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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 March 2006, 12:35 GMT
Eriksson drops hint over Carrick
Holding midfielder Michael Carrick in action against Uruguay on Wednesday
Carrick started in place of Lampard against Uruguay
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson said Michael Carrick may start in midfield but it would depend on the opposition.

"Maybe in some games I would pick Carrick ahead of Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard in order to have a real sitting midfielder," revealed Eriksson.

"In some games we will meet a team with two strikers and a player like Zinedine Zidane behind them and you have to think about what to do."

Carrick, 24, started against Uruguay on Wednesday in the absence of Lampard.

Tottenham midfielder Carrick was used in a holding role against the Uruguayans, allowing Gerrard more opportunity to push forward.

David Beckham can handle all sorts of problems and pressure
Sven-Goran Eriksson

Ledley King has also been used in the holding midfield position, while Newcastle's Scott Parker is another player who specialises in that role.

But Eriksson believes that eventually Lampard, 27, or Gerrard, 25, will fulfil the holding midfield role for England.

He added: "Gerrard and Lampard are two extremely intelligent football players who, in the future when they lose a little bit of energy, could play extremely well as sitting midfielders. I'm sure about that."

Meanwhile, Eriksson is not concerned that his skipper David Beckham's club concerns will effect his World Cup preparations.

The resignation of Florentino Perez as president of Real Madrid has raised doubts about Beckham's future in Spain.

"David Beckham can handle all sorts of problems and pressure," said Eriksson. "I don't think he will be worried about that playing in the World Cup."

Beckham, 30, has one more season left on his current contract at Real.

And Eriksson added that he felt it would be better for the player if his situation was resolved before the World Cup finals in Germany this summer.

"In general, it's better that these things are solved before a World Cup, whether a player moves between clubs or stays at the same club," said the England boss.

England 2-1 Uruguay
01 Mar 06 |  Internationals


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