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Carragher To Play For England?

“You can stick your fucking England up your arse!” the Stretford End chanted at that abhorrent lot on Sunday. Whilst being a United fan and an England fan doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive, there are a lot of reds who don’t have any time for the England set up.

The 30 man squad for England’s World Cup will be announced by Fabio Capello today and reports suggest that Jamie Carragher, who retired from International football, will make a shock return.

Bizarrely enough, Mr Liverpool is fairly popular on RoM, largely thanks to the great opinion he has of our manager, but also because he is a club over country man. Unfortunately, the club happens to be Liverpool, but in principle it is the same.

Ahead of the announcement of the 30 man squad, it is interesting and fairly amusing to read Carragher’s reaction to missing a penalty which lead to England getting knocked out of the last World Cup from his autobiography.

Sitting on the England coach as it prepared to drive us away from the World Cup in Germany, I received a text message.

“Fuck it! It’s only England”. I’d just missed a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal. Around me were the tear-stained faces of under-performing superstars.

England’s so-called golden generation had failed. Again.

An eerie depression escorted us on the short trip back to the hotel, but as I stared at my phone and considered the implications of the comforting note, I didn’t feel the same emptiness I sensed in others.

There’s no such concept as ‘only England’ to most footballers, including many of my best friends.

Representing your country is the ultimate honour, especially in the World Cup.

Not to me. Did I care we’d gone out of the tournament? Of course I did. Passionately.

Did I feel upset about my part in the defeat? Yes. I was devastated to miss a penalty of such importance. Had I really given my all for my country? Without question.

I’ve never given less than 100 per cent in any game.

Despite this, whenever I returned home from disappointing England experiences one unshakeable, overriding thought pushed itself to the forefront of my mind, no matter how much the rest of the nation mourned. “At least it wasn’t Liverpool,” I’d repeat to myself, over and over.

And this is the guy England are relying on for the World Cup? Nice one.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. spacemanspiff says:

    Carragher making the England squad with Wes Brown missing out is an outrage.

    Having said that, it gives the United players plenty of rest. They can be prepared for the next season to get our trophy back.

  2. Marq says:

    I’d be clapping when Carragher uses his favourite wrestling move to pull down a striker who ran past him, resulting in a red card and pinning him as a country sinner

  3. stretfordend ryda says:

    hes a cunt, we all know he dont give a shit about england! why pick him over the likes of baines, warnock, big bad wesley and even that over priced shit patch head at city aka lescott deserves to be there more that this murderer!

  4. 0161-Jon says:

    if Wes Brown doesn’t get picked it’s a joke.

    if Hargreaves does get picked it’s a joke.

    come on united + come on england!

  5. mhihrh says:

    Brown will be picked. carragher still is a good defender and better than lescott and upson. His experience will be vital too. Thats why he is being picked

    All that matters is him giving 100%. whether he is more concerned about liverpool dosent matter here as they are not playing anyways.

  6. stretfordend ryda says:

    really cant see brown being picked :(
    he aint played since march?? and recently hes been on the bench and not got on because fergie would rather play john i’m shit over him

  7. Costas says:

    He thought that he could win things with Liverpool, but he realises now that the World Cup is his last chance to win anything meaningful.

    I don’t ,mnd Nev or Brown missing out. They can rest for next seasaon. And hopefully the same will happen with Hargo.

  8. yooney says:

    this is an absolute end of season joke. BTW he’s no way near as England’s so-called golden generation and never will.

  9. Nitamar says:

    Here’s to another England failure! Someone tell Wayne it is only England!
    BTW anyone heard the news that a Chinese businessman is making a bid to buy Liverpool? That man is the owner of my local team and our feeling towards him is not unlike that of the Glazers. We are not title contenders anymore and out of the Asian Champions League thanks to him. Plus he loves to have a say on whatever the manager is doing. Even asked the manager to put him in the starting XI once in a friendly against the scousers! That said I won’t mind him buying Liverpool though;)

  10. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    19 months out 29 seond return one touch of the ball one missed place header= world cup call up. No Way Could they bring Hargo over Scott Parker or Carrick. I think Gary Neviile will go cause England have a lot of phony figure heads but not too many leaders.

