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Monday, July 23, 2012
Carrick open to England return

ESPN staff

Michael Carrick says he would consider a return to international football if called upon by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Carrick asked not to be selected for the Three Lions' Euro 2012 campaign, despite finding form for Manchester United at the end of last season.

Following injuries to central midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry prior to the tournament, Carrick came in for heavy criticism for his decision. But the 30-year-old is now open to making himself available for selection once again.

"I've had no contact from Roy Hodgson, so it would be wrong of me at this stage to make a decision either way," said Carrick. "But I would consider it, definitely."

Carrick was selected just once by former England boss Fabio Capello after the 2010 World Cup. And having endured a miserable time in South Africa, when he did not feature at all, Carrick says he simply decided to focus on reaching peak fitness for his club this summer.

"I didn't kick the door down and say: 'You've got to play me or I'll leave'," he said. "It wasn't a case of that at all. It was more that if I wasn't going to play, I'd rather not go.

"During the World Cup I never featured and I was never really close to playing. That was a hard time. I just thought if it was going to be the same scenario again, I'd rather let someone else go in my place.

"It's a game of opinions and Capello wanted to play a certain way. If that was the road he wanted to go down, it wasn't for me to argue with that. I just didn't play, that's all."

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