Carrick vows to continue

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick insists that next year's World Cup in Brazil will not be his last major tournament for England.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 09:28 Post Comment

Michael Carrick: The midfielder says he aims to continue playing international f

Michael Carrick: The midfielder says he aims to continue playing international f

The 32-year old has re-established himself as a key part of Roy Hodgson's set-up in the last year, having ended his self-imposed international exile which followed his failure to feature at South Africa in 2010.

Carrick's only involvement in a major tournament was his one appearance during the 2006 World Cup, but despite the emergence of Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley, the midfielder says he has no plans of retiring.

"There's no reason why I would be thinking of packing up any time soon," he said.

"You never know what's around the corner but I wouldn't say it was going to be my last one. Scholes and Giggs are the perfect examples. I'm not saying I can do what they have done because that's extreme but it's something to look at.

"Two or three years ago people were questioning Rio (Ferdinand) and saying he wasn't far away from finishing. But he kept going and he's still as strong as ever.

"With experience, you can find a way of getting the best out of yourself."

England face tricky ties against Moldova and Ukraine as they look to close in on World Cup qualification, something with Carrick remains optimistic of.

"We've got to believe," he said.

"We've all been to the toughest of places and got results with England. We've shown over the years we can perform in one-off games.

"It's about finding consistency and it frustrates us when that doesn't happen."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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