Joey Barton's England team: No Gerrard, and just one each from Arsenal and Chelsea

Joey Barton Interview

Football bad-boy Joey Barton took to Twitter to name his England side for the 2014 World Cup, but do you agree with his calls?

Joey Barton has been known to be a controversial character, and his suggested England team for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil may just raise a few eyebrows.

Following England's 0-1 defeat against Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night, Barton took to social networking website Twitter, before naming his side.

Barton stated his belief that he would be surprised to see the current England set-up, led by Roy Hodgson, manage to get through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup tournament hosted in Brazil next summer.

He also publicly commented on Hodgson's suitability for the role, hitting out at the former Switzerland manager:

"I'd also bullet Roy. I mean what is the point of the man? Such a boring, tactically stale man." 

Barton then went on record to hit out at the standard of coaching exhibited by English coaches in the modern game, finishing with a damning prediction for the future of the game in England:

"When thinking about billeting Hodgson. I was thinking which Englishman to follow? Not many up and coming young ones to think of."

"The coaching development in this country is shocking. The tsunami coming is going to be so brutal for our game, it's scary."

"No players. No coaches. No grassroots. Once that Premier league money runs low, we are doomed. A footballing ice age is on the horizon."

However, amid his bleak expectations and predictions for the future of the English game, Barton did push the boat out and name his starting eleven for England, if he were in charge of the current regime.

Whilst his line-up did include a lot of familiar faces, it incorporated two players currently within the U21 side managed by Gareth Southgate, who are yet to receive senior call-ups.

Joey Barton's World Cup XI: Hart; Walker, Jones, Cahill, Shaw; Ward-Prowse, Wilshere; Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge. 

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