Man Utd star unhappy to be a squad player

Updated: May 18, 2012

Michael Carrick ruled him out of selection for the England squad after he clearly stated he did not want to be a substitute during games.

The 30 year old was left out of the squad yesterday and many experts were puzzled as to why he had not been included. It has been confirmed by Roy Hodgson and the Football Association (FA) that the Manchester United midfielder would not have been happy travelling with the England squad if he was going to be used as a substitute.

“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,” confirmed the FA’s Adrian Bevington.
Hodgson added: “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.”

It has been seen before that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is not totally keen on his players playing for their country particularly when they are in their thirties. Ferguson is happy when the players commit to the club and try to save themselves for Manchester United. This has been seen in the past with players such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. More recently, JAVIER Hernandez was not allowed to join Mexico’s Olympic squad this summer. No doubt Fergie will be happy with Carrick’s decision not to join the squad.

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