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JOL ON CARRA

Posted on 1 March 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol is confident Michael Carrick will grasp his England chance with both hands against Uruguay tonight.

Martin Jol is confident Michael Carrick will grasp his England chance with both hands against Uruguay tonight.

The classy midfielder has been named in the starting line-up for the friendly at Anfield following Frank Lampard’s withdrawal due to a hamstring injury.

Michael is awarded his third start for England - his first since the summer tour to the USA - and it will be his fifth cap. He will partner Steven Gerrard in central midfield, with David Beckham and Joe Cole operating on the flanks.

"Hopefully there won’t be too much pressure on him because when you get your opportunity you have to take it but I think Michael Carrick will take that chance,†said Martin before training on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately Frank Lampard had to pull out with a hamstring injury but Sven has this option and hopefully Michael will perform as he has for us all season.

"For us, out of 10 games he’s been excellent in eight and then perhaps good or very good in the other two. He’s having a fine season and I’m delighted he’s getting his chance."

Paul Robinson remains in goal for his 18th cap with Ledley King, Jermaine Jenas and Jermain Defoe on the bench.

"I'm always proud when our players play for England," added Martin. "I said last year that Carrick will be our fifth international player and it's taken him eight months. I think we'll really be doing well when all our Spurs players are in the England team as regulars, like Paul Robinson.

"Ledley King will hopefully play because when you look at him I don't think there is another central defender with the qualities he's got.

"Michael has got his chance and Jermaine Jenas is a real talent, he's proved that in our games and we missed him when he was ill against Wigan. Jermain Defoe can play off anyone, Crouch or Rooney, and hopefully he will get a game as well."