England will most likely not be seeing this again. Not that you ever saw much of him in an England strip. Warming the bench when others failed.... You saw that (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Roy Hodgson and the FA have confirmed that Michael Carrick had ruled himself out of the England squad. Roy Hodgson stated that the Manchester United man did not want to go as a backup at this stage of his career. Forever under rated, The Frank Lampard's and Steven Gerrard's of this world have always been prefered, despite their continual failure at international tournaments while Carrick rots on the bench.
"We were advised a few months ago that because of where he was in his career, that he wanted to step back from being called up and sitting on the subs bench. He will help in extreme situations,"
Adrian Bevington - FA
"I wouldn't dream of putting Michael Carrick on a standby list after he's made it clear in the past he doesn't want to be involved like that. I'd have to be convinced he was better than the four [central midfielders] I've selected, and that he'd be happy to come out of retirement."
What could be England's misfortune, will most certainly be Manchester United's gain. Carrick has played a key role, not missing a Premier League game since before Christmas. He is so quietly efficient, and his partnership with Paul Scholes was fantastic in the first three or four months of 2012. This means he will be rested and will not have to suffer the dissappointment of another failure with the England side.
Go get em next season Carrick