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Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick (born 28 July 1981) is an English Association football who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team. Michael Carrick has made more than 300 Premier League appearances and played in 50 UEFA Champions League games as of April 2011. Carrick primarily plays as a Midfielder Centre midfielder and at the time of Michael Carrick move to Manchester United distinctive features of Michael Carrick play included Michael Carrick inventive distribution of the ball along with Michael Carrick passing and crossing abilities.

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Michael Carrick (born 28 July 1981) is an English Association football who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team. Michael Carrick has made more than 300 Premier League appearances and played in 50 UEFA Champions League games as of April 2011. Carrick primarily plays as a Midfielder Centre midfielder and at the time of Michael Carrick move to Manchester United distinctive features of Michael Carrick play included Michael Carrick inventive distribution of the ball along with Michael Carrick passing and crossing abilities.

Carrick began Michael Carrick career at West Ham United F.C., joining the youth team in 1997 and winning the FA Youth Cup two years later. Michael Carrick was sent on loan twice during Michael Carrick debut season, to Swindon Town F.C. and Birmingham City F.C., before securing a place in the first team by the 2000–01 season. Michael Carrick experienced relegation in the 2002–03 season and was voted into the PFA First Division Team of the Year in the following campaign. Michael Carrick made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers, however, in 2004, Michael Carrick moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a fee believed to be pound sterling3.5 million. Michael Carrick was ever-present during Michael Carrick Spurs career, scoring twice in 75 appearances, before moving to Manchester United in 2006 for £18 million.

From Michael Carrick debut onwards Michael Carrick was ever-present in the Manchester United first team, making more than 50 appearances in Michael Carrick first season with them. Michael Carrick established himself as a key member of the team that won the Premier League in 2006–07 FA Premier League, their first title success in four years. The following season Michael Carrick was part of the side that won the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, playing the full 120 minutes as they enjoyed a 6–5 penalty shootout win, with Carrick converting Michael Carrick spotkick, to help achieve the Double (association football) European Double. Michael Carrick enjoyed a third consecutive title triumph in the 2008–09 campaign, but couldn't prevent a 2009 UEFA Champions League Final defeat to FC Barcelona. Michael Carrick won Michael Carrick first League Cup medal in 2009 Football League Cup Final, however, for the first time during Michael Carrick Manchester United career, Michael Carrick missed out on another title success as they finished runners-up to Chelsea F.C..

Carrick has represented England at England national under-18 football team, England national under-21 football team, England B national football team and England national football team levels. Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick England debut in 2001 and has since gained 22 caps but has yet to score an international goal. Carrick has often been overlooked during Michael Carrick England career, with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry often preferred in Michael Carrick position. Michael Carrick has been a member of the England squads for two major tournaments; the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cups. In the first competition, Michael Carrick appeared in one group stage match but didn't manage to play a single minute of the latter tournament.

Personal life

Carrick was born to Vince and Lynn Carrick in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, and first became involved in football when Michael Carrick was five years old. Michael Carrick played five-a-side football with Wallsend Boys Club on Saturday nights, courtesy of Michael Carrick father's volunteer work at the club. Football became more serious for Michael Carrick at the age of 12 when Michael Carrick was selected for Calder High School and later on North Tyneside Schools. Whilst playing for Wallsend Boys' Club under 16s, Michael Carrick was capped for the England Boys' club side. At the age of 13, Carrick was profiled by the BBC children's programme Live & Kicking episode 49, which aired on 4 February 1995. During Michael Carrick school years, and the years up until Michael Carrick move to West Ham United F.C., Carrick actually played as a Forward (association football); it was only at West Ham that Michael Carrick started to play more often as a midfielder. Michael Carrick studied at Wallsend's Western Middle School and Burnside Community High School, completing Michael Carrick General Certificate of Secondary Education exams in 1997.

Carrick has one brother, Graeme, who is four years younger. Michael Carrick was also at West Ham United but suffered several injuries, and is now an The Football Association Skills Coach and a Player-Coach at Team Northumbria F.C, after previously working at the Newcastle United F.C. Reserves and Academy coaching the under-10s and under-16s. Carrick married Lisa Roughead, a Pilates instructor with a business degree, in Leicestershire on 16 June 2007, the same day as England teammates Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville married their respective partners. The couple started dating when they were both at school, and have a daughter, Louise, and a son, Jacey.

