Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has claimed that he asked the FA not to call him up for the England national team.

The 36-year-old midfielder has opted to rule out the call-up after finding it hard to cope with the demands.


The Three Lions will take part in the 2018 World Cup which will take place in Russia since June. The Gareth Southgate’s side are in Group G along with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.


“I had been in the squad a long time, I’ll be honest I was finding it hard going away with England,” Carrick told BBC2’s Premier League Show.

“I didn’t mind going away with United in pre-season for three weeks or whatever and then coming back but going with England it was almost depressing in a way – it made me really down.”


“I came to the point where I thought I can’t do that again and people will be saying pull yourself together and be grateful for it, 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 anymore.”


“I was depressed at times. I told the FA look please don’t pick me.”


Having managed to represent the Three Lions 34 times, Carrick played for England National team since 2001.