Veteran pass master eyes England return.
New Everton midfielder Gareth Barry insists he has not yet given up on winning a recall with the England national side and hopes to win himself a spot on the plane to Brazil next year, the Mirror reports.
The 32-year-old won the last of his 53 caps for the Three Lions back in May 2012, and will watch his former colleagues from the sidelines as they take on Ukraine in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Kiev later this week.
Barry has also joined Everton as a result of losing his place in the Manchester City team, but will be hoping more regular football can improve his form in this crucial World Cup year.
Roy Hodgson’s men currently face a difficult challenge in order to qualify, but the former Manchester City and Aston Villa midfielder hopes to win a spot in that World Cup squad should they make it to Brazil.
“Every footballer wants to feature in a World Cup and I’m no different,” said Barry, who signed for the Toffees before the transfer window closed last week.
“Realistically, though, there’s a lot of hard work between where I am now and being in the squad to go to Brazil.
“I made the Euro 2012 squad on the back of winning the title with (Manchester) City.
“This could be my last chance to play in a major championship, as it might be for a few of the other lads.
“I will watch the Ukraine match on TV and be supporting the team because I want them to qualify.
“The players involved are my friends.
“It’s a massive game for the country and I’m confident the lads can get the job done.”
Barry’s international career hit the skids last year when he picked up an injury that kept him out of the side that went on to compete at the European Championships, and though he has not featured since, he says that he understands his exclusion from the squad.
“I haven’t really spoken to the manager since last year when he asked me how my injury was,” he said.
“When you don’t make the squads, you tend to lose touch.
“But I’m fine with that. I don’t need an explanation every time I’m not picked.”