Carrick in experimental England squad
Michael Carrick did not go to Euro 2012
Roy Hodgson has made wholesale changes to his England squad for next week's friendly with Italy - with John Terry among the senior players left out and Michael Carrick returning to the fold.
The Manchester United midfielder told the Football Association he did not want to be selected for Euro 2012.
However, he has now made himself available and comes into a squad that sees Tottenham duo Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore selected for the first time, in addition to Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand.
England captain Steven Gerrard, plus established regulars Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole, were left out of the squad for Wednesday's match in Berne but Frank Lampard - who missed Euro 2012 through injury - has been included.
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Oh Dear Roy, Are you so desperate that you have to call up Carrick. Where was he, for the 2012 Euros!!!!! Why oh Why are you rewarding a Footballer who did not wish to represent his country in 2012 Euros?
Roy, have to say it, but feel you are loosing it Mate!!!
Carrick actually had a really good season and deserves these opportunities. I was never a fan of him until recently but he has started showing some great form and some of his goals last year were brilliant finishes.
I think he will be a good for the team setup, has a great range of passing and has improved his finishing no end. He also does very good at holding the ball, something our team seriously lacked. Shame he didnt go to Poland and Ukraine as I feel we really lacked a player with his qualities - Stevie did the best he could granted.
Carrick central midfield, Stevie just ahead of him, Parker holding the back line and some pace down the wings could prove to be quite a force.
Agree that the old boys need to be left out. The likes of Rooney, Lampard, Downing etc. have had more than a fair shake of the whip to prove that they aren't able to adjust to international level.
But again, they prove this in the premier league when they play against good oppositions. Marvellous thing is when, say for instance has a bad game etc. and it is against Kompany etc. excuses are rife. But when having a blindd against lesser foes he is world class, which he obviously isn't as his disastrous performances for England have proved time and time again.
Time to turn out the fearles young studs who have proved, against pain etc. that they are prepared to listen and play as a team. Do as required, keep their shape and not let inflated even if not merited, ego's get in the way!