England midfielder Michael Carrick has dismissed suggestions that the friendly against Germany is an unwarranted distraction for some players.
A number of Fabio Capello's first-choice eleven have dropped out of the squad for the clash in Berlin on Wednesday evening, but Manchester United schemer Carrick is more than happy to feature.
He told reporters: "We are playing for England and that is the stuff of dreams.
"If you ask any player if they want to play in England against Germany, they will tell you it is a massive game.
"It is one I watched when I was growing up and wished that I would one day play in. It is not a hindrance at all, it is a massive honour.
"It is England versus Germany in Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. The players are desperate to be a part of it."
Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, who is set to make his first England appearance in nearly a year, echoed the sentiments of Carrick.
He added: "You can see why managers don't like it because there are a lot of games, but as players you always want to play for your country.
"There's nothing better than playing for your country. The more games the better."