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Jamie Carragher lines up charity testimonial match

Jamie Carragher
Carragher has spent his entire career at Liverpool

Liverpool will play an Everton XI in Jamie Carragher's charity fund-raising testimonial match on 4 September.

The 32-year-old former England defender supported the Toffees as a boy before joining Liverpool's youth set-up.

All proceeds from the game at Anfield will benefit local charities through Carragher's 23 Foundation.

"It has been in the pipeline for four or five months and I'm delighted now that I can start to talk about it properly," he said.

"Everton were always my first idea. If we had gone for a foreign team, they would have incurred appearance fees and travel costs.

"But that is not what this game is going to be about; the money we raise is for the city of Liverpool and Merseyside in general.

"Everyone knows I was an Evertonian when I was a kid and I thought it would be appropriate for the two teams in my life to have a game of football."

Former Liverpool stars Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Owen have all confirmed they will take part.

Carragher also revealed he will not be discussing his future an Anfield until the start of the new season.

"I've spoken to the manager [Rafael Benitez] about it and we both agreed that would be better," he added.

"I don't want to retire yet. I understand at my age, you can only make decisions season by season.

"But I want to finish my career at Liverpool. I don't want to play for anyone else."

Carragher is keen to take up a coaching role when his playing days are over, stating: "I've passed the Uefa B coaching badge and I'm considering the A badge at Lilleshall this summer."

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Carragher vows to stay with Reds
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