England will be better off without Gareth Barry at Euro 2012

Sharethematch.com takes a look at Gareth Barry's injury scare for England, and why Roy Hodgson should leave him at home

By Share The Match
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Michael Carrick was unfortunate to be excluded from England's Euro 2012 squad Photo: The Sport Review

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It looks like Gareth Barry could be set to miss Euro 2012 with a groin strain – but would anyone really be that upset aside from the Manchester City midfielder himself?

Even if he isn’t ruled out, Barry is unlikely to be 100 per cent fit and if that is the case then England boss Roy Hodgson should leave him at home.

We want through this circus last time round at the World Cup, when Barry was nonsensically included by Fabio Capello despite clearly being unfit with an ankle injury sustained towards the end of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Barry missed the first game against the USA but rode to England’s rescue as we laboured to a goalless draw with Algeria and squeezed past Slovenia 1-0.

He was given the runaround by the infinitely superior Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski as Germany won 4-1 in Bloemfontain.

The City man was a passenger then and he will be a passenger again in Poland and Ukraine if Hodgson perseveres with taking him.

Barry barely merits inclusion even if he is fully fit – he is a workhorse and nothing more, and England already have a better version of him in Scott Parker.

It is incredible that Barry equalled Glenn Hoddle’s number of caps in Norway and says everything we need to know about the state of the English game.

Our Football Association prefer effort over flair, route one instead of playing it on the ground, lots of running without the ball than trickery and skill with it.

This tournament was a chance for the bigwigs at Wembley to tear up the script and start a new chapter in the history of the England national team, but after the line-up was announced in Oslo it was clear Hodgson would be sticking to type.

Who wants to support a team that champions the ‘qualities’ of Barry over those of Michael Carrick, a man lauded by Barcelona maestro Xavi?

The United midfielder turned down a chance to be on standby for the tournament and rightly so – Hodgson explained he thought his chosen four midfielders were better than Carrick, and if that is the case then why hang around waiting for someone to get injured?

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