Car­ragher now hop­ing to get a run in the side as King’s re­place­ment

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

JAMIE Car­ragher is hop­ing to be given a run in the Eng­land team af­ter their World Cup cen­tre-half in­jury curse struck for the sec­ond time at the tour­na­ment.

Skip­per Rio Fer­di­nand was ruled out only 24 hours af­ter ar­riv­ing in South Africa with a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

Now his re­place­ment, Led­ley King, suf­fered a groin prob­lem dur­ing the open­ing clash with the United States and was sub­sti­tuted at half-time.

That leaves Car­ragher, who was coaxed out of in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment by Fabio Capello, and Matthew Up­son vy­ing to play along­side John Terry against Al­ge­ria on Fri­day.

Car­ragher was brought on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute against USA, picked up a yel­low card and looked to be lack­ing in pace.

But the Liver­pool player wants to con­tinue as Eng­land look to bounce back from their 1-1 draw against Bob Bradley’s side.

He said: “”Hope­fully I’ll play, Led­ley did his groin early on and did well to bat­tle on to half-time but it’s a squad thing now.

“We have a cou­ple of in­juries in that area of the team. If I can get a chance, I would love to take it. That’s one of the rea­sons I came back.

“I wasn’t stupid. I knew I was com­ing here as a squad player, that I wasn’t a starter, and so I was de­lighted to get on against USA and hope­fully will get an­other chance.

“To play in an­other World Cup for Eng­land is a great thing for me and I’m proud of that from a per­sonal point of view.

“The main thing now is that hope­fully I can get a run in the team and we can get through the group.”

Car­ragher has urged for Eng­land’s re­sult against USA to be put into per­spec­tive but knows there is room for im­prove­ment.

He said: “Be­fore I came out, I was watch­ing TV and the first game in Italia 1990 saw Eng­land get a lucky draw against the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land and they reached the semi-fi­nals.

“That’s all for­got­ten about as you move on - but the per­for­mance has to im­prove. You can’t say it’s only re­sults that mat­ter and the per­for­mances don’t.

“If you don’t play well con­tin­u­ously, you will come un­stuck. But it’s not as if it was a dis­as­trous per­for­mance.

“I think it was de­cent per­for­mance and we had a few more chances that on an­other day we would have put away.

“We al­ways say the first game is go­ing to be tough. It’s like play­ing your first Premier League game of the sea­son. No mat­ter who you are play­ing, it is a tough game.

“There’s al­ways a big build-up to the first game for both teams but still, tak­ing the lead and not go­ing onto win, is a dis­ap­point­ment.”

Car­ragher knows there will prob­a­bly be a pub­lic back­lash to the re­sult but is con­fi­dent the play­ers can deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

He said: “It’s part of play­ing for Eng­land - it’s big. Ev­ery­one is in­ter­ested in what’s go­ing on but I think the play­ers can cope with that.

“We’ve got a lot of top play­ers who play for their clubs at the top level and with Eng­land.

“I’m sure there’ll be a lot of talk in the next few days be­cause that’s foot­ball but most of the lads are strong enough to han­dle that and get them­selves right for the next match.”

GET­TING STUCK: Jamie Car­ragher.

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