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Jamie Carragher says England comeback was a "one-off"

Jamie Carragher
Carragher first retired from international football in 2007

Jamie Carragher has described his international comeback as a "one-off" and says he plans to focus his energies on his club side Liverpool.

Carragher returned for his country in the 2010 World Cup, three years after calling time on his England career.

He played in two games in South Africa and defended England boss Fabio Capello over the team's poor showing.

"He certainly deserves another crack at the England job," the 32-year-old defender told Liverpool's website.

"Obviously I wasn't involved in the qualifying stages, but that went great. The World Cup hasn't gone as well - so maybe I'm the problem, not Capello!

"Bobby Robson went out on a high in 1990, but a few tournaments didn't go too well for him.


"That's part of the game and I am sure with the experience of this tournament, hopefully the lads will get to the next one and be a lot better for it.

"I don't think there are many managers out there with the record he has got."

The Liverpool vice-captain returned to the international set-up under Capello for a friendly against Mexico at Wembley in May.

Carragher replaced the injured Ledley King during England's opening World Cup group match against the United States and featured in the 0-0 draw with Algeria.

A booking picked up in that match ruled the Reds defender out of the final group match against Slovenia and the Algeria game proved to be his last in the campaign.

Now that Carragher has returned to Anfield, he has said that his main aim is to turn his attention to club matters under new manager Roy Hodgson.

"This was a one-off thing," Carragher added. "The manager said he had a few injuries and I came into the squad and helped.

"I was delighted with the opportunity to play in a World Cup and work with Capello but I have always said the most important thing for me is Liverpool Football Club.

"We have a new boss now in Roy Hodgson and I want to do everything I can to help him and help the club get back up where we belong."

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