Hodgson to go with Carrick over Lampard for England qualifier
Having trained all week in the midfield role with England captain Steven Gerrard at St George’s Park, Michael Carrick is expected to replace Frank Lampard for Tuesday evening’s qualifier against Poland at Wembley, writes Daily Mail.
Carrick’s impressive displays for Manchester United may have landed the midfielder a start for the must-win qualifier at Wembley, the newspaper notes. England’s coaching staff have been pleased with Carrick’s notable passing statistics during United’s match against Sunderland.
Hodgson is expected to continue using the 4-2-3-1 formation that worked well against Montenegro on Friday, but is likely to drop Frank Lampard to the bench, having come off at Wembley, during the 4-1 victory.
Carrick has been continuously overlooked during the qualification campaign for England, but Hodgson is set to give the Manchester United midfielder his chance to shine in the final game in Group H. Carrick was named Manchester United Player of the Season at the end of last season, following impressive performances throughout the campaign, which saw United win the Premier League title.
Despite being so regular and influential for his club, Carrick has only made 30 appearances for his country since 2001.
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