Carrick confident over England World Cup qualification

Michael Carrick believes England are well-placed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, Sky Sports has reported.

Roy Hodgson’s side are currently second in Group H having drawn three of their six games but Carrick feels that England can be confident ahead of the final year before the competition as their fate is still largely their own.

We are quite happy with the situation we are in. It’s in our hands,” Carrick said. “If we win the games we need to we will be okay. We feel we are close to being a very, very good team at this level, close to challenging anyone, but it’s up to us to prove it now.

England are currently two points behind group leaders Montenegro – and that gap could be extended to five by the time England are next in qualification action, against Moldova in September.

Before then, the Three Lions play the Republic of Ireland in a Wembley friendly on Wednesday and travel to Brazil to play the World Cup hosts shortly after, as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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