Carragher lines up charity match

06 May 2010 11:26
Liverpool will play an Everton XI in Jamie Carragher's charity fund-raising testimonial match on 4 September.The 32-year-old former England defender supported the Toffees as a boy before joining Liverpool's youth set-up. [LNB]All proceeds from the game at Anfield will benefit local charities through Carragher's 23 Foundation. [LNB]"It has been in the pipeline for four or five months and I'm delighted now that I can start to talk about it properly," he said. [LNB]"Everton were always my first idea. If we had gone for a foreign team, they would have incurred appearance fees and travel costs. [LNB]"But that is not what this game is going to be about; the money we raise is for the city of Liverpool and Merseyside in general. [LNB]"Everyone knows I was an Evertonian when I was a kid and I thought it would be appropriate for the two teams in my life to have a game of football." [LNB]Former Liverpool stars Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Owen have all confirmed they will take part. [LNB]Carragher also revealed he will not be discussing his future an Anfield until the start of the new season. [LNB]"I've spoken to the manager [Rafael Benitez] about it and we both agreed that would be better," he added. [LNB]"I don't want to retire yet. I understand at my age, you can only make decisions season by season. [LNB]"But I want to finish my career at Liverpool. I don't want to play for anyone else." [LNB]Carragher is keen to take up a coaching role when his playing days are over, stating: "I've passed the Uefa B coaching badge and I'm considering the A badge at Lilleshall this summer."

Source: BBC_Sport