Barry leads England!
Another article for my side!
Fabio Capello’s England team will have a totally different look considering he has decided to send most of his starters back home considering their grueling club schedules.The most notable change to the side that defeated Wales at the weekend would be starting with the captain leading them out of the tunnel. Capello announced Barry would lead his side out against the “Black Cats” at Wembley.
Capello announced, “Barry will be the captain, He played all the games with me apart from the last one. He is a good player and a good captain. Also he is the player with the most England caps.”
Handing the armband back to John Terry created a storm considering he was pulled up for his off-field fiasco and now the reinstated skipper has been sent back to Chelsea to rest ahead of a busy Premier League and Champions League schedule along with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson and Wayne Rooney leaves Capello with very few choices left. Barry was his obvious choice considering the Man City man has considerable experience under his belt and has prior experience of leading his former club Aston villa for a period of 3 years. Barry on his part would be eager to put behind his missing of the match against Wales and would be more than delighted by Capello’s peace offering of leading the Three Lions out in their friendly at Wembley.
Barry would be leading a under-strength team out in front of a capacity crowd of 80,000 people with Andy Carroll playing up top. Carroll’s and Cahill’s likely inclusion offers a glimpse of the future and the other players drafted in will be raring to point towards the strength in depth Capello has in his squad. this match would be a feather in Barry’s hat which he would cherish for years to come.
Ghana, who did so well at the World Cup last year by reaching the Quarter finals losing unfortunately to Uruguay, are expected to field a strong line-up and are looking to become the first African team to win at the stadium will pose a stiff task for Capello’s men with Gyan being the main threat.
Barry said, “I can certainly see the reasons for (Capello’s) decision, It’s a tough part of the season, there are good reasons why the players were let home. There will be a few players chomping at the bit to take their chance. It’s obviously going to be a massive moment in my career, a proud one. I’ll be the same player as I always am. You don’t put the armband on and change. I’ve got experience of three years captaining Aston Villa. There is some extra responsibility but I won’t change the way I play.”
He also added, “I was disappointed not to be involved on Saturday but in football things can change quickly, I didn’t play against Wales then two days later I have been asked to captain my country. That’s how much can happen in a short space of time.”