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Barry Thanks The Villa Faithful

Barry Thanks The Villa Faithful

Gareth Barry says he 'never gave up hope' of gaining an England re-call and has thanked the fans for the faith they have showed in him.

In an interview on Villa World, he said:

'I'm absolutely delighted and it just goes to show you can't give up with things like this. I've always said I'd keep up my hopes, keep playing well and hopefully the chance would come. The fans have kept faith, the manager has spoken highly about my chances of playing for England and I'm thankful to everyone who's backed me. Now I have to keep doing well for Villa. That's what it's all about, you get called up for England on the strength of your club performances.'

'When you have been overlooked for so long and you're waiting for your chance, it's important you keep your head up and keep playing as well as you can at club level. That's what I've tried to do. I'm delighted for the fans as well. At every game they're singing my name for England and that means a lot. The website have backed me, even the local press have called for me to play for England for a long time, so I'm thankful to everyone in the area - especially the fans.'

He found out today via a phone call between Martin O'Neill and Steve McClaren. 'As soon as the gaffer called me in, I had a feeling that might be it. Obviously I was delighted when it was the England manager on the other end of the phone and it was a good moment for me.'


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday February 2 2007
Time: 6:15PM

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about time too,now play him mclaren and give him what he deserves a start for england,not from bench when game pattern is ruined when all the silly subs are brought on! barry is class personified,pure quality.
Belfast Villain
02/02/2007 19:02:00
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I really hope this is not just a fruitless charade. Perhaps I am too cynical, but when I see statement´s like " it just goes to show you should never give up" , I can´t help but think this is a stunt by McClaren to appear semi conscious and it means nothing for GB. Hope I am wrong.
madarab
02/02/2007 19:16:00
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BOUT TIME !!! nuff said.
Dudley_Villa
02/02/2007 20:09:00
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I agree that McClaren is a grade "A" ***** but even he is not stupid enough to pick a squad member that he didn't believe is good enough. Not saying he'll start this game, or even play but he'll now be a fixture in the squad and will come to the fore when McClaren sees how good he really is, first hand. Remember, despite having been arround at the highest level for, what feels like, an eternity, he's still only young. Have faith, Gareth has!!!
Villain Of The North
02/02/2007 20:19:00
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Great news! Let's just hope it's not just 20 mins as sub then dropped for the next match. Barry deserves better.
VillaYamYam
02/02/2007 21:37:00
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Fully deserved. He's been playing out of his skin, and has even stepped up a level since being awarded the club captaincy. He's a credit to AVFC.
glensider
02/02/2007 21:53:00
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Hopefully he will get enough time on the pitch so the England management and fans get the chance to see what England have been missing all these years, go on Gareth make us proud son.
steff_the_villan
02/02/2007 22:01:00
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Barry is a model pro and our top scorer! Showed his loyalty to the club over the summer and its paid dividends. Well done you deserve everything you get.
tarzan
02/02/2007 22:32:00
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barry 4 england!!!! lol
meakers
02/02/2007 22:58:00
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I have to ask tho, why has it always been a case of -if you play for the Villa you don't get a fair go in the England team? The only real exception was David Platt.
myleftfoot
02/02/2007 23:40:00
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