World Cup - Carrick misses Scotland game with eye problem

Michael Carrick will not play for England against Scotland in Wednesday night’s friendly international at Wembley due to an eye infection.

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The Football Association announced on Wednesday morning that the Manchester United midfielder had withdrawn from Roy Hodgson’s squad and returned to his club.

Carrick’s absence makes it even more likely that Jack Wilshere will play a prominent role in the oldest international fixture in football.

The Arsenal midfielder will add to his seven caps for his national team – a tally that would have been swelled were it not for a number of injuries that have blighted his career to date.

“I’ve only had seven hours playing for England and it has been in little dribs and drabs. I’ve never really had a run for England or a partnership with anyone, so hopefully now I can do that,” Wilshere said.

“I think I’m ready. I’ve had a full pre-season and it’s the first one I’ve had in three years and just ask any player – if you miss pre-season you are playing catch-up all season.

“I need to make up for lost time. I added up if I was fit I would have had about 25 caps by now so that is a lot of games to miss out on. I also missed out on the Euros, which was disappointing, so hopefully I can get a little run going.”

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