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