Man Utd midfielder Carrick praises England teammate Sturridge for Liverpool start

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has praised his England teammate Daniel Sturridge for the start to the season he has made at club level, the Daily Express has reported, as the Liverpool forward enjoys a prolific start to the campaign.

Sturridge has scored five goals in his first four games of the season – including three in three in the Premier League – to propel Liverpool to the top of the early table, with Brendan Rodgers’ Reds unbeaten from matches against Stoke City, Aston Villa and Carrick’s Manchester United. Sturridge has scored winning goals in each league game so far and Carrick, having been on the receiving end, is impressed by what he has seen – and feels England are in line to benefit as well.

He has started the season very well but that is no surprise,” Carrick said. “He has so much ability and so much talent. He has had a good run of games since he has been at Liverpool. He has done ever so well. We have some real attacking options now [for England], which is nice.

Carrick added it is important not to get carried away by the promise shown by a number of the England players, warning at the risk of raising expectations to an unreasonable level should England qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

I don’t get too carried away but I see an awful lot of talent,” Carrick said. “The boys who are in the squad this week, there is so much talent there. There is a lot being said about it, some positive, a lot more negative of late. I am really confident there is a lot of talent in this country to come through this season and for the years after.

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