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Barton receives maiden call-up

Published: Friday 2 February 2007, 17.21CET
Manchester City FC midfielder Joey Barton has been called into the England squad for the first time ahead of the friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.
Published: Friday 2 February 2007, 17.21CET

Barton receives maiden call-up

Manchester City FC midfielder Joey Barton has been called into the England squad for the first time ahead of the friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.

Manchester City FC midfielder Joey Barton has been called into the England squad for the first time ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.

Exiles return
Barton, 24, who has long been touted as a possible inclusion, is joined in the party by a number of returnees. Middlesbrough FC defender Jonathan Woodgate is back after three years away while Aston Villa FC captain Gareth Barry is recalled after a four-year exile.

City link
Barton's selection has been welcomed by his Manchester City colleague Micah Richards, who could win a second cap after facing the Netherlands in November. "Joey deserves it, his performances this season have shown what he can do," said Richards. Chelsea FC and England captain John Terry is named despite a lack of playing time since undergoing back surgery. Also available after a spell on the sidelines is midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

England squad
Goalkeepers: Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic FC), Ben Foster (Watford FC).

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea FC), John Terry (Chelsea FC), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool FC), Micah Richards (Manchester City FC), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United FC), Gary Neville (Manchester United FC), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Phil Neville (Everton FC), Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough FC).

Midfielders: Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea FC), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), Michael Carrick (Manchester United FC), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough FC), Scott Parker (Newcastle United FC), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Owen Hargreaves (FC Bayern München), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa FC), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United FC), Joey Barton (Manchester City FC).

Forwards: Andy Johnson (Everton FC), Peter Crouch (Liverpool FC), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur FC).

Last updated: 02/02/07 18.55CET

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