Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Gareth Barry On 9th England Cap

Gareth Barry On 9th England Cap

Villa captain Gareth Barry has spoken of his second half appearance in the England team last night during yet more confirmation that Steve McClaren is not up to the job.

Barry said: 'I'm not too sure whether I've done enough to cement my place in the squad for the qualifiers. It's a big squad and there was a few withdrawals, but I was happy with what I did because I kept it simple and I didn't let anyone down. It was a proud moment for me - Steve McClaren said at half-time there was going to be one change and there were nine players on the bench so I didn't think it was going to be me. So it was a bonus for me to get half a game.'

'It was disappointing not to start because there was a lot of talk about me being left-back. But he'd obviously called me into the squad as a midfielder which is the first time I've been in the squad in that position. I felt comfortable playing the left of a three in midfield and I feel that's probably my best position.'

Barry added on the official site: 'It was a disappointing result and I would have preferred my recall to have come in a positive game. But it was nice just to be involved again and have half a game for England - it's better than having a 10-15 minute run out.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday February 8 2007
Time: 1:45PM


The less Gareth plays for England the better. We don't want McClaren lowering MON's high playing standards!!!
08/02/2007 13:58:00
Just how awful were England last night? Dire, 2 shots one being a Peter Crouch tap! Pathetic. Would like to say, could do better, but under Sven No2 I don't think we can.
The Fear
08/02/2007 14:34:00
McLaren, like Sven has no VISION of how he wants the team to play. Create your vision, then pick the players to fit in. That does not always mean it will be the so called best players. Picking 'the best' players because the media wants you to and then having no clear idea on how to accomodate them is a recipe for disaster. You end up tinkering with formations/systems to get them to work together. He should be brave enough to admit that players like Lampard and Gerrard CANNOT play together. Or he should leave.
08/02/2007 15:11:00
We were ***** last night, think the fans should start a Sven McLaren out petition
08/02/2007 15:12:00
Barry was forced to change position so McClaren could get his bum boy on the pitch
08/02/2007 15:15:00
Based on that performance, who still wants SWP?
08/02/2007 16:08:00
It was a bit like watching ellis and dol's villa last season. I think if that was a prem team it would have been relegated. Rubbish.
08/02/2007 17:19:00
Very very poor and most of all - PREDICATABLE! Barring injuries affecting the first team turn out - and I mean proper injuries like Owen/Hargreaves/A.Cole/Terry - we were awful (barring Barry). Did anyone notice how slow Dyer was, how SWP was afraid to take people on, how The Everton One was pathetic....I hate to say it from the 'MCCLAREN YOU BERK' thread but I told you so. Last of all - LAMPARD on the left!!!! MCCLAREN - you are a tw@.
08/02/2007 18:52:00
whoops PREDICTABLE. Sorry. UTV.
08/02/2007 18:53:00
Swp's confidence is obviously at rock bottom. His price should come down a fair bit to a more relistic level. Mon will be able to restore that confidence and produce another rabbit out of the hat.
08/02/2007 19:16:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (505)

Stoking the fires of doubt..

The Aston Villa Injury Table...

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for us and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Two Fixtures Moved For Sky

Two of Aston Villa's games in the month of December have been switched following selection by Sky Sports.

Siegrist Heads To Solihull

Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist has headed to National League North side Solihull Moors for the next month.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists


Current Poll (see more polls)

Tim Sherwood?
Suggested By: JP Fear
It will all click and be fine9%
Not going to work out49%
Give him til end Nov then look again21%
Give him til end of Dec then look again5%
No idea anymore, Villa confuse me!16%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 0 2 18 12
2 Arsenal 8 5 1 2 16 6
3 Man Utd 8 5 1 2 16 4
4 Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 15 4
5 Leicester City 8 4 3 1 15 2
6 West Ham 8 4 2 2 14 6
7 Everton 8 3 4 1 13 4
8 Spurs 8 3 4 1 13 4
9 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
10 Liverpool 8 3 3 2 12 -2
11 Swansea 8 2 4 2 10 0
12 Watford 8 2 4 2 10 -1
13 Norwich 8 2 3 3 9 -2
14 Stoke 8 2 3 3 9 -2
15 AFC Bournemouth 8 2 2 4 8 -2
16 Chelsea 8 2 2 4 8 -5
17 WBA 8 2 2 4 8 -5
18 Aston Villa 8 1 1 6 4 -5
19 Sunderland 8 0 3 5 3 -10
20 Newcastle 8 0 3 5 3 -11
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
2015 - Russian GP - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
Groves Wants McCracken Tie-Up
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 17 2015 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 24 2015 3:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 27 2015 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Capital One Cup
Nov 2 2015 8:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 8 2015 1:30PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 21 2015 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions396
3.The Fear179
The Vital Football Members League