Gerrard respects Carra decision

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Steven Gerrard has revealed he tried to persuade Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher to "stay involved" with England - but he has every confidence in Sol Campbell to fill the breach left by injured captain John Terry.

With Terry sidelined by a knee problem Carragher would have been a strong contender to face Estonia in Saturday´s Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley had he not called time on his international career, but the centre-back is concentrating all his energies on the Reds to leave 33-year-old Campbell earning a recall after a two-year absence for his country.

And Gerrard said: "I´ve got no worries about Sol - he is experienced and his form for Portsmouth has been very good. Do I wish Jamie Carragher was still involved with England? I tried my best to keep Jamie involved, not just as a friend but because I still thought he had something to offer the country for a bit longer."

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