Carrick wants England Spot

  • 27 October 2009

Michael Carrick insists he is capable of holding down a regular role at the heart of England's midfield.

The Three Lions are well stocked in that department; with the Manchester United ace facing tough competition from the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Owen Hargreaves and Jermaine Jenas.

The fierce battle for places has restricted Carrick to just 19 appearances for his country, with the languid playmaker often overlooked when it comes to the crunch. There is no doubt that England is a better side when he plays and typically the betting markets respond favorably when his name is on the teamsheet.

He admits his cap haul is disappointing for a player of his undoubted ability, but the 28-year-old is confident he can add to his tally in the future.

"I totally agree that I should have more caps," Carrick said.

"But I don't really scratch my head. Things haven't worked out with England as much as I would have liked.

"I don't know why. Maybe I've not played well at the right times, or things haven't fallen for me. It's not something I'm focused on.

"What matters now is looking ahead and doing what I can to be successful in the future and trying to be positive."

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