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England Midfielder Michael Carrick Pulls Ouut of Scotland Friendly with Eye Infection

United star should still be fit though to face the Swans on Sunday. 

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England midfield player Michael Carrick has been forced to pull out of Wednesday night’s friendly international with arch-rival Scotland at Wembley Stadium with an eye injury, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The announcement about the experienced Manchester United star was posted on The Football Association’s official website on Wednesday morning, although it is not expected that the problem is serious enough to prevent the 32-year-old from featuring for the Red Devils in their Premier League opener against Swansea City at the Liberty stadium this weekend.

However, the news will have come as a blow to Three Lions national team manager Roy Hodgson, who had been planning on using the player in a defensive midfield role once again against Gordon Strachan’s side at the home of football, as England continue their preparations ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers to be played later this year.

Hodgson has been utilising Carrick, who has been capped on just 29 occasions by his country since making his international bow 12 years ago in a friendly against Mexico, on and off in this holding midfield role throughout his tenure, along with the likes of fellow midfield players Scott Parker and Carrick’s club-mate Tom Cleverley.


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