Carrick, who will be 31 on Saturday, was overlooked by Hodgson for
Despite injuries to Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard which saw the experienced pair ruled out of Euro 2012, Carrick was overlooked by Hodgson in favour of the Liverpool youngster Jordan Henderson – a move which appeared to have ended any prospect of the United player adding to his 22 caps.
But while insisting that he has no regrets about calling time on his England career due to frustrations with Capello’s management, Carrick, as revealed in The Daily Telegraph last month, is open to playing again for his country if Hodgson is ready to consider him.
“I’ve had no contact from Roy Hodgson, so it would be wrong of me at this stage to make a decision either way,” Carrick said. “But yes, I would consider returning. Definitely.
“It wasn’t a case of me turning my back on my country or quitting. It is a game about opinions and Capello wanted to play a certain way.
“If that was the road he wanted to go down, then it wasn’t for me to argue with that. I just didn’t play, that’s all. I didn’t really speak to Capello about it. I just let him know my decision. In many ways the decision was made for me.”
Despite winning four
He was capped just seven times by Capello during the Italian’s four-year reign as manager and was an unused squad member in England’s failed World Cup campaign in South Africa two years ago.
Carrick, who arrived in Shanghai with United last night on the second leg of the club’s summer tour following two games in South Africa, admits that his exasperation at travelling the world to sit on the substitutes’ bench led to his decision to quit the Capello regime.
“I haven’t said this before, but during the last World Cup I never featured and I was never really close to playing,” Carrick said. “I hadn’t played for two years when I made the decision to quit, so it was getting to the stage where I wasn’t really playing anyway.
“I didn’t kick the door down and say, ‘You’ve got to play me or I’ll leave’. It wasn’t a case of that at all. It was more a case of, if I wasn’t going to play, then I’d rather not go with England. The World Cup was a hard time. I just didn’t feel part of it.
“If you’re not playing at my age, especially under Capello, then it’s not worth it. That was my decision.
“Some people have said it was more ‘play me or I’ll quit’ but it was nothing at all like that.
“It was just a case of ‘fair enough’ if that’s your opinion, then I’d rather not go. It was a big decision, a huge decision, but I hadn’t been part of things for two years. So I thought if it was going to be the same scenario, I’d rather let someone else go in my place.”
Carrick has been described by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the “key” to the club’s hopes of success this season and he believes he will reap the benefits of not playing at Euro 2012.
“I’ve had the biggest break of my career this summer, seven weeks and I feel really good, really fresh,” Carrick said. “My mind is refreshed too, so I feel really good.
“I watched bits of the Euros and I thought England were up and down really. I didn’t watch every game, but from what I did see, there were some positives and negatives.
“It was always going to be tough, having a new manager in, and I’m sure they’ll benefit more in the next campaign.”
United ended their two-game tour of South Africa on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town. Bebe scored United’s equaliser in the 90th minute.
Meanwhile, Hodgson said on Sunday evening it was difficult to enjoy the attention that came with his role. “I don’t know how much I enjoy it,” he said during BBC Radio’s Test Match Special broadcast from the Oval, where he was watching England’s cricketers toil. “I certainly don’t seek out the cameras but I know they’re going to follow me and I have to learn to live with it.”