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Carragher confirms England exit


Jamie Carragher has confirmed his return to international football for the World Cup was a "one-off".

The Liverpool defender came out of international retirement to join up with England in South Africa.

The 32-year-old made two appearances during England's dismal campaign which ended at the last 16 stage to Germany.

However, Carragher has no plans to continue playing for the Three Lions.

"This was a one-off thing," he said."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 (Fabio) 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."

Meanwhile, Carragher has backed the Football Association's decision to retain their faith in Capello despite England's below-par performance in South Africa.

"He certainly deserves another crack at the England job," he told his club's official 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."

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