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04/10/2012 10:00, Report by Nick Coppack

Carrick's England delight

Michael Carrick’s form has been rewarded with another international call-up by England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Reds midfielder, recalled in August following a long spell out of the international spotlight, has kept his spot in Hodgson’s squad for England’s games against San Marino and Poland this month.

Fellow United stars Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have also been included.

Speaking to ManUtd.com last week, Carrick revealed he was delighted to be back in the England squad and hopes to win many more caps to add to the 24 he’s accumulated since his debut in May 2001.

“The long summer break I had really helped me in terms of getting a lot of rest and starting the season well,” he said. “I wouldn't have had that had I gone to the Euros with England.

“But now I'm really pleased to be back in the England plans. I'm looking to be part of things and get as many games as I can.

“I'm still only 31 so I don't want to hang up boots yet. If I can still play a part in England's big matches that's something I'd love to do.

“The new manager seems to want me involved at the moment, so hopefully I can do enough to stay in his plans.”

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