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Jamie Carragher

James Lee Duncan "Jamie" Carragher (born 28 January 1978) is an English association football who plays as a defender (association football) for Premier League side Liverpool F.C.. Jamie Carragher is the current vice-captain (association football) and is one of the club's longest-serving players; Jamie Carragher made Jamie Carragher 666th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions on 9 May 2011, thus placing Jamie Carragher second on the club's all time appearance list.

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James Lee Duncan "Jamie" Carragher (born 28 January 1978) is an English association football who plays as a defender (association football) for Premier League side Liverpool F.C.. Jamie Carragher is the current vice-captain (association football) and is one of the club's longest-serving players; Jamie Carragher made Jamie Carragher 666th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions on 9 May 2011, thus placing Jamie Carragher second on the club's all time appearance list.

Carragher started Jamie Carragher career with the Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy. Jamie Carragher made Jamie Carragher professional debut in the 1996–97 in English football and became a first team regular the following season. Jamie Carragher gained Jamie Carragher first senior honours in 2001, winning a Treble (association football) Other trebles of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. Having initially played as a Leftback, the arrival of manager Rafael Benítez in 2004 saw Carragher move to the Defender (association football) Centre back position and that season Jamie Carragher won Jamie Carragher greatest honour to date—the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League. In the next season, Jamie Carragher won the 2006 FA Cup Final and was selected in the PFA Team of the Year. Carragher set a record for the most appearances in European competition for Liverpool in 2007.

Internationally, Carragher held the national record for most caps at under-21 level and earned Jamie Carragher senior debut in 1999. Although Jamie Carragher competed at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, Jamie Carragher failed to pin down a first team place in the England national football team. Carragher decided to retire from international football in 2007, with 34 senior England caps, and released Jamie Carragher autobiography, Carra, in 2008. However, Jamie Carragher came out of retirement after being selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

Club career

Born James Lee Duncan Carragher in Bootle, Merseyside, Carragher attended the former FA school of excellence in Lilleshall in Jamie Carragher youth. Although a childhood Everton F.C. supporter Jamie Carragher chose to join Merseyside derby Liverpool F.C. and in 1996 was a member of their FA Youth Cup winning team along with Jamie Carragher friend Michael Owen. Jamie Carragher signed a professional contract in October 1996 and then made Jamie Carragher first team debut under Roy Evans' management three months later in the second leg of the Football League Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough F.C., coming on as a substitute for Rob Jones (footballer born 1971). Next came Jamie Carragher FA Premier League debut, again coming on as a substitute, against West Ham United F.C.. Jamie Carragher then started the next game against Aston Villa F.C. and marked the occasion with Jamie Carragher first goal (a header in front of the Spion Kop (stadia)) in a 3–0 win to temporarily take the side to the top of the table, but Liverpool finished the season in fourth place. In the 1997–98 in English football season, Carragher broke into the first team, making twenty Premier League appearances. The following season Jamie Carragher cemented Jamie Carragher place in the first-team squad, missing just four league games all season, and Kevin Keegan awarded Jamie Carragher Jamie Carragher first full international cap. Jamie Carragher has also cemented himself as one of Liverpool's greatest players.

Throughout Jamie Carragher early years Jamie Carragher was essentially used as a utility player spending time as a Defender (association football) Centre back, right and left Leftback and defensive midfielder in a squad that was often negatively labelled the "Spice Boys (footballers)". Carragher, young and caught up with the negative media reputations of that squad initially, learned to shun the spotlight and focus on football as new coach Gérard Houllier used Jamie Carragher consistently in a new continental side focused on discipline and a new era. Carragher's versatility meant Jamie Carragher would be deployed to fill in wherever there was a hole, but ironically harmed Jamie Carragher ability to hold down a first team position of Jamie Carragher own. In 1999–2000 in English football Jamie Carragher played mainly as a right-back, this season saw one of Carragher's darkest Liverpool moments as Jamie Carragher scored two own goals in 3–2 home defeat to Manchester United, then in 2000–01 in English football Jamie Carragher made the left-back position Jamie Carragher own. 2001 also saw Carragher gain Jamie Carragher first senior trophies: the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, League Cup (scoring in the shootout in the final against Birmingham), Community Shield and European Super Cup.