Club career

West Ham United

Carrick was part of the West Ham United F.C. Reserves and Academy that won the FA Youth Cup in the 1998–99 season. Michael Carrick scored twice in their two-legged 9–0 record final victory over Coventry City F.C..
According to Michael Carrick manager at the time, Harry Redknapp, Carrick's difficulty at the start of Michael Carrick career was mainly physical and Michael Carrick lost almost two seasons to injuries because of Michael Carrick rapid growth. Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick debut for West Ham in a 1–1 away draw with FC Jokerit in the UEFA Intertoto Cup on 24 July 1999. Michael Carrick league debut came five weeks later on 28 August, when Michael Carrick replaced Rio Ferdinand in a 3–0 victory over Bradford City A.F.C. at Valley Parade. In November 1999, Carrick was sent on a one month loan to Swindon Town F.C. and made Michael Carrick first appearance for them in a 0–0 draw at home with Norwich City F.C.. Michael Carrick scored Michael Carrick first ever professional career goal in a 2–1 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic F.C. on 23 November. Michael Carrick scored once more during Michael Carrick loan spell, netting in a 1–1 draw at home to Walsall F.C. on 4 December. Although Michael Carrick impressed during Michael Carrick spell Michael Carrick could not help the team find a much-needed win during Michael Carrick 6 outings, playing Michael Carrick final game for them in a 3–0 defeat at Manchester City F.C. on 18 December. In February 2000 Michael Carrick was sent on loan again, this time to Birmingham City F.C., making just two appearances for The Blues. Carrick returned to Boleyn Ground and scored Michael Carrick first goal for West Ham United, netting the first in a 5–0 home win over Coventry City F.C. on 22 April. During Michael Carrick first season Michael Carrick was voted as West Ham United's Young Player of the Year.

Carrick made Michael Carrick West Ham breakthrough in the 2000–01 in English football, playing 41 games in all competitions which included 33 games in the league. Michael Carrick only goal of the season came in a 1–1 home draw against Aston Villa F.C. on 9 December 2000. Carrick was awarded a new, improved contract for Michael Carrick progress that would keep Michael Carrick at Upton Park until 2005. On 20 April 2001, Michael Carrick was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year alongside team-mate Joe Cole. The award was eventually won by Liverpool F.C.'s midfielder Steven Gerrard on 29 April. For the second successive season Carrick was voted as West Ham's Young Player of the Year. The 2001–02 in English football saw Carrick make 32 appearances for The Hammers. Carrick scored twice during this season, Michael Carrick first was West Ham's only goal in a 7–1 loss at Blackburn Rovers F.C. on 14 October. Michael Carrick scored the first goal in a 2–1 victory over London derbies Chelsea F.C. ten days later. Towards the end of the season, Carrick suffered a recurrence of a groin injury which ruled Michael Carrick out of the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship for the England national under-21 football team.

The 2002–03 FA Premier League was one to forget for Carrick, as much of it for Michael Carrick was plagued by injury and West Ham were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the campaign. During the 2003–04 Football League, West Ham finished fourth on the final day to ensure a place in the Football League Championship play-offs. However, they lost 1–0 in the 2004 Football League First Division play-off Final to Crystal Palace F.C. and were denied a return to the top flight. Carrick was included in the PFA Team of the Year for the season.

Tottenham Hotspur

After one season outside the Premier League, Carrick felt compelled to leave the First Division after saying "the truth is I didn't feel I could play First Division football much longer." On 20 August, a deal was agreed between West Ham and Tottenham for the transfer of Carrick subject to a medical. Four days later, the transfer was official as Carrick joined the club for around £3.5 million after the passing of a medical. Michael Carrick made a goalscoring appearance for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Reserves and Academy, but Michael Carrick first team debut for the club was delayed after suffering an injury setback on 14 September. Carrick was assigned the number 23 shirt and made Michael Carrick Tottenham debut on 18 October as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat at Portsmouth.

Despite being fit Michael Carrick was often overlooked by then-manager Jacques Santini. It was unclear as to whether Santini really wanted Michael Carrick at all as there was much media speculation that Carrick was bought by Tottenham's Director of Football Frank Arnesen rather than Santini. However, following the departure of Santini and the appointment of new manager Martin Jol Michael Carrick soon emerged as a regular starter in midfield. Michael Carrick first full start for Tottenham was also Jol's first game in charge of the club away to Burnley F.C. in the Football League Cup on 9 November. During the game Michael Carrick assisted a goal for Robbie Keane as they went on to win 3–0. On 18 December, Michael Carrick produced a display which was influential in helping Tottenham to a 5–1 win at home over Southampton F.C.. Carrick subseqeuntly ended 2004–05 FA Premier League with 29 league appearances but failed to score as they finished the table in 9th and missed out on a UEFA Europa League spot.

