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Top facts about Jamie Carragher, Mr. Liverpool

Jamie Carragher was regarded as one of the best English and Premier League defenders of his generation. Read on to find out more facts about Jamie Carragher, the one-club player.

James Lee Duncan Carragher

(born 28 January 1978) is an English football commentator and former defender who spent 17 years with Premier League team Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher’s age

is 44.

An important fact about Jamie Carragher is that he was Liverpool's vice-captain for ten years and is the club's second-longest-serving player, having made his 737th appearance for the club in all competitions on May 19, 2013. Carragher has also made the most appearances for Liverpool in European competition, with 149.

Carragher began his career in Liverpool's academy, making his professional debut in the 1996–97 season and establishing himself as a first-team regular the following season.

Carragher began his career as a fullback, but when manager Rafael Bentez arrived in 2004, he switched to centre-back, where he found his finest form. He won two FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup, and two Super Cups with



Carragher got his senior debut in 1999 and held the national record for most caps at the under-21 level. Before retiring from international football in 2007, he represented England in UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He did, however, come out of retirement for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to represent England, before retiring again with 38 senior England caps.

Following his retirement in 2013, Carragher became a broadcaster and pundit for Sky Sports. CBS Sports announced in July 2020 that Carragher will join their Champions League studio broadcast crew.

Top facts about Jamie Carragher:

In a League Cup quarter-final versus Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on 8 January 1997, he made his first-team debut for the "Reds" under Roy Evans, coming in as a replacement for Rob Jones 75 minutes into a 2–1 loss.

Carragher earned his 500th appearance for Liverpool in the 2007–08 season, and was named captain. Carragher was embroiled in an on-field brawl with fellow defender lvaro Arbeloa on May 18, 2009, in a match against West Bromwich Albion, and colleagues

Xabi Alonso

and Daniel Agger had to separate the two.

Jamie Carragher early life


Jamie Carragher’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he grew up in Bootle, Merseyside, and attended the FA's Lilleshall School of excellence.

Despite being an Everton fan since boyhood, he switched to Merseyside rivals Liverpool in 1988 and routinely attended Liverpool's School of Excellence wearing a Graeme Sharp Everton shirt.

Speaking about

Jamie Carragher’s parents

, it is worth mentioning that his father was an


fan, and his middle names (Lee Duncan) are a homage to Everton managers Gordon Lee and Duncan McKenzie, who dropped McKenzie on Carragher's birthday.

At the age of 11, he spent a year at the Everton School of Excellence, but returned to Liverpool owing to Steve Heighway's better teaching setup.

Jamie Carragher personal life

An important fact about Jamie Carragher is that he is married to Nicola Hart, his childhood love, and they have two children.

James, his son, is a professional footballer who presently for Wigan Athletic F.C. In 2008, Carragher received the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton for his community service and "the great example he offers to today's kids." As part of his charitable activities, he visits schools on occasion to promote the value of family life.

Carragher is a Labour Party supporter who backed Andy Burnham in the 2010 Labour Party leadership election. Carra, his autobiography, was published in 2008. Carragher has joined the Alder Hey Charity as a patron.

Carragher disclosed his Maltese ancestry via his Maltese-born grandpa Paul Vassallo in a letter of encouragement to the people on April 8, 2020, during the COVID-19 epidemic in Malta.

Jamie Carragher professional career

An important

fact about Jamie Carragher

is that he announced his retirement from the club in 2013, saying, "It has been a joy and honor to represent this wonderful club for as long as I have, and I am extremely happy to have done so since I was 9."

In the same year, he scored his 500th league goal for Liverpool in a 3–2 victory against

Tottenham Hotspur

. Carragher's 737th and last game for Liverpool was a 1–0 victory against Queens Park Rangers on May 19, 2013.

Jamie Carragher club career

Due to his tiny size, he did not impress in his early outings for the Liverpool A and B teams, but he was able to establish himself in the reserve squad after being shifted from up front to a midfield position.


In the 1994–95 season, he made his reserve team debut and was selected man of the match against Blackburn Rovers at Haig Avenue.

With a 4–1 aggregate victory against a West Ham United team that contained Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, he helped Liverpool win the 1996 FA Youth Cup.

Carragher made his debut appearance in defense during the tournament, and afterwards remarked that Liverpool were not the most technically skilled squad in the competition, relying instead on team spirit and Michael Owen's excellent abilities.

In a League Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on 8 January 1997, he made his first team debut for the "Reds" under Roy Evans, coming in as a replacement for Rob Jones 75 minutes into a 2–1 loss.

An important fact about Jamie Carragher is that he made his Premier League debut three days later as a substitute at Anfield, where he played the whole second half of a 0–0 tie with West Ham United.

