The 31 year old insists that he has not sought any assurances from the current England manager Roy Hodgson over his role in the team.Under former manager Fabio Capello, Carrick was named in the squad a number of times but he feels he did not get a fair crack of the whip when it came to actual appearances.However, now that he has held talks with Gary Neville and Hodgson, Carrick feels that the time is right to change his decision and last month he was handed the captain's armband during the game with Italy in Switzerland.“I am not different or any more special than the rest of the lads – I don’t need assurances or guarantees of any kind, just a fair chance,” he said to the Evening Standard. “If I am playing well then I want to get a chance. If I’m not, then fair enough.“Anyone who knows me knows my ego is not big enough to think I should be here and expect to play. That’s the manager’s choice. It is just up to me to stay in the squad for starters and then hopefully push to get a place in the team."