UK time is: 07:50:16
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Barton Must Push For England Spot

The debate about England's midfield has been raging for some while now and after this week's two European qualifiers, it's still clear to all that we just don't have the right mix in the centre of the park.

Thankfully, McClaren has realised Beckham's days are now gone, but he really needs to bite the bullet quickly and accept that accommodating players in the side because of their reputation is not likely to produce results at the highest level; the World Cup provided ample evidence of that.

Similarly playing people out of position is not the way forward. Gerrard, who for me disappoints at International level is not a left winger. Lampard also, is rapidly developing into this generation's John Barnes; a phenomenal club player that cannot produce the same form for England.

It's now the right time for McClaren to assess his other options. This gives our Joey Barton a great opportunity to see if he can step up to the international stage. With a series of personal and contractual problems now thankfully behind him, Joey is at last knuckling down and has been City's 'Mr Consistency' for a while now.

Whether Barton can do it for England, depends on whether McClaren is (a) brave enough to rest the failing Gerrard / Lampard partnership and (b) Joey himself putting in performances that demand his inclusion.

Just to prove, I'm not writing this with my blue blinkers on, I think that Villa's Gareth Barry, West Ham's Reo-Coker and Bolton's Kevin Nolan are equally deserving of a chance...... but hopefully behind Joey !




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 7 2006

Time: 12:21PM

Your Comments

You can probably name another half a dozen who deserve to be there, SGE and McClaren signalled the changing of the guard.
MarteenGottspennes
I wouldn't call Gerard's recent performances as failing I think he has been a revelation since the departure of Beckham, however I do agreee that Lampard is only in the side on past performances and that chances for new faces in that department will come sooner rather than later.
alphieblues
If he really gave it a go and pushed himself he could do it but maybe not cement a place as i think the midfield is strong.
jono_forest
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland (Thursday April 17 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 288
2. Skoorb 176
3. Buzz Lightyear 169
4. PhillyBlueMoon 129
5. fifthcolumnblue 127
6. Bluedub 123
7. kennyclementstache 121
8. rojo2010 111
9. Spooks 108
10. citizhun 106

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 3 - 1 WBA
Man City 2 - 2 Sunderland
Liverpool 3 - 2 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Southampton
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
Man Utd 0 - 3 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 35 25 5 5 +52 80
2. Chelsea 35 23 6 6 +41 75
3. Man City 34 23 5 6 +56 74
4. Arsenal 35 21 7 7 +21 70
5. Everton 35 20 9 6 +23 69
6. Spurs 35 19 6 10 +2 63
7. Man Utd 34 17 6 11 +16 57

Breaking League News

Januzaj Plumps for Belgium
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 07:42:00
Who's afraid of an Anglo Calciopoli?
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:32:00
They Can`t Do a Thing About It!
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:31:00
Bundesliga Bound?
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:30:00
Will Swansea City Take Risk And Appoint Monk?
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:48:00
Have Your Say In The Vital Swansea Message Forum
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:35:00
Liverpool: Reds To Spend Big In Summer
Liverpool : 23/04/2014 19:40:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 31%
Jimmy Milner 69%