  11. bigphil2003 says:

    On current form, Neville has much more right to be there than Carragher or Brown.
    Also I never really saw Carragher’s international retirement as him doing it for the benefit of his club, I saw it as him saying “You don’t think I’m as good as Rio and Terry, so I’m taking my ball and I’m going home”. Hard to respect that.

  12. loughie21 says:

    WHy the hell would carraghere going?? The guy is terrible. He used to be a good defender, not world class but good but now its gone. Ferdinand, Terry, Dawson, King, Upson are all much better. So’s shawcross. At right back, Johnson, Jagielka, Wes Brown, even Neville should be on that plane before the scouse bastard.

  13. Wakey says:

    last night I was thinking it was idiotic to take Hargreaves and how it can only end badly BUT i’m actually coming around to it now. Its still idiotic to take him BUT it could in our favour.

    He has been out a while but has been training well for a while and really needs games to be ready for next season. If he can get some playing time as well as a summer of training it might actually be a good thing for him and see him ready to have a good pre season and be ready for the start of the season

  14. King Eric says:

    I actually don’t mind Jamie ever since he called that shithouse Adrian Durham and gave him a fucking.

    BigPhil – To be fair to Jamie I think what pissed him off is the likes of King who played fuck all and the shite Upson were getting in instead of him. A bit like the clowns pushing Scholes out left to accomodate the thug and Fat Frank.

    This Ingerlund team has no fucking chance in Africa. Dodgy back 4, no holding midfielder, fuck all wingers, shite keeper and fuck all striking options.

    “We all agree, United are better than England”.

  15. Jaansdad says:

    @ Wakey
    Have to agree with you on that point, Hargreaves really needs games and his bionic knees need really tested so if he goes to SA i wouldn’t be annoyed.
    Can’t see it happening though

  16. Xyth says:

    The fewer United players got to WC the better!

  17. Danillaço says:

    There’s your 30:

    Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham)

    Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Spurs), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Spurs), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

    Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Spurs), Adam Johnson (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Spurs), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City)

    Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Spurs), Jermain Defoe (Spurs), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Man utd)

    No Brown, Ho Hargo, no Red Neville. Yes to Rio, Carrick and Rooney.

  18. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    All I shall say is thank fuck Hargreaves isn’t in the squad and carragher shouldn’t be in there at all. Am gutted for Neville he deserved a place in there.

  19. Redhot Concepts says:

    Brown, Gary, Owen – OUT!!!
    Jamie, King, Scott – IN!!

    hahaha fookin joke!! I really hope Wayne comes to realization that he needs rest and Rio opts himself out due to his injury and Carro wldnt want to b in the same team a stevie me.
    Sir Alex wld rub his hands in glee!!
    Scholesy turns down the chance. MANCHESTER UNITED > england. What a legend!!!!

  20. Redhot Concepts says:

    Jamie, Ledley, Joe Cole, Theo, Heskey…huh??
    What have they done to deserve their places???

  21. Kings says:

    I couldn’t give a fuck about England, but if any of our boys are playing then I will watch, just as I would with other nations who our players represent. Personally I would rather see our players get their fitness sorted for United next season, which is why I am pleased that players like Hargo and Wesley aren’t included, even though the latter is more dependable than Carragher. The way Carragher has played this season, I hope he takes that form with him to the World Cup and costs England a place in the latter stages of the tournament with his reckless defending. United > England.

  22. EastStandManc says:

    Thank God Scholesy and Hargreaves aren’t going.

    Scholesy for obvious reasons. I think Hargreaves needs to be patiently and carefully managed by the expert United medical team back to full fitness, rather than the England setup who’d no doubt have rushed him back ahead of schedule in hot-headed pursuit of a glory that will inevitably elude them anyway and who wouldn’t care what state he returned to United in.

