Car­rick’s get­ting a kick out of Gareth

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By ADRIAN STILES

MICHAEL CAR­RICK is happy to see Eng­land play­ers en­joy­ing them­selves un­der Gareth South­gate af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his own in­ter­na­tional frus­tra­tions.

Car­rick, 37, was part of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads but ad­mits in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Be­tween the Lines that his Three Li­ons ex­pe­ri­ence was not what he hoped it would be.

The for­mer mid­fielder last week re­vealed he suf­fered from de­pres­sion at times on in­ter­na­tional duty so he was de­lighted to see ex­cite­ment in­jected back into the team in their sum­mer run to the World Cup semi-fi­nals.

“It’s quite re­fresh­ing to see the en­joy­ment back – from the play­ers, from the coun­try in gen­eral,” said Car­rick.

“That’s what you are crav­ing at a World Cup. That’s what it should be like.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some of the ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had it wasn’t like that.

“It kind of all blew up but this time it was a dif­fer­ent feel­ing, there was a fresh­ness and a free­dom about it and an en­joy­ment.

“And credit to Gareth for that be­cause he has kind of ma­nip­u­lated that and guided the lads and cre­ated this en­vi­ron­ment where they seem to have been able to shine and flour­ish.

“In some ways he has made a rod for his own back by get­ting to the semi-fi­nals be­cause now un­less you’re ab­so­lutely fly­ing then it’s never go­ing to be good enough.

“But I am sure that as a man­ager he’ll be suc­cess­ful in the years to come.”

Manch­ester United’s cap­tain-turned-coach Car­rick grew up dream­ing of run­ning out for the Three Li­ons at Wem­b­ley af­ter watch­ing Italia 90.

But he was ar­guably un­der­val­ued by sev­eral man­agers and only won 34 caps with just seven of those ap­pear­ances com­pet­i­tive starts.

“On one hand, I am re­ally grate­ful and kind of proud of be­ing able to play for Eng­land and in a World Cup, even if it was one game in Ger­many,” he said of the 1-0 win over Ecuador.

“The feel­ing it gave me as well as my fam­ily, see­ing what it meant to them, was in­cred­i­ble.

“Of course, you get one, you want more but it’s not some­thing I re­gret.

“I haven’t got any re­grets over Eng­land. It is a tad frus­trat­ing maybe when I do look back.

“Man­agers have got to pick teams, haven’t they? Some play­ers get left out.”

■MAK­ING A SPLASH: Jor­dan Hen­der­son at St George’s Park last week ■ SORELY MISSED: Adam Lal­lana

PRAISE: Michael Car­rick

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