Carrick: Sir Alex Ferguson does not encourage England players to withdraw from internationals

The 31-year-old Manchester United midfielder insists that the club’s manager does not put pressure on the players to rule themselves out of international matches

Michael Carrick says that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has no influence over his players’ involvement with international games.

United team-mate Rio Ferdinand caused controversy recently when he pulled out of the England squad for March’s World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro, citing the need to stick to a strict fitness regime as the reason for his withdrawal.

Carrick, however, denies suggestions that the United boss attempts to dissuade his players from playing in international fixtures.

He told talkSPORT: “I have never had anything from the manager saying pull yourself out or anything in that manner, because it’s not in his nature.

“We have got players here who travel the world to play international football. Chicharito goes to Mexico, Antonio [Valencia] goes back to Ecuador.

“If you have got the best players, or the better players, then international football is part of it.

“I don’t see a club versus country row. There is obviously two agendas because it’s two different set-ups, but they can come together and work well.”

Carrick joined United from Tottenham for £16 million in 2006, and looks set to collect his fifth Premier League title in seven seasons at the club. The midfielder was quick to acknowledge the impact Sir Alex has had on his own career.

“He knows how to react and how to get the best out of players,” Carrick added. “Whether it’s a pick me up and pat on the back or a bit of a dressing down and a kick up the backside.

“That’s what top management is about and to do it for that long is incredible.”

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