Michael Carrick told FA chiefs not to pick him to play for England because he found international duty 'depressing'

MICHAEL CARRICK told FA chiefs not to pick him because he found England duty ‘depressing’.

The Manchester United midfielder, 36, failed to play a single minute for Fabio Capello’s side at the 2010 World Cup and revealed he pleaded not to be selected again.

He said: “I was finding it hard going away with England. I had been in the squad a long time.

“I didn’t mind going away with United in pre-season for three weeks or whatever then coming back.

“But going with England it was almost depressing — it made me really down.”

Carrick, who will retire at the end of the season, was also in the 2006 World Cup squad.

And he told the BBC’s Premier League show: “After South Africa in 2010 thought I can’t do that again. I understood the privileged position I was in but I just couldn’t deal with it anymore.

"I was probably on the verge of . . . yes, I was depressed at times, yes. I told the FA, ‘look just please don’t pick me’.”

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