The midfielder was rewarded for a fine season at Spurs by being drafted back into the senior set-up by Sven Goran Eriksson for England’s tour of America and friendlies against the USA in Chicago on Saturday and Colombia in New Jersey on Tuesday.
In doing so, Michael’s year went full circle from suffering a play-off defeat with West Ham last May to joining Spurs in the summer but struggling initially to make his mark before everything turned around on Martin Jol’s appointment as Head Coach in November.
He started 33 of 34 games after that — he was rested at Forest in the FA Cup — and his midfield partnerships with Michael Brown and Sean Davis helped us from 13th to ninth and on the brink of UEFA Cup qualification.
Michael was last capped against Holland back in August 2001 and he told www.thefa.com: "I'm so excited to be involved with England once more that it feels like the first time for me all over again.
"Thankfully, I know all but about four of the lads from the old Under-21 set-up so it has not been much of a problem settling into the squad.
"I've come on a lot since the disappointment of going down with West Ham and I think I have emerged from those dark days as a stronger player and person.
"Hopefully I can show that if I get the chance to play against America on Saturday. That is certainly what I intend to do given the opportunity.”
Michael Carrick is hoping to step out in an England kit for the first time in over three years on Saturday.