Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is out of the Three Lions squad to play Slovenia in the Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday after picking up another injury, which will also affect Louis van Gaal’s side who already struggle with a lot of injuries.
The 33-year-old who missed the start of the 2014-15 campaign with an ankle ligament injury, has been training with the Manchester United team in recent weeks and only returned to first-team action against Manchester City [just 11 days ago], when he came on as a sub after the Reds went down to 10 men.
Carrick went for a scan on his groin after withdrawing from a training session and has returned to Manchester according to sources.
He made his debut over 12 years ago and has only 31 caps for England. The England manager hasn’t selected the Carrick since he named the United midfielder as one of the stand-by players for the World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking at St George’s Park before his injury, the former Spurs and Hammers player revealed that he had not thought about retiring from international football when he was left behind by Hodgson in the summer.
“It didn’t cross my mind [to retire],” Carrick said. “Getting injured so quickly [in the summer] that took my mind on to that – it was the case that I wouldn’t be playing any football for so long I just needed to get myself fit. That was the most important thing.”