What do Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson all have in common?

Well, they all overlooked Manchester United great Michael Carrick when in charge of England.

When Sir Alex Ferguson brought Carrick to Old Trafford for a fee of £18m from Tottenham in 2006, there were high hopes for the midfielder, but he would eventually exceed expectations, becoming one of the most decorated players of the Premier League era.

Across his 12-year career at United, Carrick underpinned the club's every success, making a staggering 464 appearances while winning 12 major trophies - his haul included five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and three League Cups.

It was therefore bizarre that when every international tournament came around, no England manager really placed their trust in Carrick's ability and it was understandable when the North East lad eventually become disillusioned with national duty in 2012.

When Carrick announced his retirement three years ago, he walked away from United with a remarkable trophy cabinet, but he called time on his career with just 34 England caps and he deserved so much more - not that he'll lose any sleep over those snubs, though.

"If you don't play for your country, you are a bad player," Roy Keane said recently on Sky Sports and Carrick is proof that this statement is deeply untrue, but yes, often every nation's best young players are rewarded with international caps - now, enter Declan Rice.

It's easy to make comparisons between Carrick and Rice because they both started their journeys at West Ham, but the latter plays in a similar fashion to how Carrick approached the game, boasting an excellent range of passing while able to quietly hunt in midfield.

Reports claim West Ham would only considering sanctioning an exit for Rice for £100m and their hefty valuation might only increase this summer with Rice impressing for England at Euro 2020 - he now has 18 caps with the Three Lions despite being 22-years-old.

Carrick divided opinion, but only because he did the unglamorous jobs on a football pitch that don't make headlines and Rice did exactly that against Croatia last week for England at Wembley, he worked selflessly to allow his teammates to get forward.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be attempting to make multiple quality additions this summer and he needs reinforcements at right-wing, in central defensive midfield and at centre-back, and it seems Rice could be the missing piece of the jigsaw in United's midfield puzzle.

Rice is already halfway to reaching Carrick's total England caps, but his trophy cabinet doesn't compare as he's yet to win anything. That could all change if he signs for United and the Reds can't squander the opportunity to finally sign Carrick's long-term, natural heir.