England will play Holland at Wembley on Wednesday night, in preparation for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales at the beginning of September.
Joey Barton – best midfielder in England?
How’s about International games just 4 days before the Premier League season starts, for possibly getting some of your best players injured?
And it looks like our own Tim Krul will be in goal for the Dutch side in that game, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that Tim doesn’t get injured.
It turns out that Fabio Capello was impressed with Joey Barton’s form last season for Newcastle, but he has some doubts and concerns about his temperament:
“He is a good player,” “But it is not a good moment to decide something about him. When a player is fighting with his club it is normal to stay outside of that.”
“He is a good player but he is a dangerous player because sometimes on the pitch you can end up playing 10 v 11. He might get sent off.”
Barton, 28, has been capped only once for England, against Spain back in 2007.
And since Joey has criticized many of the midfielders in the England team as not as good as him, like former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker and Manchester City’s Gareth Barry, if Fabio did call him up for the England squad, it could cause some disturbances in that squad, and may not be good for the team spirit.
And last weekend Joey caused a disturbance at the Newcastle club by tweeting criticisms of owner Mike Ashley, but that was only after he had derided the Newcastle team in the dressing room after their 3-2 defeat at Leeds United.
And he initially even refused to play for the team, when the Newcastle manager told him he would not be captain for the day.
Joey Barton is not welcome to train with the Newcastle first team squad, at least not until he decides to row the Newcastle boat in the same direction as Alan Pardew and the rest of the Newcastle players and coaches.
And as we know, that may never happen.
It’s been some pre-season for Newcastle, with today not being too much better, as torrential rain caused the game against Fiorentina at St. James Park to be abandoned after 64 minutes.