Carra explains England return

Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has explained that the lure of playing at the World Cup finals enticed him out of international retirement.

The versatile 32-year-old has not featured for his country since June 2007, but has been tempted back for another shot by head coach Fabio Capello.

Carragher told his club's official website:"The FA got in touch and asked if I would have a rethink, due to injury problems. I said I would make myself available.

"The World Cup and Champions League are the highest levels of football.

"I'm not getting any younger, we have no Champions League football next season and I am keen to work under Fabio Capello."

Of Carragher's prospects of making the cut when the final 23-man squad is announced, Capello added:"He is one of the 30 players.

"During the training camp I will evaluate the performance of each player, after that I will decide.

"We started two months ago, we spoke with him, (assistant) Franco Baldini met him two weeks ago and he was happy to stay with us and we decided to select him.

"I selected him because he is a really, really good player."

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