England midfielder Michael Carrick rues over slip-ups
Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson remained upbeat about his team’s performance in the aftermath of 1-1 draw between England and Montenegro on Tuesday night at the Podgorica City Stadium. Meanwhile, England players appear to be frustrated by their inability to close out games from winning positions.
England midfielder Michael Carrick admits he is annoyed by his side’s failure to acquire victories over rivals in FIFA. The Manchester United star confessed that the draw against Montenegro cannot be considered a good result. Nonetheless, Michael Carrick insists England is in a good position to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
“It is not the end of the world because it is not a bad point but we came to probably get a better result so we are slightly disappointed in that respect,” Michael Carrick said. “It is similar to the game in Poland, in going ahead and doing all right and then finding ourselves defending for longer spells than we should do really.
“Whether it's a mental thing and things change when you get something to hold on to. They are tough places to come and when you are in front, sometimes you can change a bit. But it shouldn't happen because we should be doing the right things.
“We probably started to play again after the equalizer and started having chances again. In that respect, we've let it slip but it's not such a bad point.”
There are still four games remaining in this group stage, which means England still has a couple of opportunities to better their performance levels and improve their position. So far, England has defeated San Marino twice and grabbed a win over Moldova.
“It is not ideal because we want to be taking points off the teams who are our main rivals,” Michael Carrick continued. “But all in all, we are not in a bad position so we are not getting too down. It's not ideal because we want to be top but all said and done, it's up to us to get the results to make it happen.
“We believe in ourselves, and believe we've got a good chance to go through, but having said that, it's four huge games.”
England still has to play against Moldova, Montenegro, Poland and Ukraine, which means Roy Hodgson’s men will have plenty of time to improve their performance levels and prove themselves to be worthy contenders for the World Cup glory.
“If we do win all the games, then we are there but it's too easy to say that and there are tough games in this group,” Michael Carrick added. “We still have to go to Ukraine as well, which will be tough, and we are not taking anything for granted just yet.
“We will just look at the next batch of games. You can't look too far ahead. I know there are only four games left but there are so many things that can happen.”
England is now scheduled for friendlies with Brazil and Scotland before resuming their World Cup qualification campaign in September.