Football

Hodgson hails stalwart Carragher

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has lavished praise on veteran defender Jamie Carragher as he prepares to lead the side out on Sunday for his 450th Premier League match.

The centre-back, who will be 33 in January, will captain the team against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard. Carragher, who has played for the club since he was at primary school, is racking up the landmarks as he will also make his 651st appearance - going past Phil Neal into fifth on the all-time list.

"Having seen him through the years for Liverpool and even England you see a man who is so whole-hearted, honest, passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic," said Hodgson.

"All of that shines through on the field of play. When I came here I was hoping that would be the person I would meet and it was.

"The reason he has played so many games is because of his attitude and his desire.

"He is a man who wants to play football. Even though he has 650 Liverpool appearances behind him he is still as enthusiastic in training every day and still as desperate to play every week as the guy who would be making his debut.

"From the offset he's tried his best to make certain everyone rallies round to the cause and I'm really pleased to have him.

"We have been lucky in having him and Steven Gerrard, two people who really epitomise Liverpool Football Club and who are the ultimate club men.

"Club loyalty is something which has tended to go out of the window with the transfer market and the money involved in football.

"With Jamie and Steven we see it and as the current manager of the team I can only be very grateful for it."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Tottenham Hotspur
Football
Premier League
Steven Gerrard
Jamie Carragher
Liverpool

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again