Man Utd's Carrick bouncing after successful England comeback

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is bouncing after his England return last week.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is bouncing after his England return last week.

Carrick ended his self-imposed England exile by returning for the mid-week friendly international with Italy in Berne and he skippered the side for the final 20 minutes.

"It was special to be back. I hadn't played for over two years for England," he said.

"In terms of not playing, I went to the last World Cup and I was there but was never going to play - and I knew that. There were injuries in midfield and I still didn't get a look in.

"It was getting to the stage where I was always turning up and not playing. I decided if I wasn't close to being involved, I'd rather not be there.

"It wasn't a case of 'play me or I quit' because if anyone knows me, they'll know that's not me at all.

"Then obviously Fabio (Capello) left and Roy (Hodgson) came in and there was maybe a little bit of confusion over that.

"But I have to drawn a line under that really and moved on and being captain at the end on Wednesday was a special moment, an extra-special moment.

"It's one of them things that happened and something I'll remember forever."

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