Barry reveals captaincy pride

Manchester City midfielder Barry will take the armband against the

World Cup quarter-finalists after John Terry was released from the

squad over the weekend. Barry has previous experience of captaining

his country in the latter stages of friendlies against Trinidad

& Tobago, Egypt and Denmark, but Tuesday’s clash at Wembley

will be the first time he has lead the side out. The 30-year-old

insists the pressure of captaining England will not affect him

having skippered Aston Villa for three years prior to his move to

City. “Obviously it’s going to be a massive moment in my career.

I’m really looking forward to doing the job,” said Barry. “I will

be the same player 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.” Barry missed out on Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifying win over

Wales and the midfielder admits he was disappointed to be left out

of the side in Cardiff. “I was disappointed not to be involved on

Saturday but in football things can change quickly,” he said. “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.” England boss Fabio Capello is expected to make seven changes

from the side that beat Wales and Barry admits it gives some

members of the squad the chance to impress. “There are a few

chances for people with the players going home,” added 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.”

Capello decision to rest many of his key players despite the game

being a sell-out has come in for criticism in some quarters and

although Barry can understands fans’ disappointment he has backed

the Italian’s move. “I can certainly see the reasons for this

decision. It’s a tough part of the season now,” said Barry “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.”