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Manchester United midfielder set for shock England recall

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick may be about to be brought back into the England fold after Roy Hodgson was reportedly impressed by his performance against Tottenham at the weekend, according to the Telegraph.

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The 33-year-old played in Marouane Fellaini with an inch-perfect pass for United’s first goal, before scoring the second in their emphatic 3-0 victory over their top four rivals, and his all round play suggested that he was getting back to his best after a series of injury problems.

Carrick has not played for the national side since facing Poland in October 2013, but has been in more recent squads – though his involvement has been cut short due to those same issues that have blighted his recent club career.

Despite being the wrong side of 30, and therefore a doubt for a future major tournament, the former West Ham midfielder may called upon as Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are confirmed absentees for the matches against Lithuania and Italy later in the month, and they may not be the only ones.

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