Jamie Carragher hit the headlines in January 2002 during an 2001–02 FA Cup tie against Arsenal F.C., when Jamie Carragher threw a coin back into the stands that had been tossed at him, Carragher earned a red card.
Jamie Carragher escaped an The Football Association misconduct charge after apologising, but did receive a formal police warning about the incident.

From 2002 till 2004, Carragher was hit by two serious injuries, firstly missing the 2002 FIFA World Cup for an operation on Jamie Carragher troublesome knee and later due to a broken leg in the first half of the 2003–04 in English football season after a tackle by Blackburn Rovers F.C. Lucas Neill at Ewood Park in the Reds' fifth game of the season. During this period, Carragher's place in the team was also threatened by signings of Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise. However, Jamie Carragher succeeded in retaining Jamie Carragher place in the team, making 24 appearances in the first half of 2004.

The 2004–05 in English football was a career defining one for Carragher. New manager Rafael Benítez moved Jamie Carragher to centre-half where Jamie Carragher managed 56 appearances alongside Sami Hyypiä. Carragher shrugged off the utility tag and established himself as a centre half. Carragher developed a reputation as a strong and positionally astute defender. Jamie Carragher partnership with Hyypiä was central in Liverpool's 2004–05 UEFA Champions League victory. One of the most memorable moments of the match was when Carragher made two vital last-ditch intercept into extra time whilst suffering from cramp. Carragher was voted as Liverpool's player of the year at the end of the campaign. Jamie Carragher later went on to captain the team in their 2005 UEFA Super Cup victory over PFC CSKA Moscow.

On 13 May 2006, Carragher played in the FA Cup final against West Ham United F.C.. It was Jamie Carragher tenth final in as many years of club football. Jamie Carragher scored an own goal in the 21st minute, but Liverpool went on to win 3–1 on penalties after the match finished 3–3 after extra-time.

On 9 December 2006, Carragher scored Jamie Carragher first league goal since January 1999, in a match against Fulham F.C. at Anfield. Jamie Carragher central defence partner Daniel Agger flicked the ball on from a corner, and Carragher slid the ball under Fulham keeper Jan Laštůvka at the far post. The goal was only Jamie Carragher fourth in Jamie Carragher Liverpool career.

In Liverpool's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea F.C. on 1 May 2007, Carragher set a record for the most appearances in European competition for the club. Jamie Carragher 90th European match took Jamie Carragher past Ian Callaghan's 89 matches between 1964 and 1978. Carragher was voted as Liverpool's Player of the Year for the 2006–07 in English football season by the fans and soon after extended Jamie Carragher contract till 2011. That season also saw Carragher's international retirement, with the defender citing frustration with a lack of appearances under Steve McClaren.

The 2007–08 in English football season saw Carragher reach Jamie Carragher 500th appearance for Liverpool. Jamie Carragher was made captain for this match.

On 18 May 2009, in the match against West Bromwich Albion F.C., Carragher was involved in an on-field clash with fellow defender Álvaro Arbeloa and the twosome to be separated by team mates Xabi Alonso, Daniel Agger and others. Manager Rafael Benítez refused to comment any further on the matter. The former England defender later explained, "We want to keep a clean sheet and we want José Manuel Reina to have a chance of the Golden Glove for the fourth season running."

During the 2009–10 in English football, Carragher made a slow start and many questioned of Jamie Carragher performances and whether Jamie Carragher should remain in the starting line-up. Jamie Carragher however put a solid performance against Manchester United F.C. on 25 October 2009, keeping a clean sheet and silencing Jamie Carragher critics.

On 31 October 2009, Carragher was sent off in a game against Fulham F.C., this was Jamie Carragher first red card in more than seven years.

On 19 December 2009, Carragher recorded Jamie Carragher 600th Liverpool appearance, in a 2–0 away defeat to Portsmouth F.C..

On 4 September 2010, a mixture of Liverpool players past and present played an Everton F.C. in Carragher's charity fund-raising testimonial match. All proceeds from the game at Anfield went to local charities through Carragher's 23 Foundation. Jamie Carragher scored a goal for each side as Jamie Carragher Liverpool team beat Everton XI 4–1, first by scoring from the spot for the Reds before converting a penalty own goal for the club Jamie Carragher had supported as a boy after the break.

