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+The A-Z of Michael Carrick

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).

A is for ACTOR…If you were an actor, who would your leading lady be?
Either Halle Berry, who was excellent in Monster’s Ball and memorable in James Bond’s Die Another Day, or Eva Mendes. She was great in Out of Time and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

B is for BOREDOM…What do you take on a long journey to keep you occupied/amused?
Diego Maradona’s autobiography. I read quite a few autobiographies and ‘El Diego’ is the latest one that I am reading.

C is for CARTOONS…Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Tom and Jerry.

D is for DESTINATION…What is your favourite town/city and why?
Newcastle, my home-town where I was born and bred, it is very lively and things are happening there all the time.

E is for ELECTRONIC…Are you a gadgets person and what is the most hi-tec piece of equipment you own?
Probably my iPod.

F is for FAMOUS…What’s the best/worst thing about being famous?
If you are well known then you are obviously doing the right things and doing well in your sport. Your privacy being compromised sometimes is probably the only downside.

G is for GROUNDHOG…Which day would you like to repeat over and over again?
My England debut against Mexico in May, 2001.

H is for HARASS…What annoys you, or winds you up?
Bad refereeing decisions.

I is for ICON…Who is your all-time favourite sports person?
Michael Jordan, who absolutely conquered his sport.

J is for JACKET POTATO…What filling would you have in a jacket potato
Tuna mayonnaise.

K is for KARAOKE…If you had to sing a song, which one would it be?
Probably Father and Son, the Boyzone version which I have listened to the most, as it is the only song I know all the words to.

L is for LUCKY…Do you have a lucky charm or a superstition?
No, not really.

M is for MOVIES…What’s the last film you saw?
We watched Collateral on the coach recently, which was pretty good. I haven’t been to the cinema for ages, and the last film was probably Out of Time, with Denzel Washington.

N is for NERVOUS…What are you scared of?
Heights. I went to Paris with the missus and we went up the Eiffel Tower. The queue for the lift was too long, so we took the stairs, and that was scary! There was just netting between us and a long drop, but the missus was just laughing at me!

O is for ORIENT EXPRESS…What’s the best journey you’ve ever been on?
Moving from Newcastle, coming to London, and making the progression as a footballer and a person.

P is for PARANORMAL…Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, I don’t believe in them.

Q is for QUICK…Who’s the quickest player you’ve ever played against?
I know everyone says Thierry Henry, but there is probably no one quicker in the Premiership.

R is for RECIPE…When did you last cook…and what did you cook?
I cooked a pasta dish the other night and made the sauce from scratch, with tomatoes, garlic, a few onions, herbs and seasoning.

S is for SOUNDS…What did you usually listen to in the car on the way in today?

T is for TOMORROW…What do you always put off until tomorrow?
Opening and reading mail.

U is for UNEXPECTED…What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
When I got into the England squad, my Mum organised a surprise party for me at home in Newcastle. For the first 10 seconds I just wanted to die, but it turned out to be a great night.

V is for VANILLA…What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
The caramel ice-cream they serve at Georgio’s Restaurant , near to where I used to live.

W is for WITHOUT…Is there anything that you just can’t live without?
Apart from the missus, family and friends, I would say my car and my mobile phone.

X is for XYLOPHONE…Have you ever played a musical instrument?
I played the drums at school, but not very well. The missus bought me a guitar about 18 months ago and I keep promising to take lessons, but I haven’t done it yet.

Y is for YELLOW CARD…When did you last get a yellow card, and did you deserve it?
I can’t remember the last one…I certainly haven’t been given one since I’ve been at Spurs.

Z is for ZOO…What’s your favourite animal at the zoo?
Lions, tigers, all the big cats.