Seems like Joey Barton – that new very upbeat player at Newcastle United, is aiming to get into the England side next season.
Joey Barton – just delighted at Newcastle promotion
After watching England play in the World Cup, I’m sure a lot us were thinking the same thing – if those are the best players England can produce – as a team – then we are already a second class football nation.
But the main thing we saw wrong with the England players is is they are so fragile mentally – upstairs.
My friends kept asking me if Wayne Rooney was injured and I said – only in the head.
Maybe if these spoiled and way overpaid boys would go on an Army boot camp for say 6 weeks – some of them may even grow up and be able to take some responsibility for themselves.
But yes, we know – we are dreaming again – it’s never going to happen – get up at 5:00am – you have to be kidding.
Joey Barton talked about his current form and play, and he thinks he’s now a much better player than when he joined the Magpies a full three years ago, when big Sam Allardyce was managing the club:
“I don’t say this lightly, but I’m a much more rounded footballer now than I was when I first signed for this club,”
“Injuries have restricted my chances to show that. But if I can sustain fitness for a long period of time I’m very confident of finding the form that got me in the England squad.”
“Watching some of the performances in the World Cup over the summer, on form I’m as good as anybody in this country. I have to go out and prove it, but surely every midfielder in this country should be thinking like that?”
“They should be looking at it and saying, ‘That’s where I want to be and that’s where I can go’. That’s my goal. ”
Joey is right about the injuries since in 3 full seasons he’a appeared but 47 times with 3 goals for the club – so we’d like to see Joey stay fit and put in say 30 appearances next season back in the Premier League
The Huyton-born player, who turns 28 in early September, continued:
“ Hopefully now they will stop picking big names and pick players that are playing well,”
We agree with that last statement big time, but we would put it a little differently – let’s pick the England team based on how well the players play for England – not for their clubs.
We all know that Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney are just great for their respective clubs, but they look just ordinary players for England – very ordinary in fact.
And Capello should not pick the best 11 players and then rearrange them – he should pick the best team – and that will mean different players playing, but all in their strongest positions.
For instance don’t play Steven Gerrard out on the wing – if he cannot make the team as a central midfielder or as a second striker- then don’t pick him.
We look forward to Joey Barton playing again for England – but of course he needs to get into the Newcastle first team first – first things first – and that’s by no means a certainty right now.
Well that’s it on this article – there’s quite a few opinions in here from us this morning – you talk about being opinionated – so that’s what we think.
Let’s know what your ideas and opinions are – because we created this blog over three years ago, to also give a forum for Newcastle supporters everywhere, to be able to express their own opinions.
Some former readers of course have even gone off and formed their own web-sites – and they are doing very well at it too – thinking they can do a lot better than us – funny how we inspire that opinion in our readers, isn’t it?
With the comments – just keep things fairly polite – and let’s not attack too many people – well except for me of course. 😀
Written from Plymouth, England.