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Barry Loving England Life

Barry Loving England Life

Gareth Barry is loving life back in the England team as he gears up for the games against the USA and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ginger One, despite his many errors, at least got one thing right and brought back Captain Barry and since then neither England nor Gareth have looked back.

Speaking on the officials site whilst obviously the club stay silent on all the brilliant transfers we have already made and just not announced, Barry said:

'It was well publicised I had four years out of the England squad but to come back this season and appear in each game, nine or ten appearances in a row, it is a great comeback for me and I never stopped thinking about playing for England so to come back makes me happy.

'You have always got to back your own ability, four years is a long time in football - one season is, but that is part of the game and you live and learn. Different managers have different opinions and as you get older you learn.

'When you first get back into the squad, it is like joining a new club - different players from when I was there before but it doesn't take long to settle.'

Oh er, I don't like that comment about settling at new clubs!

'It is always a different feel when there is a different manager, but this will have a big effect on the squad.

'He is bringing in his own culture, an Italian manager and there are not many players who have played under one of those before and just his presence and what he has achieved in the game you stand up and look at him.

'He is still learning the language but that has improved quickly. In training every manager is different - he is as well and he is getting his points across.'

Yeah so much for being fluent in a month, that backfired but the press have let him get away with that. Well at least till he loses a few games anyway - always true to form the press!

There's no doubt Barry has grown as a player over the last few seasons, this season was probably his most consistent yet and with him in the squad England actually appear to have a backbone.

Just need a nice Young winger on the left now.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday May 20 2008
Time: 3:40PM


I don't want to get into Barry rumours and the like, but I do think it's interesting how many misunderstandings there are about the boy. This one is perhaps the most notable. "Barry feels he must move to cement his England place". No he doesn't. He has earned it playing for Villa, he has kept it whilst playing for Villa. Why should that change unless he is not the best man for the job any more? Some people are silly billies.
20/05/2008 15:57:00
also the official site were a bit naughty with their headline 'Barry Settled' I thought at last we had the quotes we all want to read, that he is staying!
The Fear
20/05/2008 16:11:00
I dont care about how he feels about playing for england (Iam Irish) All I want to know is, is he staying or going? Please Mr. Barry can we finally get and answer?
Tallaght Villan
20/05/2008 16:12:00
Hope he stays but I wonder if we are being 'prepared' for his move? The signing of Sidwell followed by crouch plus cash for Barry perhaps.. I hope he stays but only if he really wants to.
20/05/2008 16:32:00
i think we should force him to stay even if he wants to go. i say lock him inside villa park and feed him on a diet of pins and benitez tears. then he can grow a beard and win olly's award every year so he can guarantee success at villa.
20/05/2008 18:02:00
Crouch plus cash for Barry will send me into freefall. Losing Gareth would be bad enough, the return of Crouch even worse. Tell me that I'm dreaming, assure me that it aint gonna happen.
20/05/2008 19:39:00
Has everyone forgotten the quotes made by Gareth only a month ago? He released a statement with the intent of reassuring us. 'I've always said I can be successful here. I don't think I have to move to learn more. The ideal situation for me is to be competing at the top level of football for this club.' 'When people talk about me leaving they don't talk about the fact that I've got so much to lose here as well. I'm the captain here and I've got a great relationship with the fans. 'Ten years at one club, it would be a wrench to even think about leaving. I don't have to leave to achieve, I've always said I want to be doing it here.' What's changed? A few more papers have been sold, thats all.
20/05/2008 21:39:00
And has anyone seen the comment from our Big Carew on Sky Sports? "What will happen, or not happen, is difficult to say. I think he will stay. He is our captain, he is the symbol of the club. I think he will stay but let's wait and see." I trust JC's opinion;)
20/05/2008 21:49:00
Trouble is Villan-in-Cyprus, a month is an eternity in football. Words that were muttered even a mere week ago, have little meaning as of right now.
22/05/2008 18:40:00
Thats quite true, glensider. Although how I look at it is what's happened between then and now? Villa have offered Gareth £70K+ a week and guaranteed first team football. Also Villa will be hot favourites for qualifying for UEFA. It's looking more and more likely that Rafa intends to play him in LB, when he gets to play. And he will never be MR LIVERPOOL living in Stevie G's shadow. Common sense says he will stay.
23/05/2008 13:40:00
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