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Barton hopes QPR form helps England hopes


Barton hopes QPR form helps England hopes

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is hoping that recent form for club can help him land a call up for the England full international side.

Barton's impressive form so far this season has seen some newspapers call on Fabio Capello to give the midfielder a call up.

Joey Barton admitted that he certainly hasn't given up all hope.

"It would be great to play for England again,'' Barton told the London Evening Standard. "I feel really sharp, as I should do having just turned 29 and I'm enjoying my football.

"I think I'll play until I'm about 38 or 40 because my game is not based on pace or power, it's all about knowledge of football and manipulating the ball. So I'm confident I can play for a long time.

"If I decide to coach or manage in the future, it would be quite prudent to have experienced a different culture or philosophy of football. Or even just experiencing how the approach changes when you manage players from different backgrounds or cultures.

"If the opportunity arose to play abroad in the future I'd definitely consider it.''