The on-loan Everton midfielder has not featured for the national side for two years, but his form this season has caught the eye of Roy Hodgson and he is set to give him the chance to impress in the friendly against Denmark.
Barry had fallen under the radar up until this season as he was not getting enough game time with Manchester City, however his loan move to Everton has done wonders for him. Under Roberto Martinez, The Toffees have been playing a slick, pacey, passing game, and Barry has been central to that. His displays in the middle of the park have been superb and we have been witnessing the Gareth Barry of old despite him now being 33.
Many thought the departure of Marouane Fellaini would hit Everton hard, but they have massively improved this season. The experience, and maturity of Barry has allowed some young players in the side to develop. Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, and James McCarthy have all shone this season, and Barry has allowed them to do so, controlling things in the centre of the field. It has certainly allowed Barkley to feel more comfortable going forward, knowing he has Barry behind to cover him. Even Barry has been venturing forward and scored a cracker of a goal against Norwich City earlier in the season.
Barry was a member of the starting line-up in the last World Cup, but was injured for Euro 2012. He faces some serious competition if he is to make it to a second World Cup though. The centre of midfield is a very competitive area for England and Roy Hodgson has plenty of options.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are always going to be there or thereabouts. Then there is an influx of youth coming through. Jack Wlshere, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, and Tom Cleverley have all put forward their cases in the last year or so. Then there is Michael Carrick vying for a place too. Hodgson has a big decision to make over who will travel to Brazil and who will make the starting eleven.
|Name||Team||Pos||Accurate Pass||Goals||Won Tackle||Fwd Pass||Touches||Apps||Mins|
|Gareth Barry||Man City||MF||1,268||3||46||559||1,790||21||1,890|
|Michael Carrick||Man Utd||MF||1,214||1||27||472||1,625||19||1,603|
|Tom Cleverley||Man Utd||MF||935||1||35||272||1,265||19||1,449|
This table of stats show exactly how well Barry has been performing this season. When compared to fellow England centre midfielders he has made the most successful passes this season. He has also won 46 tackles, a similar amount to Gerrard and Henderson. Perhaps what is most promising is the number of forward passes he has made. Barry is often seen as a defensive midfielder, but he has made the most forward passes among this group. This may be due to the fact he sits deeper, but it shows he is always looking to start an attack, and doesn't just play a simple pass each time necessarily.
Barry certainly deserves another opportunity to show he is still worthy of an England place, but he has a lot of serious competition to contend with.
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