England defender Jamie Carragher believes Fabio Capello deserves his second chance as national team manager. The Football Association today ended speculation over the Italian's future by confirming he would stay on despite England's failure in South Africa.
England struggled through their FIFA World Cup™ group before crashing out of the tournament at the last-16 stage with a 4-1 thrashing by Germany last weekend. Carragher, who came out of international retirement for the event, said: "Obviously I wasn't involved in the qualifying stages but that went great. The World Cup hasn't gone as well - so maybe I'm the problem, not Capello!
"Bobby Robson went out on a high in 1990 but a few tournaments didn't go too well for him," he added. "That's part of the game and I am sure with the experience of this tournament, hopefully the lads will get to the next one and be a lot better for it. I don't think there are many managers out there with the record he has got. I think with that itself he certainly deserves another crack at the England job."
Carragher admits England were poor but has rubbished suggestions that there were divisions within the camp during their time in South Africa. The 32-year-old added: "I have not been in the squad for a while so it was new to me in terms of the manager and different things.
The World Cup hasn't gone as well - so maybe I'm the problem, not Capello!
"But I do think with England when things don't go well people are always looking for things. People are looking for different reasons why it went wrong but the bottom line is we just didn't perform well as a football team rather than anything else."
Carragher admits he is puzzled as to why England, which boasts one of the most highly-regarded domestic leagues in the world, consistently struggles at major tournaments. "I can't get my head round it," he said. "I look at the players we have got and I believe we have still got some of the best players in the world. It is hard to put your finger on because it does look we have the players to do well but for one reason or another it just doesn't seem to happen."
Carragher confirmed that he was not intending to continue in international football. "This was a one-off thing," he said. "The manager said he had a few injuries and I came into the squad and helped. I was delighted with the opportunity to play in a World Cup and work with Capello but I have always said the most important thing for me is Liverpool Football Club."