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Carrick ignores past England rejection to concentrate on international future

Manchester United's Michael Carrick asked in January not to be considered for international duty, having not played for his country for 18 months. But after holding talks with new boss Roy Hodgson he is now back in the fold.

"We have got some massive games ahead and I am just delighted to be here and be part of things again," he said.

"It's up to me now to play well enough to earn the right to stay in the squad and hopefully become part of the team."

"I have explained the reasons and I think it is best for me and for everyone to move on," the 31 year old added.

"I have been hugely impressed with the manager and his staff. It really is a good set-up. We had a good friendly against Italy and we just want to carry that on and keep trying to improve and put into practice the new ways the manager wants to play."

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