Barry: England spoilt for choice

Midfielder Barry acknowledges that the days of an England head

coach having limited options when it comes to naming his squad for

a tournament are in the past. The emergence of Phil Jones, Danny

Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker, Jack Rodwell and Daniel

Sturridge in the past few months has increased the options

available to manager Fabio Capello. Jones, in particular, caught

the eye when playing in an unaccustomed midfield role in the 1-0

victories over Spain on Saturday and Sweden on Tuesday night. Barry

said: “The players coming through are there now. There are more

options. “I think the manager has got to be very pleased with the

way these two games have gone and the way the players have adapted.

“The younger players have come in and shown great confidence.

“There are not just 23 players to pick from. You are probably

looking at 30-35 players who have got a realistic chance of coming

in. “With the way these games have gone, no-one has let themselves

down, there have been some great performances. The competition is

really good. “The manager has got plenty of options to bring

different people in to play against different opposition.” When

asked who had impressed him, Barry said: “Probably you’ve got to

look at Phil Jones, playing out of position. “He looked as if he

has played there all his career. It is not his natural game but it

is another option for the manager. He has done really well there.”

But Barry insists England’s woeful 2010 World Cup campaign will

mean there is no over the top claims about how the Three Lions will

perform next summer. He believes England are still short of the

quality of sides such as Spain despite defeating the World Cup

winners at Wembley. Barry said: The momentum is there. But we’ve

got to keep it going because there are tougher tests ahead. “We

can’t say we are going into it as the best team in the tournament

because we probably know we are not. “You can look at it very

deeply and say Spain are a better team, a step above us in terms of

quality. They probably showed that when we played them the other

day. “The fact we did beat them showed that on our day we can beat

anybody.” But Barry warned: “We are not getting carried away after

the World Cup. Everyone knows the way we qualified last time, the

expectations then went through the roof. “We flew through the

group, didn’t concede many goals and played some great stuff, and

then it didn’t go so well in South Africa. “When it comes to the

business end, the tournament, that is where you need to perform and

get that winning habit.”