  23. Corea says:

    Scholesy = LEGEND!
    There is no one on the planet quite like him.

  24. Corea says:

    And YES/Sorry
    United > England

  25. stretfordend ryda says:

    doubt barry will recover in time so i cant see him being in the original 23

  26. Me says:

    How ridiculous, Scott. Surely you would be over the moon, if a Utd player had said the same thing, i.e. Rio.

  27. Peter says:

    To be fair, he`s had a depressing season with Liverpool, and this could be his “best chance” to win any silverwear for the rest of his career, so its no surprise he made a U turn on his international retirement.

  28. mufc4ever says:

    the more scouse scum bastards playing this summer the better, roll on next season, utd will never die

  29. brian says:

    his mean his bad its wesley brown brown is the hardest in all the towns orange hair beware come and have go if you der jioke that carrgeher is there wes has played well all season and nevile fuck of dipper

  30. warwick says:

    I feel the disappointment of any united players not chosen to go to South Africa, but after a season badly affected by injuries, I can’t help feeling it’ll be better for us if they stay at home and get fully rested and recovered, and no possibility of further injuries.

  31. TonyBee says:

    King Eric @ can you give more info on Calorfgas giving Durham a call and fucking him over. we allknow Durham is a prick so would love to know what Mr Liverpool said

  32. lawman10 says:

    dont give a shit about England!!!!!!!

  33. redscot says:

    I want too see England do well genuinely,but to my way of thinking the whole harmony is being fucked up bye the “I can do anything I like attitude ” of certain players and we all know who they are, its been well documented elsewhere and on here.
    Its a Nation in crisis sadly, and other Nations must be watching on and thinking is there no professionals athletes and people with the best intentions for there country in England.
    But to look to Jamie, slobber mouth Carragher, thats just desperation !
    Any football player who openly states at the Club he pledges to love ” I dont care if I get a new contract when mine expires in the Summer” yer a star mate, a fucking disastar.
    Yel probably just be there to keep yer other scouse knobhead company, both gibbering utter nonesense that only those two can comprend.
    Bring it on…….. lol Its gonna be better than Punch an Judy on Southport sea front.

  34. Steve says:

    Carragher’s finest hour was Istanbul (apart from the first half of course) when he held the Liverpool defnce together, particularly in extra time, to stop AC Milan time and again.

    This was was of course fully five years ago now, and he has passed his peak since then. I think Liverpool’s dsimal season could well be the main reason he has repoded to Capello’s call – the final chance to finish the season on a high perhaps.

    I’ve got to agree with those that don’t fancy England’s chances though. I would say Quarter finals at best.

  35. piggysbeeftrousers says:

    “Despite this, whenever I returned home from disappointing England experiences one unshakeable, overriding thought pushed itself to the forefront of my mind, no matter how much the rest of the nation mourned. “At least it wasn’t Liverpool,” I’d repeat to myself, over and over.”

    I’d be delighted if i read this kind of thing from Rooney or Rio.

    I don’t think Carragher is up to it myself these days, but having read and listened to him plenty of time, he’s just about the only Liverpool player i can stomach.

  36. Steve says:

    I think it should always be an honour to play for your country, especially in a World cup, because in the case of many players (such as Carra) it ain’t gonna happen again after South Africa.

    To say that your club means more to you than England does is also very commendable, and I wonder if other players feel that too but are just not honest enough to come out and say it.

    In JC’s case, I think he said that after already stating that he was stepping down from International football, which would obviously have made it easier for him to make that statement.

    Mclaren did fuck Carra about alot, and you can’t really blame him for jacking it in at the time.

  37. King Eric says:

    TonyBee – Alright mate how ya doing? Sory for the delay. Yeah he called Durham and basically asked him who the fuck he thinks he is callingh Jamie a “bottler”. Proper laid into him asking him who the fuck he is etc. Quality mate. Durham is a first class cunt.

  38. Ben10 games says:

    Thank God Scholesy and Hargreaves aren’t going.
    Amen for that.


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