Sometimes you forget that the professional footballer is a football fan at heart. And strangely enough you can often find that players play for the club that is the rival to the club they support. This week highlighted that fact with Jamie Carragher’s testimonial. as Everton was Jamie Carragher’s boyhood team. The testimonial saw Carragher’s current team against his childhood team as it was a Liverpool XI v Everton XI which had in the team a host of Liverpool favourites and current players along with current and old Everton players. Here is a full list of the teams for the evening;
Liverpool XI: Jerzy Dudek, Stephen Wright, Steve Finnan, Stephen Warnock, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, Luis Garcia, Jamie Carragher, Jay Spearing, Brad Jones, Paul Konchesky, Ryan Babel, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom, Nathan Eccleston, Daniel Ayala, Gary McAllister, Suso, Raheem Sterling, Conor Coady, David Thompson, Jason McAteer.
Everton XI: Iain Turner, Tony Hibbert, Shane Duffy, Aristote Nsiala, Jose Baxter, Francis Jeffers, Luke Garbutt, Magaye Gueye, Leon Osman, Yakubu, Lee Carsley, Leighton Baines, James Wallace, Hope Akpan, Mikel Arteta, Nathan Craig, Adam Davies, James Vaughan, Jermaine Beckford, Zac Thompson, Ross Barkley.
Steven Gerrard only played for 10 minutes as he was allowed to play by the FA & Capello as he now goes back to train for the game against Switzerland on Tuesday. Owen and Heskey were up front for Liverpool with Owen wearing 10 and Heskey wearing 8.
But Jamie Carragher showed his professionalism as he is a childhood fan of Everton but with his years of service and passion he plays with you wouldn’t believe that he isn’t Liverpool through and through.But tonight was his night and though he supported Everton he plays for liverpool and when a penalty was given it was down to him to score and he did. But funnily enough when Everton were awarded a penalty Yakubu stepped up to take it but before he could along ran Carragher to smash it past his own keeper and score for his boy hood team. the game ended 4-1 in the favour of Liverpooland after the match Jamie Carragher was asked about the penalty and he said “As an Everton fan as a kid I’ve always dreamed about scoring against Liverpool so that is why I did that.”
Over the years Carragher has earnt the respect of all Liverpool fans that a statement like that wont harm his relationship with the Anfield faithful.