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Frank on Carrick

Posted on 1 June 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Frank Arnesen believes Michael Carrick has underlined what he can do at the highest level with his displays for England in America.


Pundits - including the BBC’s Alan Hansen, Ian Wright and Gary Lineker - were raving about Michael’s performance in the 3-2 win against Colombia in New Jersey on Tuesday night.


Indeed, highly-respected Hansen described his display in the holding midfield role as ‘perfection’.


Drafted into the squad after almost four years in the international wilderness, Michael made his first senior start against the USA on Saturday before following up with his fourth cap last night.


Sporting Director Frank said: “I was delighted to see him play so well in both games.


“You can play well in one game but going out and playing again three days later, when the pressure is even more because everyone was so positive about his first game, showed what a good player he is.


“Yesterday he went out and especially for the first hour, played the best football he can play.


“His defensive work was excellent. Look how many balls he nicks and he never really makes a sliding tackle, he’s always on his feet and his anticipation is very good.


“Sven Goran Eriksson deserves credit as well because he’s picked him and there are a lot of very good midfielders around at the moment, even without Lampard and Gerrard. He has seen the quality of Michael as well.


“Everyone knew his potential, but it’s down to Michael. He has to do it and his progression has been tremendous this season. He’s now showed what he can do in this position at the highest level.”