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Man Utd legend Robson big fan of Carrick

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson is pleased to see Michael Carrick back in the England team.

"The only reason he's had to wait so long for his chance is because of injuries," Robson told the Manchester Evening News. "I am sure whenever he's 100 per cent fit Fabio Capello will have him as part of his squad.

"He's intelligent, a great passer of the ball and gets into all the right areas. For me he's made for international football."

Carrick's likely involvement in Berlin will be aided by the absence of senior fixtures Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but Robson thinks the United man brings different qualities to those of his peers.

"England have got a lot to choose from in central midfield, but there's no one like Carrick," he said. "Gareth Barry is a holding midfield player, but he likes to get forward.

"Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard like to get forward and score goals. But Carrick is a different type of player, who likes to sit in front of the back four and protect them."

"United have always had box to box players," he said. "Aggressive central midfielders who can pass the ball and get the game going. Supporters are used to players like Roy Keane and me who were similar in that way, but Carrick is different.

"He still wins the ball as much as we did, but not in the same way. You don't see him making so many full-blooded tackles, rather he tries to read the game, anticipate where the ball is going and intercept it that way."

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