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Carragher's Honour Overshadowed


England's Jamie Carragher looks on dejected..FIFA World Cup 2010 Round of 16..Germany v England..27th June, 2010.

While his Liverpool teammate and close friend Steven Gerrard will be captaining England tonight, Jamie Carragher will be preparing himself for a well earned testimonial against an Everton XI.

Carragher’s time at Anfield has been varied. He has achieved some incredible success most notably on that night historic night in Istanbul. But there is no doubt that Carragher will look back on his time and say I should have won more trophies.

It’s Carragher’s pride that will have created this sense of disappointment. You only have to look back at his England career to see that the Liverpool man doesn’t like not being successful. Success at international level was just getting in the team and when Carragher wasn’t in the side his pride got the better of him and he decided to retire from international football.

This is why Carragher will never  be as popular as he should be throughout the footballing community. He was seen as slightly spoilt after his retirement and even though he would eventually make a U turn on his decision, this wasn’t enough to earn him the full backing of the ever critical England fans.

The claim was that when England really needed him during the injury crisis ahead of the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia. Carragher had frozen himself out of the manager’s plans. England would go on to lose this game 3-2 and Carragher would lose the respect of England fans.

But at club level Carragher is adored by his supporters. He is the leader that every team wants, but few teams have, and had Gerrard not being an equally dominating leader I have no doubt that Carragher would have gone on to captain the side for years on end.

At present he may not be the most mobile of defenders but his reading of the game coupled with his leadership skills still make him one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

The disappointing thing for none Liverpool fans is that Carragher was never able to transfer his immaculate club form in to the England side. This meant that Carragher would fall in behind John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in the pecking order.

It’s a real shame though because had Carragher managed to do this, I have no doubt that he wouldn’t be playing in his testimonial tomorrow, he would representing England tonight.

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  1. Lars

    September 4, 2010 at 4:41 am

    It used to be that testimonials were for GREAT players that were/are “legends” on their respective team. This Carragher fella is/was neither. He is/has been on a team that has consistently underachieved and retired from international football because he did not feel like kicking his game up a few notches and try to PLAY his was into the team; I guess that is just the Liverpool mentality….Did he think that playing for a big name club like Liverpool was enough? So, congratulations Mr. Carragher, a truly mediocre player on a truly mediocre team, enjoy your “well-deserved” testimonial.

    • The Gaffer

      September 4, 2010 at 7:51 am

      Jamie Carragher has been one of the best England defenders of the last two decades. At his best, he was one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He’s definitely lost his pace. But after more than 435 appearances for Liverpool, he definitely deserves a testimonial. As far as the honours he’s won, that includes:

      FA Cup: 2000-01, 2005-06
      League Cup: 2000-01, 2002-03;
      FA Community Shield: 2001, 2006;
      UEFA Champions League: 2004-05;
      UEFA Cup: 2000-01
      UEFA Super Cup: 2001–02, 2005–06

      The Gaffer

  2. Marshy

    September 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I suppose Champions League, Uefa Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Super Cup medals are meaningless. Who cares about England?

    • The Gaffer

      September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Marshy, may I ask how a football supporter, such as yourself, who presumably is English and lives in England does not care about England, the national team?

      The Gaffer

  3. Gerry Beckett

    September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Total and utter shite

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