Carrick hoping for England chance

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Michael Carrick has vowed to seize his chance if he is given the nod by England coach Fabio Capello for Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine.

The Manchester United midfielder has struggled to establish himself at international level, playing second fiddle to the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry. However Capello may turn to his fringe players with qualification already assured.

"I'm hoping, it's why I'm here. I want to play for my country and hopefully it's an opportunity to get a bit of a chance," said Carrick.

"Saturday's obviously a tough game, a tough place to go and to be involved in that would be great.

"Playing in Europe with United I've gained a lot of experience since I last started a game for England so that should help me a lot.

"To pull on an England shirt is not a given. There's good competition, we're all playing at the top level so everyone's pushing to be involved and the results speak for themselves.

"It makes it easier for individuals to shine so, if I get the shirt, it's up to me to try to keep it."

Although there is no pressure on England for the remaining two games, Carrick believes keeping the winning habit is crucial and is targeting 10 out of 10.

"It seems a long time to go to the World Cup but it's very important when we do get together that we keep the momentum leading into next summer," he continued.

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