Barry hopeful of England return
- Thu 11 Oct 2012, 10:48AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Gareth Barry says he is not ready to retire from international football and will continue to fight for a place in the national squad.
The 31-year-old, who missed Euro 2012 through injury, has not featured in the three games since the tournament and has been overlooked by Roy Hodgson for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Barry though, has no thoughts of quitting the Three Lions.
“I have not spoken to the England manager, but I understand why I am not in the squad. My season hasn’t really got going, and I am still getting over the injury,” he declared.
“I am hopeful that if I can get a run in the City team, and get some games together, I will be in the next England squad. I am obviously disappointed because I want to play for my country.
“It will be frustrating for me this week because I was looking forward to a run of games, and the international break has come at the wrong time.
“But it’s about making sure we are fresh when the games come again.”
“I am not ready to retire yet and will just keep working hard. I am not going to say too much, I just want to work hard to get back,” said Barry.
“It is tough sometimes to force your way back in, but I have experienced it before.
It’s just down to me to keep working hard, keep my place in the team and then force my way back in.
“I’m confident that when the call comes, the manager knows what I can do and I’m sure that if there’s a space for me I will be called upon.”
Gareth has featured in three league games for the Blues so far this season, playing 90 minutes in the 3-0 home win over Sunderland along with recently returned teammate Micah Richards and he was full of praise for the defender on his return.
“Micah was unbelievable on Saturday. He has not played a game for weeks and was pencilled in for a run-out with the under-21s in the week,” he revealed.
“The injuries we got meant the manager had an option in him and it was like he had never been away. He had a fantastic game - he could have had a hat-trick, but I’m sure the clean sheet will do him!”
The game against The Black Cats also saw the Blues record their much sought after first clean sheet of the season and Barry believes it is no less than City and England’s number one keeper deserves.
“The game in midweek summed up how good he (Joe Hart) is, but it was great for him to finally get a clean sheet,” he concluded.
“His performances deserved that and I know how important it is for him to be the keeper who keeps the most clean sheets.”