Carra quits England for Liverpool focus

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has confirmed that he is unlikely to play for England again, insisting his attentions are now solely focussed on helping the Reds regain top form.

Despite having retired from international football in 2007, Carragher agreed to be called up to Fabio Capello’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup Finals, at which England went out in the second round to Germany last Sunday.

Having returned from South Africa, Carragher now says he is looking forward to the new challenges with the club under newly appointed boss Roy Hodgson.

“This was a one-off thing,” said Carragher. “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 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.”