Gareth Barry has spoken of his disappointment at being left out of Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad but has vowed to return when he settles back into the City side. He admits that the disruption to his season validates Hodgson’s decision to not consider him for the San Marino and Poland matches but rejects the idea that retirement is on the cards.
I’ve not spoken to the England manager, but I understand why I’m not in it. My season hasn’t really got going, and I’m still getting over the injury. I’m obviously disappointed, because I want to play for my country. I’m hopeful that if I can get a run in the team, and get some games together, I will be in the next squad. I’m not ready to retire yet and I’ll just keep working hard. I just want to work hard to get back. The injury came at the wrong time with the new manager coming in. It is tough sometimes to force your way back in, I’ve experienced it before.
Anyone who watches Barry closely will know that he will likely be recalled as soon as he has had a run of games. Despite the lazy media/casual observer narrative that Barry is a poor player, he is, in fact, a vital component in the City side. He recycles the ball brilliantly and has outstanding positional sense. Barry’s worth is always proven when he isn’t playing – City miss him massively when he’s not there.