CHIPPING IN - with Darren Foreman: Carragher’s loyalty to Reds highlights a quality lacking in the modern game

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The announcement that Jamie Carragher is set to end his illustrious career at Liverpool FC at the end of the season raised the issue of loyalty in football again.

Carragher has played over 700 games for Liverpool and almost epitomises the term loyalty.

The comparison with the likes of Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes with the modern players came to the fore on transfer deadline day.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie made a total fool out of himself when travelling down to QPR to discuss terms without permission.

He was even more daft to give an interview from his car window to Sky Sports News, saying the deal was set to go through.

This just went to highlight how things have changed in the game.

England's Leighton Baines (right) and Brazil's David Luiz battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 6, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

England's Leighton Baines (right) and Brazil's David Luiz battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 6, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

No doubt the likes of Scholes, Giggs, Gerrard and Carragher could have moved on to other clubs at some point in their careers.

Granted, Manchester United and Liverpool are big clubs, but the money would have been on the table if they moved on, and they didn’t.

I would definitely have 11 Jamie Carragher’s in my team, would I have a Peter Odemwingie? No.

Fair enough you wouldn’t score many goals, but you could depend on him to put his foot in and put his body on the line.

England's Alex Goode scores his Try during the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 2, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

England's Alex Goode scores his Try during the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 2, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Jamie Carragher will be the first to admit that he isn’t the most technically gifted player in the world, but he was a committed and honest defender.

They will miss Carragher’s presence in the dressing room and his reliability on the pitch as well.

England were very impressive in their 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

It was great to see that the most impressive player on the pitch was an Englishman.

Italy players celebrate after defeating France during their Six Nations rugby international union match in Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday Feb. 3, 2013. Italy won 23-18. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italy players celebrate after defeating France during their Six Nations rugby international union match in Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday Feb. 3, 2013. Italy won 23-18. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Jack Wilshere was at his best and ran the midfield and it was great to see.

I think Roy Hodgson is definitely the man for the job.

Players seem to enjoy playing for him and he seems to be a good, modern coach.

He dropped his usual 4-4-2 formation and went with the more modern, flexible 4-3-3, or 4-5-1 formation that managers and coaches seem to favour these days.

I don’t really like the international friendlies to be honest. I think we need to reduce the amount of friendlies played and maybe revert to the Home Nations competition that I grew up watching.

But it was good to see England in good form against an exciting side in Brazil and hopefully we can carry that form into the qualifiers coming up.

I have to mention the England rugby union boys after their impressive win against Scotland in the Calcutta Cup that kicked-off our Six Nations campaign in style.

England didn’t really need to get out of second gear and won at a canter in the end.

Billy Twelvetrees was very impressive on debut and seems to be keeping Manu Tuilagi out of the side, which is no mean feat.

Ireland away will be a totally different proposition though, but hopefully Stuart Lancaster and the lads can maintain their form.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“I can still picture Carragher cramping up but still throwing his body in front of the ball in the Champions League final against AC Milan in 2005.” Jamie Redknapp on Jamie Carragher.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

It has to be the Italian rugby union team. It was great to see them win at home to France in their Six Nations opener.

They have been seen as the whipping boys since they joined the competition and their win shows how much they’re improving.