Barry Won't Give Up On England
Midfielder hopeful of Three Lions recall despite latest omission.
Gareth Barry insists he hasn’t given up hope of an England recall - despite being overlooked for the Three Lions’ final two World Cup qualifiers.
The midfielder has made an immediate impression at Everton since arriving on loan from Manchester City, with the Blues winning all three of the Premier League games in which he has played.
Blues boss Roberto Martinez last week branded Barry as ‘someone players can look up to, someone who has been through many experiences and can give some sort of calm influence'.
But the 32-year-old’s eye-catching form – and big-game knowhow - has again been ignored by Roy Hodgson who last week named his squad for the make-or-break games against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley.
Still, Barry remains optimistic of adding to his 53 caps, the last of which was earned against Norway in June 2012.
“It’s something that I definitely wouldn’t be turning down at the moment,” Barry told evertontv when asked about the chance of resuming his international career.
“I joined Everton to play regular football and that’s still my main target, to get my form going. If an England call comes with that, then fantastic. But it’s certainly at the back of my mind.”
Barry became the tenth player to make 500 Premier League appearances in Everton’s recent 3-2 victory over Newcastle United.
By the end of his loan agreement with Everton, he could leapfrog Sol Campbell (503), Mark Schwarzer (504), Phil Neville (505), Jamie Carragher (508) and Emile Heskey (516) to move up to fifth place in the league’s all-time appearance charts.
The evergreen Ryan Giggs leads the way 623 matches – but Barry could possibly surpass David James (572), Frank Lampard (558) and Gary Speed (535) if he prolongs his career for several more seasons.
“I’ve always said that I want to play a long as possible and as long as my body and legs allows me to do so,” added Barry. “At the moment I’m feeling good and really fit, and I’m hopeful I can play for a number of years.
“But I’ve always took one season at a time and this season I’m looking at keeping a good run of form going and helping Everton climb the table to see where it gets us.
Stating his reasons why players can enjoy lengthy careers nowadays, Barry declared: "It’s definitely because of the way the game's changed and players look after themselves and what’s available.
“There is yoga, recovery days and sports scientists to help the players prepare for games. There are so many options for the professional players now that you can really look after your body that much better.”
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