Michael Carrick is set to for England for the first time since May 2010 next week after assuring manager Roy Hodgson he does want to extend his international career.
Carrick was overlooked for England’s Euro 2012 competition despite his outstanding form last season for the reds.
England manager Roy Hodgson said:
“He [Carrick] has had discussions with Gary Neville and me since and it turns out that he does want to play, This is an ideal opportunity to invite him to come and play for England again.”
“There are nine young players in total if you count Jack Rodwell and Jake Livermore, who I also wanted to have a look at,” said Hodgson. “You don’t get many chances to look at other potential candidates when you have a fairly settled squad of players. This friendly is an ideal opportunity.”
Full England squad to face Italy:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Michael Carrick interviewed after FC Barcelona game: