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Liverpool defender Carragher happy FA released Gerrard for testimonial

Liverpool fans were surprised to see Steven Gerrard take part in Jamie Carragher's testimonial yesterday.

Carragher was delighted Gerrard was able to leave England duty to make a brief appearance.

"A big thank you to the people at the FA because it is not easy as they had two massive games - but I think it helped they won last night," he said.

"He is the best player I've ever played with so I'm delighted he was involved.

"England always have to do a warm-down the day after so that was his warm-down."

Gerrard felt it was important to play a part, however, small.

"Because I'm so close to Jamie, not just as a team-mate but as a friend, I wanted to be here to share it with him," said the England and Liverpool captain.

"I asked for permission to fly in and out and have a small cameo and he (Capello) was fine with it, although I'm sure his decision was based on beating Bulgaria 4-0."

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