Carrick vows to continue

Michael Carrick does not believe next summer's World Cup will be his last shot at a major international tournament.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 09:43 Post Comment

Carrick: No plans to quit international football

Carrick: No plans to quit international football

Apart from forcing his way into Sven-Goran Eriksson's 2006 World Cup squad, Carrick has endured a series of disappointments on the biggest stage.

England missed out on qualification for Euro 2008 and four years later in Poland and Ukraine, Carrick was still on a self-imposed international exile.

That was triggered as he was not even called off the bench for a single minute in South Africa by Fabio Capello, which the 31-year-old has previously admitted was a fairly dispiriting experience.

The Manchester United man will be 32 when the next extravaganza begins in Brazil, and the likes of Jack Wilshere, Ross Barclay and Tom Cleverley are already starting to make their presence felt.

But with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand as examples, Carrick does not see why 2014 should mark the end of his pursuit of the biggest prizes.

"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 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 need to get the best out of themselves against Moldova at Wembley on Friday.

With their World Cup qualification hopes delicately poised after failing to overcome any of their major Group H rivals so far, Roy Hodgson's men cannot afford to drop points against a side they put five past in Chisinau 12 months ago.

The trip to Ukraine four days later should be a far more testing assignment, whilst home encounters against Montenegro and Poland next month will not be straightforward either if past history is anything to go by.

England's chances are not helped by the likely absence of Daniel Sturridge with a groin injury given Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Glen Johnson have already been ruled out.

But Carrick remains optimistic.

"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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