England coach Roy Hodgson has explained his decision to recall Michael Carrick and leave John Terry out of his squad for the friendly international against Italy.
Carrick had made himself unavailable for selection for the Three Lions at Euro 2012 but following talks with the Manchester United midfielder, Hodgson has decided to include him in his team for next Wednesday's game in Berne.
"Michael Carrick would have always been in our thinking," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.
"I was given to believe he didn't want to be part of the England set-up. He didn't want to be considered for the Euros so I reluctantly thought if people are not available they are not available.
"He has had discussions with Gary 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 has never been any doubt that Carrick has not been in our thoughts or our wishes. It was more a case of believing he wasn't available for England and it was a final decision."
Meanwhile, Hodgson dismissed suggestions that the omission of Terry from his squad was because of the FA charge hanging over the Chelsea as a legacy of his clash with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October.
Ferdinand's brother Rio is facing a different charge and he was not included
either. However, Hodgson said he will consider both men in the future.
"John Terry has been through a charge in a court, now he has to go through the process the FA have embarked upon," he said.
"The same applies to Rio. As far as I am concerned, it is a disciplinary matter, which the FA will take care of.
"As long as they don't suffer enormous bans that will keep them out of my thinking there is no reason for me to believe I can't consider them in the future. And obviously I will."