Everton battler Lee Carsley is ready to spearhead the Republic of Ireland midfield into the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

It was after considerable debate Carsley finally returned to the international scene 12 months ago following a three-year absence.

But despite the fact Ireland are virtually guaranteed to miss out on next summer's Euro 2008 finals, the 33-year-old Carsley has no intention of hanging up his Republic boots again.

"I'm just taking it game by game to be honest, but I enjoyed the game," said Carsley following a fine performance in the goalless qualifying draw with Germany at Dublin's Croke Park.

"I've always said if I'm playing well at Everton, then I don't see a reason why I can't continue.

"My old club mate David Weir is still playing for Scotland, and he is 37.

"I'm not saying I'm going to carry on to that age, but I feel good, so I'm going to keep going."

One of the reasons is Carsley can see the progress that has been made over the past year under manager Steve Staunton.