Carrick happy to be recognised

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Michael Carrick is happy to carry on being the quiet man at Manchester United if he continues to collect major honours.

So often overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, the £18million midfielder has finally obtained some recognition at international level after being picked in the England squad to face Germany in Berlin on Tuesday.

"It's for other people to judge how I play," he said. "As long as the manager, the club, the players and the supporters are happy, I'm happy."

He added: "I know what I am good at and try to go about my business in the right way. If I get the chance on Wednesday, I will continue to try and do that."

The 27-year-old has not featured for the Three Lions since they last faced Germany at Wembley in August 2007. But with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both ruled out through injury, the chances are Carrick will be called upon to make his first appearance of the Fabio Capello era.

Although John Terry should be fit after coming through training with no reaction to the foot injury he suffered at West Brom on Saturday, the England line-up will be unrecognisable from the one that has stormed through World Cup qualifying with four successive wins.

The threadbare nature of Capello's squad only fuels further debate over the future of friendly games, although Carrick is at odds with club boss Sir Alex Ferguson when considering their merits.

"Friendlies are not meaningless," argued the former West Ham star. "To play for your country is a massive honour. Germany versus England at any level is a huge game.

"I certainly do not regard it as a hindrance. But I accept the manager (Ferguson) does not really look at it that way. He has his own agenda and there are things to be won at domestic level.

"But, as players, you have to put that to one side until Thursday morning."

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