'Michael Carrick deserves call' says Wayne Rooney

Friday 27 Mar 2015
Wayne Rooney trains at Spurs on Thursday
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Wayne Rooney says he's pleased to see his Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick back in the England set-up ahead of Friday's European Qualifier

Carrick returned to the international fold in November having not played for the Three Lions for over a year. However, injury forced him to pull out ahead of the games with Slovenia and Scotland. 

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His recent form for United has earned him another call-up from Roy Hodgson this week, and his captain for club and country knows just what he can do. 

"This season he has had a few injuries which has meant missing quite a few games for United, but he has come back fit at the right time, and is doing well," Rooney said. 

"He has deserved his call up to the squad, and knowing Michael as I do, if he is picked he won't let anyone down." 

Rooney is pleased with the way his own role as captain has been developing after taking over from Steven Gerrard following the Liverpool midfielder's international retirement.

England have won all six matches this season, while Rooney himself has bagged six goals and been voted by the fans as their Player of the Year.

Wayne Rooney on Harry Kane

"It was obviously a huge pair of boots to fill, taking over from Steven Gerrard," he said.

"You learn things along the way. I knew I was not going to come in to the role and make every decision the right decision. 

"But the players have reacted well to it, we are winning games and I am pleased with the job I've done. 

"Hopefully that will continue and we will carry on winning games." 

Rooney could be joined in attack by another prolific scorer after Harry Kane was called up for the first time this week.

And the skipper believes Kane's emergence this season with 29 goals in 43 games has a been a great boost for English football. 

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney spoke to the press on Thursday

Rooney knows all about goals, of course, as he sits third in the list of all-time England goalscorers, and reckons Kane is more than able to step up a level. 

"First of all, the season he's had has been incredible," said Rooney. 

"It's his first year in the Premier League, so to score the goals he has scored is great and his performances have been excellent. He has fully deserved his call-up to the squad. 

"We have seen over the past couple of days, if he gets a chance he's a goalscorer, he can finish." 

He added: "He has been excellent all season and it's great for English football to have someone scoring goals the way he is."

By FA Staff