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Gareth Barry - Captain Of Club & Country

Gareth Barry - Captain Of Club & Country

ASTON VILLA PLAYER Gareth Barry won his 20th cap last night in the 3-0 England win over Trinidad & Tobago and managed to score his first international goal. To add to the joy he took over in the second half as captain as David Beckham was brought off.

Gareth, who some say is now returning to England to decide his Villa future (the decision lies with the club last time I looked, but I get the reports drift!) said on the official site:

'It is a fantastic way to end the season for myself. To get my first international goal and then lead my country out in the second half made it a fantastic day all round and one that I probably will never forget. We have to be realistic and say that it is still early days but we are learning under Fabio all the time and that is the important thing.'



Meanwhile Alan Hansen, the BBC pundit and former Liverpool defender, praised Barry to high heaven at half time and at the end of the game. He said 'Barry did remarkably well.' Adding, 'The great thing for him is that he has given the manager a problem. It is great for the manager if he has options, but even in qualification Barry played particularly well and I think he is there to stay.'

And on the Liverpool link he said: 'I think he would be great for Liverpool, there is a real partnership developing there with Steven Gerrard. But, in my opinion, he is not what Liverpool need. What they need is a wide player with tons and tons of pace.'

Former Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was also full of praise saying he looked comfortable in the team, passes the ball well and 'he looks at home there.'

Just shows, with Ashley Young also making an appearance and Gabby Agbonlahor on the bench, you can be at Villa AND make the England team. Think on Gareth before you make a jump to a club in turmoil!



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday June 2 2008
Time: 9:49AM

Comments

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And he did it as an Aston Villa FC player, and within 2 seasons under MON. If thats no progress what is? Barry - I think you will be making a mistake if you leave. The grass is not always greener on the other side!
PaulG
02/06/2008 10:04:00
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And he did it as an Aston Villa FC player, and within 2 seasons under MON. If thats no progress what is? Barry - I think you will be making a mistake if you leave. The grass is not always greener on the other side!
PaulG
02/06/2008 10:04:00
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I remember the dayswhen we couldn`t get a man in the squad,now we have a player wearing the armband,Proud day for the club imo.Yet anothr sign of were we are going,UP THE VILLA
british84
02/06/2008 10:19:00
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I remember the dayswhen we couldn`t get a man in the squad,now we have a player wearing the armband,Proud day for the club imo.Yet anothr sign of were we are going,UP THE VILLA
british84
02/06/2008 10:19:00
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Totally agree, he is becoming an England regular, puts pay to the myth that Villa players can't make England especially with Young (on as a sub) and Gabby (unused) also in on the act.
The Fear
02/06/2008 10:42:00
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Totally agree, he is becoming an England regular, puts pay to the myth that Villa players can't make England especially with Young (on as a sub) and Gabby (unused) also in on the act.
The Fear
02/06/2008 10:42:00
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That certainly is a myth Fear, Villa actually hold the record for being the team who have provided more England internationals than any other. 66 at the moment.
young_jonah
02/06/2008 10:48:00
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That certainly is a myth Fear, Villa actually hold the record for being the team who have provided more England internationals than any other. 66 at the moment.
young_jonah
02/06/2008 10:48:00
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But yes, a proud moment yesterday - and a cracking finish for his goal, too.
The Usual Suspect
02/06/2008 11:19:00
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But yes, a proud moment yesterday - and a cracking finish for his goal, too.
The Usual Suspect
02/06/2008 11:19:00
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