Hodgson sees Carragher as a coach

England manager Roy Hodgson expects "model professional" Jamie Carragher to join him in the coaching ranks.

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Jamie Carragher: Will retire at the end of the season

Jamie Carragher: Will retire at the end of the season

England manager Roy Hodgson expects "model professional" Jamie Carragher to join him in the coaching ranks after his retirement at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Liverpool defender will call time on a 16-year professional career in May but Hodgson does not expect the centre-back to be lost to football.

"Having worked with Jamie Carragher it was always evident that he was a model professional who gave everything he had for club and country," the England boss, who had a brief spell at Anfield in 2010, told TheFA.com.

"He has had a fantastic career and will always be looked on very fondly by everyone associated with Liverpool Football Club.

"It was good to see him back in the team recently, I hope that between now and the end of the season he is able to add to his great total of appearances for the club.

"After retirement I am sure he will march quickly up the coaching ladder and become one of the country's top young coaches."

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp thinks Carragher, who is always forthright in his opinions, may decide to pursue a career as a pundit having worked for ITV last summer.

"Maybe management, in the media - when he did the World Cup coverage he was exceptional," he told Sky Sports News.

"He's a real student of the game and watches every single football match on television so that's something he might want to do. He has many, many options."

Another former team-mate, Michael Owen, praised Carragher's longevity and service to his only professional club.

"What a servant Carra has been for Liverpool. A rare breed and it's been a privilege to play alongside, room with and be big mates with one of football's real men," he wrote on Twitter.

"I doubt we have heard the last of him. He has too much to offer the game to be away for long!"

Carragher's influence at Anfield will be difficult to replace according to former Red Jason McAteer.

"It's not just a sad day for football but it's a sad day for Jamie Carragher," he said.

"When you have a player that has been around as long as he has it will leave a hole."

Pundit and former England and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter: "Jamie Carragher will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

"Those boots were worn by a player respected by everyone in the game."


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