Man United’s Michael Carrick thrilled to be back in England fold
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick still believes he has a lot to offer England after receiving another call-up
Michael Carrick has admitted his delight at being handed another international call-up by England manager Roy Hodgson after his Euro 2012 snub.
The 31-year-old was left out of Hodgson’s squad for the European championship and turned down the chance to be included on the stand-by list.
But the midfielder has been included in the list for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland – and the Manchester United star believes he has reaped the rewards of a lengthy break over the summer.
“The long summer break I had really helped me in terms of getting a lot of rest and starting the season well,” Carrick told United’s website. “I wouldn’t have had that had I gone to the Euros with England.
“But now I’m really pleased to be back in the England plans. I’m looking to be part of things and get as many games as I can.
“I’m still only 31 so I don’t want to hang up boots yet. If I can still play a part in England’s big matches that’s something I’d love to do.
“The new manager seems to want me involved at the moment, so hopefully I can do enough to stay in his plans.”