Man City’s Barry faces bleak England future

32-year-old central midfielder Gareth Barry has officially been frozen out of a future in the international game. The Daily Star reports the Manchester City player will not be adding to his 53 caps for England, unless emergency cover is stipulated.

Barry missed out on last summer’s European Championships through injury, while his last appearance for England was in a friendly win against Norway almost a year ago.

Manager Roy Hodgson insists that in Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard, he has plenty of cover in the central midfield area, especially with other younger players such as Tom Cleverley, Tom Huddlestone and Jordan Henderson all having featured at some point in the last 12 months.

Hodgson admitted: “When I see him play I realise he is a good player. Unfortunately he missed out in the Euros through injury; we went with other players, who have cemented their place.

Furthermore people like Carrick have come on to the scene. It is really a question of how many central midfield players you can have.

Barry won his first England cap under Kevin Keegan back in 2000, before being almost totally ignored by his successor, Sven-Goran Eriksson. He won his place back in the international setup in the Steve McClaren regime in 2007.

Despite an inconsistent season with Manchester City, Barry recently stated he was looking to extend his stay with the Citizens.

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