The midfielder was named in Sven Goran ErikssonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 23-man party for Germany alongside Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon.
Michael earned a recall to the national squad for last summerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tour of the USA and his performances since have seen him maintain his place in the squad, earning a fifth cap against Uruguay in March.
So consistent in the Premiership, MichaelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s displays in a holding midfield role this season led Martin Jol to insist that he was Ã¢â‚¬Ëœarguably the best in that position in EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Those performances Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not least his magnificent display against Arsenal at Highbury Ã¢â‚¬â€œ led to calls for his inclusion but Michael insisted he never took it for granted.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People have been telling me for the last few weeks that I had the chance to get in but until you know for certain you can never be sure Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it was great to get the text just to confirm it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Michael.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can now concentrate on going to the World Cup and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a dream.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really any particular stage when I thought I had a good chance, just the longer it went and the longer I was in the squad, the better chance I had.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a case of staying in as many squads as I could and the longer that goes on the more of a chance you will get in what is such a good team.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It will be valuable experience. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still young and hopefully IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have another couple of World Cups in me. These are very exciting times and I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to join up with the rest of the squad and get going.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Michael Carrick says it 'means everything' to have made it into England's World Cup squad.