Barton open to England call
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is open to playing for the England national team once again.
Last Updated: 27/09/11 5:06pm
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is open to playing for the England national team again.
The 29-year-old has featured just once for the Three Lions, and that was against Spain in a friendly international in February 2007.
Barton, who has often made the headlines in his career for the wrong reasons, has been in impressive form for QPR this season following his summer move from Newcastle United, where he also shone.
And the former Manchester City midfielder says that he would love to play for his country once more and also welcomes the idea of playing in a foreign league.
"It would be great to play for England again," Barton told the London Evening Standard. "I feel really sharp, as I should do having just turned 29 and I'm enjoying my football.
"I think I'll play until I'm about 38 or 40 because my game is not based on pace or power, it's all about knowledge of football and manipulating the ball.
"So I'm confident I can play for a long time. If I decide to coach or manage in the future, it would be quite prudent to have experienced a different culture or philosophy of football.
"Or even just experiencing how the approach changes when you manage players from different backgrounds or cultures.
"If the opportunity arose to play abroad in the future I'd definitely consider it."