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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.'

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

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
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