Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is hoping to play a central role under England manager Roy Hodgson, more than a decade after his international debut, Sky Sports has reported.
Carrick made his first senior appearance for the Three Lions in 2004 but is set to win only his 32nd cap, against Lithuania on Friday, having played only once at a tournament – the 2006 World Cup under Sven-Goran Eriksson. England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 while he was included in the World Cup 2010 squad but didn’t play, and Hodgson left him out of the parties for Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014.
But Carrick is keen to amend his tournament record by featuring at Euro 2016, to be played in France, stressing however that while England – top of Group E with 12 points from 12 – are in a good position, qualification is still a way off.
“That’s definitely what I’m striving towards,” he said. “As a team, there’s really good signs. It’s important not to get carried away.
“But for me to have another crack and try to have a bigger influence in the team and the squad is the target. There is plenty left for me to achieve.
“There were times when I felt I could have had more of a chance it didn’t go so well for whatever reason,” Carrick continued.
“But I’m not complaining. I feel fortunate to have been able to play for England to start with. To play that many times in some ways is a good achievement. When you compare it with others and ask ‘is it enough?’, I obviously feel I should have had more.
“That’s not blaming any managers, that’s down to me as well. At certain times I could have done better.
“I should have had more caps but it’s not something I’m sitting here regretting at this stage. There is still more to come.”
Carrick, having made his debut under Eriksson, has also played under the Swede’s successor, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello and Hodgson, who was appointed to replace the Italian when he resigned shortly before Euro 2012.
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