On January 18, he was set to start as a centre-back against Aston Villa, only to be substituted by Bjrn Tore Kvarme; however, Patrik Berger became unwell, and Carragher was called in as a last-minute center midfield replacement.

He got on well with Jamie Redknapp and scored his first goal in front of the Kop with a header in a 3–0 triumph. Despite this promising start, it was his last contribution to the 1996–97 season.

Despite possessing excellent players like as Owen, Redknapp, Robbie Fowler,

Steve McManaman

, and Paul Ince, the squad struggled to keep up with Arsenal and Manchester United in the 1997–98 season, and Carragher broke into the first team.

He was effectively utilized as a utility player during his early playing career, playing as a center-half, full-back, and defensive midfielder in a side that was dubbed the "Spice Boys" by the media.

As new manager Gérard Houllier played Carragher frequently in a new continental team centered on discipline, he learnt to avoid the limelight and instead concentrate on football.

"I always felt connected to Gérard," Carragher revealed in his memoirs, and was full of admiration for the French manager during his early reign. In the 1998–99 season, he made 44 appearances and was voted the club's Player of the Year.

After scoring two own goals in a 3–2 home loss to Manchester United early in the 1999–2000 season, Carragher was confined to the right-back position.

Houllier never used him at center-back again after Sami Hyypiä and Stéphane Henchoz forged a strong relationship.

An important

fact about Jamie Carragher

is that he switched to left-back in the 2000–01 season, winning his first senior accolades when Liverpool won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, Community Shield, and Super Cup in the space of a few months.

He earned a red card for throwing a coin back into the stands during an FA Cup match against Arsenal in January 2002.

After publicly apologizing, he avoided an FA misconduct charge, but he did get an official police warning regarding the event.

Carragher had two significant injuries between 2002 and 2004, missing the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to a knee surgery and then breaking his leg following a challenge by Blackburn Rovers' Lucas Neill at Ewood Park in September 2003.

During this time, the acquisitions of Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise endangered his spot in the squad. Despite this, he was able to win a second League Cup with Liverpool in 2003, and was soon chosen vice-captain of the team.

Carragher's 2004–05 season was a watershed moment in his career. He was shifted to centre-back by new boss

Rafael Benitez

, where he made 56 appearances with Sami Hyypiä during the season.

Carragher had a reputation as a powerful and positionally smart defender, and he spent the remainder of his career in that position.

Carragher was instrumental in Liverpool's UEFA Champions League success this season, particularly when he made two crucial last-ditch interceptions in extra time in the Final while suffering from cramp.

At the conclusion of the season, Carragher was named Liverpool Player of the Year, and he went on to lead the club to a UEFA Super Cup triumph against CSKA Moscow. In 2005, Carragher was nominated for the Ballon d'Or, football's most prestigious individual award.

A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he played in his tenth FA Cup Final against West Ham United in May 2006, his tenth in as many years of club football.

Despite an own goal in the 21st minute, Liverpool won the FA Cup Final 3–1 on penalties after the match ended 3–3 after extra time, earning Carragher his second FA Cup victory. Two months later, he would play in the FA Community Shield victory.

"I'd sunk to the lowest depths of despair, only to rise to the greatest of heights... no player wants a sneak peek at the most devastating loss in athletic history. But, after staging a comeback that will be remembered for all time, none of us would have it any other way." Carragher said on Liverpool's Champions League victory.

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

Carragher slipped the ball under Fulham keeper Jan Latvka at the far post after fellow defender Daniel Agger flicked the ball on from a corner. He had only scored four goals in his Liverpool career.

On May 1, 2007, in Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea, Carragher established a new club record for most appearances in European competition, surpassing Ian Callaghan's 89 games between 1964 and 1978.

A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he was elected Liverpool's Player of the Year for the third time by the fans following the 2006–07 season, and his contract was subsequently extended until 2011.

Carragher also announced his international retirement during that season, expressing discontent with Steve McClaren's lack of appearances.

Carragher earned his 500th appearance for Liverpool in the 2007–08 season, and was named captain. Carragher was embroiled in an on-field confrontation with fellow defender lvaro Arbeloa on May 18, 2009, in a match against

West Bromwich Albion

, and colleagues Xabi Alonso and Daniel Agger had to separate the two.

"We want to maintain a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of winning the Golden Glove for the fourth season in a row," Carragher subsequently added.

Many questioned his performances and whether he should continue in the starting lineup the next season, but a strong performance against Manchester United on October 25, 2009 hushed his detractors.

A notable

fact about Jamie Carragher

is that he was sent off four days later in a game against


, his first red card in almost seven years. In Carragher's charity fund-raising testimonial match on September 4, 2010, a mix of former and current Liverpool players took against an Everton XI.

