Joey Barton Interview Will Hardly Help His England Chances

Joey Barton has come out today with an interview with the French magazine So Foot, and Joey again says he thinks he’s the best English midfielder at the moment.


Joey Barton – I’m the best England midfielder right now

It’s not the first time Joey has given an interview, that in retrospect he probably shouldn’t have given.

That’s if his goal is to play for the England side under Fabio Capello, but before we say too much more, here’s what Joey actually said:

“Honestly, I think I’m the best English midfielder.”‘Luka Modric and Samir Nasri are very good, but in terms of English players Jack Wilshere isn’t bad, Frank Lampard’s on the way down and Steven Gerrard’s been injured a lot.”

“Did you see the game against Germany at the World Cup?’  ‘If you watch the fourth goal, when Mesut Ozil was up against Barry, it was like the hare and the tortoise.”

‘Barry’s got a very good agent,”  ” ‘He’s also discreet and always agrees with the manager. He’s like the guy who sits in the front row and listens to the teacher.”

“I certainly don’t lose any sleep when I play against him.'”  “‘I’m English and I love playing for my country.” “Maybe the people at the top have a problem with me.” (you don’t say!) “

“I don’t know. But the trouble I had was four years ago. They should be able to forgive, shouldn’t they?”  “Look at Jordan Henderson against France”  “He was up against M’Vila, Valbuena, Nasri and Gourcuff.” “And he had Gareth Barry alongside him. What could they do against those players?”

“France killed us at Wembley. We English will play the next 50 World Cups and we’ll never win one. The people in charge at the FA played football maybe 50 or 60 years ago and still think that we can win a World Cup in the same way we did in 1966.”

“We’re too focused on tradition in England, like always having to play 4-4-2. Sometimes you need to experiment, drop a bit deeper so you have more space to move into. France, Italy and Germany have done it. We’ve been doing the same thing for 20 years.”

As readers will know by now, I’m not a big fan of the English FA, and I agree with Joey that they far too traditional, but most things are that way in England, still.

It’s perfectly okay to have opinions about the England team and the England players, most of us do, but that doesn’t say it’s okay to come out and express them, especially when they are so adversely critical.

Well not unless you write a blog that is. 😀

Of course the gossip press just love it, and now Joey’s interview is all over the place, with sensational headlines that say Joey says Gareth Barry is a teacher’s pet.

So if Barton was picked in a squad for England right now, what do you think his relationship with Gareth Barry will be – and would Capello think that was good for the spirit and camaraderie in the England squad?

The answer is no, and these kinds of interviews will not help Joey  get  a place in the England squad,  and in fact they will prevent him doing just that.

You always need a little bit of decorum when dealing with people, because Fabio Capello and Gareth Barry are only human – as big a shock as that may come to some people.

Joey’s  best chance for England will be after Fabio Capello leaves after next summer’s European Championships, but it would have to be a brave Capello who would pick Barton after this type of interview.

Maybe Harry Redknapp, who looks to be the next England boss, unless being English disqualifies him from the post (just kidding), could give Joey his chance with England, that  his football certainly deserves.

Barton received his one and only senior cap in a friendly match against Spain on 7th February 2007, when he replaced Frank Lampard in the 78th minute of that 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, when Steve McClaren was the England manager.

Joey played twice for the England U21 side with one goal.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Joey should join the Diplomatic Corps – what an asset lol.

  • G

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    2 sides to the argument really, firstly, it’s a magazine article, so no doubt the context has been tampered with here, so I suspect the comments, whilst valid, have been sensationalized somewhat? Secondly, it’s hard to disagree with any of Joey’s comments so out of context or not, he makes some very good points. I suspect Joey knows he will never play for England because of his past anyway, so I suppose its all academic.

  • ytz

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Well not that I mind anyway. No injury worries for Barton during internationals!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4


  • hadthetshirt

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    He talks the talk, the difference is he also walks the walk.
    He is the best English midfield player in this country on current form.Never ever thought I would say this,but get him to sign his new contract. For footballing merit he deserves it.Fair play too for turning his life around.

  • Brisvegas

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Merci pour le link, mais ou est le interview?

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    On a related note, Capello has been a disaster as an england manager. Joey i believe should be in the team instaed of Parker.

