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  • Mitre June 17

QPR's Joey Barton captain of England?

Joey Barton captain of England is Roy of the Rovers stuff but while he has had a chequered career he has on the playing field when disciplined shown the "old" never say die attitude of some of the greats of the past that have represented the country at International level. It is every schoolboys dream to captain England.

The style the QPR captain plays has failed at times to adapt to the changes in the game when any aggressive tackle, win the ball or not, is subject to a booking. Dissent and violent conduct charges are common in the game today and Barton himself must serve a 12-match ban next season for kicking Sergio Aguero and clashing with Vincent Kompany after he was sent off at Manchester City in the last game of the season.

Barton believes he would have won more than one England cap (2007), had his disciplinary record and criticism of the England regime not occurred.

“I really hope England do well and win it, I really do. All am saying is I don't think we will”

"If Henderson got in, any Englishman not currently in the squad has to feel aggrieved. Yes, I wish I was there but I'm not," he said.

"Everyone's thinking it, I'll say it. Liverpool have [had] a horrific season and have six players in our Euro squad. What chance do we have? [The England manager should] Pick on form.

"How [Grant] Holt, [Micah] Richards, [Michael] Carrick, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Leon] Osman, [Daniel] Sturridge etc never got involved is a travesty."

Barton says he still wants England to do well at Euro 2012, but he is convinced they are unlikely to win the tournament.

"I really hope England do well and win it, I really do. All I am saying is I don't think we will," he tweeted.

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