On 24 October 2010, Carragher scored Jamie Carragher seventh own goal in the Premier League. Richard Dunne of Aston Villa, with ten, is the only currently active player to have scored more Premiership own goals.

On 28 November 2010, Carragher dislocated Jamie Carragher shoulder in a 2–1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, the game being Jamie Carragher 450th Premier League appearance for Liverpool.
Jamie Carragher was out for around three months with the injury as it required surgery. Jamie Carragher returned on 6 February against Chelsea F.C..

On 24 February 2011, Carragher came on as a substitute against Sparta Prague at Anfield, to make Jamie Carragher 137th European appearance, a British record.

On 17 April 2011, during a match against Arsenal F.C. at the Emirates Stadium, both Carragher and John Flanagan tried to head away the same ball, resulting in their heads colliding and Carragher being knocked out. After 6 minutes of treatment Carragher was stretchered off and replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

On 9 May 2011, Jamie Carragher completed Jamie Carragher 666th game for Liverpool, in 5-2 victory against Fulham F.C..
Putting Carragher second in the list for first team appearances for Liverpool. Jamie Carragher is behind only Ian Callaghan, who played a record 857 games for the Merseyside club. On 26th February, Carragher won the Carling Cup with Liverpool, coming on as substitute for the injured Daniel Agger in the 86th minute.

International career

In 1996, Carragher had Jamie Carragher first appearance for the England national under-21 football team. Playing as a defensive midfielder, Jamie Carragher became a regular for the team, and eventually Captain (sports). In 2000, when Jamie Carragher became ineligible for the team, Jamie Carragher held the national record for most caps at this level, with 27. The record was eclipsed in 2007 by former Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.

On 28 April 1999 Jamie Carragher earned Jamie Carragher first cap for the senior England team, as a substitute against Hungary national football team. Jamie Carragher made Jamie Carragher full international début against Netherlands national football team at White Hart Lane in 2001, and later came on as a substitute as England famously beat Germany national football team Germany 1–5 England (2001) in the Olympic Stadium (Munich). Carragher missed the 2002 World Cup through injury, but travelled with England to 2004 UEFA European Football Championship. Jamie Carragher eventually ended up with no playing time, losing out to Ledley King when a vacancy opened up. Jamie Carragher was selected for the England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and was not in the original starting eleven, but came into the team after Gary Neville suffered an injury.

Carragher has played centre-back, right-back, left-back, and in the defensive midfield for England. Despite Jamie Carragher many caps and regular squad appearances, Jamie Carragher has never held down a consistent place in the starting eleven. Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson generally used two central defenders from John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell in preference to Carragher, but occasionally used Carragher as right-back as deputy for Gary Neville, as Jamie Carragher did during the 2006 World Cup.

On 1 July 2006 Carragher was one of three players to have a penalty saved by Ricardo Pereira, as England yet again succumbed on penalties to exit the 2006 World Cup in the quarter finals against Portugal national football team. Carragher, who had been brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon late in Jamie Carragher game, scored with Jamie Carragher first attempt but was forced to re-take Jamie Carragher penalty by the referee, who had not blown Jamie Carragher whistle. Carragher then saw Jamie Carragher second effort saved.

On 9 July 2007 it was reported that Carragher was considering quitting the England squad. TalkSport host Adrian Durham accused Carragher of "bottling it." Carragher confirmed on the show that Jamie Carragher was indeed thinking about retirement, but Jamie Carragher had already had two talks with England head coach Steve McClaren and would leave it until the upcoming match against Germany national football team to decide.

Carragher did subsequently retire from international football. McClaren attempted to persuade Jamie Carragher to return to the International level on at least one occasion, whilst McClaren's replacement Fabio Capello has reportedly suggested that Jamie Carragher would be happy to consider Carragher. Carragher's responses have suggested that Jamie Carragher would not respond positively to any offers of a call-up. Carragher was said to have been unhappy at the failure of successive England managers to pick Jamie Carragher at centre-back, preferring to use Jamie Carragher as cover along the back four and even as a holding midfielder.

On 11 May 2010, Carragher was named in Fabio Capello's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Capello and assistant Franco Baldini managed to persuade Carragher into reversing Jamie Carragher decision to retire, "The FA got in touch a few weeks ago and asked if I would have a rethink, due to injury problems; I said I would make myself available" Carragher said. On 24 May, Carragher played Jamie Carragher return match for England, in a friendly against Mexico national football team, which England won 3–1.

