Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.
Carrick, who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United has also made 34 appearances for his country, with the last being in a friendly against Spain in November 2015.
However, he said that his experience at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa left a lasting impression.
“I’d been in the squad a long time and I’ll be honest, I was finding it hard going away with England. I didn’t mind going away with United pre-season for three weeks or whatever and coming back, but going with England, it was almost depressing in a way.”
“It made me really down, so I came to the point after South Africa where I thought: ‘I can’t do that again.’ People would be saying: ‘Pull yourself together and be grateful for it’ and I understood the position I was in, the privileged position I was in, but I just found it so hard and I couldn’t deal with it any more.”
“I was probably on the verge of … yes, I was depressed at times, yes. I told the FA: ‘Look, please don’t pick me.’”
Carrick, 36, has revealed his intentions earlier this season to retire as a player at the end of the season, when he will join the coaching staff at Manchester United