West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has described his former team-mate Michael Carrick as “one of the most underrated players in history”.

In a feature on West Ham’s official YouTube page, Chicharito selected his best ever XI consisting of players whose names begin with the letter C.

Hernandez was asked to select between Real Madrid’s Casemiro and former West Ham academy graduate and Man United star Carrick.

With no hesitation, the Mexican picked Carrick and it is clear that he rated the midfielder very highly.

Chicharito on Michael Carrick

Javier Hernandez and Michael Carrick with the Premier League trophy. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Asked whether he would pick Casemiro or Carrick, Hernandez said: “Oh, Michael Carrick. For me, he’s one of the most underrated players in history. I played with him.

 

“He was such an important player for us, for Man United. Unfortunately, for England there were a lot of midfielders like [Paul] Scholes, [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard and other midfielders.

“But if England [had played] him in some World Cups, England would be [very] powerful because he’s a very complete player and I love watching him when he was a player and playing with him even more.”

Carrick came through the ranks at West Ham after joining the club in 1997 and went on to play 159 games for the East London club.

After seven years and six goals goals for the Hammers, the defensive midfielder joined Tottenham Hotspur before his move to Man United.

In a decorated career, the 34-cap ex-England midfielder won five Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three EFL Cups.