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Michael Carrick pulls out of England squad due to injury

Michael Carrick England training
Image: Michael Carrick will not feature for England against Switzerland

Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the England squad due to a calf injury, casting doubt on his availability for Manchester United's clash with Liverpool on Saturday.

The 34-year-old was expected to feature for Roy Hodgson's side in their Euro 2016 qualifying match with Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday having been an unused substitute for the 6-0 thrashing of San Marino on Saturday.

Carrick's injury is yet to be specified, but Hodgson revealed that he had been left out as precaution and he did not believe the problem to be a serious one.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Hodgson said: "He has a calf injury. We don't believe it is that serious. It was odd because it came out of nowhere, at the start of the warm-up in San Marino. He felt something and as a precaution we've not pushed him.

"He has had a preliminary scan and the doctors felt there is something there and it is up to Manchester United to look at it more closely."

Carrick has played in all four of United's Premier League fixtures this season but it is unclear if he will recover in time for Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford. a match you can see live on Sky Sports 1HD on Saturday evening from 17.00.

He was forced to pull out of the England squad last November after suffering a groin injury and missed the matches with Slovenia and Scotland. 

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Carrick returned to international action in March and played the entirety of England's 4-0 Group E qualifying victory over Lithuania. 

But he was unable to build on that appearance. A calf injury sustained towards the end of last season forced Carrick to rule himself out of the friendly with Republic of Ireland and qualifier with Slovenia in June. 

Michael Carrick of Manchester United in action with Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur
Image: Carrick (right) has played in all four of Manchester United's Premier League matches this season

Carrick has 33 caps, but has not featured for England since the 1-1 friendly draw with Italy in Turin in March. 

His absence means Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could get another opportunity against Switzerland, having played the full 90 minutes in San Marino.

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