63 Facts About Jamie Carragher


James Lee Duncan Carragher is an English football pundit and former footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool during a career which spanned 17 years.


Jamie Carragher holds the record for the most appearances in European competition for Liverpool with 149.


Internationally, Jamie Carragher held the national record for most caps at under-21 level and earned his senior debut in 1999.


Jamie Carragher represented England at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, before announcing his retirement from international football in 2007.


Jamie Carragher did temporarily come out of retirement in order to represent England at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, before retiring again with 38 senior England caps.


In July 2020, CBS Sports announced Jamie Carragher would join their Champions League studio broadcast team.


Jamie Carragher spent a year at the Everton School of Excellence at the age of 11, but returned to Liverpool due to the club's superior coaching set-up under Steve Heighway.


Jamie Carragher failed to impress in his first appearances to the Liverpool A and B teams due to his then-small stature, but after being moved from up front to a midfield role he was able to establish himself in the reserve team.


Jamie Carragher was tried out in defence for the first time during the tournament, and later admitted that Liverpool were not the most technically gifted side in the competition, but instead relied on team spirit and the outstanding talents of Michael Owen.


Jamie Carragher learned to shun the spotlight and focus on football instead as new manager Gerard Houllier used him consistently in a new continental side focused on discipline.


Jamie Carragher escaped an FA misconduct charge after publicly apologising, but he did receive a formal police warning about the incident.


From 2002 to 2004, Jamie Carragher was hit by two serious injuries, missing the 2002 FIFA World Cup for an operation on his knee, and later receiving a broken leg after a tackle by Blackburn Rovers' Lucas Neill at Ewood Park in September 2003.


Jamie Carragher developed a reputation as a strong and positionally astute defender and would remain in the centre-half position for the rest of his career.


Jamie Carragher was awarded the Liverpool Player of the Year Award at the end of the campaign, and went on to captain the team to their UEFA Super Cup victory over CSKA Moscow.


Jamie Carragher was nominated for football's most prestigious individual accolade, the Ballon d'Or, in 2005.


In May 2006, Jamie Carragher played in the FA Cup Final against West Ham United, his tenth final in as many years of club football.


Jamie Carragher would appear in the FA Community Shield win two months later.


On 9 December 2006, Jamie Carragher scored his first league goal since January 1999, in a match against Fulham at Anfield.


In Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea on 1 May 2007, Jamie Carragher set a new record for the most appearances in European competition for the club, his 90th European match taking him past Ian Callaghan's 89 matches between 1964 and 1978.


That season saw Jamie Carragher announce his international retirement, citing frustration with a lack of appearances under Steve McClaren.


On 18 May 2009, in the match against West Bromwich Albion, Jamie Carragher was involved in an on-field clash with fellow defender Alvaro Arbeloa, and the two had to be separated by teammates Xabi Alonso and Daniel Agger.


On 24 October 2010, Jamie Carragher scored his seventh own goal in the Premier League.


Jamie Carragher was out for around three months with the injury as it required surgery.


On 24 February 2011, Jamie Carragher made his 137th European appearance in a match against Sparta Prague at Anfield, setting a new British record.


In 2012, Jamie Carragher won a third League Cup with Liverpool.


Jamie Carragher often captained the side during the Europa League, and after a period of time only making league appearances as a substitute, he began to again earn a string of starting places.


In 2009, Jamie Carragher set up the 23 Foundation, a charitable foundation with the stated aims of helping the youth of Merseyside.


In January 2018, Jamie Carragher visited Kingsway House, a shelter which had been set up for rough sleepers by Liverpool hotel firm Signature Living.


Jamie Carragher spent several hours talking to homeless residents and the volunteers and announced plans for a special charity football match featuring ex-Liverpool and ex-Everton players and celebrities.


Jamie Carragher has worked with Liverpool fan Andy Grant, a former Royal Marine who was hit by a bomb in Afghanistan at the age of 20 and subsequently had his right leg amputated, in helping to promote his story and his subsequent autobiography.


Jamie Carragher was present at several of the book launches and provided the foreword for the book.


On 10 October 2018, Jamie Carragher joined the opening of Cotton Street shelter.


In 1996, Jamie Carragher made his first appearance for the England U21 side.


Jamie Carragher missed the 2002 FIFA World Cup to undergo surgery on a knee injury; though he had the option to delay surgery this would have required him to miss pre-season training with Liverpool.


Jamie Carragher was selected for UEFA Euro 2004 but did not play a game, Ledley King being preferred in his position.


Jamie Carragher was later selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and although not in the original starting eleven, he replaced Gary Neville who suffered an injury.


Jamie Carragher was one of three players to have a penalty saved by Portugal's Ricardo, as England yet again succumbed to a penalty shoot-out exit in the quarter-finals.


Jamie Carragher, who had been brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon late in the game, scored with his first attempt but was forced to re-take his penalty by the referee Horacio Elizondo who had not blown his whistle.


Jamie Carragher's shot hit the bar from the follow-up attempt.


On 9 July 2007 it was reported that Jamie Carragher was considering retiring from the England squad.


Jamie Carragher did subsequently retire from international football, although he left open the possibility to return if needed for an international tournament.


On 11 May 2010, it was announced that Jamie Carragher had been named in Fabio Capello's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Jamie Carragher appeared in both of England's opening World Cup games, receiving a booking in each which resulted in a one-match ban.


Jamie Carragher was not selected for the knock-out stage exit at the hands of Germany, being dropped in favour of Matthew Upson.


Jamie Carragher played as an attacking midfielder in his early days at Anfield and had been a striker as a child, but he soon learned the art of defending.


Jamie Carragher was able to play across the back four, often playing as a utility full back on either flank, and occasionally in the centre of midfield early in his Liverpool career but went on to spend most of his time at club and country level at centre-back.


When playing at full back Jamie Carragher was sometimes labelled as a "limited defender" as he compared unfavourably with attacking full-backs due to his lack of pace or notable technical skills.


Former teammate Jamie Carragher Redknapp described him as "ultra competitive and probably the most driven footballer I have ever met".


Jamie Carragher was named by Didier Drogba as the toughest opponent he had ever played against with the Ivorian describing him as an aggressive but fair defender.


Jamie Carragher appeared on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports alongside Gary Neville with presenter Ed Chamberlin from 2013 to 2016.


Jamie Carragher is an occasional sports columnist for the Daily Mail.


In January 2014 the Daily Mail struck a partnership deal with TalkSPORT radio which saw Mail journalists and columnists, including Jamie Carragher, appear as guests on the station.


Jamie Carragher provides expert live analysis of the UEFA Champions League.


On 11 October 2017, Jamie Carragher was unveiled as The Telegraphs new football columnist.


Jamie Carragher featured in The Telegraphs Total Football podcast throughout the tournament.


Jamie Carragher was suspended by Sky Sports and removed from Danish channel TV3 Sport's upcoming coverage the following day.


Jamie Carragher returned to TV3 Sport in early April 2018.


Jamie Carragher married his childhood sweetheart, Nicola Hart, in 2005 and they have two children.


Jamie Carragher's son, James, is a professional footballer currently playing for Wigan Athletic.


Jamie Carragher was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton for his local charity work and "the exceptional example he sets to the youth of today" in 2008.


Politically, Jamie Carragher is a supporter of the Labour Party and endorsed Andy Burnham in his leadership election in 2010.


Jamie Carragher has become a patron to the Alder Hey Charity.


On 8 April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta, in a message of encouragement to the nation, Jamie Carragher revealed that he had Maltese descent through his Maltese-born grandfather Paul Vassallo.