Stuart Pearce announced his England squad for the friendly against Holland next week, with some big names surpassingly left out. Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand were the two most experienced players not to be called-up as Pearce insisted he was looking to give some of the younger England players a chance to show their full international pedigree.
One player who’s absence has stunned many United fans is that of Michael Carrick who’s enjoying arguably his best ver spell in a United shirt and has been pivotal in keeping the Reds in the title race. Pearce has argued that he wants to see what the less experienced players can do but when it comes to England Carrick isn’t exactly an ‘old hand’ with just eight caps in the last four years and just one in a major tournament way back in 2006.
The United midfielder could do with getting back into the aEngland fold and gaining some valuable experience of what its like to representing your country again, after such a meagre spell at international level.
Pearce certainly can’t be accused of having an anti-United bias with Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling Ashley Young, and Danny Welbeck all named in the squad.
With the likes of Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole though, Pearce has added experience to his relatively young squad.
The inclusion of Stewart Downing and Frazier Campbell has surprised many, for different reasons, Downing’s having a torrid time at Liverpool while Campbell has played barely any first team games since his return from long-term injury.
It’s Carrick’s omission though, that was the talking point on the social networks for many Reds this morning, as his form should surely have dictated he deserved the chance to try and break the Gerrard/Lamoard/Barry midfield monopoly at England level.
Let’s just hope ‘Arry or whoever else realises the value United’s unsung hero could have to the England side…..well that’s if you actually care about England as many Reds now seem pretty indifferent.
Full squad: Scott Carson, Joe Hart, Robert Green; Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Micah Richards, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker; Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Ashley Young, Theo Walcott; Darren Bent, Frazier Campbell, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.