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Gareth Barry Reacts To Our Support

Gareth Barry Reacts To Our Support

Following our article last month Gareth Barry Puts Villa On The Map which was kindly passed on to the England midfielder via Phil Mepham, we've had the following from the club after they asked Gareth for his reaction to the support he has had across the Villa sites and amongst Villa fans in general:

Gareth Barry has hailed the Villa faithful for their unstinting support in his quest for a senior international recall.

With Steve McClaren set to name his squad for the Euro qualifiers against Estonia and Russia tomorrow, Barry is sure to retain his place after impressive displays against Israel and Russia last month.

The Villa skipper justified the Claret and Blue Army’s support as England revived hopes of qualifying for next summer’s finals. And the versatile 26-year-old was delighted to fly the Villa flag.

Barry said: “The fans have always been superb in backing me for an England recall. It gives me a real lift when they chant ‘Barry for England’. I know the support has been there on websites and message boards – our website and others – and it is really appreciated.'

“When I play for Villa or for England I’m representing the Villa fans and I know it makes a difference to have players in the England squad.”

Barry continued: “I’m taking nothing for granted, despite things going so well in the last two qualifiers and I know I have to keep performing well at club level. That’s what the fans deserve and that’s what I have to do. It’s the same with Ashley Young – he has to consistently produce the level of performances that got him a call-up in the first place.”

With thanks to General Charles Krulak, Phil Mepham, Geoff Coleman (editor at large of and of-course, our very own Captain Marvell.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 4 2007
Time: 10:42AM

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Keep up the excellent form and hard work and 2nd choice McLaren can't drop him, Gareth has in a way saved his job or at least the regular slating that he was getting in the papers after every match. Regularly MOM for us and well deserved.
04/10/2007 10:59:00
I'm waiting for the memo from Marlon reacting to our supprt. That should be fun! lol
04/10/2007 11:20:00
barry is a villa legend in the making.
04/10/2007 12:41:00
barry. legend. pleasure to have BARRY 6 on my villa shirt.
04/10/2007 13:11:00
Now go out and cement your place in the England starting line up Gareth. Good luck to you next week, and here's hoping for your first England goal. Villa for England.
04/10/2007 18:51:00
I suppose a lesser player would have told Sven and Ginger to stick it where the sun dont shine, to his credit he has stuck it out season afrer season with little recognition from the England managers. Sadly it is those same managers who now benifit from his skill as a midfielder. They now know what the Villa Faithful have known for years.
05/10/2007 11:39:00
The good thing about all of this, is that we're not singing Gareth's praises because he's a Villan, although admittedly that of course helps. We're waving the GB banner because (a) he fully deserved his long overdue call up and recognition, and (b) because he proved to the nation that he's in the team fully on merit, and not as some stop gap measure to cover for the likes of the missing Lampard, Carrick and co.
05/10/2007 16:27:00
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