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TEEMU TIPS CARRA TO SHINE

Teemu Tainio is convinced Michael Carrick will shine if handed his chance in the World Cup.

Teemu Tainio is convinced Michael Carrick will shine if handed his chance in the World Cup.

The midfielder capped a fine season by being named in Sven Goran Eriksson’s 23-man squad for Germany.

It has been suggested following Wayne Rooney's foot injury that Michael - who performed so well in England’s last friendly against Uruguay in March - could line-up in a holding role in midfield if Eriksson opts to change formation and play just one up front, pushing Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard further forward.

Teemu played a number of times in midfield with Michael this season and formed an impressive central partnership with him in the latter stages of the campaign – their performance together in the 1-1 draw at Highbury was as good as it gets.

“Michael reminds me a lot of Pep Guardiola, who played for Barcelona for so many years,†said Teemu.

“He has a very similar style in that he’s excellent with his passing and very rarely loses the ball.

“He’s always available to receive a pass, keeps moves going and he’s very important in our midfield.

“I’m sure he can do something for England in the World Cup but a lot of that depends on the system they go with in Germany. If he gets his chance, I’m sure he’ll do well.â€Â