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Carrick ruled out of Brazil clash
Roy Hodgson’s plans for the friendly against Brazil have been hit by the withdrawals of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. The head coach was at the FA awards ceremony at St George’s Park on Sunday night as Steven Gerrard was named England player of the year. A few hours earlier Hodgson had been at West Brom to see Jermain Defoe limp out of the squad and, by the time he arrived in Staffordshire, Carrick was also declared unfit. Both have ankle injuries. There are doubts over Daniel Sturridge, too, following the Liverpool striker’s substitution at Manchester City. Gerrard, appointed permanent England skipper by Hodgson, will lead a depleted team against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday. He scored a sensational goal in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City before dashing down to the Midlands where he received his award. Gerrard, who previously won the award in 2007, was voted for by more than 180,000 fans. He has had an outstanding year in the centre of midfield under the new coach Hodgson. Manchester United strike Danny Welbeck was voted runner-up in his breakthrough year after finishing 2012 with five goals for the senior side.
Elsewhere, Paul Kelso of The Telegraph has likened Wayne Rooney’s winner from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham to Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous strike at Craven Cottage in February 2007, describing the Reds as “champions-elect” in his column. The broadsheet journalist also writes: “After a night when the floodlights went out briefly, the outlook is gloomy for the chasing pack.”
In transfer speculation, The Mirror has once again linked United with a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and claimed Sir Alex Ferguson will have to pay £15million for the Bosnian international.