England midfielder Michael Carrick looking forward to Brazil test in the Maracana
Michael Carrick is excited by the prospect of facing five-time World Cup winners Brazil in the famous Maracana stadium.
The midfielder is a member of the England party that has flown to Rio for a mouth-watering end of season international.
He said: “It is a special game. When I grew up, Brazil was always one of the best teams with the history they have got, the players they have got.
“So to go over there and play in that stadium with the history that it has, it will be a special game. We are all looking forward to it.
“It is going to give us a taste of the World Cup. We don’t want to look too far ahead because we have still got a big job to do but it will give us a taste, give us the experience. Hopefully it will help us if and when we get there next year.”
The 31-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday as Roy Hodgson’s men drew 1-1 with Republic of Ireland, but he knows Sunday’s game against the Samba boys will be a completely different test.
Carrick added: “It is a one-off game, like Ireland was a one-off game. We treated it like that. We want to improve and we have things to work on.
“But we will take the positives from Ireland. There was a lot of positives I thought and we will approach the [Brazil] game in the right way.
“It will be nothing like Wednesday, for sure. It will be a totally different game. All the elements that come together, the players the way they play, the different environment, we will have to deal with different things but that is what it is like at this level. You have to cope with that.”