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Barton blows trumpet – Zenden blows hot air

January 15th, 2011 | 23 Comments |

Joey Barton, Newcastle United, blows his own trumpet
Who nicked me trumpet?
Newcastle’s midfield star has been indulging in a spot of gratuitious trumpet blowing and who can blame him after his excellent performances for the team this season?

In an interview with Sky Sports, Joey Barton said:

I think I am a better player now than when I signed.

I don’t think it is for me to say but at the end of the day I don’t think there is anyone playing better than me in this country. That’s an honest answer, not a big-header answer.

There are probably six or seven midfielders get in a squad for an England game and I don’t think there are two English players playing better than me at the minute.

He then goes on to bemoan his lack of opportunities at the international level:

But it’s not all about football.

Fabio Capello came in and said he wanted to pick form players, but I don’t think he has done that. Some of the players than have been picked have not been form players. If the selection policy is form players then there are not 21 better, or in-form players than me in the country.(more…)