Carrick hopes for Beckham role
Michael Carrick feels David Beckham's presence at the World Cup would provide a 'big boost' to England.
Last Updated: 19/03/10 1:43pm
Michael Carrick feels David Beckham's presence at the World Cup would provide a 'big boost' to the England squad.
Beckham will miss out on featuring in the summer finals in South Africa after suffering an Achilles injury playing for AC Milan last weekend.
However, England coach Fabio Capello has invited the midfielder to be part of the camp and Carrick is keen for Beckham to be involved.
Carrick told Sky Sports News: "I think the manager has invited him along in some capacity and however he comes along I'm sure for the lads in the squad it will be good to see him.
"It will give the lads a big boost because he's just got that presence, and great players have that. He's got that all-round presence that people respond to."
Rooney main man
Meanwhile, Carrick hopes Wayne Rooney can maintain the recent form he has shown for Manchester United through to the World Cup.
"He's obviously the main man for United and England when he's playing like that," Carrick said. "He can lead teams and help them be successful and hopefully he's going to have a big few months."
Midfielder Carrick is set to be involved at his second World Cup, having been a part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad in 2006, and the 28-year-old is hoping it can be a tournament to remember.
"It's not easy to get to the quarter-finals and once you get to the quarter-finals penalties have knocked us out," he said.
"Little things can win you games at that level.
"It's easy for me to sit here now and say that we're going to try to win the World Cup. We've got to, but there's going to be obstacles along the way."