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.