Carrick aims to seize England opportunity

MICHAEL CARRICK is desperate for the chance to impress boss Fabio Capello in Ukraine on Saturday &ndash; and play a part in helping England maintain their 100 per cent World Cup qualifying record.<br /><br />The Manchester United midfielder has continually struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the England midfield, often playing second fiddle to Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry.<br /><br />But with England already having qualified for next summer&rsquo;s World Cup finals in South Africa with eight straight wins under their belts, Capello might be tempted to experiment with his fringe players, leaving Carrick hopeful of a rare start.<br /><br />&ldquo;I want to play for my country and hopefully it&rsquo;s an opportunity to get a bit of a chance,&rdquo; the former West Ham and Spurs star said. &ldquo;To pull on an England shirt is not a given. There&rsquo;s good competition, we&rsquo;re all playing at the top level so everyone&rsquo;s pushing to be involved and the results speak for themselves.<br /><br />&ldquo;It makes it easier for individuals to shine so, if I get the shirt, it&rsquo;s up to me to try to keep it.&rdquo;