Michael Carrick has been named in the England squad for the tour to the USA later this month.
England take on the USA in their first tour game in Chicago on May 28 before facing Colombia in New Jersey three days later.
Michael has been rewarded for many fine displays in the heart of our midfield since breaking into the team in November last year - missing just one game since. He last played for England in the August 2001 friendly against Holland having made his debut against Mexico three months earlier.
"Michael Carrick deserves a chance," commented coach Sven Goran Eriksson. "He has improved since he went to Tottenham, just like Jermain Defoe. But to be fair to Carrick, when I first came here and he was playing for West Ham, he did very well. I picked him twice and I liked him very much. Then he got injured and then West Ham went down."
Jermain Defoe joins Michael in the squad - one that also includes former Spur Peter Crouch - while Paul Robinson and Ledley King were forced to withdraw. Ledley has pulled out of the squad due to a groin problem that needs rest.
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