Joey Barton says he is ready to return for England

Joey Barton Marseille

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has declared an end to his retirement from international football, saying that he is available to England coach Roy Hodgson.

Barton initially announced his retirement from international football in the wake of the 2014 World Cup.

Following Germany's 1-0 victory over Argentina in Sunday's final, the 31-year-old tweeted that he would be coming out of international retirement, with the aim of making his way back into Roy Hodgson's England set-up.

To date, Barton's only international cap is a 15-minute spell when England faced Spain back in 2007.

The former Manchester City midfielder announced his retirement from the Three Lions' set-up in May 2012, while representing QPR during the 2011/12 season in which the R's were relegated along with Reading and Wigan Athletic.

Barton, 31, played a pivotal role in returning QPR to the Premier League via the play-offs, having originally said that he would not play in the Championship and was looking to make his loan move to Marseille a permanent move.

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