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‘It’s a game of opinions’: Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick wants England recall

By Dean Wilkins

Often omitted Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is interested in re-joining the England camp after asking not to be selected for Euro 2012.

The 31-year-old made the bizarre move of removing himself from selection as his countrymen battled to earn their place.

And despite the United playmaker ending the season in good form – and injuries to Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry further increasing a need for a holding midfielder – Carrick did not travel to Ukraine and Poland.

But the former Tottenham player is eager to clarify his decision as a difficult and necessary one.

“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 had only been selected once by former England boss Fabio Capello since the World Cup in South Africa.

And after not playing a single minute in the Three Lions’ disappointing campaign, Carrick felt he did not want to become another bit-part player.

“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.”

Carrick has started three Champions League finals for United and won four Premier League titles with them – but has only made 22 appearances for his country.

“It’s a game of opinions and Capello wanted to play a certain way,” said Carrick.

“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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