On 3 December 2005, Carrick scored Michael Carrick first Tottenham goal as Michael Carrick netted the winner in a 3–2 home win over Sunderland A.F.C.. Michael Carrick scored Michael Carrick second goal for the club on 8 April 2006 in a 2–1 win at home over Manchester City F.C.. On 22 April, Carrick was lauded for Michael Carrick performance which helped Tottenham to a 1–1 away draw in the North London derby against Arsenal F.C.. On 7 May, Carrick was one of 10 Tottenham players who fell ill at a hotel just before their final game of the season away to West Ham as the players suffered from apparent food poisoning. Michael Carrick managed to play in the game but lasted just 63 minutes in the 2–1 defeat to Michael Carrick former club. As a result of the loss rivals Arsenal beat them to fourth place in the league and the spot for the UEFA Champions League. Michael Carrick made more crosses and more passes than any other Tottenham player during the 2005–06 in English football, and along with Mido (footballer) was joint top in assists.

Manchester United

2006–2008

On 10 June, Tottenham revealed they had rejected a bid from Manchester United for Carrick, who was seen by their manager Alex Ferguson as a replacement for the departed Roy Keane, the former club Captain (association football). The following day, Tottenham manager Martin Jol insisted Carrick would be staying with the club, stating "I don't want to lose a player like Michael, who was probably our best midfielder last season". On 28 July, Tottenham announced that the clubs agreed a deal for the transfer of Carrick to Manchester United. Three days later, the transfer was official as personal terms were agreed with Carrick. Despite agreeing a deal for the player the previous week — the fee was not made public until Spurs issued a statement to the stock exchange. Manchester United's chief executive David Gill (executive) confirmed the transfer fee as £14 million, potentially rising to £18.6 million, which would make Carrick the sixth most expensive player acquired by Manchester United at the time. Michael Carrick was given the number 16 shirt, previously worn by Keane.

Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick debut for the club on 4 August in a 3–1 pre-season friendly win over F.C. Porto in the 2006 Amsterdam Tournament. The following day, Carrick was forced to miss the start of the 2006–07 FA Premier League as a result of injuring Michael Carrick foot during the final tournament match against AFC Ajax. Following Michael Carrick recovery from this injury Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick competitive debut on 23 August in a 3–0 away league win over Charlton Athletic. Three days later, Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick first start for the club in a 2–1 win away over Watford F.C.. Towards the end of December Michael Carrick missed two games as Michael Carrick suffered a minor injury. Michael Carrick returned in time to feature in United's final game of 2006, a 3–2 home win over Reading F.C. on 30 December. On 13 January 2007, Carrick scored Michael Carrick first Manchester United goal in a 3–1 win at home over Aston Villa F.C.. One month later, Michael Carrick scored Michael Carrick first ever FA Cup goal in a 1–1 draw at home to Reading on 17 February. Michael Carrick followed this up by contributing one of United's goals in a 4–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 31 March. Carrick scored Michael Carrick first-ever Champions League goals on 10 April, scoring twice in a 7–1 home win over A.S. Roma in their quarter-final second leg tie. They would go on to lose their semi-final tie 5–3 on aggregate to eventual champions A.C. Milan ending their hopes of an all English 2007 UEFA Champions League Final with Liverpool. Michael Carrick scored Michael Carrick final goal of the season in a 2–0 win at home over Sheffield United F.C. on 17 April. Michael Carrick first season with Manchester United ended in success, as they won the Premier League title as a result of Chelsea's 1–1 draw with Arsenal on 6 May.

With the arrivals of Owen Hargreaves and Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira at Manchester United prior to the 2007–08 Premier League, Carrick acknowledged that Michael Carrick was not guaranteed a place in United's first team. Michael Carrick suffered an injury setback in October 2007 after breaking Michael Carrick elbow in a 1-0 home win over Roma in the Champions League group stage. As a result of the injury Michael Carrick would be out of action for up to six weeks. Michael Carrick return to action came on 3 November as a substitute for Anderson in a 2–2 draw at Arsenal. Carrick scored Michael Carrick first goal of the season on 10 February 2008 in the Manchester derby, Michael Carrick goal came in injury time and was mere consolation in a 2–1 home loss to rivals Manchester City. Michael Carrick second and final goal of the season came against Michael Carrick former club West Ham United in a 4–1 win at home on 3 May. Although Michael Carrick scored just two league goals that season it still led to another league title as United beat Wigan Athletic F.C. on the final day of the season to prevent Chelsea from reaching the top spot. On 18 April, one week on from their title success Carrick was offered a new five-year contract along with defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown. A four-year contract was then signed on 18 May which ties Carrick to United until at least June 2012. Michael Carrick participated in Michael Carrick first-ever Champions League final on 21 May in Moscow, playing the full 120 minutes in a 6–5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. The scoreline ended 1–1 after Overtime (sports), Michael Carrick took United's second penalty of the subsequent shootout which Michael Carrick converted to help give Michael Carrick the first European honour of Michael Carrick career.

