Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don’t match the ability of the so-called “golden generation”. When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung the praises of our youth players.

“I think certainly here we have,” he told talkSPORT. “The likes of Tom, Danny, Chris, Phil. They’re certainly there, the younger lads that have been bought or who have come through. There’s certainly the quality there to progress and be regulars for this club and hopefully for England.”

With the World Cup coming next summer in Brazil, Carrick wants to remain realistic about England’s chances, given the repeated failure since the 1966 World Cup.

“I think there’s a chance,” he said. “We’ve got to be realistic. There are some great teams out there. There’s an awful long way to go. As a country, when we go in to these competitions, everyone’s shouting ‘we’re gonna win, we’re gonna win’. But as players we’ve got to trust ourselves to be successful but you’ve got to be realistic about the challenges that are ahead.”