Paul Scholes questions why Michael Carrick has less caps than Danny Welbeck

Michael Carrick

A former Manchester United player has questioned why one of the club's current stars has less England caps than an Arsenal forward.

Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes appears to have taken a subtle dig at Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck in a recent column for the London Evening Standard.

Writing prior to England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania – which Roy Hodgson’s side went on to win 4-0 – Scholes questioned why his one-time United teammate Michael Carrick had somehow won fewer caps than Welbeck for his country.

“He should have played more for England than the 31 caps he has so far,” Scholes said of Carrick.

“It is incredible to think that he has one fewer than Danny Welbeck on 32.”

Was the comment a sly dig at the Arsenal striker or simply a comment reflecting on the fact that the Gunners’ summer signing is nine years Carrick’s junior?

It remains to be seen, but there is no doubt the United midfielder has the ability to become an integral part of this England side and should have been used more than he was under previous managers.

Carrick’s importance to United is clear every time he steps on the pitch – and even more so when he is unavailable – but at 33, he will know his time on the international stage is running out, meaning he will want to go out on a high either at Euro 2016 or the next World Cup two years later.

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