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Barry Gets 'Buzz' And Tips Villa Pair For England

Gareth Barry says both Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young are ready and should be called up to the full England squad for next months waste of time friendly v Germany in Berlin. A friendly v Germany? That is surely the very definition of an oxymoron?!

The former Villa skipper and England regular told the Mail that the friendly would be ideal for both Ashley Young and Gabby to move their good Villa form to the international scene. Will Capello agree? Hmmm!

'Obviously, it is not for me to say who should be called up but I am sure they will have been watched again. Hopefully their chance will come because they deserve it. The England manager will know the Germany game is a great chance to see players like Ashley and Gabby.'

Barry, who scored for Villa v Blackburn last night, said playing for England gives him a 'buzz' (isn't that a form of public transport in Birmingham?) adding, 'The manager has said he will experiment but I had four years out of the England squad - and those four years I was out of things, you can't get them back. I want to play at every opportunity for my country now.'

Do you think both players are ready for a call up?




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 30 2008

Time: 5:50PM

Your Comments

Gabby's getting european experience regularly now, he's the top English scorer in the prem so far; it would seem the natural progression to test him in a game where there isn't a huge amount of pressure.
johnnyuk
Not a huge amount of pressure!!! This is Germany, there are no friendlies, and damn right I would play both of them, two players who are used to each other and in good form, yes, come on Capello you know it makes sense : )
steff_the_villan
young is ready i still think gabby needs to learn to look up a bit more when he is in possesion
askpaul68
Ashley Young, yes, without a doubt. It was unbelievable how aggrevated I got when we were playing Belarus and the commentator came out with the line "other than Joe Cole we have no decent left wingers in England", what a moron. Gabby, no, not at all ready for that step up, and there are much better options available to England.
Mayo_12
Ash should definitely be starting, and Gabby maybe coming off to bench when we have the inevitable raft of subs. Will do them both a lot of good to be part of the set up and provide them with even more (as if they need it) incentive to put the performances in for the Villa. And the buzz is definitely my favourite form of public transport :-)
splatt
Gabby will score for England I know it. Pick him and he will score. Whether he plays well or not is another question.
PTP
If gabi goes then so should Owen in my opinion.
leelindsay
Pearce would be gutted to lose either of them but its going to happen. They cant be held back for ever. The England manager is yet to drop a point in the qualifying matches so his judgement has been spot on with regards to bringing either into the squad.
col8
Gareth speaking sense. Putting forward the names of his two young team mates, that has to be good for club morale.
glensider
If Fabio Capello fails to select both, or even one of our young talents, clearly there is something very amiss.
glensider
 

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