Carrickâ€™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 itâ€™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 â€˜96 was the same. The way the country reacted was amazing. Only football can do that to a country. That is what we crave isnâ€™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."