2008–present

During United's first league game of the 2008–09 Premier League at home to Newcastle United F.C., Carrick was substituted after just 25 minutes as a result of an injured ankle in the 1–1 draw. The following day, it was confirmed Michael Carrick would be out for up to three weeks which ruled Michael Carrick out of the 2008 UEFA Super Cup match against FC Zenit St. Petersburg on 29 August. Michael Carrick return to action came on 13 September in a 2–1 away loss to Liverpool F.C., Michael Carrick was taken off at half-time during after sustaining another injury. Three days later, it was revealed Michael Carrick would be out for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in Michael Carrick foot during a challenge with Yossi Benayoun. On 1 November, Carrick scored Michael Carrick first goal of the season in a 4–3 home win over Hull City A.F.C.. Michael Carrick second goal followed two weeks later in a 5–0 home win over Stoke City F.C.. Michael Carrick first goal of 2009 came on 22 April as Michael Carrick scored late on in a 2–0 home win over Portsmouth F.C.. On 13 May, Michael Carrick assisted Carlos Tévez and then scored a late winner in a 2–1 win away to Wigan. The goal was Carrick's first for United away from home and meant that they only needed one point from their final two games to gain a third successive Premier League title. Carrick ensured a third title in three years with United as they drew with Arsenal 0–0 at home on 18 May to claim an 18th overall English title. On 27 May, Carrick played the full match in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final in a 2–0 defeat by FC Barcelona. This defeat was described by Carrick as worst night of Michael Carrick career as Michael Carrick said "the game just seemed to pass us by and we were unable to do anything about it. I suppose when you look at the big picture, it was still another Champions League final".

On 30 September, Carrick scored Michael Carrick first goal of the Manchester United F.C. season 2009–10 with the decisive goal against German champions VfL Wolfsburg in a 2–1 Champions League win at home. Two months later Michael Carrick scored Michael Carrick first league goal of the 2009–10 Premier League, scoring the second of a 3–0 home win over Everton. Due to a defensive crisis during December, Carrick had to fill in at centre back since Gary Neville, himself being played out of position, picked up an injury against West Ham United in a 4–0 away win. Carrick had never before played in defence during Michael Carrick career but manager Sir Alex Ferguson was very pleased with Michael Carrick contribution. On 8 December, Michael Carrick played in defence again by playing in a three-man defence alongside central-midfielder Darren Fletcher and regular left-back Patrice Evra in a 3–1 away win against Wolfsburg in the Champions League. Michael Carrick third goal of the season came on 30 December in a 5–0 home league win over Wigan Athletic in what was United's last game of the decade. On 25 January 2010, Carrick scored the first-ever Football League Cup goal of Michael Carrick career in a 4–3 aggregate win over rivals Manchester City in the second leg of their semi-final tie. On 6 February, Carrick scored in a 5–0 home win over Portsmouth but it was credited as a Richard Hughes (footballer) own goal following the game. However, the Dubious Goals Committee officially awarded Carrick the goal on 26 May following a review. On 16 February, Michael Carrick was sent off for the first time in Michael Carrick career after seeing two yellow cards in United's 3–2 win over A.C. Milan at the San Siro. The midfielder was shown a second yellow card in injury-time after flicking the ball away following Patrice Evra's foul on Alexandre Pato. Carrick played the entire game of the 2010 Football League Cup Final against Aston Villa, which United won 2–1 resulting in Michael Carrick first League Cup medal. This was the first season of Michael Carrick United career that would end without winning the league title as Chelsea claimed the crown by a single point on the final day of the season.

