However, after clashes with the national federation, he has been left out of the squad and, as he told Goal.com, he is not sure if he will ever get back in.
“The decision has been made by the federation and the coach and I accept it. I do not understand it, but it does not surprise me. Throughout my career I have had various clashes with heads of organizations and now perhaps this is my final goodbye to the national team,” he mused.
“When they have called me, I have gone, even when I have been injured. What has happened is that Benni says things clearly and that hurts the federation, as well as the coach.
“Now it does not depend on me, but I think it is difficult to be included if they do not want me for the Confederations Cup. My international phase is almost over and not because I am 31. I still have desires and a lot of football left in these boots,” said McCarthy, regretfully.
One of the biggest blows for McCarthy is not just that he will miss out on the Confederations Cup, but the fact that he will also, more than likely, miss the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
“That is even worse for me, because I had a lot of desire to play with the national team in my home country in the first World Cup in Africa,” he said.
With regards to the team itself, the Blackburn Rovers striker explained that he thinks they can prove themselves to be a decent team at the upcoming tournament.