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Michael Carrick Ruled Out Of England Euro 2012 Qualifier

Old Trafford star will not feature at Wembley.

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been forced to withdraw from the England squad to face Switzerland on Saturday at Wembley.

The 29-year-old picked up a hip injury during the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona, where he was replaced by Paul Scholes after 77 minutes.

He joined up with the rest of the Tree Lions squad on Monday but has been unable to train and following further medical examinations has been sent back to his club.

Fabio Capello will not call up a replacement for Carrick, with Jack Wilshere, Scott Parker and Frank Lampard expected to start the Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

Jermain Defoe and David Stockdale have already withdrawn from the squad, with the latter replaced by Robert Green.

Meanwhile Darren Bent is confident he can transfer his club form onto the international scene and is hopeful he can claim the number nine shirt as his own.

“People keep asking me if I’m established with England yet, but all I can keep doing is doing what I’m doing and if the Manager selects me then I must be doing something right,” he admitted.

“I don’t feel too much pressure, I’ve played in the last couple of games and scored a couple of goals so I just want to go out there, play as well as I can and hopefully England will win.”

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