On 6 August, it was announced that Carrick would miss the start of the 2010–11 Premier League as a result of an ankle injury sustained in United's final pre-season game against a League of Ireland. However, two days later, Michael Carrick played 79 minutes of United's 3–1 victory over Chelsea in the 2010 FA Community Shield. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed, "Michael Carrick came in yesterday, says Michael Carrick was fit, wanted to train, trained, and wanted to play." On 3 March 2011, Michael Carrick signed a new three-year deal keeping Michael Carrick at the club until the end of the 2013–14 season. Carrick's first significant display of the season came in a 1–0 away win over Chelsea in the Champions League on 6 April. Michael Carrick played a vital pass in the move which lead to Wayne Rooney's goal and was praised for Michael Carrick performance.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, Carrick for the second season in a row was a shock starter at Wembley Stadium for the 2011 FA Community Shield. After initially being ruled out through injury by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the pre-match build up, Carrick was named in the starting eleven for the game on August 7, 2011. In the first half, United fell behind to a Joleon Lescott header and a long range Edin Džeko strike to trail 2–0 at half time. Carrick was then substituted at the interval and replaced by youngster Tom Cleverley. However United went on to turn the game around and prevail 3–2 winners. The day after the Shield match, Carrick pulled out of England's friendly match against Holland to rest a niggling injury. Michael Carrick was replaced in the squad by Tom Cleverley. On 18th December, Carrick scored Michael Carrick first goal for United for 70 games when Michael Carrick advanced from Michael Carrick own half of the pitch after cutting out Joey Barton's square ball, past a couple of defenders and firing low past the keeper. Michael Carrick eventually won the Man of the Match award. On 8 January, Carrick played Michael Carrick 250th match for Manchester United in all competitions. Michael Carrick celebrated Michael Carrick Jubilee in a 3-2 away victory against Manchester City F.C. at the City of Manchester Stadium in the FA Cup third round. On 14 January, Carrick scored for Manchester United F.C. in a 3-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers F.C.. In the 83rd minute, Carrick notched Michael Carrick first goal at Old Trafford since January 2010. Michael Carrick curled a left-footed effort past Ádám Bogdán into the bottom corner. On 16 February, in a UEFA Europa League 2–0 away win against AFC Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena, Carrick played Michael Carrick 500th match in all competitions.

International career

Carrick received Michael Carrick first call-up to the England national football team in Sven-Göran Eriksson's first game in charge of England in February 2001. Michael Carrick was an unused substitute in England's 3–0 victory on 28 February. Three months later Michael Carrick made Michael Carrick England debut, Michael Carrick full debut came during their 2–1 victory over the United States men's national soccer team on 28 May 2005. Three days later Carrick started again in a 3–2 victory over Colombia national football team in the final game of their tour of the United States.

On 8 May 2006, Eriksson named Carrick in a 23-man provisional squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, eventually being named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Germany. Michael Carrick was an unused substitute for all three of England's 2006 FIFA World Cup Group B games as they advanced to the 2006 FIFA World Cup knockout stage. Carrick played just one game in the tournament, a 1–0 victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup knockout stage England vs Ecuador against Ecuador national football team on 25 June. The next game Michael Carrick was dropped to the bench for the 2006 FIFA World Cup knockout stage England vs Portugal against Portugal national football team, with Owen Hargreaves replacing him. The game ended goalless after extra-time, Portugal won 3–1 in the subsequent penalty shootout and knocked England out of the World Cup.

Carrick had been regularly overlooked by various England managers when it came to the central roles, with Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry generally being preferred. Michael Carrick started nine games under Sven-Göran Eriksson and Michael Carrick successor Steve McClaren. Newly appointed manager Fabio Capello left Carrick out of Michael Carrick first England squad on 2 February 2008. During Capello's first year in charge of England Carrick was largely overlooked. However, Michael Carrick was named in Capello's squad for the game against the Czech Republic national football team, but was forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury during Manchester United's game with Newcastle United F.C.. In November 2008 Michael Carrick returned to the squad for a friendly against Germany in Berlin. Starting alongside Gareth Barry in central midfield in England's 2–1 victory and was named by many sources as Man of the Match.

Despite playing just one game during England's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) campaign, Michael Carrick was named in Capello's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 11 May 2010. Michael Carrick played 61 minutes of their 3–1 warm-up friendly win over Mexico national football team before being replaced by Tom Huddlestone. On 2 June, Carrick was then named in the final 23-man squad to fly to South Africa for the tournament, before being given the squad number 22. During the World Cup Carrick failed to make it onto the pitch, remaining an unused member of the squad. England were eventually knocked out of the tournament as they lost 4–1 to Germany in their Germany v England (2010) on 27 June.

On 6 August, Alex Ferguson claimed Carrick would be out for two weeks with an ankle injury and would miss England's friendly against Hungary national football team the following Wednesday. Capello left Carrick out of the subsequent England squad only to arrive at Wembley Stadium and see Michael Carrick play 79 minutes of the 2010 Community Shield. Capello signalled a 'call me' sign to Carrick as Michael Carrick walked past the Italy to collect Michael Carrick medal at Wembley.

International goals

Under-21

Updated to games played 13 November 2001.

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