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Carrick's thanks to Jol

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).

Michael Carrick has pinpointed the key role Martin Jol played in his return to the international scene.

The midfielder is back in the England squad, currently on tour in America and expected to play some part in friendlies against the USA on Saturday and Columbia on Tuesday.

Michael’s season turned on Martin’s appointment as Head Coach following the departure of Jacques Santini in November. He immediately installed Michael into the starting line-up and the 23-year-old went on to start 33 of the next 34 games, only rested in the FA Cup replay at Nottingham Forest.

Michael reflected: "It was tough early on and you want things to happen quickly when you go to a new club but I knew there were a lot of quality midfielders at Spurs.

"I had to be as patient as I could be. I eventually got my chance and thankfully I took it.

"Martin Jol has been good for me. He has been behind me all the way. All season he has been giving me confidence, belief and more and more responsibility.

"I never doubted that I had made the right move. That never entered my head.

"But I wanted to play and I'm pleased with the way it's gone. Now I hope I can take my chance with England.

"They might be only friendly games, but I see them as massive opportunities and I am very excited. Being in the England set up is a great place to be and Sven has made me feel welcome along with the rest of the lads.

"I know all the lads hope we will get a lot of benefit from both games and will learn a lot for the future."