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Carragher to Retire?

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by Dry Toast (U7659685) 09 July 2007
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After 34 appearances in an England jersey, Jamie Carragher has hinted that he may retire from international football. Carra is becoming frustrated about his lack of responsibility under first Sven and now McLaren. To be fair, many of his caps have come either in a full-back slot or from the bench; he is revered by the Kop but has never managed to break the dominance of Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand or John Terry in England's starting XI.

Carrgher is, inarguably, a cracking defender: brave, quick and positionally astute. It has been mooted in the past, however, that his best performances are saved for those European nights at Anfield, with the wind in his face and the Kop in his ears, rather than in England matches.

So why does Carra not reproduce for England? It could be that his leadership qualities are more appreciated at Anfield, giving him a stronger desire to perform. With England, he has and never will be the leader at the back, because the coach has always preferred another. It is possible Carra is not seen as the ideal 'face' of Team England - he does not appear regularly enough in Heat Magazine, nor does he possess a fancy name, like 'Rio', 'Ashley' or 'Ledley'.

Carragher's outburst has seemed out of character, however. He has always seemed the type to soldier on, regardless of rotation or substitute appearances. It appears that he has taken the huff, by moaning at his lack of chances, and threatened to walk out on his country...very out of character. This, for the first time, throws doubt on Carragher's professionalism: something which has seemed as secure as his loyalty in the past.

Carrgher is no Scholes or Shearer, wanting to bow out in order to preserve a longer playing career. However, without international duty, Carragher could well become Liverpool's Maldini.

Is Carragher actually good enough to play for England ahead of the others? Competition is fierce at centre-half.

Should he walk away? And if he does, will he walk alone?

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posted Aug 15, 2007

I think he should retire. Mclaren obviously does not know what he is doing by leaving him out and Carra is better off focusing on winning things with Liverpool rather than waiting for an England team that has yet to get their act together.

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posted Aug 15, 2007

Its a shame Gerrard won't retire with him.

Are you completely mad?? no matter which team you support Gerrard is the only one guy who drags England and there sorry arses out of the mess that mcclaren has put us in. I suppose 'fat boy' lamps would be you preferred choice eh.

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posted Aug 15, 2007

Carragher's done the right thing by retiring cos he's not gonna get a game cos he's not good enough. I'd rather see ledley king play, I've seen carragher play well but he has flashes where as terry and ferdinand have consistency. People respect that the 1st choice 2 or englands 1st choice no matter where you're from but its mainly liverpool fans who say carra should play for england and I think that tells a story in itself, if we were being realistic and honest, he's just not good enough. The other problem is the way that rio and terry compliment each other and carragher can't bring anything different to the table. He has passion but Terry has the leadership and rio has the talent unfortunately for carragher.

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posted Aug 15, 2007

there is no one to blame for this but mclaren and sven! tbh, i'm quite pleased he's retirin! i think it's been an utter waste for someone like him who is such a great player and definitely one of the best defenders in the world to go to england training and then be insulted by having a player of brown's or king's or woodgates qualit picked ahead of him. quite simply, that's a disgrace! i think that should be enough for the FA to tell mclaren to get lost. we need a man who's not afraid to drop his big player. yes, he dropped beckham but what's the point if you don't drop a crap lampard? or a hopeless rooney who hasn't scored in ages? quite frankly, i don't think owen deserves to be in the england squad atm, he's shown nothing!

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posted Aug 15, 2007

Although Carragher has never got a proper chance with England when has been given opportunities he has hardly set the world on fire. He is without a doubt arguably one of the best Centre backs in the country. Here is a chance for him to stake a claim he should have accepted.

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comment by SFRover (U2628539)

posted Aug 15, 2007

Carragher is doing exactly the right thing in my mind. He made the initial decision based on years of constantly being overlooked by successive England managers despite arguably being the most consistent centre-back for several years now. It must have been very disheartening to see players such as King, Brown, Woodgate and Dawson being picked ahead of him - none of whom can boast anywhere near the type of domestic and European success and experience that Carragher has.

Even with this current run of injuries to first choice centre-halves, it was largely expected that McClaren would even go for a return for Sol Campbell before Carragher would get a chance.

Well-done Jamie for making what i'm sure was a tough decision, despite the poor treatment you'e recieved over the years from the England coaching staff. I hope that doing this can have the prolonging effect on your career as it had with Scholes and Shearer.

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posted Aug 15, 2007

Carragher is doing exactly the right thing in my mind. He made the initial decision based on years of constantly being overlooked by successive England managers despite arguably being the most consistent centre-back for several years now.
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Constantly overlooked at centre-back for years? He used to be an average full back. Overlooked? He's always been in the squad, so they've been aware of him. It's not as though the cnentre backs picked ahead of him have been bad players so what's all the fuss about.

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posted Aug 16, 2007

Carragher's a traitor and a coward end of story. He's turned his back on his country.... he should be jeered at every ground he goes to this season. You never saw Beckham sulk like this, he just worked hard and got back in the team.

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comment by redconn (U2145708)

posted Aug 16, 2007

Scholes is a traitor and a coward end of story. He's turned his back on his country.... he should be jeered at every ground he goes to this season. You never saw Beckham sulk like this, he just worked hard and got back in the team.

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posted Aug 16, 2007

Carraghers stand is excellent for England and he should be cheered by every fan in every ground in the country.

Those keen to see Mclaren in the job for longer should boo Mclaren

Its a travesty one of Englands greatest defenders is treated in this shabby way and every football who believes in England should stand up as one and hail this magnificent player

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