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Carrick Back In England Squad

Michael Carrick has been named in the England squad for the game against Italy next week. Having told the FA he wasn’t interested in being considered for the squad if he wasn’t going to play, Carrick was left out of Roy Hodgson’s team that went to Euro 2012.

Despite statistically being the most effective English midfielder in the Premier League last season, along with Paul Scholes, Hodgson rated Scott Parker, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry more highly, meaning that Carrick wasn’t asked to come out of ‘retirement’ and Jordan Henderson went in his place.

A couple of months ago, Carrick confirmed that he hadn’t closed the door on his England career though, and would be happy to represent his country again.

“Yeah, I would consider it definitely,” he said. “It wasn’t a case of me turning my back on my country or quitting. I didn’t kick the door down and say “you’ve got to play me or I’ll leave”. It was more a case of I wasn’t going to play, then I’d rather not go with England. ‘If you’re not playing at my age, especially under Capello, then it’s not worth it. That was my decision. Some people have said it was more “play me or I’ll quit” but it was nothing at all like that. I haven’t said this before but during the last World Cup I never featured and I was never really close to playing. At my age, it was a hard time. I just didn’t feel part of it. So I thought if it was going to be the same scenario this time, I’d rather let someone else go in my place. It was a huge decision but in many ways the decision was made for me. It’s a game of opinions and Capello wanted to play a certain way. It was just a case of “fair enough, if that’s your opinion, then I’d rather not go”.”

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  1. otonis33 says:

    United are be floated as MANU on the NYSE,

    “Manchester United will start trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MANU”, with the team’s management expected to ring the opening bell at the exchange.”

  2. sebaveron says:

    Not before time! Although i would sooner see him saved for the game against Everton as he will likely be used at center back with our defensive problems and we don’t need any more injuries.

    On another note has anyone else seen this…Scouse Twats!

  3. Costas says:

    Just. Say. No.

    Imagine him getting injured in this? 4 days before the Everton game?

  4. Edward Morgan Blake says:

    Its about time for Carrick as Stevie Me & Fat Lamp times are up. Carrick and Tom C for proper England midfield. But, unfortunatelly not a good news for United as we need Carrick to play week-in week-out this season. Unless, there will be a new midfielder at his position as a back up.

  5. The Left Bank says:

    I’m happy for him as he’s still can do a job than any other current England midfielder pushing into their 30s such as Fat Frank Lampard etc.

    Just don’t get injured! United need you more than England ever will.

  6. Red Devil says:

    At this rate, we’ll end up having to play Ando or someone in central defense..
    Pray he comes back safe fro England duty..


    hello mate…spot on…he should just say no…whats the point of calling him up noe for stupid friendlies and taking those chumps for the finals…its just taking the piss..

    Although I can understand him wanting to play for his country with all this Olympic spirit and representing your country theme going around atm…

  7. Red Devil says:

    and I meant to say Euros finals

  8. Corea says:

    Too complicated explanation Michael.
    You’re either in the squad or not i nthe squad. The manager decides whether to put you in the first 11 or put you on the bench.
    So it’s like the player wants the best for himself and keep his good image.

    I don’t think it’s 100% right but we aren’t saints and we all want to live our lives in peace and comfort.

  9. DreadedRed says:

    Corea – I understood Carrick’s explanation, it’s not at all complicated.

    If he is not going to play, rather chose someone who might get a game. Under Capello at the WC, Carrick realised he was not in the frame for the matches. Rather take a youngster who does fit the coach’s requirements, and who will gain from the experience.

    It’s not that different to Berbatov. Without malice, he would rather not be the 5th wheel.

  10. Corea says:

    Oh cmon. If manager puts you in the squad he has his reasons.
    Just decide you are in the team or not.
    Forgive, i also understod his explanation but in life sometimes you should pu things simple.

    And another thing. When he made his statement before the EC we were all happy shouting “United >> England” but at the end of the day it all ended up with this rather complex explanation.

  11. Eric keane says:

    New thread guys

  12. Corea says:

    Sometimes you have to just sit there at your workplace doing nothing. But you have to be there for 8 hours a day to get your salary.
    But it’s sometimes so tough to get what managers like Harry Redknapp do. He says one thing and then does another. And he doesn’t care what player feels. In case of Pavliucenko and a couple of others. I need you, you feature in my plans and then just gives you 5 minutes here and there.
    But it’s still a bit different. It’s playing for your country.
    But i can clearly understand what he wants to say. It’s sometimes so tough to just seat and watch others play and in my case watch others being involved in something interesting while you just sit there and watching things evolve from your seat.

  13. Ash says:

    why the fuck hasn’t been danny selected in england squad to play against italy?

  14. DreadedRed says:

    Corea – regarding your 13:50

    The Manager has his reasons? So what? Capello may have had a brilliant reason for selecting Carrick while having no intention of playing him, so what? How does that change anything?

    Corea – regarding your 13:57

    Carrick isn’t playing for the salary with England.

    Many people change jobs because they aren’t needed or valued.

    Many players would rather change clubs or stop playing, rather than taking home a wage every week when they are not going to play. Other’s are happy to sit back and earn for doing nothing. City has players on their books that are over-valued, under-perform, and don’t fit the managers plans. Other clubs can’t afford to throw away wages that are double what they should be, so the player isn’t sought after. Rather than play for a lesser wage elsewhere, they chose to sit on their arse and collect the wages. Understandable perhaps, but not admirable.

    Carrick’s recent statement on this issue is to clarify that it was under Capello that he was not going to get a game, and therefore preferred another player to be selected.

  15. Corea says:

    DreadedRed – as i understand Capello wasn’t England manager at the Euros.

  16. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    Oh balls!

  17. Corea says:

    “Michael Carrick would have always been in our thinking,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

    “I was given to believe he didn’t want to be part of the England set-up. He didn’t want to be considered for the Euros so I reluctantly thought if people are not available they are not available.

    “He has had discussions with Gary and me since and it turns out that he does want to play. This is an ideal opportunity to invite him to come and play for England again.

    “There has never been any doubt that Carrick has not been in our thoughts or our wishes. It was more a case of believing he wasn’t available for England and it was a final decision.”

  18. Corea says:

    @Willie – lol
    I am out of the equation. :)
    Good luck Michael Carrick. Hope you come back unscathed.

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Well I am chuffed for Carrick, but like some have suggested he should have told the FA to fuck off

  20. TheCANTONA says:

    With possibility of Carrick being our only main midfielder this season, i dont think this is a good idea…

  21. Denton Davey says:

    CedarsDevil @ 14:49: “Well I am chuffed for Carrick, but like some have suggested he should have told the FA to fuck off”

    Add my name to that list.

  22. gfunk says:

    I dont actually think for one minute that Fergie believes Carrick will be our main mid-fielder this season. Think he only said that to gee him up coz he didnt go the Euros. On that point, i agree with
    Mr Cedars and would’ve loved him to have fucked them off!

  23. DreadedRed says:

    Corea – and so?

    Capello was manager at the World Cup. Carrick went, but didn’t get a look in.

    Do the maths, it all adds up.


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