    Barry was a tortoise for the 3rd germany goal as well.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Interesting article

    I agree with Barton on this I hope the club does have real ambitions to become a top club again not sure if this regime do.

  • Davies

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    All things being proper, Joey wouldn’t have to play with Barry. If Capello picks his squad based on form, Barry wouldn’t be in there. Nolan and Barton would be.

  • Alinufc

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    im sorry as much as i love joey and how much of an asset he is to the club with his awesome cross he is in no comparison to wilshere (considering only 19 is it?) agree hes much better than barry lampard gerrard but he cant compare to wileshire who got man of teh match against f*****n barcelona in a game they lost!!!

  • tynesidetommo

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t see why Capello should get his knickers in a twist over the Barry comment given his mishandling of the captaincy issue.
    Anyway, he only knows 100 words in English. Let’s hope his French isn’t that good either!

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    In the same interview, Joey also doubts the ambition of NUFC, and doubts the word of the hierarchy at the club when they say that there won’t be more sales in the summer. Sounds like somebody waiting for a better offer.

  • Billy1985

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    well when he was only offered 20K a week he should reject cause he should be on what tiote is get at least. he has been one of the best midfielder’s this year along with parker and wilshire so i would love to see him in the three lions top again

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Every single he has said is 100% correct capello shud at.least give him a chance

  • shearermania

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    why cant asbo just shut up……

    im sure the villa players are gonna have it in for on sunday….

  • ddmacker

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Is this the same mag that interviewed Stephen Ireland? He should be wide to these shit-stirrers looking to cause trouble, when lies can’t be printed bend the thruth!!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #17

    From twitter

    Barry vs Barton

    Mins 2361-2248,Goals 2-4,Shots 13-51,Assists 2-7,Chances Create open play 18-25,Pass% 85%-74%,Tackles 78%-81%

  • steve1980

    Apr 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Well, whether he’s been misquoted or not, it doesn’t change the fact that every word is true, as Eva Peron once (sort of) said. Capello said he would pick players on form not rep and, to put it mildly, he’s not lived by this ethos. Seeing that starting 11 against the USA had me laughing before the game kicked off – Heskey, Barry, Green, Milner, Lampard etc. Injury crock Ledley King as well, almost forgot that cracker. Capello panicked at the last minute and decided to go safe and bland, and it backfired massively. Now he’s got them watching Barcelona DVD’s and telling them to play like that. Madness. The FA and the shadowy Club England have much to answer for. Barton & Nolan? Hmmm, not sure. Barton for political reasons, Nolan because he doesn’t have the pace…then again, Garry Barry? Sorry, going in circles lol. Basic stark fact is Barry & Lampard shouldn’t play for England again, finished. Gerrard is still class, but he should be taking a less pivotal role as he gets older. Parker maybe nearly 30 but he’s playing the best football of his carear and should play ahead of Barry & Lampard any day – as should Barton.


    Apr 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #19

    wasnt this the same magazine that posted the utter codswallop about stephen ireland??? Where they claimed he hated his home country?

    you know this isnt true. So Foot magazine needs to stop posting this rubbish

  • Brutooon

    Apr 7, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #20

    true, they are chosen by their reputation. look at germany, they got unknown players every single tournament and they perform and are totally world class (ozil etc)

    Lampard and Gerrard are towards their end of England career

    Wilkshere is the future of England Midfield


    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Joey Barton speaks the truth ..I thought
    Gareth Barry was Pathetic I have never seen a player so slow.. I was shocked at how slow he was in that particular match , it was really the Tortoise and the Hare …Its been on my mind or at least in the back of my mind and now Joey has just brought it to the fore..He’s dead right spot on accurate . So suck that u media T*ts

    yOu know people just wait to jump on Joey ..and the have to balance the Rooney thing up in the press, gutter press..someone who tells it like it is and calls a Fu***ng spade a spade Wor Joey

    I would love to go for a pint or two with him ..hes actually a first class Englishman..and will get pilloried in the press for speaking the truth !.

    Joey Keep Telling it like it is, dont ever sell yourself short for a bit of peace F***K them .

    Secretly I think the media respect and Love him …Keeps them in a job ! food on the table for the bairns and pays the mortgage !

    The press make a living on the back of
    Wor Joey.


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