Carragher's 23 Foundation donated all of the earnings from the game at Anfield to local charity. He scored a goal for each side in Liverpool's 4–1 victory against Everton XI, scoring from the spot for the Reds first and then converting a penalty own goal for the club he grew up supporting after the interval.

Carragher scored his eighth own goal in the Premier League on October 24, 2010. Carragher injured his shoulder weeks later in a 2–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, his 450th Premier League match for Liverpool. He was sidelined for three months due to the injury, which necessitated surgery. On February 6, he made his comeback against Chelsea.

Carragher made his 137th European appearance in a match against Sparta Prague at Anfield on February 24, 2011, breaking the British record. Both Carragher and Jon Flanagan attempted to head away the identical ball at the Emirates Stadium on April 17, 2011, resulting in their heads connecting and Carragher being knocked out.

Carragher was stretchered off after 6 minutes of treatment and replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Carragher recovered in time to play his 666th game for Liverpool against Fulham a few days later.

With this appearance, Carragher moved into second place on Liverpool's all-time appearance list, behind only Ian Callaghan (857 games). Carragher won his third League Cup with Liverpool in 2012.

Carragher made his 700th appearance for Liverpool in the Europa League third round qualifying encounter against FC Gomel in the opening game of the 2012–13 season, and the start of

Brendan Rodgers

' tenure as manager.

During the Europa League, Carragher often captained the side, and after a stretch of just making league matches as a replacement, he started to win a string of starting positions.


A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he announced his retirement on February 7, 2013, saying, "It has been a joy and honour to represent this wonderful club for as long as I have, and I am incredibly pleased to have done so since I was nine."

He made his 500th league appearance for Liverpool on March 9, 2013, in a 3–2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur. Carragher's 737th and last game for Liverpool was a 1–0 victory against Queens Park Rangers on May 19, 2013.

Steven Gerrard and Ian Callaghan presented him with a commemorative trophy celebrating his career and a guard of honour before the match.

Despite his poor goal record, Carragher struck the post with a 30-yard shot throughout the match before being replaced in the 87th minute to a standing ovation from both spectators and players.

Jamie Carragher after retirement

In 2009, Carragher established the 23 Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to assisting Merseyside's kids.

He gave all of the income from his testimonial year to the charity in 2010, resulting in a £1 million fund.

Jamie Carragher visited "Carragher's," a bar devoted to his Liverpool career, on West 39th Street in Manhattan, New York, in August 2015.

A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he would play with Robbie Fowler for England in Soccer Behalf, a charity football event in aid of UNICEF.

In January 2018, Carragher paid a visit to Kingsway House, a homeless refuge established by Liverpool hotelier Signature Living. He spoke with homeless people and volunteers for many hours before announcing preparations for a special charity football match starring ex-Liverpool and Everton players and celebrities.

Carragher has assisted Liverpool fan Andy Grant, a former Royal Marine who was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan when he was 20 years old and had his right leg amputated, in promoting his tale and subsequent memoirs.

"It's reasonable to say I never anticipated that at 30 I would be able to call on a buddy and have him host a night of chatting about my memoirs," Grant remarked.

Grant published his book 'You'll Never Walk' in May 2018. Carragher attended numerous book launches and contributed the preface to the book. Carragher was there during the Cotton Street shelter's opening on October 10, 2018.

The Cotton Street Project provides a safe haven for Liverpool's most disadvantaged citizens. According to Carragher, "Lawrence is doing a tremendous job.

I am honored to provide my support to him and the Cotton Street Project. I'll be in touch with folks who use the shelter on a daily basis, hoping to assist them in making positive changes in their life."

Jamie Carragher international career

A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he first represented England at the U21 level in 1996. He became a fixture for the club as a defensive midfielder and was ultimately named captain.

He had established the record for most caps at this level with 27 by the time he became ineligible for the squad due to age in 2000. Former Liverpool goalkeeper

Scott Carson

subsequently broke this record in 2007.

He got his first senior England cap on April 28, 1999, when he came in as a substitute against Hungary. In 2001, he made his full England debut against the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, and subsequently came in as a substitute in England's legendary 5–1 win over Germany at the Olympiastadion.

Carragher missed the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to knee surgery; he had the option of delaying surgery, but it would have meant missing Liverpool's pre-season training.

He was included to the UEFA Euro 2004 squad but did not play a single game because Ledley King was picked in his place. He was subsequently picked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and although not being in the starting eleven, he came in to replace

Gary Neville

, who was injured.

Carragher was one of three players to have a penalty saved by Portugal's Ricardo as England was eliminated in the quarter-finals by a penalty shootout.

Carragher, who was introduced late in the game as a replacement for Aaron Lennon, scored on his first effort but was ordered to retake his penalty by referee Horacio Elizondo, who had not blown his whistle. From the follow-up try, his shot struck the bar.

