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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says now is time for Michael Carrick to shine.
It will be remembered that the 31-year-old playmaker was excluded from the Euro 2012 team under Roy Hodgson for refusing to play a bit part.
Carrick has so far earned 27 caps in his modest international career.
The former Tottenham man was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and included in the Team of the Year after helping United to their 20th Premier League title this season, and his boss thinks he has a lot to offer the national side.
“It depends on what the England manager does with our players and everyone is different,” Ferguson told the official United magazine. “Michael’s had opposition from Lampard and Gerrard for most of that time and they were always the favoured ones.’’
He added: “The England manager kept playing them in the same team, sometimes out wide to make sure they were accommodated. So I think it’s been difficult to install himself as a regular player all the time. This season, though, he has been phenomenal and along with the developing players Rafael and [David] De Gea, him and [Robin] van Persie have been outstanding.”
Carrick teamed up with captain Steven Gerrard in the centre of the England midfield for the most recent World Cup qualifier in Montenegro, having been included in every competitive squad since Euro 2012.