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Gareth the Great - Barry the Brillant



Good luck to Gareth Barry for a thoroughly, thoroughly deserved recall to the England team.

From when he made his debut as a floppy haired skinny lad in that memorable game away to Sheff Weds nearly a decade ago to this, his most prolific season, he has been a truly worthy of the title ‘Villa Great’. By the time he kicks his last ball in the claret and blue he will no doubt have been elevated to the rank of ‘Villa Legend’ - and that is not an accolade given lightly. If he stays injury free then I see no reason why he can’t be our second highest appearance holder of all time, which in this day of mega money moves and the lack of loyalty that breeds, is really quite something.

Along with Gary Neville, he is the only player to have been picked by the last five England managers so that surely tells a story about just how consistent a player he has been during his career. He is also the record holder of U-21 caps with a whopping 27 caps to compliment his 8 senior caps.

During his career at Villa Park he has seen the occasional high but one hell of a lot of lows and it is to his testimony that he hasn’t followed suit of fellow team mates in jumping ship in the hope that the grass is greener – or should that be chasing the Great British Pound? Even this most loyal of servants had his patience tested to the full this summer and we very nearly lost him but MON came in and convinced him he could lead us into the promised land and, as a bonus, he could win back his England shirt. I am just so pleased for him that these promises appear to be coming to fruition and he will be an excellent ambassador for the club as our profile raises throughout the planet.

Under the previous regime we always had a fairly good team but the concept of a good squad seemed a bit lost on Unky Herb, and in that scenario Gareth Barry has proved totally invaluable. He has played – and excelled – as a central defender, one of a back three, left back and now left midfield. This versatility really should have guaranteed him a place in the squad for every single major tournament England have entered but rather bewilderingly he has only ever made it to Euro 2000. I believe that has always been to do with perception of Aston Villa within the media and public at large but with one of the highest respected managers in the game, a new and exciting brand of football and unbelievable strides being made off the pitch I think the old image is being eradicated and this will lead to many more caps for our own Gareth Barry.

I hope the fool in charge doesn’t give you 15 mins at right back, but wherever you play I’m sure you will shine out. Gareth is England's answer as back up to Joe Cole on the left of midfield but for the Spain game he will have to be the marauding left back.

You make all Villans proud, but not as proud as in 12 months time when Cahill, Young and Gabby join you!

By Beefy
The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 3:41PM

Your Comments

great article, totally agree, he's done Villa and will do England proud!
The Fear
And he is bloomin fourth choice left back after cole, bridge and phil neville. Absolute discrace he deserves 45 mins at least in left back or wing to show he is quality. Every week he does it for villa what is wrong with the idiots in charge?????
tylervilla
If he doesn't get a run out it'll be a disgrace. I hope being named in the squad isn't a token gesture.
weller77
well said beefy,totally agree.phil neville ahead of gareth, just proves what a *****in plank mclaren is!!!!!!!!!!!
Belfast Villain
Barry just as well give up hope of an England future under Ginger.
col8
P.S. Good Artical Beefster.
col8
Mclaren will play fkin bilbo baggins at left back if he was right footed, slower than our gareth, and fell out the ugly tree! hang on doesnt that fit phi nevill. Or maybe his dad nevil nevil could do it. ( bumbling Idiot )
morky13villa
Yes, a thoroughly deserved recall to the national side.
sandgroanun
We rate him highly, supporters of other clubs feel the same. Mr Consistency throughout his Villa career to date. A quality player who as others have said, should have been an England squad regular since winning his first cap. That he hasn't been, and that the clown currently in charge of our national team sees fit not to start him against Spain, will forever remain a mystery. A well scripted article Beefy. Sums up the feelings of all with claret and blue blood surging through their veins.
glensider
Oh well, he'll just have to make do with lifting a few trophies in the claret and blue in the near future!
Beovilla
Excellent article Beefy, surely echoing the thoughts of the faithful, but just goes to prove how unfashionable we are that a player with his record and undoubted ability is so far down the pecking order, get him on the pitch, let him prove himself. McClaren is unbelievable, this is the front page so I think I will go now before I get myself banned
steff_the_villan
 

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