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Liverpool defender Carragher happy with England decision

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admits he's delighted with his decision to end his England exile.

He insists his hunger and desire to play for England did not need rekindling.

After his performance against Mexico, Carragher said: "I'd only played at Wembley once before, against Brazil three years ago, so that was nice. It is a massive occasion playing for England and Wembley is a great stadium.

"But I've always been excited about England ever since I started. I captained the Under-21s, I broke the record for the most caps for the Under-21s (now passed by James Milner).

"It was just that towards the end of my time, the last couple of games, I felt I wanted to concentrate more on Liverpool.

"I'd come off the back of a couple of Champions League final appearances, we'd won it once, and I just felt I deserved to give a little bit more of a go.

"I wanted to do that again and win the Premier League so a lot of it was to do with Liverpool, not so much being unhappy with England. My main thing was to win the league title with Liverpool.

"That was no criticism of the England manager at the time or the players. Maybe the players who played ahead of me might have felt the same if I had played."

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