Cars: My Irish Request

Everton midfielder Lee Carsley has revealed exclusively to evertonfc.com that he will not be making himself available for the Republic of Ireland for the 'foreseeable future'.

But the 30-year-old, who has won 29 caps, insists he has not retired from the international game, he just wants to concentrate on his career here at Goodison Park.

Carsley has not been involved for the Blues in recent weeks and he hopes that by not going away with Ireland it will allow him to focus 100% on club football.

Republic boss Brian Kerr has already been informed of Carsley's decision, which was made almost six months ago but he has carried on at the insistence of his family.

Brian Kerr training with Lee Carsley

Ironically, another of the reasons he has given as to why he is not going to make himself available for his country is due to the fact that he wants to spend more time at home with his wife and young family.

He told evertonfc.com: "For the foreseeable future I am not going to make myself available for the Republic of Ireland national team.

"I want to concentrate on Everton and re-establish myself here and if I am going to Ireland to play in international fixtures then I feel that I can't do it.

"I came to the decision about four-to-six months ago and it is only my family that have said 'No, keep going' but I can't keep doing it and by not making myself available it will give me more time to spend at home."

A member of the Republic's World Cup squad in 2002, Carsley has been called-up regularly by new manager Kerr, though he was an unused substitute during last week's win over the Czech Republic.

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