Carrick wants Beckham on board with England

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Michael Carrick believes David Beckham's presence as a non-playing member of England's World Cup party would be welcomed throughout Fabio Capello's squad.

Beckham's Achilles injury has crushed his hopes of playing at a fourth World Cup, but he could still have a role to play in South Africa.

He sustained his injury during AC Milan's Serie A encounter with Chievo on Sunday and has already undergone surgery but will be out of action for several months according to his surgeon.

Beckham may take up a role within the England camp and Carrick would love to see him make the trip.

Carrick told Sky Sports News: "I think the manager has invited him along in some capacity and however he comes along I'm sure for the lads in the squad it will be good to see him.

"It will give the lads a big boost because he's just got that presence, and great players have that. He's got that all-round presence that people respond to."

Carrick hopes Wayne Rooney can maintain the recent form he has shown for Manchester United.

As a team-mate for club and country, Carrick is ideally placed to judge how important Rooney is to the England side, and after topping 30 goals already this season the former Everton striker is the man most likely to fire the national team to glory.

"He's obviously the main man for United and England when he's playing like that," Carrick said. "He can lead teams and help them be successful and hopefully he's going to have a big few months."

Midfielder Carrick is set to be involved at his second World Cup, having been a part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad in 2006, and the 28-year-old is hoping it can be a tournament to remember.

"It's not easy to get to the quarter-finals and once you get to the quarter-finals penalties have knocked us out," he said.

"Little things can win you games at that level.

"It's easy for me to sit here now and say that we're going to try to win the World Cup. We've got to, but there's going to be obstacles along the way."