Carrick focused on United form

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is focused on improving his own form for club rather than country.

The England international has been one of the Red Devils' top performers in recent months, leading to suggestions that the 30-year-old could be in contention for a recall to Fabio Capello's next squad.

But Three Lions recognition isn't something that motivates Carrick to perform at his best for United, with the former West Ham starlet hoping to make a bigger impression for Sir Alex Ferguson first and foremost.

"To be honest, it's not something I’ve thought about," Carrick told the official Manchester United website when asked about an international recall.

"I'm just concentrating on playing here and playing well. Whatever happens, happens. I haven’t been involved in the last few squads so I’m just concentrating on doing well here."

Carrick's last game for England came against Mexico prior to the 2010 World Cup, with only a bench role for European Championship qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria coming since the friendly against the South American side.

On the pitch for United, Carrick doesn't believe he's changed his style of play, and thinks his new-found responsibility on the pitch could be a key factor behind the recent plaudits.

"I haven’t changed as a player but maybe as you get older and gain more experience, that brings more responsibility. You're looked at slightly differently and that's fine, I’m comfortable with that," he continued.

"That's the way I’ve always played [as the fulcrum in a team]. I'm not going to change because situations change. You’ve got to do what you’re good at and keep improving.

"I enjoy the responsibility and, as you get older, maybe the younger players look at you in a different way. I’m comfortable with that."

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