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Jamie Carragher, Eleven Other Reds Headed to South Africa

From the official site:

Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson are all heading to South Africa after being confirmed in Fabio Capello's final World Cup squad.

They join clubmates Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel (Holland), Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina (Spain), Martin Skrtel (Slovakia), Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Greece) and Daniel Agger (Denmark) in being guaranteed a place in South Africa.

It's not entirely surprising to see Carra make the cut---we've talked about his versatility in a back line that's sorely in need of it, and outside of Glen Johnson there are no other defenders in the final 23-man squad that have played right back with any consistency. How much he plays will likely depend more on the fitness of Johnson, John Terry, and Rio Ferdinand, but a bid in the starting eleven wouldn't be a complete shocker.

As for the number of Liverpool players in World Cup action, it's what you expect from a club of Liverpool's stature, and it'll make for an intriguing month. Nearly all the names will play a large part, and more than a few are tasked with a huge responsibility in their side. Unfortunately we don't get much head-to-head---outside of Denmark v. Netherlands and Greece v. Argentina, there's nothing concrete.

Back a little later as I continue to get acclimated to a real world that, after a five-day break, I was most certainly not ready for.

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