Man Utd's Carrick: England must be more ruthless

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says England must learn how to close out games.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says England must learn how to close out games.

The midfielder is still aggrieved over his last England appearance when the team conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 away to Montenegro in March.

Carrick aid: “There were a lot of negatives after the [Montenegro] game but I think we played so well in the first half and we can take a lot from that. It’s just that next step — killing games off. We’ve got a bit to learn.

“Were there any positives to be taken from the fact we didn’t lose? No, I still think we should have won. As players we’re all experienced enough not to let stuff like that atmosphere affect us, really. We’re disappointed.

“We wanted to win the game — but we didn’t play well enough in the second half. However, we learn from that, we move on and, hopefully, we can put in good performances in these two games and be ready to kick on next season.

“They’re [including a friendly against Scotland in August] stand-out games. They’re not like normal friendlies, there’s definitely something added and we’re all looking forward to them.”

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