Barton Is England International In The Making

Joe Kinnear has today said that if Joey Barton continues his excellent recent form, it’s possible Joey could be back in the England squad.

Joey Barton – good enough to play for England

Barton has just one England cap, and he got that while he was still a Manchester City player in February 2007, and of course that was just a couple of months before his altercation with City team mate Ousmane Dabo.

But it is rather doubtful that Fabio Capello would recall Joey, unless he plays well for some time, and of course behaves himself. If that happens then the chances of him getting a call-up from England must increase dramatically.

Newcastle interim manager Kinnear believes Joey should be judged solely on his ability, as he said today:

“I think he’s an England international in the making if people get off his back,” “If he kept up his form from the first two games he would be in the front-line to be in the England squad – I really believe that.”

“I think a lot of the stuff going on around Joey at the moment is mischief making – that’s my opinion. But his form has been outstanding since he came back – him and Nicky have been dominant.”

There’s no doubt Barton has made a huge difference to Newcastle’s midfield, and he also seems completely committed to the Newcastle’s cause.

That has not gone unnoticed by the Newcastle faithful, and we really hope Joey can knuckle down and show everybody what a great player he is ……………. and stay out of trouble.

Present at last Monday’s game were two of Fabio’s England staff in England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce and Franco Baldini, and they both had to be impressed by Joey in that game, where he outshone current England midfielder Gareth Barry.

But Joey’s very first task is to play well and stay out of trouble, and if can do that for a stretch, then anything is possible – and yes he can play for England.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Definitely an England international quality player, especially that he is better than Barry

  • listie

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    100% agree he is international quality, but I doubt he will be given the chance, with his past history. Our gain though!

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Not a hope in hell of him playing for England. He may be good enough but I am afraid Barton is a thug & can’t keep out of trouble as was seen on Monday evening.

  • adam

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Not a hopw of him playing for England as we all know deep down that he’s going to get into some more trouble soon enough.

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Barton has always had the ability and behind Gerrard and Lampard, hes the best English midfielder.

    However Barton can kiss his England dreams goodbye, due to his behaviour off the pitch and he currently plays for Newcastle United a club outside the capital.

    There is only two ways Barton could potentially gain a call up:

    1) Play his socks off and earn his reputation back (this would only happen at a London club though)

    2)Move instantly to a London club!

    Tony Adams also spent a bit time at Her Maj’s pleasure and went on not only to represent England but captain us.
    But remember Adams played for a ……… can see where i’m going with this.

    Dont get me wrong its not the London clubs i have a problem with, its the media. The media like it or not play a big part in the selction process indirectly.

  • WesToon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    PLS FFS Joey,keep it together Lad,we need you MORE than you know mate!!

  • ToonRich

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Ageordiedoonsooth, going by his past record as a badboy I would agree with you…BUT, do you not think that it’s thoughts like that (your opinion) that will keep dragging him down? I mean be fair, we’ve seen high profile players like Rooney, Drogba to name a couple that have had spats like Joeys on monday, and nothing gets made of it.
    I’d love to see some kind on injunction implaced on the media(papers) which would stop them printing crap about him…just till he settles fully again. We all know he’s going to be a quality player for us as long as he stays on the straight and narrow 🙂
    I dont believe he’ll get the chance to play for ENG again, too many ticks against him unfortunately…but then again if he thinks he’s got a chance then he’ll kepp playing as he is then we’ll reap the benefits of his performances!!

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree with the entertainers but he also missed out the fact that pearce is not on brilliant terms with barton

  • A.L. 9

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    All though it may sound daft I believe Barton getting jailed is the best thing that couls have happened to Newcastle, before the incident his form at Newcastle hardly caught the eye, but now he’s come back and he’s been brilliant, and I think thats because he’s cottoned on that he has to prove people wrong which he seems the guy who enjoyes doing so. The same happened with Ronaldo when he came back from the 2006 World Cup, the booing seemed to make him a better player.

  • Dan13

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Barton will never get in the squad because veryone hates him….except some geordies

  • Sav

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Who cares?
    Keep on playing for the Toon. As with Oba and Owen, if you never got another call-up it would make no difference to NUFC fans. Get your success with the club. That is a big enough challenge.

  • Barcode

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    He’s a grenade with the pin pulled.

  • Bart

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    I remember the season before last season he scored a nice long run goal, after they conceded a corner.
    I do remember what did the pumdit said
    ‘ the only player that can score this kind of goal in epl is Lampard’

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    I remember his days at Man City and I thought “Wow, he plays like Gerrard.”

  • Nick

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    and if can do that for a stretch

    unfortunate choice of words ed !

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #16

    D0n’t see Barton representing England for a while due to his past history. However, England’s loss could be Newcastle’s gain if he continues to play as he’s done for the past few games!

  • toondog

    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #17

    if every one on here is a true geordie then stop calling him a thug,criminal ect at the end of the day hes done his crime n done the time. Fair enough u gotta think to your self how wey joey ya cant do that in front of 50,000 ppl and on live telly but he does thats his nature so every fucker critisising him lay of his back and support him hes in our football club n thats final deal with it and stop giving the rest of the premier leagues fans and players jumping on the wind joey up band wagon ammunition to piss him off. NUFC is our club so there for joey is our player so support his recent performances because when he sees that we have forgiven him he will probly think to him self fuck me these fans are passionate,loyal and suportive he will play his socks of for us. so lets forget the past and look to the future hopefully ambani will buy us (doubt it like but ) and we will kick ass. as much as id like to earn sucsess weve waited this long for glory im prepared to watch us buy it.

  • it coundn't be worse

    Nov 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    what a load of drizzle, has to move to a London club? eh WTF? So all English internationals are playing in London are they?


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