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Jamie Carragher's Biography

 
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Jamie Carragher was born James Lee Duncan Carragher in Bootle on 28 January 1978.

Even though as a boy he supported Everton, Jamie Carragher has played for Liverpool since joining as a trainee on 9 October 1996. He was in Liverpool's FA Youth Cup winning side in the midfield, although Carragher started out playing as a teenager as a No.9.

Carragher made his debut for Liverpool's first team as a substitute in January 1997 against Middlesbrough in the Coca-Cola Cup.

Jamie Carrager is a versatile player, who has played both as a central defender and holding midfielder as well as a left-back and a right-back.

Carragher was captain of England's Under-21 side and holds the record for the most appearances at that level. He made his full international debut for England against Hungary in 1999.

Carragher has suffered a couple of significant injuries. He was expected to be included in England's World Cup 2002 squad but needed a knee operation. Another bad injury was when Carragher broke his leg against Blackburn in September 2003, however he recovered surprisingly quickly and was back playing in January 2004.

Carragher's consistency proved a crucial factor in Liverpool's Champions League success in 2005.

Carragher was part of England's World Cup 2006 squad, but it ended badly for him as he was one of the England players to miss a penalty in the shoot-out against Portugal.

When Jamie Carragher played in the semi-final second leg against Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League that saw Liverpool go through to the final, it was his 90th European match. It was a new record for the Liverpool player with the most European appearances, one more than Ian Callaghan.

In June 2007, Jamie Carragher signed a new deal to keep him at Liverpool until 2011.

Jamie Carragher decided to retire early from playing for England, having won 34 caps.

On 11 May 2010, Jamie Carragher came out of international retirement, when he was selected by Fabio Capello in his preliminary 30-man World Cup England squad. On 1 June 2010 Carragher was selected for the 23-man World Cup squad.

In the World Cup 2010 Carragher played against the United States and against Algeria, but was suspended because of bookings for the remaining group game against Slovenia and did not play in England's last game against Germany.

After the World Cup in 2010, Jamie Carragher confirmed that once more he was retiring from international football.

At the end of the 2012/13 season Jamie Carragher retired from playing professional football, He had made a total of 737 appearances for Liverpool, including 507 Premiership matches.

Jamie Carragher has released an autobiography entitled Carra.



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