Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Wayne Rooney pens tribute to Michael Carrick on Twitter

Manchester United's Michael Carrick has confirmed this will be his last season as a player.

Former West Ham United and Tottenham midfielder Carrick has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with Man United, and was handed the captain's armband previous year following Wayne Rooney's departure.

"There comes a time when, you like it or you don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football and that's pretty much where I'm at", Carrick said on Monday. It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at.

However, after seeing his playing time get restricted to just four appearances this season, largely due to a heart condition, the 36-year-old Carrick has chose to call time on a glittering career.

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The 36-year-old said that a move into coaching at United was "looking likely".

Despite notching 34 caps with England, he has only represented the Three Lions in one major worldwide tournament.

Carrick has seen his playing time this season limited after having gone minor surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm.

"It took a little bit of time to get over but there were some times when, for two or three days, I was thinking 'am I going to carry on playing or not?' or 'is it kind of worth it or not?' but that quickly passed".

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5 - The number of clubs he has represented (West Ham United, (Swindon Town and Birmingham City on loan) Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United).

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", Carrick added, discussing his health problem.

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit".

Coincidentally, Carrick got the captain's armband after Rooney departed Old Trafford for his boyhood club Everton in the summer of 2017.

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