New skipper gives support to new boys to stake a claim for a regular start against Ghana at Wembley.
England captain Gareth Barry supports manager Fabio Capello’s decision to send home several players to rest ahead of the international friendly with Ghana.
The 30-year-old believes this opportunity will open the door for other players to stake their claim for a regular place in the team.
Capello is expected to make seven changes from the side that beat Wales 2-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.
John Terry, Ashley Young, Frank Lampard, Michael Dawson, Wayne Rooney and Kyle Walker were all sent back to their clubs yesterday.
Now Barry, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines and Andy Carroll will come into the side and the new skipper is backing them to secure a win against the African giants.
“There are a few chances for people with the players going home,” said Barry.
“There will be one or two champing at the bit to stake their claim and at some points there might be some help I can pass across.
“I can certainly see the reasons for this decision. It’s a tough part of the season now. “There are a lot of games in a short period of time and they are big games.
“I know the fans have bought their ticket to see certain individuals perform for England, but at the same time the rest of the players were in the squad from the start. They weren’t just called up at the last minute.”