Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick knows how important reaching the 2014 World Cup is important to England.

Carrick's reputation within football has always been that of a talented but grounded footballer.

"There are so many people supporting you with England, that on its own makes it important," he told the Daily Mail. "I know what it's like to be on the other side of it. The first one I remember is 1990. I was nine.

"I watched the semi-final at home on the sofa. I no doubt cried when we lost. Euro '96 was the same. The way the country reacted was amazing. Only football can do that to a country. That is what we crave isn't it?

"Everyone is so desperate for the team to do well. Maybe that desperation goes over the top at times but I understand it. Now we just have to perform and hopefully I can do my bit."