JAMIE CARRAGHER turned up late for TV punditry in New York – and jokingly blamed Christian Pulisic’s DAD.
Carra appeared flustered as he sat down for work in the Brooklyn studio with presenter Kate Abdo even suggesting he was “sweating”.
And when questioned by his CBS colleague about why he had missed the start of the broadcast, Carra had a bizarre answer.
At first the former England defender just said: “It was a bit difficult getting through passport control.”
But when pushed, he added: “I don’t really know. Maybe it’s the criticism.
“Maybe Pulisic’s dad was the fella doing the passports, I don’t know. I’ve given him a little bit of stick, haven’t I?”
Even before Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel as Stamford Bridge boss, Carragher had doubted whether ex-Borussia Dortmund wideman Pulisic had the ability to earn a regular spot.
Carra said: “I don’t think a new manager is gonna completely rejuvenate him.
“He’s gonna be playing week in, week out. I just think he’s a squad player for Chelsea no matter who the manager is.”
He later added: “To play week in, week out and make a difference for one of the best teams in the world, he’s not good enough for that right now.”
Ex-Fulham and US hitman Clint Dempsey responded: “Maybe he’s not good enough, but he’s still a young player and still has a lot to prove.
“It doesn’t mean that he can’t still go on to another level,.”