of the ball at the right time - especially in tight games. Hopefully we can get that and go all the way.

"It is a nice thought," he continued, before stating that should players from outside the regular X1 come into play the team would not suffer.

"I think that is the stage we're at. The quality of the squad is so strong, whereas in the past maybe the first X1 has been brilliant but beneath that there possibly hasn't been the strength you need to win trophies.

"Hopefully we've got that and time will tell. If we get a couple of injuries or suspensions you need people to step in and the lads who do will no doubt do a good job."