Michael Carrick focussed on role

Michael Carrick has stated that he is focussed on helping Manchester United succeed, and is not thinking about possible inclusion in the England squad for Euro 2012.

The central midfielder has become an important player at Old Trafford, but has not been given the recognition of late at international level.

Carrick has said that he wants to concentrate on doing well for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, and is enjoying additional responsibility with the Premier League champions.

“To be honest, it’s not something I’ve thought about,” Carrick told United’s official website when asked about Euro 2012.

“I’m just concentrating on playing here and playing well. Whatever happens, happens. I haven’t been involved in the last few squads so I’m just concentrating on doing well here.

“I haven’t changed as a player.

“But maybe as you get older and gain more experience, that brings more responsibility. You’re looked at slightly differently and that’s fine, I’m comfortable with that.

“Yes, that’s the way I’ve always played (as the fulcrum in a team). I’m not going to change because situations change. You’ve got to do what you’re good at and keep improving.

“I enjoy the responsibility and, as you get older, maybe the younger players look at you in a different way. I’m comfortable with that,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight