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Has Jamie Carragher just debunked one of English football’s biggest myths?

The makeup of England's 'Golden Generation' midfield dominated the pre-match discussion

We hate to break it to you.

The pre-match buildup to England’s friendly against Switzerland was dominated by a discussion about where it went wrong for the ‘Golden Generation.’

Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher went someway to dispelling one of English football’s biggest myths, insisting that Paul Scholes wasn’t shoehorned out on the left of midfield.

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Squad goals

Totally ignoring the opinion of his fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp, Carragher shot down suggestions that Scholes being out of position was a regular occurrence.

Carragher fired back at Redknapp, saying: “Can I just say this is a bit of a myth this?

“Scholes played left-midfield for four games in one tournament and then retired. He only played there four games.”

It turns out that he’s actually got a point.

Redknapp’s face says it all

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Redknapp’s face says it all

Just five of Scholes’ 66 England appearances saw him deployed on the left-side of midfield.

The ginger maestro almost exclusively featured there during England’s Euro 2004 campaign, with the exception of a friendly in the buildup to the tournament.

Scholes started all three of the group games from left-midfield, accommodating Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the centre of the pitch.

He actually did reasonably well, scoring once and chipping in with an assist.

He netted in the 4-2 win against Croatia

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He netted in the 4-2 win against Croatia

His final appearance on the left was the shootout defeat to Portugal in the quarter-finals, before retiring after the tournament.

Scholes has spoken publicly in the past about having no issues playing that position, insisting it was a role he would occasionally fill for Man United.

So, there you have it. One of English football’s biggest myths has been debunked in the space of 30 seconds.

We don’t fancy arguing with Carragher, for very obvious reasons…


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