Carragher appeared as a substitute for an injured Ledley King in England's opening World Cup game and replaced King in the following game versus Algeria national football team, receiving a booking in each resulting in a one match ban. Jamie Carragher was not selected for the knockout stage exit at the hands of Germany national football team, being dropped in favour of Matthew Upson. Although not formally stating Jamie Carragher retirement, Carragher subsequently stated Jamie Carragher would prefer to focus on Liverpool under Roy Hodgson and that Jamie Carragher international return had been a "one-off" due to injuries to other players

Personal life

Carragher was an ardent supporter of Everton F.C. in Jamie Carragher childhood and Jamie Carragher teens, like several other high profile players to have worn the Liverpool shirt; including Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

Carragher is married to Jamie Carragher childhood sweetheart, Nicola Hart, and has two children.

Carragher is a supporter of the Labour Party (UK) and endorsed Andy Burnham in their most recent leadership election.

Controversy

On 28 February 2008, Carragher was arrested and cautioned for assault outside a school near Jamie Carragher home in Crosby. Liverpool F.C. refused to comment.

On 11 September 2008, Carragher's biography, Carra, was released, but controversial excerpts were leaked to the press beforehand. In one instance, Carragher claimed that Jamie Carragher close friends were looking to assault Australian defender Lucas Neill. Jamie Carragher also claimed that the incident was averted only because Neill was in the company of David Thompson (footballer), one of Carragher's former team-mates, who Carragher did not want to "become a witness to an assault." Carragher sent a text to Thompson, "telling Jamie Carragher Neill should give Jamie Carragher a hug of thanks", suggesting had Thompson not been there, Neill would have faced an assault.

Carragher claimed Jamie Carragher deliberately set out to injure another player in a practice session against former Liverpool team-mate Rigobert Song because of the latter's mockery of Jamie Carragher defending. "Song walked on to the training pitch with a smile on Jamie Carragher face. Jamie Carragher was limping off it with a grimace an hour later. The first chance I got, I did him. Never have I hunted down a 50–50 tackle with greater appetite. 'You're not fucking laughing now, are you, you soft cunt?' I said as Jamie Carragher hobbled away." Carragher ended Jamie Carragher international absence to return for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after being persuaded by manager Fabio Capello. Jamie Carragher never actually stated this time that Jamie Carragher had retired or that Jamie Carragher would never play again for Jamie Carragher country, just that Jamie Carragher would rather focus on Jamie Carragher career with Jamie Carragher beloved Liverpool for the time being and that Jamie Carragher call-up to the England Squad was due only to injuries to other players.

On 4 September 2010, Carragher criticised former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness (who was in charge from April 1991 to January 1994; leaving the club just before Carragher signed for them) and blamed Jamie Carragher for Liverpool's failure to win a top division title since 1990. The continued run of success by Manchester United F.C. (who have won 12 out of the 19 Premier League titles contested since the new league was formed in 1992) is often seen as the key factor in Liverpool's league title drought, but Carragher points out that it was Aston Villa F.C. and Norwich City F.C. – not Liverpool – who were United's key challengers when they ended their 26-year wait for a top division title in the 1992–93 in English football.

However in a February 2011 Sky Sports interview with Graeme Souness, it was revealed that Carragher had not made these comments. Carragher through Souness' fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, issued an apology to Souness saying Jamie Carragher never said what was claimed in the media.

Carragher's relationship with Rafael Benítez was said to have suffered a breakdown in Benítez's later days at the club, with Carragher concerned about Benítez's conduct with other managers.
"We had situations like Martin O’Neill and Steve Bruce ­criticising Liverpool and they were right. We shouldn’t be getting involved with stuff like that", was said in reference to Benítez's often rocky relationships with other managers.

Carragher gave Jamie Carragher fervent support to Benítez's replacement in Roy Hodgson. "The manager is the boss and we should be trying to impress him, not the other way around." This was stated by Carragher in response to the negative reporting on Hodgson's early tenure at Anfield.

On 6 March 2011, Carragher committed a foul on Manchester United player Nani and the foul resulted in an injury on Nani's shin. Carragher tried to enter the Manchester United dressing room after the game to apologise but was denied by Manchester United staff.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Carragher

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