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Jamie Carragher Names Ex-England Teammate He Kept Out Of Team, Reveals His Original Position For Liverpool

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Jamie Carragher Names Ex-England Teammate He Kept Out Of Team, Reveals His Original Position For Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has claimed that he managed to keep Emile Heskey out of the England Under-16s team after he started his career out as a striker.

The 43-year-old Sky Sports pundit spent his entire playing career at Liverpool and made over 700 appearances during his time at Anfield.

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Carragher might have been an important figure in the Liverpool defence during his 17-year senior playing career, but he had to transition into the role of a defender.

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The former Liverpool defender was playing in the role of a striker, aged 14, when he attended the Football Association's development centre at Lilleshall.

Carragher was deployed as a striker for both England and Liverpool at youth level before he became a defender in his senior career.

“I played my childhood as a striker, I played for England as a striker,” he told The Athletic’s Football Cliches.

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“I was a centre-forward until the age of 16, 17. My first game for Liverpool reserves was as a striker.”

Carragher added: “When I was a kid I was a number nine, I was quick, I was a goalscorer, broke all the records.

“Then I went to the national school at Lilleshall at 14 as a centre-forward and I was a late developer physically, so I couldn’t run away from anyone or beat people with pace, strength whatever.

“So I then took up the between the lines role as it's now called, so I was a hold-up player, so I was always coming to feet then.

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“There was no way I could have carried on as a centre-forward because I just didn’t have the pace or the sort of dribbling ability but I could hold the ball up, bring people into play but I was just slowly getting further back.”

Carragher wasn’t able to keep Liverpool hero Michael Owen out of the Reds youth team in the striker role.

However, the Liverpool legend had a better time in keeping former Reds teammate Heskey out of the England U16s.

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“This is a feather in my cap, by the way. I was keeping Emile Heskey out of the England Under-16s team,” Carragher said.

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Topics: Jamie Carragher, Liverpool, England, Football, Premier League

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