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Can Jamie Carragher be BT’s ‘Gary Neville’?

Carragher and Neville square off in 2010

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has been critically lauded for his punditry since joining Sky Sports and it now looks as if BT Vision will look to repeat the trick with Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Neville went straight from the dressing room into the studio and that has been cited as one of the reasons why his opinions have been so clued in.

Therefore, BT, who will be broadcasting 38 games a season for three years starting next August after winning a bid for the rights in June, are looking at current players who could make a similar transition.

And according to respected sport media journalist Charles Sale in Daily Mail, Carragher is a target as they look for a "a Premier League pundit with dressing-room knowledge."

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has also been in for talks, but if BT want a current player there are a few knocking around who have already dabbled in media work.

Here are some of the more realistic options.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham)

The American keeper is now 41 and has lost his place as first-choice at White Hart Lane. He is a key student of the game though and has already set up football academies in his homeland. He has done plenty of radio work and has shown a calm and reasoned style.

Jason Roberts (Reading)

The Reading striker has done lots of work for the BBC already. He used to write a blog for their website and often hosts the 6-0-6 radio phone-in show on BBC Radio Five Live. Roberts has also been in front of the camera too – making four appearances as a pundit on Match of the Day 2.

David James (Bournemouth)

One of the most articulate footballers around, James is now 42 and playing in League One so his playing days are undoubtedly coming to an end. James writes a regular column for The Observer newspaper and always comes across well on TV and radio. James though has also expressed a desire to go into management and might want a crack at that before committing full-time to media work.

Danny Murphy (Blackburn)

The Blackburn midfielder used to write a blog for us here at Eurosport during his Fulham days and can often been seen on match day panels for Sky Sports. He's still only 35 though so he might still have a bit more in the tank as a footballer.

Michael Owen (Stoke City)

Injuries continue to blight the former England international's career, and despite still only being 33, there are serious question marks over whether he can still produce at the top level. He certainly made a media splash when he rocked a sensational Movember effort as a guest of Sky Sports Champions League coverage recently.

Phil Neville (Everton)

Since Gary is such a success it is not too big of a leap to suggest that it is in the genes? Brother Phil has been a respected captain of Everton for a number of years now and also has never seemed to have rubbed up opposing fans in quite the same way as Gary did.

Who would you like watch analyse football on television after their playing days are over? Leave your thoughts below...