Man Utd man says "special" friendlies are ideal preparation for vital qualifiers
England v Republic of Ireland
8pm, Wednesday 29 May 2013
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Michael Carrick has said the upcoming internationals will be ideal preparation for the crucial World Cup qualifiers in the autumn.
England meet Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday before flying to Rio where they'll play Brazil on Sunday.
And in an interview for the official matchday programme for the visit of Ireland, the Manchester United star says he's looking forward to the two matches.
“They’re stand out games," he says. "They’re not like normal friendlies, there’s definitely something added and we’re all looking forward to them.
“Obviously the Ireland game at Wembley is a big match, and the Brazil game, I mean, how often do you get to play Brazil? I’ve never been before and the chance to play at the Maracana is unbelievable. I’m really looking forward to it."
Carrick, who has been in fine form this year, said it is important the Three Lions use the showpiece games to prepare for the vital World Cup Qualifiers in September and October - and that securing another trip to Brazil next summer is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
“It’s what we’re all striving towards. Every time we meet up, every minute we spend together, that’s the end game. That’s the focus," he adds.
“We’ve got some really crucial games coming up and we can’t underestimate how important the next two games are.”
Read the full Michael Carrick interview in the official England v Republic of Ireland programme, available to purchase for £6 at the game or online at TheFA.com/programmes or via the Apple Newstand.