WORLD CUP 2010: Michael Carrick ready to take his last chance after fluffing his lines at Wembley

29 May 2010 06:17
One step behind: Michael Carrick was short of his best against Mexico and fears remain over his World Cup place

Michael Carrick fluffed his lines in his World Cup audition against Mexico and is praying for one more chance to get on the plane to South Africa.

The Manchester United midfielder was given an hour at Wembley on Wednesday but failed to produce the goods before making way for Tom Huddlestone.

Carrick, 28, is now desperate for Fabio Capello to hand him a last opportunity to impress in Sunday's friendly against Japan in Austria.

'I don't know whether I've done enough to be in the squad,' he said. 'It's not for me to say. We'll just have to wait and see.

'It's a different situation to what we're used to, but that's what it is. You've just got to hope your best has been good enough.

'I don't think you can get yourself too worked up. You've just go to do your best then it's up to the manager. If you're putting pressure on yourself, it's not going to do you any good at all.

'You don't think about possible rivals. You're going out to play for your country and you're part of the squad.

'If you go out thinking about rivals and stuff then you're going to have a problem, so that is not something that comes into your mind when you're on the pitch.

'The boys have not really been talking about whether they're going or not. We've been busy training and working hard and you've just got to stay focused on the job.'

Capello has promised to deliver the news to each player personally, almost certainly with a phone call. He said: 'It could be a long day, but that's just how it is. You've got to deal with it.' 


Source: Daily_Mail