A notable fact about Jamie Carragher is that he struck the bar with a looping header during a Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel in Tel Aviv, as the match finished goalless.

Carragher was rumoured to be contemplating resigning from the England team on July 9, 2007. When Talksport presenter Adrian Durham accused Carragher of "bottling it" on his show, Carragher called in to explain himself, saying that he was considering retirement since he was not being frequently picked, but that he would wait until the forthcoming match against Germany to make his decision.

Carragher did eventually retire from international football, however he did leave the door open to returning for an international tournament if necessary.

He gave many reasons for his retirement in his autobiography: he preferred Liverpool to England, he wanted to spend more time with his family, and most importantly, he refused to participate in the squad.

Carragher was selected in Fabio Capello's preliminary 30-man team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the 11th of May 2010.

"The FA got in contact a few weeks ago and asked if I would have a rethink, owing to injury difficulties; I said I would make myself available," Carragher stated of his comeback to international football.

Carragher made his first appearance for England in three years on May 24, in a friendly against Mexico that England won 3–1.

Carragher was booked in both of England's first World Cup games, getting a one-match suspension in both.

He was not chosen for the knock-out stage defeat to


, instead being replaced by Matthew Upson. Carragher later announced his retirement from international football, claiming that his comeback was a "one-off" owing to injuries to other players.

Jamie Carragher style of play

Carragher began his Liverpool career as an offensive midfielder, having previously played as a striker, but he quickly learnt to defend.

Early in his Liverpool career, he was capable of playing throughout the back four, typically as a utility full back on either wing and even in the middle of midfield, although he spent the most of his time at club and country at center-back.

Carragher was dubbed a "limited defender" when he played full back because of his lack of quickness and noticeable technical ability as compared to offensive full-backs.

He came into his own as a center back, and is now considered as one of the finest English and Premier League defenders of his period.

Carragher was a strong, versatile, and consistent old-school center-back who was known for his work-rate, stamina, loyalty, leadership, and commitment, as well as his courageous, no-nonsense, and hard-tackling playing style.

He was gifted with organizational ability, intelligence, concentration, and tactical awareness, which allowed him to excel at reading the game, chasing down opponents, and producing last-ditch tackles.

Jamie Redknapp, a former teammate, called him "super competitive" and "perhaps the most driven player I have ever encountered."

Didier Drogba described Carragher as the most difficult opponent he had ever faced, characterizing him as a combative yet fair defender. Carragher was recognized for his durability as well as his defensive abilities.

Jamie Carragher media career

For the 2013/14 season, Carragher got a deal with Sky Sports to be a commentator alongside Graeme Souness, Gary Neville, and

Jamie Redknapp


From 2013 to 2016, Carragher co-hosted Monday Night Football on Sky Sports with Gary Neville and presenter Ed Chamberlin. Carragher and Neville were appreciated for their analysis, and their on-field rivalry added to their on-air personas.

Carragher writes a sports column for the Daily Mail on occasion. The Daily Mail and TalkSPORT radio announced a relationship in January 2014, with Mail writers and columnists, including Carragher, appearing as guests on the station.

Carragher was hired as a football analyst by TV3 Sport, a Danish sports channel owned by the Modern Times Group, in August 2017. Carragher delivers expert commentary on the UEFA Champions League in real time.

Carragher was introduced as The Telegraph's new football writer on October 11, 2017. He joined the company's staff of professional commentators in June 2018 to cover the World Cup in Russia. Throughout the tournament, he was featured on The Telegraph's Total Football podcast.

After reporting Manchester United's 2–1 victory over Liverpool for Sky, the Daily Mirror broadcast a video of Carragher spitting at a vehicle carrying a man and a 14-year-old girl on March 11, 2018.

Carragher apologized to the driver and his daughter after the footage was released, calling it a "moment of craziness" and the "biggest mistake" of his career.

Sky Sports banned him and withdrew him from the next day's broadcast on TV3 Sport in Denmark. In early April 2018, he returned to TV3 Sport.

In a statement, Modern Times Group CEO Peter Norrelund said: "I do not believe that a single error should have such severe implications that Jamie Carragher must leave the squad. As a result, when the quarter-finals are played in early April, he will be back on the football field for TV3."

Following England's World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, Carragher made a short appearance on Sky Sports in July, delivering an interview, before returning to his job as a football commentator in August 2018 for the start of the 2018–19 Premier League season.

Jamie Carragher social media


Jamie Carragher social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with 1.6m followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

He also has a Twitter account (


) with 1.9m followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Jamie Carragher body measurements

Speaking about

Jamie Carragher body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 185cm and 83kg.

Jamie Carragher net worth and salary

Jamie Carragher's net worth

is estimated to be over $21 million, according to public data. His ability to make a lot of money is due to his hard work and exceptional playing talents.


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