Writer: Mike Field
Date:Friday September 5 2008
After summer fumbles over Liverpool, an agent who can't keep his mouth shut in the press - well we all know the story. Barry is making amends.
Speaking to the press Barry has admitted that he may not have an England career had it not been for Martin O'Neill. A statement that has been long overdue given the summer.
Quoted on the Birmingham Post, Barry said:
"Martin O`Neill deserves a lot of credit. My call-up under then England manager Steve McClaren coincided with O`Neill playing me in centre midfield which I always felt was my best position.
"If you put the two together, they are the two big factors in why maybe I`m being talked about as an international player now.
"When you burst on to the scene at such a young age, a lot is expected of you. Then there was a massive gap really. I had a couple of caps here and there without really forcing myself in. The big four years without an appearance for England was a big setback for myself. I am just glad my international career is up and running again.
"Steve McClaren gave me the chance and I am happy to feature under Mr Capello now as well. It`s been a stop-start over the years but I`m relishing the opportunities at the moment.
"Was I surprised to make a comeback? Being out of the international scene for four years is a long time. You are hoping but to suddenly find yourself back in the team and feature in ten games in a row is massive transformation."
A massive transformation and all under the reign of Martin O'Neill.
Says it all doesn't it.
Date:Friday September 5 2008
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