O'Neill: Barry will get call
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin O'Neill insists Gareth Barry's England recall is a matter of when and not if.
Martin O'Neill insists that Gareth Barry's recall to the England squad is just a matter of when and not if.
The Aston Villa chief has been delighted with the performances of his captain since he arrived at Villa Park.
Barry has played a major role in Villa's wonderful form so far this term, and has bagged four goals in his 11 league games.
The 25-year-old has not played for England since 2003, but Steve McClaren did appear close to giving him a fresh chance.
However, Barry was not included against Holland for this week's friendly - although the Villa star had a back injury which would have meant he would have been unavailable anyway.
"I thought he had done well enough to be in consideration but that is the England manager's prerogative to choose whoever he feels is capable of doing that job," O'Neill told Sky Sports News.
"I think we all know, and my own opinion is that it's a matter of time - unfortunately he picked up the injury, the squad may well have been picked before it, but it will happen for him - make no mistake, he will play well enough not to be ignored."
Meanwhile, O'Neill has confirmed that a new contract for midfielder starlet Isaiah Osbourne should be signed shortly.
"I would hope, certainly within the next fortnight, to have sorted that out. I started to talk to his agent even before he had broken through into the first team," he said.
"I think that Isaiah would definitely want to stay here and there is no better place for him at the moment."