Joey Barton overlooked by England

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
 

After the announcement of the England squad for the friendly with Denmark, a few people were left scratching their heads. No, not because we all forgot about the most pointless and needless game we could all do without. It was Fabio Cappello’s selection of personnel that raised a few eyebrows. There was one notable name missing from squad.

Joey Barton has never played for England since winning his first cap back in February 2007 and rightly so. Persistent off the field incidents and injuries have blighted a very promising career. ‘Animal’ and ‘thug’ are the usual words people use to describe him. Joey Barton is no angel, far from it.

However, there is no hiding from the fact that his form so far this season has put him up there with the best of the England midfielder’s. He has said on a number of occasions that he believes when he is on top form; there is no other English midfielder better than him. He is certainly proving this claim right with some truly inspirational all round midfield displays.

The selection of both Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard in the England squad always seems to voice groans from the fans and it’s no different this time. I think it’s fair to say we would rather see Barton included and possibly give Jack Rodwell of Everton an opportunity.

One thing that is for certain, none of the England central midfielders selected have produced consistent performances this season to the level of Joey Barton.

It makes you to think, what more does he have to do? If he keeps up this form there is no way Fabio Cappello can ignore him, surely? I think it’s unfair if he is not being picked because of his history. He can’t change his past but he can change his future and that’s exactly what he is doing. He is not asking for forgiveness or remorse. He just wants a chance to play for his country. Over the past two years he has turned his life around and rediscovered his passion for the game. After achieving promotion back to the Premier League with Newcastle, he is now seen as an integral part of the team and is close to agreeing a new contract. Not only is he now earning praise from pundits and fellow professionals but he is also, slowly but gradually, earning praise from the fans. He is certainly a favorite with the Newcastle supporters. It was also clearly evident this weekend how far he has come over the past 18 months. In the thrilling 4-4 draw between Newcastle and Arsenal, we saw Abou Diaby grab Barton by the neck and shove him to the ground. Barton of old would certainly have reacted. However, like mature and disciplined professional, he didn’t react and instead was praised for a good strong tackle.

No one can defend him or make excuses for what he has done but his form this season cannot be ignored. Fabio Cappello said he will only pick in form players. Joey Barton is arguably the most in form English midfielder.

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  • nodrog

    It’s Englands loss and Newcastles gain. It least he will stay fresh for us.

  • http://NEWSNOW JIM ROSS

    IM SCOTTISH BUT IF ENGLAND HAVE 4 OR 5 BETTER MIDFIELDERS THAN JOEY THEN I CAANT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU LOT AINT WORLD CHAMPIONS YOU NEED TO GET RID OF THE SPAGHETTI MUNCHER HE IS TAKING THE PISS OUT OF YOU

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