Liverpool FC legend Carragher starts coaching career – with England

Liverpool FC legend Carragher starts coaching career – with England

Former Reds defender will be in dugout for U17’s clash reports Tom Woods.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher will be in the dugout for the England Under-17s game against Germany this evening.

The game, which will be broadcast live on BT Sport, will take place at Rotherham’s 7,000-seater New York Stadium with a kick-off time of 7.45pm

With a possible career in coaching ahead if he decides to expand from his current TV punditry, Carragher will be on hand to assist England U17 head coach Steve Cooper and his staff for Friday’s game.

The Bootle-born player has joined fellow centre back Rio Ferdinand this week in spending time with the England development teams, after Steven Gerrard met with the U19s following their 5-1 win over Japan last week.

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In addition to an illustrious career with the Reds, Carragher represented England at three different age levels, and earned 38 caps for the senior team.

Carragher gave an address to the players on Tuesday, as well as helping with training and joining in with squad sessions during his three-day spell with the team.

FA technical director, Dan Ashworth, expressed his delight to see the two ex-stars helping coach younger players when speaking to TheFA.com.

He said: “I am delighted that we’ve got such fantastic role-models working with our development teams.

“One of the big parts of the England DNA when we launched our philosophy was to be able to tell young players what it meant to play for the Three Lions.

“Jamie and Rio’s experiences on and off the pitch are vital, and I am both happy and grateful to them all that they want to pass on their advice to young players.”

 

Top: Jamie Carragher with England U17s’ coach Steve Cooper
Centre: Jamie Carragher doing some training with the England U17 team

Christmas Day event for lonely pensioners saved after Liverpool’s Titanic hotel steps in, supported by the 23 Foundation

Christmas Day event for lonely pensioners saved after Liverpool’s Titanic hotel steps in, supported by the 23 Foundation

White Christmas Liverpool offers a meal and entertainment to 250 elderly people who would otherwise spend the day alone.

The Titanic Hotel has come to the rescue of lonely pensioners on Christmas Day by providing a venue for an annual charity event which was at risk of being cancelled.

White Christmas Liverpool, held in the Town Hall for the past two years, offers a hot meal and entertainment to 250 elderly people who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.

But last month it was announced that the event was at risk of being pulled due to a lack of funding, and organisers put out an urgent appeal for support and a venue.

Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel announced that the event will be hosted in its Rum Warehouse venue on Stanley Dock.

Ian Gray, general manager at Titanic Hotel, said: “When we heard that White Christmas needed to find an alternative venue in order to go ahead, we were more than happy to step in and offer the Rum Warehouse space.

“The initiative is valued by so many people across the city, and supported by such a fantastic team of volunteers, we knew we had to help them make it happen.”

Supported by former Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, the event will provide transport to and from the venue, a three-course meal cooked and served by a team of dedicated volunteers, entertainment and a small gift for each guest.

Clare Johnson, project manager of White Christmas Liverpool, said: “We were at serious risk of cancelling due to lack of funding this year so we put out an urgent appeal for the people of Liverpool to come forward and help us.

“We were thrilled to be contacted by Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, as well as individuals and organisations all offering their support.”

This year White Christmas Liverpool is also working with Queenie’s Christmas, the charity named in honour of Liverpool celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe’s late mother.

Herbert said: “I am excited and delighted that Queenie’s Christmas will be joining White Christmas Liverpool for this special festive event on Christmas Day 2015.”

White Christmas Liverpool is a not-for-profit event and is run solely by volunteers who give their time to ensure people don’t have to spend the day alone.

Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, mayoral lead for older people at Liverpool Council, said: “Isolation is a huge problem for older and vulnerable people and we know that too many are lonely at Christmas time.

“I am glad we are in a position to support excellent initiatives like White Christmas, giving people much needed comfort and support, alongside all the other activities happening at this time of year.”

With 250 places available, the event’s organisers are asking those who would like to attend to download the registration coupon and return it to: White Christmas Liverpool, C/O Cllr Gerard Woodhouse, Liverpool City Council, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1DS

 

Pictured From left: Gillian Moss, Executive Head Chef at Titanic Hotel; Richard Hodge, Rum Warehouse Manager at Titanic Hotel; Clare Johnson, Project Manager at White Christmas Liverpool; Charlotte Aldridge, Assistant Project Manager at White Christmas Liverpool 

Jamie Carragher names Thierry Henry as the best player he played against

Jamie Carragher names Thierry Henry as the best player he played against

Jamie Carragher enjoyed 16 years as a professional at Liverpool and played against the greatest players of the Premier League era during that time – but who does the retired defender rate as his best-ever opponent?

He could have named Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney or Alan Shearer to name just a few of the Premier League legends he went head-to-head against.

But Carragher believes that Arsenal hero Thierry Henry, his current Sky Sports colleague, was the pick of the bunch.

Ex-Reds trio to play in David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane’s Unicef charity game

Ex-Reds trio to play in David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane’s Unicef charity game

Former Liverpool trio Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and David James will be playing in Unicef’s ‘Match for Children’ charity game at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The ex-Reds aces have been named in David Beckham’s squad against a team headed by Zinedine Zidane in a star-studded line-up of some of the world’s best recently-retired or veteran players.

The game kicks off at 3pm and lining up alongside Carragher, 37, Owen, 35, and James, 45, in Beckham’s team of British aces will be David Seaman, Sol Campbell, John Terry, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

In opposition, Zidane’s rest of the world side contains Edwin van der Saar, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Massimo Ambrosini, Robert Pires, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Kluivert, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Landon Donovan.

Alan Kennedy visits Carraghers – New York!

Alan Kennedy visits Carraghers – New York!

Alan Kennedy, who won the European Cup twice with Liverpool and The League five times, popped in to our beloved “Carraghers” in New York recently.

Owner of Carraghers, Brian McLaughlin said: It was a pleasure to meet a true legend, as Alan was the first player to score winning goals in two European Cup finals with goals in the 1981 and 1984 finals.

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