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Michael Carrick: midfielder asked to no to be picked for England

Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.

Carrick, who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United has also made 34 appearances for his country, with the last being in a friendly against Spain in November 2015.

However, he said that his experience at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa left a lasting impression.

“I’d been in the squad a long time and I’ll be honest, I was finding it hard going away with England. I didn’t mind going away with United pre-season for three weeks or whatever and coming back, but going with England, it was almost depressing in a way.”

“It made me really down, so I came to the point after South Africa where I thought: ‘I can’t do that again.’ People would be saying: ‘Pull yourself together and be grateful for it’ and I understood the position I was in, the privileged position I was in, but I just found it so hard and I couldn’t deal with it any more.”

“I was probably on the verge of … yes, I was depressed at times, yes. I told the FA: ‘Look, please don’t pick me.’”

Carrick, 36, has revealed his intentions earlier this season to retire as a player at the end of the season, when he will join the coaching staff at Manchester United

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