Updated: 11/08/2012 08:36 | By pa.press.net

Carrick set to face Italy



Manchester United's Michael Carrick is available for selection for England against Italy

Manchester United's Michael Carrick is available for selection for England against Italy

Michael Carrick is set to win his first England cap since May 2010 next week after assuring manager Roy Hodgson he does want to extend his Three Lions career.

The Manchester United midfielder was overlooked for Euro 2012 despite his outstanding form at the end of last season after Carrick made it clear he did not want to be considered.

It is thought Carrick's unease dated back to his experience at the 2010 World Cup, when he was selected by Fabio Capello but did not play a single minute, and Hodgson told Sky Sports: "Michael Carrick would have always been in our thinking. I was given to believe he didn't want to be part of the England set-up."

However, speaking in Cape Town last month, Carrick did not close the door on an England return and it is understood former team-mate Gary Neville, now part of Hodgson's backroom team, made contact, which has turned into a call-up for Wednesday's friendly with Italy in Berne.

So, despite Tottenham duo Jake Livermore and Steven Caulker, plus Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand being selected for the first time in a much-changed squad, it is United man's name that stands out.

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

Carrick will be partnered against Italy by Frank Lampard, who will captain the team. Along with Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill and Norwich keeper John Ruddy, Lampard has been given the chance to impress after being forced to withdraw from Euro 2012 duty through injury.

After watching two of Great Britain's four matches, Hodgson has picked five members of Stuart Pearce's Olympic squad, including uncapped Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

"There are nine young players in total if you count Jack Rodwell and Jake Livermore, who I also wanted to have a look at," said Hodgson. "You don't get many chances to look at other potential candidates when you have a fairly settled squad of players. This friendly is an ideal opportunity."

Birmingham keeper Jack Butland, who was at both Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games, has been picked but will be released back to his club, who have a Capital Cup round one tie against Barnet at St Andrews on Tuesday evening.

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10/08/2012 20:39
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What a load of B-llocks from Hodgeson saying he was given to believe Carrick did not wish to be considered for the Euro's! Why did he not check first hand? another blunder by an inept and brainless so called Manager!!! lm cringing at the thought that we have this Moron for another 3 years in charge of our ENGLAND TEAM!!
11/08/2012 10:53
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looks like we picked another duff england manager, if he is looking at carrick for midfield,open your eyes roy plenty of better talent around. you be better picking players from the womens gb team they put on a better performance than the clowns you pick.
11/08/2012 13:20
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As a lifelong Manchester United supporter I agree with Buddy L and Someone (The Brienator).  Michael Carrick is absolute rubbish and I simply can not understand why Sir Alex persists in playing him.  Carrick is THE weak link in the team and has been for the past few seasons.  Mopeover, his performances against Barca in the CL finals was utterly woeful and, in my humble opinion, was one of the major reasons we lost both of them - on the premise that you can't play against Barca with only 10 men, which is effectively what Manchester United did with Carrick in the team.  If Sir Alex doesn't come to his senses and get rid of him quickly, Carrick will be SAF's and United's downfall.  
10/08/2012 19:49
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Pointless player to select. I must have missed Carrick's "outstanding form at the end of last season" as the article states. Have always thought him average at best, can't see what he brings to the England team.
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