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CARRAGHER IS FIT ONLY FOR AN ENGLAND DUNCE'S CAP; VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS MIDFIELDER Andy Burgess GIVES HIS WEEKLY INSIDE VIEW OF LIFE IN THE BLUE SQUARE PREMIER.THE DIARY OF A NON-LEAGUE PL AYER ROUTE TO WORLD CUP 201O FINALS.

I WAS disgusted to read the comments during the week of Jamie Carragher from his upcoming autobiography.

He states that losing with Liverpool would always hurt him more than losing with England.

Carragher's England haulis far more impressive than mine-he has 27 England Under-21 caps, three England B caps and 34 full caps, compared to my eight England C appearances - but without a shadow of a doubt pulling on that famous white shirt meant as much to me as anything.

Maybe he is trying to endear himself to the Liverpool faithful, or give it the 'Larry Large' because he was never really good enough to hold down a regular place in the England side. But as someone who would give his right arm to represent his country, I find his comments an absolute disgrace.

I actually wouldn't know what it feels like to lose a match playing for my country - my record reads eight games and eight wins.

But what I do know is this...the feeling of pulling on that shirt with three lions on your chest and standing listening to the national anthem knowing that you are representing England is as special as it sounds.

I have only done it at 'C' level in front of one man and his dog and not the 70,000 supporters that Carragher would have 'performed' in front of.

But his comments reinforce the view that representing their country means little to some of our supposed national heroes.

I hope that it is only Jamie Carragher who feels this way, and that his England team-mates display more national pride.

And I also hope that when he looks at the 34 caps he has won, he feels a little bit stupid about the comments he has made.

Yetagain, he has let his country down.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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