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At Last - Barry Back In England Fold


It has just been announced that Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry has at last returned to the England fold.

The Villa captain, who had been out in the cold thanks to Sven, has been named in the England squad for next week's friendly international against Spain.

Barry will be looking to earn his 9th England cap.

Good news, what is it with Villa these days, what has happened to all the doom, gloom and anger?

Oh, and well done Steve McClaren.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 2 2007

Time: 4:27PM

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Just saw this on Sky. Brilliant news and about time too. Come on the Villa!!
Adam Deuce
Nice one Cornet Head! Is my favourite player Kieron"Bentley" Richardson in the squad too?
Really pleased for Gazza Bazza, but I still think Mclaren is an incompetant prat! I bet he doesnt even get a kick.
Coming after Macarrone's withering comments it's the only decent thing McCaren could have done. Even better if Captain Marvel celebrates with a goal tomorrow.
well done gareth
About time too. Well done GB, fully deserved.
Lets just hope he gets a fair crack of the whip now, still cynical about that though as Downing is in the squad too and we all know he's 'teacher's pet'
never mind the "well done Steve McClaren", Barry has given him no option but to pick him. I cant stand bloody McClaren - I dont believe Maccarone was misquoted for one minute when he said he was a two faced idiot with no balls - he is
I can't stand mcclaren I have to admit, but thought a bit of praise for not doing a sven. I consider myself abmonished though edgley! LOL
The Fear
Three kids in the U21s, Barry back for England, Bouma back for the Dutch and Baros back in France........ Dont get much better lads !
Stourbridge Villan
The claret and blue machine is rolling!
Superb news - MON championed a call-up from day one - Gaz's performances have lived up to that - good on ya Gareth - fully deserved! Chaps - this is just the beginning - Gabby, Ashley, Luke, Cahill, Ridge and Isaiah will soon follow suit!
Are they all signing for Man Utd? ;) Sorry its still hard to not by cynical.
Well done GB! but i dont think he will not get a game all the time that Managers boy Downing is in the squad he will get a game before Gareth.
Hopefully Ridgewell won't play for England. I believe he should have been sold to Blues as he isn't good enough for us
Well done GB... Thoroughly deserved I say!
Maybe a shot at LB if downing is preferred at LM? Congrats GB! Well deserved and long overdue. Have it!!
The Usual Suspect
Great news, and a good time to make my first post. Congratulations GB, more than deserved. In some ways a little worried this is for show only though, I don´t have any faith in McClaren.
How the hell did Jenas get in ahead of Nolan? McClaren is in a world of his own. Downing has been performing well recently, Barry all season. Go for consistancy. Play Barry from the start - please!
About bloody time.
Hoo-bloody-ray!! Me thinks Gareth can expect a tremendous ovation tomorrow when he leads the lads out, and does he desrve it!!
well done gareth barry, well on his way to becoming a villa legend,only thing now is for him 2 get a few trophies lifted and that will come soon 2. the man is pure quality and he made mclaren pick him its as simple as that i agree coz mclaren does not have a clue otherwise barry wouldve been in his squads from the start!
Belfast Villain
Congratulations GB! If I were him I'd have told McClaren: "Thanks, but no thanks. I'll wait till we have real England manager"! (Well, maybe not .. I'm sure if McClaren had called me this week ..) :-(
Well done Gareth, totally deserved and well overdue. The next question is: Where the bloody hell does he play him :-) Now that's what I call a luxuary problem!!
Villain Of The North
Congratulations Gareth, very much deserved. Hopefully, you'll get your chance on the pitch as well.
GB has been majestic for the last 18 months. Cornet Head reminds me of Duncan "two chins" Fletcher, picks his trusted allies.
Barry is already a Villa legend. He will break our appearance record in years to come. He is one of the most talented players ever to don the claret and blue.
Well done Gareth - and not before time! Lets hope this is not a case of McClaren bowing to media pressure. Give hime at least a run out Steve and let him prove you were (eventually) right to pick him.
Captain Marvel, Villa legend in the making, should already be an England regular, better late than never, hope he gets to kick a ball. Don't rate downing, McClaren is still an arse.
Awesome! Im hoping and expecting to see a confident Man Of The Match performance from Barry against the Hamboys
hopefully he will get at least 45 minutes and prove he's worth the recall.
Aint played him yet but I have a feeling this will just be a flash in the pan for GB.

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